A year ago tomorrow, just before the opening of the UN Copenhagen world climate summit, the British Meteorological Office issued a confident prediction. The mean world temperature for 2010, it announced, ‘is expected to be 14.58C, the warmest on record’ – a deeply worrying 0.58C above the 19611990 average.
World temperatures, it went on, were locked inexorably into an everrising trend: ‘Our experimental decadal forecast confirms previous indications that about half the years 2010-2019 will be warmer than the warmest year observed so far – 1998.’
Met Office officials openly boasted that they hoped by their statements to persuade the Copenhagen gathering to impose new and stringent carbon emission limits – an ambition that was not to be met.
Winter’s icy grip: Drivers and pedestrians battle through blizzards in Kent last week
Last week, halfway through yet another giant, 15,000delegate UN climate jamboree, being held this time in the tropical splendour of Cancun in Mexico, the Met Office was at it again.
Never mind that Britain, just as it was last winter and the winter before, was deep in the grip of a cold snap, which has seen some temperatures plummet to minus 20C, and that here 2010 has been the coolest year since 1996.
Globally, it insisted, 2010 was still on course to be the warmest or second warmest year since current records began.
But buried amid the details of those two Met Office statements 12 months apart lies a remarkable climbdown that has huge implications – not just for the Met Office, but for debate over climate change as a whole.
Read carefully with other official data, they conceal a truth that for some, to paraphrase former US VicePresident Al Gore, is really inconvenient: for the past 15 years, global warming has stopped.
Read the full story at the UK Daily Mail
Well I am very happy that global warming has stopped. It is quite a relief.
I know what you’re tying to do but I’m not biting Rob.
No really, I’m very glad about it.
(I posted this at in the last stories comments but I want to post it again here because you gotta see this!!!!)
Ivâ€™e always thought that greenie environmentalist Libs were nuts, but now Ivâ€™e got proof!!!!!!
â€œAfter the wedding was over, symbolized by a long green fern wrapped around his balding head, Bloom kissed his bride one more time, saying to everyone within earshot: â€œFly me to the moon! To Jupiter and Mars!. This is the most wonderful day of my life!â€.â€
I donâ€™t know about you, but this left me speechless, with mouth agape, in total befuddlement.
â€œVERBATIM COPY OF WEDDING VOWS FOR NEWS OUTLETS:
Do you, Danny Bloom, take the Earth to be your cosmicly wedded wife? (â€I doâ€).
Do you promise to love, cherish and protect her, whether in
good times or during human-caused global warming times of adversity, and to seek with her a life
hallowed by the eons of time? (â€I doâ€)
And do you Earth, take this eccentric blooming idiot, to be your cosmicly-wedded husband? (â€I doâ€).
Do you promise to love, cherish and protect him, whether
in good fortune or in adversity, and like he said above, that stuff above global warming and climate change, and to seek with him a life
hallowed by the eons of time? (â€I doâ€)
I now pronounce you two lovebirds humankind and Earth. You may kiss the bride. You may embrace your husband.
Stories? Story’s? Store ease?
It was a natural event Rob. 98% of the cause of Global warming or Cooling is influenced by the Sun. Human influence over the cliamte is still unproven.
Those silly goofy Libs… ha ha ha
Purposeful ignorance allows us to enjoy cheaper commodities produced through slave-like labor, both foreign, and increasingly, domestic, and yet “thank god for his bounty” in the nation’s churches without a trace of guilt or irony. It allows strong arm theft of weaker nations’ resources and goods, to say nothing of the destructiveness of late stage capitalism — using up exhausting every planetary resource that sustains human life. The American defense, on those rare occasions when one is offered, runs roughly, “Well you commie bastard, I ain’t ever seen a sweatshop and I got no Asian kids chained in the basement. So I’ve got what the guvment calls plausible deniability. Go fuck yerself!”
Uh, don’t look now, but the banksters own your butt, your country has become a work gulag/police state and the most of the world hates you (us) but their governments are doing the same thing.
