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Daily Digest 9/17 - Historic Flooding Across Colorado, City Fights Icy Roads With Cheese Brine

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 9:46 AM

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Wisdom From the Dalai Lama: 'Keep Working on It' (westcoastjan)

That's what he does. The Dalai Lama himself says that he knows he isn't perfect, isn't "done." He admitted that sometimes his mind wanders during his meditation practice. And that he sometimes feels the difficulties in life get under his skin. It came as a bit of a surprise to me to hear him talk about his own need for improvement. He was pointing out that happiness and well-being are not a static state nor a divine gift, but a process. The scientists from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, who were with the Dalai Lama in Madison, referred to well-being very specifically as a skill, one that has to be continually practiced and developed.

Tomorrow's cities: Sensor networks for the elderly (westcoastjan)

The motion sensors know if you are in the room or open a door, and send out alarms, for instance if the stove is left on for more than 15 minutes or a person opens a door in the middle of the night.

The second is a particular issue in Oslo, where sub-zero winters mean some Alzheimer's patients are freezing to death.

CDC Threat Report: ‘We Will Soon Be in a Post-Antibiotic Era’ (jdargis)

There are 12 resistant bacteria and fungal infections in a second category, which the agency dubs “serious” (requiring “prompt and sustained action”); they include the hospital infections Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and VRE; the foodborne organisms Campylobacter, Salmonella and Shigella; MRSA; Candida, a fungal infection; and TB, among others. The last category, “concerning” (requiring “careful monitoring and prevention”) includes rare but potent vancomycin-resistant staph, VRSA, as well as strains of strep resistant to two different categories of drugs.

Where Americans—Rich and Poor—Spent Every Dollar in 2012 (jdargis)

The term consumption takes on a more literal meaning when you see the difference between rich and poor spending. Cash-hungry families consume more of their income immediately, spending two in three dollars on absolute essentials like food and shirts. The rich are more predisposed to spend toward the future, with eight-times more of their income going toward insurance and even more going toward savings (although the bottom 20 percent includes lots of retirees on Social Security, the next quintile doesn't see much in the way of savings either).

Gas Leaks in Fracking Disputed in Study (jdargis)

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun to require drillers to control leaks during completions, which are believed to be one of the major sources of methane losses at fracking wells. Although controls will not be required until January 2015, a number of companies already capture escaped gases at wells being prepared for production.

The Coming Carbon Composite Revolution (James B.)

A new emerging class of materials, carbon composites, is revolutionizing the performance of mobile platforms. Carbon fibers, which are thin and flexible like ordinary sewing thread, can dramatically reduce weight and therefore vehicle fuel consumption, but at the same time provide greater safety because of their toughness. Defense systems, like the Predator Unmanned Air Vehicle, pioneered the path to exploiting these materials. The X43 scram jet at nearly 10 times the speed of sound set the world airspeed record through the use of carbon composites. We are now seeing the emergence of these materials in the Boeing Dreamliner and automobiles like the Chevy Corvette.

Milwaukee Will Fight Slippery Roads With Cheese Brine (jdargis)

For one week in 2005, Washington state experimented with it, but it was a really small program and they didn’t continue it. As far as I know, we’re the first to use it officially. I’ve heard that other townships in the state have started to experiment. A buddy of mine told me about Milwaukee.

Historic Flooding Across Colorado (jdargis)

Over the past few days, a 4,500-square-mile area across Colorado's Front Range has been hit by devastating floods, leaving at least six dead, forcing thousands to evacuate, and destroying thousands of homes and farms. Record amounts of rainfall generated flash floods that tore up roads and lines of communication, leaving many stranded, and hundreds still listed as missing. Evacuations are still underway as weather conditions have improved slightly. Forecasters predict drier weather by mid-week. Gathered here are recent images of the devastation in Colorado.

Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change (LesPhelps)

Specifically, the draft report says that "equilibrium climate sensitivity" (ECS)—eventual warming induced by a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which takes hundreds of years to occur—is "extremely likely" to be above 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), "likely" to be above 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and "very likely" to be below 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 Fahrenheit). In 2007, the IPPC said it was "likely" to be above 2 degrees Celsius and "very likely" to be above 1.5 degrees, with no upper limit. Since "extremely" and "very" have specific and different statistical meanings here, comparison is difficult.

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We fared well in the floods

I live in Colorado and we are very close to much devastation.

I've always wondered how well we would do in a flood. It turns out it was a lot better then I thought since we are about 1/2 mile from a lake.

We did not have to use any of our preparations for disaster. I guess it's better to have and not need than to need and not have.

It was amazing how destruction and normalcy were so close together.

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Alert on Climate Article

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/201...

I read with scepticism the Daily Digest article on climate change in the Wall Street Journal - a Rupert Murdoch publication. Then I came across the Guardian article that shows the PR effort being made by climate change deniers in anticipation of the IPCC report release. I had also read the article mentioned in the Guardian found in the The Daily Mail. Unfortunately, people will read them and be swayed without knowing the facts.

God help us.

Joyce

 

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Fear and Denial

One look at Murdock's face tells me that he is in denial of a lot more than Climate Change. I think that he has mustered his forces in an impotent action against his own mortality.

"If I am to die, I'm taking the rest of you with me."

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Sept. bond outflows already 5th largest: TrimTabs

"Bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds saw $20.3 billion in redemptions between Sept. 1 and Sept. 13, already the fifth-highest outflow of any month on record, TrimTabs Investment Research said Tuesday. "We've seen unprecedented redemptions from bond funds since the start of the summer," said David Santschi, TrimTabs chief executive officer, in a news release."

