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Wackadoo Season In Washington

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Among the economic Tea Party debt-ceiling danger deniers are the pictured Ted Yoho, Richard Burr, Steven King and Mo Brooks. The leader of this brigade is Sen. Tom Coburn, General of the Wackadoo militia. This gaggle of ingnorants have been spreading their ignorance across the news-waves, and sadly, there are too many vulnerables who might actually believe them.

Wackadoo is a term that's being used more and more often by pundits to describe elected officials, generally Republicans and Tea Partiers who just don't get it. They are birthers, climate change deniers, creationists and now economist gurus. These deniers are political terrorists who are determined to see this country destroyed so they can save it. Kind of the Werner Erhard (EST) philosophy of how to make you feel good. They suffer from hero complex -- but to be a hero, you need a damsel or dude in distress. So these sick puppies have set out to create catastrophe.

What is their take on this debt ceiling looming showdown?

Politico:

“Tough luck,” these people say. The nation spends too much as it is. Blocking a debt ceiling increase will provide the radical shock therapy the nation desperately needs to start living within its means.

That seems so diametrically opposed to just about every valid, responsible person or organization, Democratic or Republican.

Wall Street and the White House are warning that failure to raise the nation’s debt limit will result in an economic apocalypse. “There is no silver bullet. There is no magic wand that allows us to wish away the chaos that could result,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

So, who's right. Sadly, the wackadoos want to take us over the cliff to find out. Can we afford this experiment? Here it is in a Politico video, a short breakdown on the debt ceiling. It's succinct and precise. It's all you want or need to know.

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Video Overnight Thread- Real Time: Bill Nye Explains Science to Republicans Like They're Children

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Poor Bill, he's already busy. Via.

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Denies Climate Change

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New Mexico county first in US to ban fracking to safeguard water: "I don't want to destroy our water. You can't drink oil."

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It's that time again, time to talk about about fracking (scroll). A reminder:

Fracking — “hydraulic fracturing,” technically speaking — involves drilling a pipe horizontally into an underground oil- or natural gas-bearing formation and pumping a slurry into the formation at high pressure to liberate the hydrocarbons trapped within.

Frackers worry that if local residents and authorities were better informed, they’d be able to more effectively push back. They continue to use secrecy by way of withholding of information as their weapon of choice. Ignorance is their friend, but it shouldn't be ours. Please educate yourselves about the repercussions of this toxic practice.

New Mexico did. Mora County, a poor, conservative ranching region of "energy-rich" New Mexico, became the first county in the nation to pass an ordinance banning fracking due the effect it has on water quantity and quality.

New Mexicans can feel the earth's temperature rising as we speak as they do their best to ignore the thought of flames pouring out of their faucets.

One resident, Roger Alcon, has "lived off the land for five generations" and would like to continue doing just that.

Via the L.A. Times:

"I don't want to destroy our water," Alcon said. "You can't drink oil."

In embracing the ban, landowners turned their back on potentially lucrative royalty payments from drilling on their property and joined in a groundswell of civic opposition to fracking that is rolling west from Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania in the gas-rich Marcellus shale formation. [...]

Among the leading concerns of opponents is the absence of any federal law requiring companies to fully identify the chemicals in their fracking fluids. Such formulas are considered by the industry to be a trade secret. Community-based anti-fracking campaigns — citing public health issues — call for complete disclosure of injection fluids.

Many of us have heard about the "trade secret" aspect of this story before, but are you aware of the assumptions by Big Gas and Oil about us, that we're too stupid to know what they're up to? Especially those annoying old people. And simpleminded country bumpkins. And those icky foreigners who come to our country but don't speak our language:

Sandra Alcon said her neighbors don't care about mineral rights or oil money. They are angry about the way energy companies' "land men" treated them. Residents here are seen as easy marks for hustlers offering little compensation for oil and water rights, she said.

"They know we have a lot of elderly and rural people; some don't speak English," she said. "They don't know that some of us went to college and some of us have the Internet.

"I may look stupid, but I'm not. I know what they are doing."

No, actually, the frackers are the ones who look stupid, stubborn, greedy, and incapable of seeing past their wallets. Keep up the good work, New Mexico. You know exactly what they're doing and what to do in return.

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PhotOH! How pathetic is it that this Fox chyron could be real?

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fox grab blame obama for meteor via LJ Searles

Screen grab via my Twitter buddy @LJSearles who tells me it's likely Photoshopped, and that he found it on Facebook. What is really pathetic is that it could very well have been a real conspiracy theory from the geniuses at ClusterFox who blame President Obama for everything, real or imagined... even a meteor that kaboomed in Russia.

It's entirely plausible that they (and others) would accuse the president of conspiring with the universe to scare the entire planet into believing in something rational people already understand: that climate change is real and it is man made. In fact, another report confirms man-made climate change, and it’s not pretty:

[T]he cost of unchecked global warming could pass the combined cost of both world wars and the Depression. To understand how such a thing might happen, consider the costs of this year’s drought and Superstorm Sandy: $100 billion price tags start to add up (and of course the biggest price was born by poor consumers around the world, many of whom saw the price of their daily bread rise painfully out of reach).

And via Think Progress:

The National Climate Assessment lays out how “Climate change is already affecting the American people.” It states, “Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting.” … One report estimates as many as 100 million people could die from climate change consequences by 2030.

But hey, that's okay. The Fox gang continues to give the conservative v. "moderate" GOP civil war more kindling. Nancy Pelosi noted that John Boehner is projecting his own failure onto President Obama, and Fox continues to project theirs.

