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Sep 12 2013

Graphic view of Arctic sea ice loss

There is much joy in Teaparty-ville that Arctic ice loss may fall short of a new minimum this year. Back in the reality-based world, there’s not much in the way of good news to celebrate: Prof Andy Shepherd, from Leeds University, said: “Now that we have three years of data, we can see that some …

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Sep 03 2013

The roots of Syrian discontent

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Syria is certainly a complicated region, one where many factors have come together to produce the first-class genocidal mess now in progress. But one of those factors illustrated above might surprise you, and if it’s accurate, it should even worry you:

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Sep 03 2013

Pleistocene may have ended with a bang

The end of the most recent ice age is an intriguing time in natural history, particularly in the northern hemisphere. Evidence shows a sudden savage cold snap lasting centuries affecting a region stretching from the upper eastern seaboard of the US to the British Isles and beyond beginning about 12,900 years ago. A number of …

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Aug 30 2013

A new canyon grander than the Grand

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Trick question: what planet has a canyon grander than the Grand? Answer: if the science denier wing has their way, it may be coming soon to a continent near you: The age of discovery isn’t over yet. A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland’s ice sheet, scientists announced Thursday …

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Aug 15 2013

Former Sec of State George Shultz clearly does not believe in God

To someone who does not know anything about modern issues or parties, I might appear to be a raging lefty. But what I really am is anti-idiocy, anti-dishonesty, anti-stupidity, and pro-science, pro-fact, pro-reality. Forty years ago, at the dawn of my political consciousness, that made me a centrist to a middle of the road conservative. …

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Aug 15 2013

You can’t believe in God AND believe in global warming

Update: Former Secretary of State George Shultz must be one of us! Hail & welcome to the non-believers sir! Outside of the implausibility of religious claims about magic floods and rising from the dead, there is also the day-to-day ugliness that turns many off like a light switch. Racism, sexism, intolerance, a long history of …

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Aug 02 2013

A Republican case for climate change

Four former GOP EPA heads have jointly written an op-ed in the NYT addressing the reality of climate change. Excerpt below:

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Aug 01 2013

August

Texas, August. There are many cruel days in the southwest, but these are the worst. It’s going to be hot, then hotter, followed by blazing hot. AC’s will fail, automobile radiators will blow out, power grids will brown out, some people will end up in the ER or the morgue because of it. One thing …

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Jul 22 2013

A message in the mud

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  Our local lake is still — barely — capable of supporting wakeboard boats, something I tested out yesterday in the photo above. It won’t be much longer, Lake Travis will simply dry up into Baked Mud Canyon if we don’t get a veritable deluge of rain in the next few months. But if present …

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Jul 05 2013

It shouldn’t be this hot!

Growing up it was common here in Texas to hear someone say “It’s gonna be a hot summer!.” It was a set up for sarcasm of all ages. This is Texas! It’s blazing hot every summer. But there is some relief afforded by the mild eccentricity of the earth’s orbit today:

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