Such a dismal American intellectual climate enables capitalist elites to withhold and ration vital resources like health care simply by auctioning it off to the richest. Americans fail to grasp this because the most important fact (that a helluva lot of folks can’t afford to bid, and therefore get to die early) never gets equal play with capitalist political propaganda, to wit, that if we give free medical attention to low income cleft palate babies, a wave of Leninism will seize the nation. That is cultural ignorance. We breathe the stuff every day of our lives.
But when Americans too poor to buy health care nevertheless vote to retain the corporate auction process, that is cultural stupidity.
What happened to the warmest year on record? This……
“After a further 4in of snow fell yesterday the Met Office warned that â€“ despite a brief respite this weekend â€“ temperatures would stay â€˜remarkablyâ€™ low for another fortnight. If that happens, this month could replace 1981 as the coldest December since records began in 1910.”
“Some parts of the country have not seen a positive temperature reading for nearly two weeks. Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: â€˜December has got off to a remarkable start. Itâ€™s possible it could be the coldest on record. â€˜We will have to wait and see but itâ€™s going to stay cold for much of the rest of the month with widespread risk of ice, frost and snow showers.â€™.”
“Last winter, more than 25,000 people died in England and Wales as a result of the cold temperatures. Most of them were aged over 75.”
Gosh, what DID happen to it? Oh yeah, I remember! Poor GB, while it was freezing most of the rest of the world was having a slightly different problem.
“2010 – World feeling the heat as 17 countries experience record temperatures.”
2010 sees record high temperatures in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, but other high records were set in many African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries. Pakistan, now experiencing its worst ever floods, had the hottest day in Asia’s history on 26 May, when 53.5C (128.3F) was recorded in Mohenjo-daro. 5 other cities in Asia recorded temperatures in EXCESS of 120 degrees.
June 2010 was the hottest month worldwide ever recorded by man.
â€œRe 2010: What Happened To The Warmest Year On Record?â€
From what I can see… YEAH! it’s got one ell’ova shot at it!
U.S. diplomatic cables show that the Americans have been trying to strong arm other countries in order to get their way at international summits. The cables, which go back to last year’s Copenhagen summit, show the U.S. as a manipulative and opportunistic power seeking to water down important environmental agreements.
So don’t worry- as usual you Rightys got the US government on your side. All the Green-ish talk and rhetoric is just window dressing.
ROB…Well of course the real smart people want to water the agreements down. Most of the agreements would have worsened the US economey. We really don’t want a weak nation do we. Oh I forgot who I was talking to.
There you go showing how little you know about how the real world works. There is a principal called DIME that is used to influence other governments.
D=diplomacy I=information M= military E=economic. Four years ago the State Department added another E that stands for environment. They did that when Bush stupidly caved in and acknowledged that climate change was an issue. (Bush II made mistakes and this was one of them) When I was a FDO I was privileged to see many a time when some Little Dictator world bow up to a US Ambassador and would be slapped down by the threat of divulging information or changing policy that would weaken them. And if they had an Ace hidden somewhere they would play it as well. Believe my Rob. Your Love affair with these People loving socialist Countries would only get you killed.
My post was for those “others” here that believed (still beleive) our government (Obama) was/is 100% behind the great Green scam. This info was not for you apparently. I knew all along we (the US government) wasn’t about to agree to anything truly Green. How you may ask? Witnessing how the USA has treated all things Green for the past 30 years. So please don’t lecture to me about this.
And thanks ever so much for warning me about the dasteredly deeds of other countries. I’m sure you are privy (or not) to all sorts of nasty things that they do. As if our own government doesn’t do them as well, and often times much much more effectively and deadly. So enough with the conceited lectures.
BTW what is a FDO? (I’m sure I will be sorry I asked).
What the heck is the Great Green Scam? Are you talking about AGW? This clearly shows that you have little to no idea what you are talking about. Our govt. was not behind AGW, that would be the U.N. Our govt. is complicit, yes, but not behind it.
So let’s see what members, and former members of our govt. were pushing the environmentalist green movement. Shall we? That would be Progressives, Liberals, and Socialists. Hmmmm.
Well, members of our govt. are complicit. But remember the Kyoto protocols were never ratified, so it is very difficult to say that our govt. is behind AGW.
It’s you and others here who are being inconsistent not me. The great Green scam is AGW and all things Green of course. The “scam” part being your viewpoint also of course.
