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« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2007, 10:37:33 AM »

Yes, the polar bears would agree with you on that one

But some scientists don't:

Are Polar Bears Dying?
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Written By: H. Sterling Burnett
Published In: Environment News
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
Publisher: The Heartland Institute

A new study by Dr. David Legates, Delaware's State Climatologist and director of the University of Delaware's Center for Climatic Research, throws cold water on the claim that global warming threatens to cause the extinction of polar bears.

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As part of his study titled Climate Science: Climate Change and its Impacts, expected at press time to be released in April of this year, Legates reviewed assertions by environmental alarmists that global warming is causing an unnatural increase in Arctic temperatures, posing a threat to the thickness and extent of sea ice required by polar bears.

In particular, Legates examined claims made in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (Arctic Assessment), an international project of the Arctic Council--an intergovernmental forum consisting of representatives from eight Arctic nations and six groups representing indigenous peoples.

After careful review, Legates found the Arctic Assessment claims of an impending, human-induced arctic meltdown are "not supported by the evidence."

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« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2007, 10:41:41 AM »

 There's always bottled water for minor crises.


You are probably too young to remember when Mary Martin had to use Champagne to "Wash That Man Right Out Of Her Hair" during a NYC water crisis.

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« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2007, 10:43:49 AM »

And for those of you who might have missed it last night...

Jake Gyllenhaal's Tribute to his "Brokeback Mountain" Fan Base

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« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2007, 10:49:53 AM »

Yes, global warming leads to extreme weather patterns, not just warmer weather

I don't want to hear a thing about global warming from any camp that does not support a significant expansion of new-clue-yer nuclear power plants in the US and expanded off shore oil drilling to reduce US dependence on coal.

I'll pick a separate fight with one-driver suburban housewife SUVs.

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PS -Yes, I would support a much higher tax on gasoline to act as a disincentive for gasoline consumption (tax funds to go for mass transit).

 
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« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2007, 11:03:03 AM »

I'm glad your pipes didn't burst after freezing, BK.

I had water here on the hill in Pomona.
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« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2007, 11:04:31 AM »

It is a beautiful day here. The sky is blue and I can see the snow on the mountain out the big window. We did part of one business meeting. Another meeting I don't have to be in is going on now, then lunch and the rest of the first meeting, then a break and then the BIG meeting.

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« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2007, 11:05:06 AM »

Umm... Well, thanks DR DERBRUCER for my morning dose of news... Nice to know to things are OK with the world.  :-\

Hey - look at what I left out:

7 Dead in W.Va apartment blaze
N.C. Man chopped off daughter's head
Toddler's head crushed in Florida car wash
"Secret Santa" Millionaire dies of Cancer
Toymaker hopes to profit from Saddam "Dope on a Rope" doll

The glass is half full!

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« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2007, 11:29:51 AM »

Well... Time to head out into the big, scary, depressing world...

;)

Laters...
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« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2007, 12:01:23 PM »

The water in the pipes has frozen because of the cold weather we've been having.  When it heats up, then we'll have water.

That is about as good as the explanation for the streets flooding in Bucharest which was partially due to too many people taking showers during the heavy rain.
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« Reply #69 on: January 14, 2007, 12:08:55 PM »


The glass is half full!

der Brucer


Of Arsenic?




*Although, if it was half full of Absinthe, that could probably make things more bearable.  ;)
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« Reply #70 on: January 14, 2007, 12:09:15 PM »

OK...

Now I'm going...

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« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2007, 12:14:23 PM »

But there are things you can do! When anticipating a freeze, leave one faucet on in a tiny, slow stream - that will keep your pipes from freezing (does jump the water bill a bit :(

der Brucer

Using a hair dryer on the pipes after they freeze can help speed the thawing process.  A portable heater also works.
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« Reply #72 on: January 14, 2007, 12:16:34 PM »

DerBrucer-I remember ice storms like that in Michigan-BREATHTAKING!

DakotaCelt-I went to the webcam & Keith yelled at me to turn the volume down.  ;D I will have to check it out at various times of the day.
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« Reply #73 on: January 14, 2007, 12:26:17 PM »

And for those of you who might have missed it last night...

Jake Gyllenhaal's Tribute to his "Brokeback Mountain" Fan Base

:)

Thanks Jose, that was great
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« Reply #74 on: January 14, 2007, 12:28:47 PM »

Well... Time to head out into the big, scary, depressing world...

;)

Laters...

It's only a big, scary, depressing world if that's how you choose to see it.   I prefer a beautiful, exciting and fabulous world myself.   ;D
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« Reply #75 on: January 14, 2007, 12:34:18 PM »

The weather channel says we might get an inch of snow today....oops, we already have about 3-4 inches and it's still snowing like crazy
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« Reply #76 on: January 14, 2007, 01:15:57 PM »

Couldn't have had a more beautiful January day. The majority of the clouds cleared away, leaving just a few to have a blue sky with a few scattered clouds and highs in the 70s. Hard to believe California is not having what we're having.
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« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2007, 01:29:37 PM »

While I did laundry and other Sunday chores, I watched two movies.

