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"The freshwater stored in this ice island could keep the Delaware or Hudson Rivers flowing for more than two years," said Muenchow, whose research in the area is supported by the National Science Foundation.... He said it was hard to judge whether the event occurred due to global warming because records on the sea water around the glacier have only been kept since 2003. The flow of sea water below the glaciers is one of the main causes of ice calvings off Greenland. "Nobody can claim this was caused by global warming. On the other hand nobody can claim that it wasn't," Muenchow said.So there. Maybe it's global warming, maybe not. Muenchow, a top scientist, admits that nobody can really know for certain if global warming is a factor in the ice island breaking off of Greenland. Contrary to what Al Gore preaches, the science of all of this is not over. Inquiry - and open minds - must prevail. Environmentalists area already having spasms, however, as their knees jerk uncontrollably. The New American notes this with some humor, but gives a serious explanation of just why it's foolish to rush to the conclusion that global warming is the cause of this calving of the ice: ...calving is not the same as melting. Calving happens when a section of ice breaks off a glacier, iceberg, or ice shelf, which may have nothing to do with melting. Obama's chief science advisor, John Holdren, described calving caused by too much ice in a 1971 essay warning of the dangers of a coming ice age: "Even more dramatic results are possible, however; for instance, a sudden outward slumping of the Antarctic ice cap, induced by added weight, could generate a tidal wave of proportions unprecedented in recorded history." Admittedly, such an outlandish prediction does undermine Holdren's credibility, but it is true that calving is just as likely to be caused by buildup of ice as by melting. In the case of the Petermann Glacier, it is more likely because the Greenland ice sheet increased by two inches per year from 1993 through 2003, and "radar stations in northern Greenland are rapidly being surrounded by the growing ice sheet," reports [Science and Public Policy Institute] (SPPI). - The New American... The New American also reports that, “...even though the Petermann Glacier calving can hardly be classified as a threat to the environment or a portent of impending disaster, depend upon major media to warn otherwise. Just remember, Greenland didn't get its name by being covered with ice as it is today. And as SPPI noted, 'the Greenland ice sheet was entirely absent 850,000 years ago: therefore, even if Greenland's ice were to melt, its disappearance would be entirely within the natural variability of the climate'." RELATED: 35 Inconvenient Truths - The Errors In Al Gore's Movie SPPI Fallacies About Global Warming SPPI
Saturday, August 7, 2010 | 10:26 PM
"I cannot support a budget that demands higher taxes from our citizens without first forcing the state government to do everything it can to cut spending to a level that reflects reality."In other words, if and when Springfield does "everything it can" to cut spending "to a level that reflects reality," Robinson says he's willing to support higher taxes. WTF? Excuse me, but calling for higher taxes is INCONSISTENT with libertarian, Republican and conservative philosophy. It is ONLY consistent with Liberal, Democrat, Progressive ideology. To whose "reality" was Robinson referring? He didn't say. He also offered no suggested course of action, no list of programs or items to trim in order to cut back that budget. Robinson wrapped up the press release with this: "It's time for elected leaders to show political courage and make decisions that serve the people’s interests rather than their own. I call on Governor Quinn to rethink his approach and to put people first." "People first" is so warm and fuzzy, but it's as void of substance as "hope and change." It took no political courage for Robinson to offer this empty criticism of Quinn's horrible budget plan, but Robinson offers no hint that he himself has any decisions to offer as an alternative. It's one thing for the average joe to sit around and criticize, but when a candidate for the State Senate does so we expect that person to offer at least a vague suggestion of their alternative plan of action. Robinson did not do that in March, and has not done so yet. An interesting quote that applies: "Liberal Republicans actually do more harm to our country than Liberal Democrats, because they are hijacking the party that is supposed to FIGHT socialism. That's why Bush was able to get away with expanding government more than Clinton, and Nixon more than Johnson." ~ Conservatives Don't Let Conservatives Support Liberal Republicans, Facebook group RELATED: Republican in Name Only (RINO) definition at Conservapedia
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This event will be fun and non-destructive (we're told), but the truth is that nobody knows how damaging it might be to satellites and other electronic systems, such as power grids. As sure as the Sun will rise tomorrow, you can bet that one day the Sun will destroy this planet. When? Probably not in our lifetimes, but according to NASA the Sun could bring civilization-destroying havoc as early as 2012. FoxNews also has a good report about the potentially destructive solar storms predicted for 2012.