That is- you pretend, or not, to believe that our “always-Liberal” government and media are behind all things Green and foolish, when in fact it is just the opposite. The US Gov and media pay lip service to it to be sure, most of the time, but in actual deed/substance almost never. E.g. Kyoto, Cancun etc. etc.
Oh, but NOW you say it’s not “our govt.” it’s the U.N. Another e.g. of your inconsistency. I would never disagree that it is the Left, the Liberals, the Progressives who push” the environmental/green movement. I am what they call… consistent.
Either you are pretending to be confused, above, or alas… truly are.
When did I ever say the govt. and the media are behind all of this? Never, that’s when. There are cheerleaders for it in both our media, and our govt. but it has always been the U.N. Just goes to show how you dismiss everything said here but your own opinion.
FDO – Forien Duty Officer. The movies like to call them Military Attaches. Oh I know just how dirty we can play to. Most people in the US have no idea how the world really works. I will garentee you this. The world works on one rule and only one rule. Exploit the weakness of thoes that you can. As my good friend from Lebanon says. If you can not defeat your enemy kiss his hand untill you can.” Our weakenss is that we let the Lefties in the world put big otd guilt trips on us. We want to sleep well so we buy our peace instead of earning it. As my father once told me “A farmer can’t feed people without getting his hands dirty.” so I continued on until I found a better gig as a Jr. partner in the civilian world.
Dan is there something wrong with the website? I was trying to post something but it would not post.
I don’t think so. Several comments were held for moderation, due to containing the word “jerk.” They’ve all been approved.
OK – I found them in the spam trap. I guess it didn’t like your link.
Thanks Dan. I think I now have a few redundant posts as a result of that. So I guess I will just say ooops!
The so-called Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Although some of the cuts retain bipartisan support in Congress and may yet be extended, as of now, Washington has some severe changes in store for you and your family. Grab a scotch and sit down.
Higher tax rates for all
You may have been led to believe that only individuals in the top two brackets will face higher federal income taxes when the Bush cuts go bye-bye. Not true! Unless Congress takes action and President Obama goes along, rates will go up for everyone — not just a sliver of the wealthiest Americans. The current six rate brackets of 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% will be replaced by five new brackets with the higher rates of 15%, 28%, 31%, 36% and 39.6%. Just a few months ago, it seemed like a safe bet that Congress would make a fix to keep the existing 10%, 15%, 25% and 28% rate brackets to help out lower and middle-income folks. That bet is now looking iffy.
Higher capital gains and dividends taxes for all
Right now, the maximum federal rate on long-term capital gains and dividends is only 15%. Starting next year, the maximum rate on long-term gains will increase to 20%. The maximum rate on dividends will skyrocket to 39.6% unless action is taken to limit the rate to 20%, as the president has repeatedly promised. Plan on 39.6%, and hope Iâ€™m wrong.
Right now, an unbeatable 0% rate applies to long-term gains and dividends collected by folks in lowest two rate brackets of 10% and 15%. Starting next year, those folks will pay 10% on long-term gains and 15% and 28% on dividends (compared with 0% now) unless a change is made. Otherwise, taxes on long-term gains and dividends will go up for everyone.
So, Rob why do you call it a tax cut? The tax cuts happened in 01′ and 03′ we are talking about the current rates that exist now because of the tax cuts under Bush. There are no tax cuts on the table. They either go up, or they stay where they are. No cuts………
I heard that this is Europes coldest winter since 1659. I will take global warming over global cooling any day.
I can’t argue with retarded logic.
That’s the best you got? You can’t argue with it because it is a fact. And you know it is a fact. Tell me I’m wrong. Show me where my logic is retarded on this! You can’t because it is the cold stark reality of the situation, and you are not happy because you can’t use you class envy in this case. Either the taxes go up to a level before the Bush tax cuts or they don’t. End of story.
The cuts were meant to be temporary. But of course now people like you deny that. We had a great economy with Clinton level taxes. And other examples like that in our history too, which is fact and you will deny that as well.
