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  1. Secprof commented on Calvin and Hobbes almost 3 years ago

    Too much of the “news” is motive-driven. What do you journalist folks think about Fox News?

  2. Secprof commented on Monty almost 3 years ago

    Meddick doesn’t draw very good Christmas trees.

  3. Secprof commented on Get Fuzzy over 3 years ago

    I respectfully submit that those who feel “disrespected” by strip repeats should get a life.

  4. Secprof commented on Non Sequitur over 3 years ago

    Broadly speaking, doesn’t the fossil record indicate a general trend toward more complex living beings?

  5. Secprof commented on Non Sequitur over 3 years ago

    Please excuse the following long entry:
    The Earth has warmed about 12 degrees since the bottom of the last ice age approx. 15 thousand years ago, Roughly one degree per thousand years. That’s part of the natural cycle, but about 1 1/2 degrees of that warming has occurred in the last 200 years – a rate of warming 10-15 times faster than the natural rate. That accelerated rate of warming is due to human activity (addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, alteration of the land surface, etc).

    Not sure where Nabuqud. (first entry) gets his “facts”, but his statement (“record lows across entire continents for months at a time”) is a fantasy unless he is talking about Europe and Asia in the mid 1500s.

    Consider these facts:
    NASA photos — SATELLITE PHOTOS – of Arctic sea ice from the early 1970s to the present show a general strong trend of decreasing ice cover.
    … Something like 12 of the warmest years since the mid 1800s have all occurred in the last 15 years (those numbers might not be exactly correct — I’m doing this from memory), but you get the idea.
    … Average annual temperatures across Alaska have risen 7-12 degrees over the last 30 years.
    … Global average ocean temperatures have risen a half degree in 30 years.
    … The sea level is rising (because land ice is melting (especially Greenland) and thermal expansion of warning ocean water).
    … Heat-loving plants and animals are expanding their ranges northward from the tropics.
    … Right now most of Asia is experiencing its hottest summer in, I believe, 130 years, and 45% of the U.S. is in drought.

    I could go on and on — but the point is, the evidence for warming is overwhelming. Sure, periods of record cold still occur, but record heat is much more frequent and widespread than record cold. Averaged across the entire planet, global temperatures are rising.

  6. Secprof commented on Non Sequitur over 3 years ago

    It’s entertaining to read the uninformed comments from the folks who deny global warming. They are today’s equivalent of yesterday’s flat-earth society.

  7. Secprof commented on Get Fuzzy over 3 years ago

    Just out of curiosity - what was the political comment?

  8. Secprof commented on Get Fuzzy over 4 years ago

    Yeah, and most of that 15% goes to organized religion — it’s quite a stretch to call that “charitable giving”.

  9. Secprof commented on Monty over 4 years ago

    Cumulus congestus is the “middle cloud” — moderate vertical development — between cumulus (little vertical development) and cumulonimbus (the thunderstorm; great vertical development).

  10. Secprof commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 4 years ago

    As a retired meteorologist from the National Weather Service, this sequence calls to mind a truism that is well known to weather forecasters: “The weather does what it has to, to make liars of us.”