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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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Climate change won't wait; it's "a fight between human beings and physics... The less you do, the worse it gets."

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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.

Today he had an op-ed in the L.A. Times that I urge everyone to read in full. He makes the point that there is no time to waste and reminds us of the urgency of this worrisome global issue. Unlike some issues like gay rights and women's rights for which change takes time while public opinion evolves, he writes, the threats of climate change wait for nobody. It's not a matter of conflicting opinions, it's "a fight between human beings and physics... The less you do, the worse it gets."

He's so right, it only gets worse, and that's why doing so little about it is so unnerving, especially considering Congress's track record of doing nothing until we teeter on crisis after crisis, doing nothing at all, or starting to do something but at a snail's pace. And don't get me started on climate change deniers.

McKibben explains that had we postponed health care reform, it would have been no picnic, but once we were finally to get around to it, the problem "would be about the same size." But with climate change, if we don't act now, it won't wait around for us, it will turn into a growing disaster of immense proportions chugging along on its own time table.

Meantime, he goes on to say, President Obama still encourages fossil fuel development, an "all of the above" approach to energy. He supports conservation and clean energy, too, but continues to be hampered by Congress, or himself, when it comes to projects like the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline or drilling in the Arctic.

We can't let this become a matter of too little too late. The life of the planet is at stake:

The president must be pressed to do all he can — and more. But there's another possibility we need to consider: Perhaps he's simply not up to this task, and we're going to have to do it for him, as best we can.

Those of us in the growing grass-roots climate movement are moving as fast and hard as we know how (though not, I fear, as fast as physics demands). Thousands of us will descend on Washington on Presidents Day weekend for the largest environmental demonstration in years. And young people from 190 nations will gather in Istanbul, Turkey, in June in an effort to shame the United Nations into action.

We also need you. Maybe if we move fast enough, even this all-too-patient president will get caught up in the draft. But we're not waiting for him. We can't.

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Maher VIDEO: Hey climate change deniers: "What are we gonna develop that replaces Iowa?" Oceans, marine life, seafood industry now at risk.

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Bill McKibben: "What are we gonna develop that replaces Iowa?"

Maher: "I never understand why people with kids feel that way... You can stick your head in the sand all you want."

 Will Cain: "I don't think the science is settled."

Maher: "'In the Bible...' Now that I know that your sourcing this back to the old book of Jewish fairy tales, I am SO down with whatever's gonna come out of your mouth..."

McKibben to Mark Foley: "...Every month for the last 330 it's been warmer than it was in the last century. Saying on this day in Florida it was cooler than that day in Chicago doesn't even begin to be an argument."

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Bill McKibben appears on Real Time with Bill Maher, Oct 5-2012.
Fox News's Frank Luntz and Ex-Republican Rep Mark Foley try to put forth some sort of logical sounding arguments to McKibben, but look like children when Maher and McKibben put them squarely in their place. Children vs Adults here. Global Warming is a crisis unequaled in human history.

A new report by the Organization DARA says 100 Million deaths could be caused by Global Warming by 2030.

As I watched Will Cain and Mark Foley's completely meaningless arguments, as I watched their feeble attempts to outargue Bill McKibben of all people, I had to laugh. But this is so damned serious, climate change is such an enormous threat, I also have to cry as I observe those who live in their own profits-over-people world of denial insist on making the planet unsafe for the rest of us, and for their own children.

How can they continue to ignore what is visibly, tangibly happening around them?

Via the L.A. Times:

"There's no debating it," said Barton, who manages Whiskey Creek, which supplies three-quarters of the oyster seed to independent shellfish farms from Washington to California. "We're changing the chemistry of the oceans."

Rising acidity doesn't just imperil the West Coast's $110-million oyster industry. It ultimately will threaten other marine animals, the seafood industry and even the health of humans who eat affected shellfish, scientists say.

The world's oceans have become 30% more acidic since the Industrial Revolution began more than two centuries ago. In that time, the seas have absorbed 500 billion tons of carbon dioxide that has built up in the atmosphere, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels. [...]

By the end of the century, said French biological oceanographer Jean-Pierre Gattuso, "The oceans will become hot, sour and breathless."... [S]cientists say the only sure way to avoid the worst is to significantly reduce carbon emissions. [...]

At extremely high levels of acidity, laboratory experiments show, seawater no longer provides this material and indeed . [...]can cause existing shells of corals, snails and other animals to dissolve

[I]ncreasing acidity could melt away the bottom rungs of the food chain, such as pteropods, the button-sized marine snails that nourish salmon and other fish.

The chemical changes are then projected to spread to temperate waters. [...] [A]cidified waters trigger these microscopic plants to produce more toxins that contaminate clams and mussels. These shellfish, in turn, can sicken or kill humans who eat them.

Later this century, the rising acidity is projected to reach tropical waters. That will put coral reefs, already in peril, under even more pressure.... For island nations, the disappearance of coral reefs could prove disastrous.

You were saying, Mr. Foley, Mr. Cain?

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Report: Rising sea level puts US Atlantic coast at risk, but N. Carolina bill would outlaw sea level projections

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In North Carolina, House Bill 819, a measure that would require sea level forecasts to be based on past patterns, "would all but outlaw projections based on climate change data."