Obama caved in to the Right, as usual, and the cuts will remain in effect for another two years. Fact. Captial gains also used to be much more havily taxed in those good years. Fact. Plus Capital gains doesn’t really effect most middle class Americans, never did, never will.
It was a fitting spectacle too (carried live on CNN) — since Bill Clinton paved the way in teaching how a Democratic president can win battles through the votes NOT of his own party but the Republicans.
Remember NAFTA, the trade deal loved by big business and Republicans — and opposed by Democratic constituencies like unions, environmentalists and consumer advocates? President Clinton passed NAFTA in 1993 with the votes of nearly 80 percent of GOP senators and almost 70 percent of House Republicans. Meanwhile, House Democrats opposed NAFTA by more than 3 to 2. Fact.
Obama is the best Republican President since… Clinton.
No one is denying that the cuts were temporary. And have you read this?:
“It was in 1990 that Mr. Bush broke one of the most celebrated promises in modern American politics â€”â€œRead my lips: no new taxes,â€ as he put it in 1988 â€” in order to control federal spending. In the same way that Mr. Obama struck his deal to secure lower tax rates for the middle-class and win an extension of unemployment benefits, Mr. Bush gave on tax rates to get â€œpay as you goâ€ rules â€” meaning that no further spending could be approved without compensating budget cuts or revenue increases. It was the beginning of the fiscal discipline that helped create the budget surpluses of the 1990s.”
So it was fiscal discipline created by W’s dad that helped create the budget surpluses of the 1990s, not Billy boy. So it looks like what you claim is a fact is in reality a myth. Not unlike most of you commonly held misconceptions that pass your unfiltered open mind.
Oh right. Ok then. You can’t give ANY credit to any Democrat. I got that from you a LONG time ago. Yes Bush I raised taxes cuz to keep the country from total destruction that was necessary, as it is now, but he and anyone else who even says those words gets excoriated by just about everyone. Why? Becuase as a country we’ve been brainwashed and have gone so far to the extreme Right, that’s why.
Your points and arguments to do nothing to support anything you are trying to say. You simply continue to high-light your prejudices.
[personal remark deleted].
My source is “Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 1990 (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989), p. 4-4.” Regan Cut taxes $275.3 Billion. $265 was in 1981. It was huge. Over the rest of his tenure he raised a taxes $132.7 Billion. Now this is a good source. It is fact with out opinion. Here is some analysis. He knew that he had to stimulate Growth in the private sector after what Bubba Jimmy and his Democratic controlled congress did to the economy. He cut the tax rates deep. He had to adjust it up and it was even an election point for his second term. Poor old Bush 1 was old school and wanted a balanced budget. Congress (Demo controlled) would not cut spending and he compromised to get a solid budget in 1990. We were not anywhere near destruction. Unemployment was lower than ever. Americans had more disposable income then ever before. We were on the brink of being able to cash in on the peace dividend. Oh crap why do I botherâ€¦ I have no idea how old you are but I am sure you probably are just old enough to have voted for Clinton in his second election and have no idea what it was like When Carter was the Pres and everyone sat in gas lines for hours just to get Â½ a tank of gas. I agree with 99% of what everyone else knows. There is hardly a democrat out there that is worth there weight in salt.
No doubt it’s true. I beleive it, I guess. My POINT was and remains that Reagan left us all a HUGE deficit. Oh, how they like to over-look that little fact.
P.S. I voted first for Carter. So again- take your assumtions and leave rthem somewhere that has not much daylight. It’s a sign of juvenile thinking to add such nonsense.
Now you know what we go through all of the time with you. I was taking a page from your playbook. And now I am LMAO!!!!!
Neil, I can tell you have him confused. My dod is chasing her tail right now. Sounds familiar.
It’s funny because the thing I posted from the NYT is by a guy who is a Liberal, but is writing a book on GHW Bush, and says some really nice things about him. He is giving GHW Bush credit for things that no Liberal ever has. It’s actually kind of sad because he never would have said those things if he was not trying to get access for his book.
OMG a LIBERAL who is fair and unbiased!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT.
And Neil – re: our statements above…. I didn’t mean that you only did it that one time. You do it almost ALL the time. Just sayin’.
I use rational logic. I don’t know what it is you use.
