John adams1

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  1. about 2 hours ago on Two Party Opera

    Grant wasn’t a drinker; he never drank on the job. There is reason to think that when he was posted in California in his first stint in the army, his loneliness drove him to drink.

  2. about 12 hours ago on Chris Britt

    Oh, you poor dear. You don’t realize that all the climate change DENIAL was funded by oil companies – who paid a lot better than universities or governments. We KNOW the truth: Exxon discovered the truth about human-caused global warming in the 1970s — not surprising, since the research got started in the 1960s, and the idea dates back to 1896 — and started institutes to deny, obfuscate, and obscure the truth. But we know now.

    You also don’t realize that government grants are NOT PAID TO THE PERSON. They are used to pay for the research, and are tracked tightly to ensure that nothing is taken.

    You REALLY don’t know scientists, either. They don’t work just for a salary! If someone could prove wrong ALL the tens of thousands of studies and thousands of scientists who have confirmed the reality of global warming, they’d do it instantly! That would make them immortal, and undoubtedly win a Nobel Prize, since that would overturn VAST amounts of data from dozens of different fields, ranging from the study of tree rings to ice cores to atmospheric physics. (Spoiler alert: ain’t gonna happen. Too much data has converged on this point to be wrong.)

  3. 1 day ago on Robert Ariail

    @squiggle9: making stuff up again, I’m afraid. Sea level rise:

  4. 2 days ago on Clay Bennett

    @antiquetracman – Sadly, both your facts and your logic fail. China has been investing massively in solar power and other renewable energy technology (they got from us), they build more electric cars than anyone, and the effects are already being seen. They were the fastest-growing CO2 polluter; now they are declining. See this article in Bloomberg:

    Also, saying “well, they don’t do anything, so it’s pointless for us to do anything” is simply wrong. Every country that gets better gives us time to figure out what else to do, and perhaps stave off greater disaster. For example, CO2 capture technology is improving – it’s nowhere near enough to make a difference yet, but if we use that as well as reducing CO2 emissions, we have a real shot at turning things around, IF we have time to develop it. If we slow down CO2 emissions, we have time to switch to more renewable resources and slow them down further.

    Besides: what downside is there to reducing our dependence on oil? Moving to renewable resources would cripple hostile Islamic nations, reduce pollution generally, and enable us to use the same amount of electricity at a far lower cost.

  5. 2 days ago on Clay Bennett

    @Iron Pounder: the problem isn’t that we are losing an “ideal” climate; there is no such thing. The problem is that it is changing too quickly for us to manage, and it has secondary effects. For example, if warming leads the Midwest to become a Dust Bowl and Canada becomes a better climate to grow wheat, we have to import food, which we have never had to do before. We are already seeing shifts in various parts of the world – some islands are disappearing beneath the waves, increased aridity in some areas have caused famine.

    We have foodstuffs and animals bred for certain climates. When those climates change, they can’t just adapt along with them.

    This isn’t even new, by the way. It is thought that the Black Plague wiping out one-third to two-thirds of Europe led to a climactic change because farmland went back to forest!

    And this doesn’t include the increasing weather intensity due to more energy in the atmosphere – imagine most hurricanes being a “once-in-a-century” superstorm, and most snowstorms being major blizzards.

    And of course one fear is “runaway warming,” which could lead to even worse effects. If you’re curious, check out our twin planet, Venus, which has a mostly CO2 atmosphere:

    National Geographic has a nice information hub on anthropogenic climate change:

  6. 2 days ago on Robert Ariail

    The difficult bit for many people is that we won’t just magically warm everywhere. There will be no obvious moment to which we can point and say “BOOM! Global warming!”

    Instead, there will be a host of different small things happening everywhere, and a few big things happening periodically. The ice cap shrinks in summer and re-freezes in winter – but now it’s shrinking more every summer and re-freezing less every winter. The Sahara Desert is slowly growing. Some dry areas are now getting arid, with longer droughts. Others get more rainfall – some enough to be helpful, many getting pounded (and hard, heavy rain washes away topsoil, so it isn’t what farmers prefer!).

    The jet stream is shifting; flying over the North Atlantic is now consistently bumpier than it used to be (I’ve experienced that myself, having taken that route frequently over the past 25 years). Some think the Gulf Stream will shift, and depending on the direction it will either drop the UK into the deep freeze, or warm it further – but in either case what we will see incremental changes every year, every season: “wow, this is a warmer summer [or colder winter] than usual.” And every year worse.

    And we get stronger hurricanes – there has been debate over whether there will be more of them or not, but they are definitely going to be stronger, because ocean warmth is fuel for hurricanes.

    Here in Boston, the predictions are that we will get more snowfall, but at less frequent intervals. Why? Because warmer air carries more moisture. It will snow less frequently because of warmth (more rain), but when we DO get snowfall, there will be more of it because we have more moisture to freeze into snow. (This is exactly the pattern here for the past several years, incidentally.) This has secondary and tertiary effects: business being slowed for major snowfalls, more money spent on clearance, schools closing, etc. Imagine those small changes everywhere – and the prices we will pay every day…

  7. 4 days ago on Stuart Carlson

    He’s even worse than that, Radish. He lost money on a CASINO. One estimate found that if he took the money he was known to have gotten from his father and just stuck it in an index fund, he’d be richer than he claims falsely to be now!

    He’s not a businessman nor a business leader, and never has been. His 20-person “Trump Organization” is now solely in the business of licensing the Trump name on other people’s properties, built with other people’s money. He guarantees his cut regardless of the success of the enterprise. He’s done this over and over again. He’s a con man, nothing more, suckering people into his schemes with fame and fake fortune, and he’s the only one who ever makes money. And even then he couldn’t make enough money to keep it going, so he had to get into hock with the Russians!

  8. 4 days ago on Tim Campbell

    She made her bed, now she can lie in it. I have zero sympathy for Melania Trump at this point. It’s not as if her husband was a surprise: this is the guy who called the papers to tell them he was sleeping around on one wife. She started a anti-cyberbullying campaign when her husband is the second biggest cyberbully on the planet (after Putin), and just shrugs.

    I have some sympathy for her son, but he’s been kept out of the spotlight fairly successfully.

  9. 4 days ago on Clay Bennett

    What? You mean the Attorney General’s office, under the openly racist and political Jeff Sessions? Don’t hold your breath.

  10. 4 days ago on Steve Benson

    That was implicit in what I said: “certain kinds of religious belief.” Catholics, for example, are just fine with science, including evolution, global warming, etc.