You don't like predictions based on sound science? Pfft! Ban them. Easy come, easy go. Without all that bothersome, imposing, well-researched data, the crisis simply ceases to exist. Easy as pie!

Hey! Why don't we do that with our economic woes, too?

So while that insane North Carolina bill would legislate science and inhibit research, a report has come out offering evidence that an uh-oh-sized area along the east coast could be in real trouble. Are all those states going to pass Ostrich Head-In-The-Sand bills too?

We're talking Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to north of Boston, and even major cities including Philadelphia and Baltimore.

But to hell with the health and welfare of people when profits are what really count. L.A. Times:

Comedian Colbert brought the debate to a national audience, wisecracking in a segment titled "Sea, No Evil" on the June 4 "Colbert Report": "If your science gives you a result you don't like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved."

AFP:

The sea level on a stretch of the US Atlantic coast that features the cities of New York, Norfolk and Boston is rising up to four times faster than the global average, a report said Sunday.

This increases the flood risk for one of the world's most densely-populated coastal areas and threatens wetland habitats, said a study reported in the journal Nature Climate Change. [...]

If global temperatures continue to rise, the sea level on this portion of the coast by 2100 could rise up to 30 centimetres over and above the one-metre global surge projected by scientists, it added.

The article cites other reports and studies, but, hey, maybe they can all be legislated away, too.

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VIDEO: Barbarian Flashmob Converts “Marcus Bachmann” in Glitter Baptism at Clinic

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The Marcus Bachmann impersonator was a local actor.

UPDATED, thanks to @CGoHome (Nick Espinosa) with a new "official" video and this (with permission):

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Earlier today in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, an army of gay barbarians marched on Michele and Marcus Bachmann's "clinic", condemning the couple's attempt to "pray away" their discredited gay conversion therapy.

The flashmob protest — inspired by Marcus's assertion that gays are "barbarians who need to be disciplined" — comes in the wake of the unlicensed therapist's peculiar reversal, now denying he or his "therapists" ever practiced the harmful therapy.

In an attempt to clear up the confusion, the group of "gay barbarians" approached the clinic earlier this morning in hopes to speak to Marcus. When the staff saw a horde of over 100 barbarians approaching, they locked the clinic doors.

Undaunted, the barbarians at the gates demanded to see Marcus. Significant medical evidence suggests the "therapy" is a farce.

The barbarians were locked out of the office, but remained undaunted and fabulous at the gates, along with newly converted "Marcus."

The barbarians then began chanting "you can't pray away the gay, baby I was born this way!". Finally, a visibly frustrated "Marcus" emerged in front of the clinic and confronted the horde yelling "you barbarians need discipline!" as he reprimanded the dancing barbarians with a black leather whip. They responded by showering him with glitter, and after the sparkling baptism "Marcus" gave in to his barbaric urges, joining the horde in their infectious flashmob dance.

The Marcus impersonator was a local actor.

"Let's be clear: Marcus Bachmann is the practitioner of an unhealthy, unscientific and dangerous practice," explained Nick Espinosa, one of the event organizers. "It seems all too convenient that the minute Michele Bachamann becomes a candidate for President Marcus starts making a desperate attempt to walk back his previous statements."

Marcus's inexplicable change of orientation on the use of "ex-gay" therapy comes a month after an interview in which he claimed to only use the therapy "at the patient's discretion." This statement also contradicts video evidence from an undercover investigation that shows employees of the clinic clearly encouraging the widely-discredited therapy.

"The American people have a right to know: does the Bachmann family profit from bogus "gay reparative therapy" or not," continued Espinosa. "The medical evidence against the practice aside, the Bachmann's subversive marginalization of the LGBT community is despicable."

Today's action was organized by the same young man who previously glittered Newt Gingrich, inspiring a national trend in political protest of anti-LGBT sentiments from political candidates and campaigns.

"It's clear that the Bachmanns are the real barbarians here, and their archaic views on LGBT equality will no longer be tolerated," Espinosa said.

Via ColumbusGoHome.com:

Earlier today in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, an army of gay barbarians marched on Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s “clinic”, condemning the couple’s attempt to “pray away” their discredited gay conversion therapy.

The flashmob protest — inspired by Marcus’s assertion that gays are “barbarians who need to be disciplined” — comes in the wake of the unlicensed therapist’s peculiar reversal, now denying he or his “therapists” ever practiced the harmful therapy.

In an attempt to clear up the confusion, the group of “gay barbarians” approached the clinic earlier this morning in hopes to speak to Marcus. When the staff saw a horde of over 100 barbarians approaching, they locked the clinic doors. [...]

[T]he Bachmann & Associates clinic has received over $137,000 in Medicaid funds and over $27,000 in other state and federal funds.

When you refer to fellow human beings as "barbarians" because of who they love, and then pretend that documentation of such offensive statements don't exist, it's more than a little offensive. Hence, protests like this one. 

The only thing more disturbing than the Bachmanns' positions on homosexuality (and just about everything else) is the fact that voters are taking Michele Bachmann seriously. She has no business running for president, and he has no business running a "pray the gay away" clinic.

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