Monday, September 1, 2014

Republicans and the Tea Party Legacy...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Republicans in Congress love to say ‘no.’ Those are just facts, they’re facts of life. They say ‘no’ to everything.” Barrack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America

Well, when you look at just the facts it is true. For the most part republicans do say no to damn near everything. Even when it makes a modicum of sense to say yes. It is then only natural for rational individuals to consider that republicans have an agenda not necessarily related to what may be in the best interests of the nation.

Something about the republican form of government, as well as our history, informs us that compromise for the purpose of arriving at the solution that is most representative of the will of the people was the intent of the founders. However, today a minority can hold our nation hostage to special interests whose aim are not necessarily in the best interests of our people and the nation.

Republicans, once a respected and honorable party have become synonymous with obstruction and gridlock. I say this as a past Vice Chairman of my prior locales Republican Town Committee as well as a delegate to a Massachusetts state republican convention. In as much as it pains me to say so the national republican party has become a disgrace to the republican form of government and a hindrance to the growth of our middle class and thus our nation at large.

While the democratic party is not the savior by any stretch of the imagination it is high time that independent thinking individuals reassess just what direction they believe the nation needs to take and act accordingly. Reassessment must include the potential advantages of a viable multi party system and possibly a parliamentarian form of government. In light of the gridlock and special interest influence that has become our American Political Reality drastic and even novel possibilities must be considered.

Read the rest of the article from which the above quote was taken BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Is There Really an Artic Meltdown?...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

Not being a climatologist or a scientist in the conventional sense, thus being at the mercy of the "experts", could someone, anyone, sort all the confusing and contradictory data and info out for us average, normal, hard working people with bills to pay and family's to raise so we know for sure if we are being screwed or not by the purveyors of climate change and the catastrophe will strike us all unless we cap and trade the hell out of everybody crowd.

Daily Mail - The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012

To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.

This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.

The satellite images published here are taken from a further authoritative source, the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.

They show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated, with the purple areas – denoting regions where the ice pack is most dense – increasing markedly.

Crucially, the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: ‘It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year.

‘It seems that an unusually cool summer in 2013 allowed more ice to survive through to last winter. This means that the Arctic sea ice pack is thicker and stronger than usual, and this should be taken into account when making predictions of its future extent.’

Yet for years, many have been claiming that the Arctic is in an ‘irrevocable death spiral’, with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. These include gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.

Judith Curry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said last night: ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed.’

Those who just a few years ago were warning of ice-free summers by 2014 included US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the same bogus prediction in 2009, while Mr Gore has repeated it numerous times – notably in a speech to world leaders at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, in an effort to persuade them to agree a new emissions treaty.

Mr Gore – whose office yesterday failed to respond to a request for comment – insisted then: ‘There is a 75 per cent chance that the entire polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.’

Misleading as such forecasts are, some people continue to make them. Only last month, while giving evidence to a House of Lords Select Committee inquiry on the Arctic, Cambridge University’s Professor Peter Wadhams claimed that although the Arctic is not ice-free this year, it will be by September 2015.

Asked about this yesterday, he said: ‘I still think that it is very likely that by mid-September 2015, the ice area will be less than one million square kilometres – the official designation of ice-free, implying only a fringe of floes around the coastlines. That is where the trend is taking us.’

For that prediction to come true it would require by far the fastest loss of ice in history. It would also fly in the face of a report last year by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which stated with ‘medium confidence’ that ice levels would ‘likely’ fall below one million square kilometres by 2050.

Politicians such as Al Gore have often insisted that climate science is ‘settled’ and have accused those who question their forecasts of being climate change ‘deniers’.

However, while few scientists doubt that carbon-dioxide emissions cause global warming, and that this has caused Arctic ice to decline, there remains much uncertainty about the speed of melting and how much of it is due to human activity. But outside the scientific community, the more pessimistic views have attracted most attention. For example, Prof Wadhams’s forecasts have been cited widely by newspapers and the BBC. But many reject them.


Via: Memeorandum

Saturday, August 30, 2014

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Warning to the West...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

ISIS and the terrorist threat is growing as we (the world as a whole) debate, dither, and ponder just what the most appropriate response might be. A couple things seem quite clear, 1) any response must have the backing of the Middle East and it's population, 2) a broad Arab, European, and American coalition must be formed with all parties being both the financial burden as well as military involvement. Anything short of this will ultimately be doomed to fail.

There are hopeful signs that such a coalition may be in the realm of possibility. As time is of the essence assembling such a coalition sooner rather than later should be of utmost priority. Of course the United States because of it's role as leader of the free world must take a leading role in any effort to assemble such a coalition.

From Yahoo News:

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.

"If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month," he said in remarks quoted on Saturday by Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station.

"Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.

Lack of action would be "unacceptable" in the face of the phenomenon, King Abdullah said.

"You see how they (jihadists) carry out beheadings and make children show the severed heads in the street," he said, condemning the "cruelty" of such acts.

"It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: 'Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed'."

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Friday for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters' "genocidal agenda".

President Obama has been accused of not taking the threat seriously and of having a disjointed ineffective foreign policy. This may be true in some respects. Somehow one gets the feeling that his measured actions thus far may very well be the forerunner to decisive action with respect to the ISIS threat to Europe, the USA, and indeed the entire world.

Will have to wait and see but I for one remain hopeful.

Full story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

Friday, August 29, 2014

UN Accuses United States of Police Brutality and Racism...

by:Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth

The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Perhaps after the UN will focus on major racist activity that is manifest elsewhere and the US media will pick it up. Oh wait, first the UN has to report on it.


Via: Memeorandum


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