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"Apparently Charles Murray, the Bell Curve guy, has the hot new strategy for conservative power in the twenty first century: lots and lots and lots of frivolous lawsuits.

"In a nutshell, if Chuck and David can’t buy the President then they can drop a few hundred million for a defense fund to keep the Executive branch tied up in court forever. In other words Murray and his fans, Jeb for example, want an insurgency by the few against the many, in fact pretty much an explicit insurgent campaign against the general idea of democracy. Titling his book ‘By the People‘ comes across as a cute play on words for a guy who is pretty explicit in his opinion that the privileged Randian few should tell the dim masses what to do and how to live. The ‘people’ Charles Murray has in mind would number from about twelve to a few hundred at most. Their world; the rest of us would live in it."
Apparently Charles Murray, the Bell Curve guy, has the hot new strategy for conservative power in the twenty first century: lots and lots and lots of frivolous lawsuits. In a nutshell, if Chuck and David can't buy the President then they can drop a few hundred million for a defense fund to keep ...
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Arpaio is a bigot and a coward. No one should give him a nickel -- but unfortunately, there are plenty of bigots who will be taken in by this con artist pretending to be a decent human being.
"I do not have the personal wealth or the wherewithal to keep up with the costly demands of paying for attorneys to defend me,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
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The surprising links between faith and evolution and climate denial — charted

The circle sizes are scaled so that their areas are in proportion to the relative population sizes in Pew’s massive sample (nearly 36,000 people!). And as you can see, while at the top right atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, non-Orthodox Jews and others strongly accept evolution and environmental rules, at the bottom left Southern Baptists, Pentecostals and other more conservative leaning faiths are just as skeptical of both.

Obviously, it is important to emphasize that a given individual, of any faith, could be anywhere on the chart above — it’s just that this is where the denominations as a whole seemed to fall out, based on Rosenau’s analysis (which itself mirrors prior analyses of the political alignments of U.S. faiths and denominations by political scientist and Religion News Service blogger Tobin Grant).

One possible way of interpreting the figure is that as with political parties themselves, people at least partially self-sort into faiths or denominations that seem more consonant with their own worldviews. And thus, a cluster of issue stances may travel alongside these choices of affiliation. “People are choosing what religion they want to associate with,” suggested Rosenau. “If people feel alienated from a church, they’re switching.”

There may also be a substantive point here that links together the ideas. A view of the world that thinks of human beings as having evolved, as being part of the natural world and having emerged through the same process as other organisms, may also be related to a manner of thinking that puts great overall emphasis on the value of nature and one’s connectedness with it.

In any case, while the pattern below may require more analysis, one clear punchline of the figure is that it really doesn’t make sense to say that religion is at war with science. You can say that for some people, religion is clearly linked to less science acceptance — especially on evolution. But for others, clearly, religion presents no hurdle at all.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/05/20/this-chart-explains-why-faith-and-science-dont-have-to-be-in-conflict/
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Those who claim that Arctic sea ice is recovering are, quite simply, lying.

"Sea ice extent gives us a reasonable indication of the amount of Arctic sea ice but does have its limitations. Extent tells us about the state of the sea ice at the ocean's surface, not what's happening below. A better metric for the total amount of sea ice is, well, the actual total amount of sea ice, measured by sea ice volume. Satellite radar altimetry (Giles 2008) and satellite laser altimetry (Kwok 2009) find that Arctic sea ice has been thinning, even in 2008 and 2009 when sea ice extent showed a slight recovery from the 2007 minimum. So while some claimed Arctic sea ice was recovering after 2007, the total volume of Arctic Sea ice through 2008 and 2009 were the lowest on record (Maslowski 2010, Tschudi 2010).

"Currently, websites such as Watts Up With That are using sea ice extent in 2010 to claim Arctic sea ice has returned back to normal. A few days ago, Watts claimed that we had "more ice than any time on this date for the past 8 years". On the contrary, in March 2010, the total Arctic sea ice volume was 20,300 km3 - the lowest March value for total sea ice volume over the 1979-2009 period. Those who claim Arctic sea ice has returned to normal are focussing at the thin shell at the top and neglecting the steadily thinning sea ice below."
Arctic sea ice has been steadily thinning, even in the last few years while the surface ice (eg - sea ice extent) increased slightly. Consequently, the total amount of Arctic sea ice in 2008 and 2009 are the lowest on record.
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"Last week NASA reported that this has been the Earth’s hottest January-April on record. This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that finding with its latest monthly report on global temperatures.

"Separately, NOAA released its monthly report on “Global Ocean Heat.” It makes clear that the ocean’s heat content down to 2000 meters (1.24 miles) has been soaring this century — and nearly gone off the charts this year...

"It’s looking more and more like 2015 will crush previous global temperature records. May has already started out hot and is likely to be a record breaker itself. NOAA recently predicted that there’s “a greater than 80 percent chance” the current El Niño lasts all year. El Niños generally lead to global temperature records, as the short-term El Niño warming adds to the underlying long-term global warming trend."
Global warming appears to be getting ready for its mic drop.
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ISIS was created by the administration of George W. Bush. Even Dubya himself admits that.

"But all the elements for ISIS' expansion--leadership from Saddam loyalists, foreign fighters who flocked to Iraq to target U.S. forces and disgruntled Sunni "sons of Iraq" alienated by the Shiite Maliki regime in Baghdad--were in place before Dubya ambled out of the White House for the last time. President Bush admitted as much during a December 2008 interview with Martha Raddatz of ABC News..."
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For #conservatives , ignorance is strength, and being anti-science is a sacrament. 

"Actually, it’s pretty easy to understand scientists’ best estimate of what fraction of recent warming is man-made — all of it. Jeb Bush asserts this issue is “convoluted,” but in fact it is so widely accepted that every major government in the world — including China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia — signed off on that finding almost two years ago.

"I’m speaking of the findings of the IPCC’s 2013 Summary for Policymakers Fifth Assessment of the scientific literature. A key IPCC conclusion was that scientists are 95 to 100 percent certain humans are responsible for most of the added warming since 1950. They further explain that “the best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming over this period.”

"To repeat, the best estimate is that humans are responsible for all of the warming we have suffered since 1950. Again, every major government in the world signed off on this finding, just like every other line in the Summary."
Jeb Bush says of climate change, "I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted." Actually, it’s pretty easy to understand scientists’ best estimate of what fraction of recent warming is man-made — all of it.
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"NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years.

"But what’s really remarkable is that 2014 set this record without the aid of an El Niño event. El Niño events create conditions in which sea surface and hence global surface temperatures are anomalously hot. We call this part of the Earth’s “internal variability” because these events just temporarily shift heat around between the ocean surface and its depths."
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Nope. Proof is required that Schmidt did say what Rose claimed he said. We know from the report that the "38%" figure does not represent what Rose claimed it represented. We therefore have positive proof that Rose is a liar.

Try to post a comment that isn't a lie. 
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It's not a hoax. It's fact.
In a new White House report, the president makes a powerful case that climate change has far-reaching national security implications.
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Are you claiming that there was no warming in 2014, +Richardson Farrier?

Do you have the balls to make any falsifiable claim at all, little coward? 
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