“The question is not whether sea ice loss is affecting the large-scale atmospheric circulation…. It’s how can it not?” That was the take-home message from Dr. Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, in her talk “Does Arctic Amplification Fuel Extreme Weather in Mid-Latitudes?”, presented at last week’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
Dr. Francis presented new research in review for publication, which shows that Arctic sea ice loss may significantly affect the upper-level atmospheric circulation, slowing its winds and increasing its tendency to make contorted high-amplitude loops. High-amplitude loops in the upper level wind pattern (and associated jet stream) increases the probability of persistent weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, potentially leading to extreme weather due to longer-duration cold spells, snow events, heat waves, flooding events, and drought conditions.
Big deal! It’s cold, turn up the friggin’ heat! Okay, so it might cost a little more… and you might be out of work… and we might be running out of oil anyway… but I’m sure someone, somewhere will figure something out!
One of the largest companies that provided home foreclosure services to lenders across the nation, DocX, has been indicted on forgery charges by a Missouri grand jury — one of the few criminal actions to follow reports of widespread improprieties against homeowners.
A grand jury in Boone County, Mo., handed up an indictment Friday accusing DocX of 136 counts of forgery in the preparation of documents used to evict financially strained borrowers from their homes. Lorraine O. Brown, the company’s founder and former president, was indicted on the same charges.
Employees of DocX, a unit of Lender Processing Services of Jacksonville, Fla., executed and notarized millions of mortgage documents for big banks and loan servicers over the years. Lender Processing closed the company in April 2010, after evidence emerged of apparent forgeries in these documents, a practice now called robo-signing.
Chris Koster, the Missouri attorney general, will prosecute the case. “The grand jury indictment alleges that mass-produced fraudulent signatures on notarized real estate documents constitutes forgery,” Mr. Koster said in a statement. “Today’s indictment reflects our firm conviction that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters.”
You can be going along just fine, with your shingles pain a fading memory, but if you take your medicine a mere hour later than usual, the pain will return to remind you and it will take another 24 hours or so to get back to that relatively pain-free state. Just sayin’!
In a bit of irony, I’d just like to point out that Karen Handel was a relatively moderate Republican who morphed into a gay-hatin’, pro “family-values” icon because she was beaten up so badly in an election for not being conservative enough.
Look, the problem of money in politics is much, much bigger than Obama. He didn’t invent this and yeah, it’s disgusting – but not specific to him:
The Obama campaign announced on Monday night that it will launch a new fundraising campaign for unlimited money Super PACs supporting Democrats, concluding that despite the president’s opposition to the Supreme Court decision that sprang them into existence, they can’t afford to avoid them.
With Republican Super PACs, including Karl Rove’s Crossroads, Mitt Romney’s Restore Our Future, and Newt Gingrichs Winning Our Future, raising tens of millions of dollars — one donor alone, Sheldon Adelson, donated more than $10 million to the pro-Gingrich group — the campaign told supporters in an e-mail that they had to act.
“With so much at stake, we can’t allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote.
“Therefore, the campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP Super PACs. We will do so only in the knowledge and with the expectation that all of its donations will be fully disclosed as required by law to the Federal Election Commission.”
When I saw “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” it hit me like a truck. I was heartbroken at the time and the pain was so bad, so deep, I just wanted to wipe every trace of him from my memory. That was unusual for me, since I’m into all that New Age-y “lesson” stuff and really, what good is a lesson you can’t recall? Eventually I got over it and yes, figured out my lesson. But I haven’t watched the movie again.