But what else would we expect from an organization that mocks a 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: “What’s the big deal? She was happy.”

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Whole Foods CEO: "Climate change is not necessarily bad. We will be able to successfully adapt." To what, death & destruction?

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John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, just keeps digging himself into a deeper hole. As you can see in The Ed Show segment above, he recently accused President Obama of being a "socialist" or a "fascist," or an evil French gay Kenyan Marxist commie (I made up that last part).

Now he's proving himself to be even more ignorant than we thought, if that's even possible. He actually told Mother Jones that "climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad." Seriously.

I guess he didn't read this: Yet another report confirms man-made climate change, and it’s not pretty:

[T]he cost of unchecked global warming could pass the combined cost of both world wars and the Depression. To understand how such a thing might happen, consider the costs of this year’s drought and Superstorm Sandy: $100 billion price tags start to add up (and of course the biggest price was born by poor consumers around the world, many of whom saw the price of their daily bread rise painfully out of reach).

Or this, via Think Progress:

The National Climate Assessment lays out how “Climate change is already affecting the American people.” It states, “Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense including heat waves, heavy downpours and in some regions floods and drought. Sea level is rising, oceans are becoming more acidic, and glaciers and Arctic sea ice are melting.” ... One report estimates as many as 100 million people could die from climate change consequences by 2030.

Via The Guardian, presenting the Dim Bulb o' the Day:

Mother Jones: You are known to be a bit of a climate-change skeptic. In your book you write that "some scientists estimate that the United States now absorbs as much carbon emissions as it emits." Your source is a paper by the American Enterprise Institute, which has received funding from the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil. Do you really consider AEI a credible source?

John Mackey: Contrary to what has been written about me I am not a "climate-change skeptic."... [C]limate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad. In general, most of humanity tends to flourish more when global temperatures are in a warming trend and I believe we will be able to successfully adapt to gradually rising temperatures. What I am opposed to is trying to stop virtually all economic progress because of the fear of climate change. I would hate to see billions of people condemned to remain in poverty because of climate-change fears.

Yeah, death and destruction are much more preferable.

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What Does It Take Dep't: Yet another report confirms man-made climate change, and it's not pretty

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As I said in my post, Climate change won’t wait; it’s “a fight between human beings and physics… The less you do, the worse it gets”:

I wish there were about 100 more Bill McKibbens (scroll). This post is a good introduction to him if you don’t know who he is: Maher VIDEO: Hey climate change deniers: “What are we gonna develop that replaces Iowa?” Oceans, marine life, seafood industry now at risk. So are the many videos at the McKibben link above, all illustrating his excellent arguments for immediate, effective action on the climate change crisis.

I urge you to link over and read what McKibben has to say. And as you'll see further down in this post, he has even more to tell us. But first, take a look at what's being reported by a federal advisory committee that was written by 240 scientists, business leaders and other experts. The L.A. Times has the story, and the story is, we're already there. Climate change is no longer some future threat, we're already feeling the pain, and it's only going to get worse. But I'm betting you already knew that:

The impacts of climate change driven by human activity are spreading through the United States faster than had been predicted, increasingly threatening infrastructure, water supplies, crops and shorelines, according to a federal advisory committee.

The draft Third National Climate Assessment, issued every four years, delivers a bracing picture of environmental changes and natural disasters that mounting scientific evidence indicates is fostered by climate change: heavier rains in the Northeast, Midwest and Plains that have overwhelmed storm drains and led to flooding and erosion; sea level rise that has battered coastal communities; drought that has turned much of the West into a tinderbox.

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the report says. "Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and periods of extreme heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer."

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And guess what they say is the main driver of climate change. You guessed right: consumption of fossil fuels by humans. Drill, baby, drill!

Now back to Bill McKibben. After reading that report and coming out from under the bed, I toddled over to the Times' letters to the editor page, and there was a hefty postscript to a reaction to the McKibben article I referred to at the top of this post.

In in a letter published previously, a reader asked "How much would [McKibben's ideas] slow the pace of climate change? Would it make a significant difference, or would it simply be destroying modern economies for the sake of doing something? What will be the result if we don't do it?" McKibben had proposed cutting emissions "globally at a sensational rate, by something like 5% a year."

McKibben was grateful for the questions and responded, in part, this way:

A 2-degree increase, it should be noted, is no picnic. So far we've raised the temperature 1 degree, and that's been enough to melt much of the Arctic ice, so most scientists are horrified by the thought of a 2-degree rise. But on our current path, we're headed for 6 degrees, which is a planet out of science fiction. [...]

[Y]es, this will cost money. It would also indicate that the newly rebuilt economy will be far more efficient and productive — think back and compare the prewar economy of the 1930s and the postwar one of the 1950s.

As for "destroying modern economies," the real danger lies in not doing anything about climate change. [...]

[T]he cost of unchecked global warming could pass the combined cost of both world wars and the Depression. To understand how such a thing might happen, consider the costs of this year's drought and Superstorm Sandy: $100 billion price tags start to add up (and of course the biggest price was born by poor consumers around the world, many of whom saw the price of their daily bread rise painfully out of reach).

Bottom line: not easy or cheap, but easier and cheaper than the alternative of a hopelessly overheating world.

Of course, per Wonkette, Fox News Does Its Part In War On Science, Demands ‘Recount’ Of Weather Temperatures.

ClusterFox strikes again. Apparently, they have no children or grandchildren.

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