July 17, 2006

It's getting hot in here

Everything that's pink and lighter on this map represents high temps in the upper 90's and over 100 degrees. A good chunk of the middle portion of the country are recording temps over 100 degrees.

And what's more, it's not just a regional hot spot, the entire country is experiencing temperatures 10 to 25 degrees above historical norms.

But as we know from Republicans, this is all no big deal, and the weather that gets more extreme every year has nothing to do with global warming.


At 7/17/2006 2:26 PM, Blogger par said...

You should read this


Why don't you allow comment from anonymous?

At 7/17/2006 6:14 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Don't listen to those scientists; everything is fine. Here, have some Kool-Aid.

At 7/17/2006 7:08 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks Par, I'll try to read that if I get the chance later.

And I do allow anonymous to comment. You're anonymous, as is everyone else who registers with a screen name.

The old style anonymous was a collective idiot for the most part, pure and simple. All mouth and no brain.

At 7/17/2006 7:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Before the anti-science folks pipe up, I should point out that we've had heat waves before. This one is no direct evidence of global warming in and of itself, but the bizarre and much more intense weather taken overall, including both high and low temps, definitely is.

At 7/17/2006 8:44 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Also Dope, 2006 is as of now the hottest year on record. Damn that science.

At 7/17/2006 9:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, but some bright lights in the night have pointed to the fact that it was really hot in the 30s as a novel way to suggest that, not only is there no global warming, but that the earth's average temp is actually GOING DOWN.

There's a sucker born every minute.

At 7/17/2006 9:26 PM, Blogger diehard said...

We cannot continue the conservative way and survive.
Remember the dark ages? Remember Galileo?
Or how about Darwin?
Einstein, etc.
All were told we should continue with the status quo.
But we cannot keep on buying SUVs and having six kids.
We cannot tell other contries that have overpopulation issues we are not going to him them with birth control.
Wake-up national media !
As Al Gore said there are more important things to worry about than these supposed terrorists that Dick Cheney and his dumber sidekick want you be afraid of!

At 7/17/2006 11:18 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Diehard, there is interesting research that shows the dark ages actually set our civilization back about 300 years. We are still behind because of that.

As for the conservatives, they haven't be true conservatives (atleast on whole) for years. They are that in name only.

At 7/18/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Scott, your comment made me recall something I heard an authority say on the news yesterday regarding the current stem cell action (or inaction) in the Republican congress.

The Republican (read fundy) "War on Science" (hey, it's a distortion, but why not borrow one of their tactics?) is truly draggng our country back to the dark ages.

While Bush panders to the know-nothing fundy base and refuses to allow any meaningful stem cell research, other countrys in the world are eating out lunch on the issue.

Biotechnology is going to be the "next big thing" as far as investment and profit goes, and the relatively few fundys which have influence way beyond their numbers are sticking their heads in the sand by believing that a microscopic clump of cells has the moral equivelence of say, a patient suffering from Parkinson's or any number of other debilitating disease.

So while Bush and the fundys try to enforce their rather odd beliefs on us, other countries are going full steam ahead, as they should.

This ensures that our strained economy will be deprived of the lucrative and expanding biotech research and development, and that the U.S. will never be able to take the lead in this area as it should.

Another great moment in stupidity and regressive thought from the Republican right.

At 7/18/2006 8:39 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

You are right again, Dope. I thought about seeing "The Inconvenient Truth" but I don't want to get depressed and walk out of there with the feeling that there's nothing we can do. I feel like it's already too late and that it is easier to stick my head in the sand - probably COOLER down there too.

The truth is that our earth is losing moisture because everytime these space shuttles and rockets go up and poke a hole in the sky, the water evaporates through it and harmful rays come in.

At 7/18/2006 9:23 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

Dope, maybe you could post a thread on the stem-cell debate itself and relocate this comment, but I wanted to say it before I forgot I was thinking it.

In debate today, Sen. Santorum and others made the argument that because a significant portion of American did not want to spend federal tax dollars to destroy life, that it was unacceptable for him to vote for the bill. The thought that comes to my mind is that there are a lot of think that I do not want my tax dollars to pay for, and that I would think many others would agree. For example, I would prefer my tax dollars not be spent on the war, and I think polls and public opinion show that a significant portion of the population agree. I find it highly doubtful, however, that Sen. Santorum would respect that and vote to not fund the war.

I can accept many Senators' moral perspective on the issue, although I do not agree. However, I would hope that politicians would keep to that argument without resorting to the nonsense that because many people are opposed to a particular practice tax dollars should not be spent on it.

At 7/18/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

First off, "An Incovenient Truth" isn't a really depressing movie.
Actually, the message is one of a call to action and a feeling that indeed this problem can be dealt with effectively if people pay attention and the public's will is heard by politicians.

There are alarming facts, but that's just to serve as an illustration of how dire the problem is and the need to start doing something NOW.

But giving up hope and throwing up ones hands is a recipe for failure. It's abdicating your desires and needs to those of the more powerful and more wealthy.

While this has become standard practice in the last few decades, it's not traditional in this country. The people have risen up and made their demands known many times and they usually get what they want.

Granted we're up against a lavishly funded and slickly packaged propaganda machine which pulls the wool over many people's eyes.

But still there are those who mock the fact that Gore even made this movie.

Well, how else to get the word out? Door to door?

At any rate, don't be pessimistic. The right absolutely depends on it.

And as to your last theory, I must admit that it's a new one on me and I'm not too certain of it's validity. (though I know space launches produce a staggering amount of pollution)

But I'd definitely recommend you go see the movie. You won't come out depressed, I guarantee it.

At 7/19/2006 9:28 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I agree Dope! Plant a tree, dont build that new house or strip mall on farmland, limit family size, get a hybred car, covert to clean energy, etc!


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