Oh and blaming the gas lines on Carter is unfair, of course. But you Rightys aren’t known for your fairness anyway.
That’s right from a “righty.” Anything positive to say? By the way, when has the last refinery been built in the US since Carter in the 70’s? One of many reasons why our prices are high at the pump. Maybe he can go back to North Korea and get another agreement? You betcha! Thanks Jimmy, have a “Billy Beer.”
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO SAY? Once a hypocrite always….
You reasoning for higher gas prices is faulty. Sorry. It’s all OPEC, plain and simple. They have us over a barrel (gee that’s a clever one eh?) and we keep asking for more. Instead we should be looking at any and all alternatives other than the truly bogus like Ethanol. But noooooooooo, you all like being bent over that oil barrel, getting the shaft from the rich oil sheiks. Just like Bush, kissy kissy.
BTW Carter made a very strong and powerful speech while President about the very problem re: energy we are facing today. IF we had followed his leadership we may just be better off today, maybe even MUCH better off. But for that reason alone (more or less) he was brought down by the greedheads and one of them (Reagan) then had the solar panels ripped down from the Whitehouse.
Why do you people get everything wrong (almost everything) and yet your side keeps winning?? Could it be that your side is MORE corrupt and ruthless?
Really What was the Deficit when Regan left? What the heck was it???? Please tell me!!!! You accuse me of leaving out little fact…. Here is a little fact. Regan Broke the Back Of the USSR with an econimic war the likes that had never been seen. He had to fight a Democratic Congress for everything he accomplished. We lived in a time that the two largest Armies stood face to gace ready to destroy each other and Europe was the Battle ground. He ended that and it cost us some $$$$ but not Nucular war you [misspelled personal comment deleted]. Bush 1 raised taxes and gave in ti the Dems in congress. He lost his way and paid for it. Then we got Slick Willy who did not decrease the Deficit even though he was able to have a Surplus from cutting the Military and colecting the benifits that Reagan earned for this country. He pissed them away while chasing skirt. BTW… have you ever been shot at by a idiot with an AK wanting to end your life and your way of life…. remember this there are thoes that have and your way is not what they fought for.
Again False. The USSR was already imploding and would have without Reagan and probably not that much slower. The Right used it to canonize lame Reagan to sainthood. Good bit o’ smoke and mirrors that one. The “little” bit that Reagan did to speed up that implosion created a huge deficit which WE had to pay for. Gullible chumps.
Your answer is incorrect. We are more logical and realistic in our thinking. Ruthless is in the eye of the beholder, corruption is an indictable offense. There is a difference, however, the far left liberal believes with blood red faces when they don’t get their way like a little BOY that the opposing party is “corrupt.” Never changes.
The only red faces I’ve seen lately are in the Tea Party. Maybe it’s the red shining off their necks.
Rob. Again what was the ammount of that Huge Deficate?? What history books are you reading? BTW after 8 years of Regan he did not cause the Deficite to grow even Half as much as Obama the last 2 years. Lokk it up and come back with #’s that prove me wrong.
Deficits only seem to matter to you Wingnuts when the Dems are in charge. When the Right is in the majority you NEVER hear any talk about the deficit. Obama’s deficits are the continuation of W’s, and that is just another reason why I will not be voting for Obama again.
You made a statement and can’t even answered a simple question about it . You want to pass judgment without being able to support them. How can you do that? Every question You have asked me I have answered. Please extend the same courtesy….
Now you see why anyone with a difference of opinion firmly believes R Hood is? Oops, cannot go there. Judgments can be made by the reader.
I don’t know the specific number. There, are you happy now? It doesn’t change anything. The only recourse you have now, logically that is, is to say there is no deficit. Which isn’t true. Or that Obama created the entire deficit which also isn’t true. Or even that he created the majority of it. So what is your point other than having me honestly state I don’t know the exact number? Is that your method of debating? Cuz if so it’s pretty juvenile. In my opinion.
