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That Sinking Feeling 0

My local rag has more on what’s happening on Tangeir Island.

The Climates They Are a-Changing (Updated) 1

Late last night, my brother sent me a link to a picture of the town of Cape Charles, Va., under water because of, not a hurricane, but a steady rain. (See more pictures of yesterday’s rain.)

You’ve likely never heard of Cape Charles, but I’m quite familiar with it. When I was growing up, one of the highlights of the Christmas season would be a visit to the McCrory’s in Cape Charles to see the model train layout on the second floor. Also, when I was a kid, Cape Charles did not flood. It might take on some water during a hurricane, but it did not drown in a summer rain.

Anyone who does not understand that the climates they are a-changing is either willfully ignorant or just too stupid for words.

Then, again, as Der Spiegel points out, there are those persons who are both:

Still, it is likely that none of the G-7 heads of state and government expected the primitive brutality Trump would stoop to when announcing his withdrawal from the international community. Surrounded by sycophants in the Rose Garden at the White House, he didn’t just proclaim his withdrawal from the climate agreement, he sowed the seeds of international conflict. His speech was a break from centuries of Enlightenment and rationality. The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. It couldn’t have been any worse.

Follow the link the complete Der Spiegel story.

Addendum, Two Days On:

My brother, who spent more time in Cape Charles than I did–I think a young lady might have been involved–informs me that flooding in Cape Charles was not so rare as I thought, though he does not recall flooding of such severity in a routine summer rain.

I don’t know how much rain Cape Charles got, but here in Virginia Beach we got only an inch and a half–heavy, but hardly something Noah would have noticed.

Here’s a bit of what he told me:

The problem with Cape Charles is that it’s too flat, too low, suffers from poor planning (too much concrete and asphalt), and they use the streets as their storm drains. If you have a storm drain system and try to route too much runoff through the drains, they back up. The same thing happens when you use streets as storm drains–route too much runoff through the street system and the streets flood.

Path to Pariah, Reprise 0

Donald Trump saying,

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Brains! 0

If you don’t believe Thom, just do a search.

Payback 0

Image One:  Reporter speaking into microphone:  Everyone is wondering who Trump will blame and punish for his health care debacle.  Image Two:  Trump waving

Via Juanita Jean.

Lumps of Coal 0

Via Raw Story.

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

In my local rag, a local professor considers the warmest year on record (emphasis added):

An atmospheric scientist, I have studied both the natural and anthropogenic forcing of the climate system. Yes, of course, there are natural factors such as volcanoes and solar output that play a role in higher temperatures, but the observed changes in the climate system cannot be explained by these factors alone.

The warming trends we have been seeing since 1970s have not paused in any way and are caused by influx of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and the release of carbon dioxide. Anything else is a zombie theory.

Girl doing homework:  What animal should I pick for my endangered species.  Father reading headline about

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Snowmageddon 0

Snow is in the forecast, so the local television stations are all, natch, at Snowmageddon DefCon One “We’re all going to die!”

Did we have weather before television, and, if we did, however did persons survive it?

Branding 0

Title:  Scarlet Letter.  Image:  Trump brown-shirts walk away from man holding

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Denial Is Not Just a River in Egypt. It’s a Party Line. 0

Caption:  Republicans on Climate Change.  Image:  Titanic sinking prow first, with stern rising into the air.  Voice from the stern says,

Via PoliticalProf.

You’ve Heard of Dune Buggies? 0

Now learn about buggy dunes.

Headline of the Day 0

Hampton Roads flooded with rain — nearly 8 inches have fallen with more on the way

(Schools are closed because school buses can’t complete their routes. And, no, this sort of stuff did not happen in the olden days when I was a young ‘un growing up in these here parts.)

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Signs of the Approaching Winter 0

Forebodings of frost are in the forefront.

Thieves drove a U-Haul truck up to a Brunswick dealership that sells power equipment late Sunday, loading up the cargo box with a dozen snowblowers – each weighing hundreds of pounds and worth a total of about $30,000 – before fleeing.

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

Via Raw Story.

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

California fire truck heading towards wild fire.  Fireman says,

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Pollinators in Peril 0

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

Thom points out that, when it comes to Republicans and climate change, the hoax gets in their lies.

A Picture of Willful Ignorance 0

General telling Republican elephant of the importance of studying sea level rise and climate change.  Elephant replies in a broken-record of

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. . . Because If You Don’t Study It, It Doesn’t Exist 2

This item from my local rag caused me to drop my jaw this morning. There’s a good chance that, within my children’s lifetimes, the world’s largest military complex (which surrounds me as I type this) will be under water, but Republicans want to stick their fingers in the Pentagon’s ears and go “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah.”

Tacked on to defense spending bills passed by the House of Representatives: amendments forbidding the Pentagon from using federal dollars to study climate change or plan for its impacts.

Supporters say they want the military focused on enemies such as the Islamic State group, not rising seas.

Critics say flooding is a formidable foe as well.

“It’s kind of hard to attack the enemy when your base is underwater,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, a Southeast Virginia Democrat who voted against the ban.

The Republican Party, the party of willful ignorance.

More at the link.

And, in more news of willful ignorance . . . .

The Climates They Are a-Changing 0

Thom interviews Dr. Michael Mann about climate change and media malpractice.