Heliophysics is not something I excelled at in college. The fact that I didn't take any physics classes probably had something to do with that, but it hasn't curbed my enthusiasm for the subject. (True geeks will love this site: http://www.solarcycle24.com/) Below is a video that explains how the Sun works and its effects on the solar system, of which you and I are but tiny parts. (Also See: Interstellar Energy Cloud + Sun = Uh Oh!)
COMMENT #4: The CYR Board of Governors seems guilty of Freudian uncertainty. On the one hand, they state that Rose is absolutely innocent of any sexual misbehavior. Yet here they hint that perhaps Rose did something inappropriate but that it wasn't as bad as alleged. You can't have it both ways: Either he engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior or he didn't. As for the "external investigation," what the heck is that? The one in July 2009 "by the officials in the state Young Republican organization responsible for addressing the incident?" You call YRs investigating YRs "external?"
Unfortunately, this sort of infighting is common in politics, but that does not excuse it.
COMMENT #5: No, it's really not. It's not common for charges of serious sexual misconduct to be lodged against the leadership of any organization, whether in politics or otherwise.
The CYRs take pride in our ability to unite the Republican Party in Chicago and across Illinois. After all of our hard work this past year reaching out to the City’s young people, building a 1000-person member base, and hosting Chicago’s largest Republican gathering in decades, we realize our success has made us a target. We are angered by the personal attacks against Jeremy and the organization.
COMMENT #6: Nobody, up until now, was attacking "the organization" (the CYRs). This blog and others have pointed out the allegations against Rose and the coverup of them by Pat Brady, Lee Roupas and some of the individuals within the CYR. The organization itself is not the problem, it was - and seems to remain - some of the individuals within it currently.
Were it not for the countless hours and personal sacrifices he and the other volunteer board members have poured into the group, the CYRs would not be where we are today: the premier Republican organization for young people in the City. After two years of consistent growth, the CYRs fill a critical void in left-leaning Chicago and will continue to thrive in spite of recent developments. Particularly in such a critical election year, the CYRs will not allow this manufactured controversy to disrupt our great work in Chicago or detract from our electoral goals. Calls for candidates will continue, ground-breaking events will inspire courage and action from diverse new members, and formerly hidden Republicans will mobilize over the coming months for victory in Illinois.
COMMENT #7: They call the allegations against Rose a "manufactured controversy," but that ignores reality and their own contradictory statements. The sexual misconduct allegations have not been investigated by a truly independent body, and the CYR Board of Governors itself said that Rose apologized for ... for something. There's more, however, to this affair than the allegations against Rose. There's the secrecy and coverup aspect, which is quite real and certainly not manufactured. Even if all allegations against Rose are false, they should have been openly investigated. They weren't, and that's what led to avoidable - but not manufactured - controversy. The blame for this lies squarely in the lap of IL GOP Chair Pat Brady.
In accordance with our bylaws, Board Officers have elected Meredyth Richards the new President of our organization. Meredyth has been instrumental to our success over the past year, and is ready to lead us through the critical phase of the upcoming political cycle. She has the full backing of each and every Board member. Moving forward, we ask everyone, including those who have wished us ill in the past, for support and guidance. The consequences are too great in November -- we must join together again.
COMMENT #8: We have no reason to question the integrity of Ms. Richards, and wish her and the CYRs all the best for continued success in the future. We would suggest, however, that both she and the members of the CYR Board of Directors sign up for Press Statements 101 at the nearest community college.