I began, of course, with RIO RITA. Like that other famous 1929 musical THE COCOANUTS, this movie is primitive and it looks it: scratches, dirt, print damage, muffled sound, tinny sound levels. (Universal has done what it could with THE COCOANUTS to clean it up visually and aurally; RIO RITA hasn't been touched.) The off-stage orchestra drowns out the actors sometimes, especially in the opening scene which is almost totally drowned out by the music being too loud and the microphone over the actors' heads being too far away. The style of acting is totally alien to our time, and the singing actors have to be careful to face front or cheat out to keep the lyrics from getting lost since they are singing live.

But none of it matters. It's an utterly charming example of a period musical with comics that have little or nothing to do with the main story but are there purely for relief from the melodramatic romance and florid singing. John Boles makes a rugged leading man, and Bebe Daniels I'm sure surprised the world with her accomplished singing.

And what surprised me is that though the film is a 1929 musical with mostly static camera set-ups (since the cameras were housed in those sound proof booths), there is some movement - a reverse dolly shot that caught me totally by surprise since everything else seemed to be long shots, medium shots, or close shots in the standard pattern of early talkies.

And the last two reels are in two strip Technicolor that has survived! I wasn't aware that any of it was done in color, and when I saw the Technicolor credit in the main titles, I just knew the segment would be in B&W like "The Wedding of the Painted Doll" is in BROADWAY MELODY. But, no! The color was there!

It was a great first viewing of RIO RITA.
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« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2007, 01:36:55 PM »

Next, I watched another film I've had on the hard drive of my DVD recorder for months - RED HEADED WOMAN. It was supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't find any of it funny, and I tired of the old melodramatic nod to the 1910s and 1920s where a vampish woman can twist a man to do her bidding despite his better judgment. DUring the movie, Jean Harlow manages to turn at least three decent, law-abiding men into the ways of sin just because she's "beautiful." Theda Bara and later Pola Negri might have gotten away with such claptrap, but I'm surprised audiences in the 1930s were still enjoying this kind of melodrama.

Mae West got away with the vamp-stuff because of her wit, but these films that aren't comedies are really my least favorite movies from the 1930s.
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« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2007, 01:37:23 PM »

No one in the place but me.
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« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2007, 01:49:48 PM »

I am between meetings.
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« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2007, 01:59:59 PM »

Back from our brief rehearsal and lunch, and now I shall watch a DVD or three.
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« Reply #82 on: January 14, 2007, 02:04:11 PM »

Thank you again for all of the lovely birthday wishes yesterday.  I had a great night out with Rodzinski and assorted friends.  We went to a wine bar and sampled many wines and cheeses.
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« Reply #83 on: January 14, 2007, 02:04:51 PM »

The nature of my celebrating required that I sleep in until 12:30 today and so that's just what I did.  Tonight I'm meeting friends for dinner and then going out dancing.
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« Reply #84 on: January 14, 2007, 02:05:13 PM »

I'm thinking that when the sun starts to go down in about thirty minutes, I might can squeeze in SLEEPY HOLLOW on Blu-ray before "24' comes on.

In the meantime, I need to get off-line and go clean the guest bath.

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« Reply #85 on: January 14, 2007, 02:15:41 PM »

Good morning!

Partly cloudy skies here, but there is also blue sky to be seen. Supposedly, we're going to get near 70 again today. It didn't get very cold last night either. I never heard the heat kick on, and I got warmer in the bed than usual during January.


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« Reply #86 on: January 14, 2007, 02:25:22 PM »

And the word of the day is: RIDENT!
Kevin the pyromaniac found his mood turned RIDENT every time he found a new source of TINDER.

(Haven't had an anagram for a while.)
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« Reply #87 on: January 14, 2007, 02:33:06 PM »

Another sad truth:  These weather patterns surely seem to suggest that environmental things are going wacko.




Unfortunately, the school children of Federal Way, Washington will never have a chance to find out what is going on with the environment; because they will still be waiting for someone (other than Pat Robertson) to come up a film that offers an alternative opinion to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.
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« Reply #88 on: January 14, 2007, 02:41:50 PM »

Using a hair dryer on the pipes after they freeze can help speed the thawing process.  A portable heater also works.
There are those of us, however, who do not have long enough hair to justify owning a hair dryer.  Towel drying works for me.

It just doesn't work on the pipes.   :-\
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« Reply #89 on: January 14, 2007, 02:50:39 PM »

Last night, der B and I watched The Reduced Shakespeare Company perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged on DVD.  Howlingly funny stuff.

That was the good news.

The bad news was that I stayed up late because of our watching The Reduced Shakespeare Company perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged on DVD, and had to get up early today in order to be at work on time at 7:30 am.

I was very glad to get home and take a nap.  All better now.   :D

(Although I would like to know why, during said nap, I dreamed about various perishable items being mis-delivered to our mailbox that we would have to deliver to the correct people ourselves.  Among the perishables was a very cute and cuddly live piglet.  I have no idea what this dream was supposed to mean.)
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