Then if you dont know the number than how can you say it was big. If Regan raised the Deficit $1Trillion in 8 years and Bush II $4 trillion in 8 years and Obama $7 trillion in 2 years how what does “big” mean. In order to understand what you are saying Rob we need to know your perspective. You are guaranteed the right to free speech, You also have to own what you say. Paul and I have no duty to like what you say nor do you have to like what we say. Don’t get mad when our fact rip your opinion to shreds with facts. just do some research to back it up… The only power you have to shut me up is to prove me wrong…
Plus it’s apples and oranges. We are in much deeper doo doo now than when Reagan went on his military and tax cutting shopping sprees. And while Obama hasn’t had much time to FIX it, Bush had 8 years digging the hole we find ourselves in.
You are right, I just don’t see how spending over twice as much over the last 2 years as Bush did in his 8 years is fixing the problem.
You are like the dark knight . You never fail me. Fought better adversaries than you. Thoiught that you would post on Christmas Eve. You never fail me. Always know your adversaries and their ways of operation. Know you well more than you know.
You are strange. I am working my secoond job, all thru the holiday… Ain’t ‘Merica great?? Answer: not any more.
You really have not been out of this country have you?
Let me give you a small bit of wisdom I have gathered from being all around the world…. The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. There is not a better place to live in the world.
Been to Mexico. That is a pretty good example of many areas of the world where the wealthy elite have been plundering the masses, even more than what used to happen here in the good ol US of A. But we are being Mexicoized, gradually but surely. Just when the world should be getting better for all it is getting worse for all. Because of stubborness, greed, gullibility, and yes, stupidity.
I work virtual AFTER 50+ hour weeks at my office. Clients think I work 24/7! It’s called “life” and paying the bills. Get used to it. I have for 40+ years.
You are sheeple.
I refuse to go there.
Gee, what DID happen to it? Oh; I remember:
2010: World feeling the heat as 17 countries experience record temperatures.
2010 sees record highs in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, but others also set in many African, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries
But the extreme heat experienced in Europe would barely have registered in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Niger, Pakistan and Sudan, all of which have recorded temperatures of more than 47C (115F) since June. The number of record highs is itself a record â€“ the previous record was for only 14 new high temperatures in 2007.
I’ve got no formal education so I have to take everything that happens around me on face value and ask simple questions about what I see. Once again I will ask another “GW SCAMMER ORG” a few simple questons. So far, noone’s been able to give me credible answers based on FACTS.
If Global Warming is a scam:
1. Where is all that water coming from that is forcing thousands of islanders to abandon their SINKING islands? Islands that have been there for millenia?
2. Where did all the sea ice go that was there for thousands of years and is now gone?
3. Where is all that record precipitation (rain AND snow) coming from that is flooding most of the world today? More than ever before in man’s history?
If it’s so simple: why hasn’t anyone come up with some answers? Sure had lots of mindless ranting about GLOBAL WARMING HOAXES though, I guess that way they don’t have to give answers, just make noise.
1. What islands are you referring to? Name the abandonded, sinking islands so we can see what you’re talking about.
2. Sea Ice comes and goes. Always has. Melts in summer, freezes in winter. People sounded the alarm when the northwest passage opened up and became navigable. Wow – people are dumb. Why do you suppose it’s called the northwest PASSAGE?
3. What are you talking about? Most of the world is flooded? How old are you?
Answers to what? How to fix a fictitious problem? Easy. Ignore it. Either that or develop a fictitious solution and pretend it’s working – but that gets expensive.
Hey there Dan… I like your civilzed response. So thanks for that. And I hope MD responds to you. Here’s my question to you: With all the evidence pointing to a wealthy elite, which includes BOTH right and left wing people (mostly right in my opinion), who create (such as AGW perhaps) or take the opportunities presented to them as them come to create even more wealth and power for themselves, do you persist in the notion that it is Socialist/Communist in nature and not more simply greed, money and power for the few who go for it and reap its benefits?
Excellent response Dan, please keep it up.
No response to a good question? Why not?
Bummer. I hate it when they ignore a great question. Figures.
Hey of there’s any nice women out there who read this crap, let me know. We should talk…
Now I know, based upon your post that you really need a vacation. Seriously and I will go no further.
Feel free to respond to my question, otherwise don’t bother with the drivel.
You are grasping for straws my freind. A Scot never forgets. Take a vacation. Sincerely believe you are due one. It’s cold out there!