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jdye51 wrote:I read with
jdye51 wrote:

I read with scepticism the Daily Digest article on climate change in the Wall Street Journal - a Rupert Murdoch publication. Then I came across the Guardian article that shows the PR effort being made by climate change deniers in anticipation of the IPCC report release. I had also read the article mentioned in the Guardian found in the The Daily Mail. Unfortunately, people will read them and be swayed without knowing the facts.

God help us.

Joyce

The article being quoted in the WSJ and other places on the net is from the IPCC.  I believe their leanings are a matter of record.

I noticed the subdirectory in the URL you posted from the guardian.  It was climate-consensus-97-percent.  I get a kick out of the argument that 97 percent of scientists believe this or that.  It's totally meaningless.  There was a time when 97 percent of learned people believed the world was flat.  Turned out it wasn't.

The leaked article reportedly indicates that only 2 of the 144 models predictions are even close.  If true, that implies that only 1.4 percent of the 97 percent are correct. :-)

If in fact only 13 percent of the predicted warming has materialized in the past 17 years, I'd say it's time to take a serious look at the models and underlying assumptions.  Science doesn't look for facts to fit a pet theory.  Hopefully, rather they look for a theory that fits verifiable facts.

My concern is that the focus on climate change may very well sap intellectual and financial resources needed to address potentially more catastrophic issues, such as peak energy.  

I personally can't even place climate change at the forefront of the environmental issues list.  I'd put water shortages, deforestation, extinction, soil erosion and pollution ahead of climate change, at least until the models start cranking out better predictions, or temperatures start going up at the dangerous rates predicted years ago.

For the record, I'm already more energy conscious than most 97 percenters I know.  I'm almost definitely more concerned about peak oil than they are about climate change.

 

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You've got it wrong

The article linked in the dd is by Matt Ridley, a WSJ columnist, zoologist and climate change denialist (who has no particular expertise in climate change), who claims to have leaked info from the upcoming IPCC report.  Judging by your post you share his inclination toward denialism.  Here's a bio of Ridley:

http://www.desmogblog.com/matt-ridley

From what I can tell he has a badly misguided view of the science.  And, obtw, your logic is sadly lacking.  Even if 2/144 models were correct, that has nothing to do with the 97% of publishing, practicing climate scientists who agree that climate change is happening and is manmade.  Their collective view of climate change is considerably more gloomier than yours and Ridley's.  We'll see what the IPCC actually says when the report comes out in a couple weeks.  In the meantime, here's a debunking of Ridley's article:

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/09/14/in-wsj-ridley-presents-debunked-climate-claims/

If you wish to spread misinformation, do it on the climate change thread:

http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/definitive-global-climate-change-aka-global-warming-thread-general-discussion-and-questions/71

Doug

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Ridley Should Stick to Animals

Zoologist Matt Ridley Should Stick to Animals Instead of Butchering Climate Science - Ridley and his pals at the Global Warming Policy Foundation have taken to the airwaves and the right-wing tabloids ahead of the official IPCC release date to try and pre-emptively discredit the IPCC's conclusions. It is a classic political move to get out first and fast before your opponents have a chance to tell their side of the story.

What they want to do (again) is create the appearance of controversy and debate to generate headlines and the perception that climate change science is not as solid as scientists say it is. Doubt is their product.

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Here is a link to the leaked report

http://www.stopgreensuicide.com/

I'm not going to debate personalities.  If I were, I'd start with James Hansen.  He's quite the character.  Or, how about Al Gore?  He's another debatable character, if you want to debate characters instead of the core issue, or the science.

Rather, I'm going to read the leaked report and save it to compare to the final report.  I expect it might disappear from the web soon.

The IPCC, in my opinion, is part of the problem.  The world gets it's information on what should be a scientific analysis from an intergovernmental panel.  I always remember the quote "things run by committee are not run very well."

Les

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Humm

The link I provided above may be an old leak.  So far, I haven't found a newer copy online.  If anyone finds a newer copy, please give us a link.

Being called a "denier" rankles.  It implies denial of the "Gospel."  I don't tag supporters of the IPCC believers or disciples.  I simply try to wade through the noise to the science behind it.

The IPCC is a government panel.  I'd enjoy someone arguing that governments never lie or obfuscate.

Les

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Chris Martenson: What’s Next? (McAlvany)

Chris Martenson: What’s Next? (McAlvany)

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If the shoe fits...

I implied you might be a denialist because you faithfully repeat many of the memes and soundbites spouted by the denialist blogosphere in unison every time a new one pops up somewhere, like on FOX or WUWT.  And, like those denialists, you took offense at my inference.  If you wish to avoid being labeled as such, pay more attention to real climate scientists than to people like Anthony Watts, James Inhofe and Matt Ridley. 

Thanks for pointing out the agedness of the leak you linked.  Does it do anything to shake your confidence that a year old leak is suddenly being trumpeted by the denialist faction within two weeks of the IPCC report being published?  It should interest you to know that the IPCC has said that anyone who relies on those "leaks" (actually released by the IPCC to gather comments) is making a big mistake.  Wait for the report.

BTW, here's good start on understanding what climate science actually says about climate sensitivity:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mdoln7hGZYk

I don't seem to be able to embed the video by Andrew Dessler, but its a relatively short clear explanation of climate sensitivity and what the likely parameters are going forward.

Doug

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Great interview, Chris!

Chris, and all,

I just listened to your interview on the McAlvany Weekly Commentary that Saxplayer linked above, and I got a lot out of it.  Thanks a lot!  

It seems that when Chris is in the interviewee chair, he touches on major points of his narrative in a short period of time, which helps me reconsider the big picture.

For anyone out there who likes Chris' podcasts, I definitely recommend this one!  

Cheers,

Hugh

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