The Watering Hole, Tuesday August 4, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

New MIT study on the historical climate of the American West

Here’s how it happened… …and is happening now.

The drying of the American West. Where did all the water go?

39 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday August 4, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

    • We’ve spent many intriguing weeks wandering through the lava and cinder deposits in the Sunset Crater area a few miles NE of Flagstaff. Fascinating, and not even a thousand years old. And Sunset is but a few miles from the much older and taller volcanic remnants, the San Francisco Peaks where the max elevation is over 12000 ft, AZ’s highest point, sacred to the Hopis, themselves apparently descended from the ancient Sinagua people.

      The later arrivals — white people — have also found the cinder deposit areas to be extremely useful in making new blue jeans with that well-worn “old” look about them. Can’t recall what they’re called for some reason or other, but the contrast between native people who see the area as sacred and white immigrant descendants who only see anything for the money in it is staggering.

  1. So dagnabbit, that clinches it! Global Warming started 8,000 years ago, just 2000 years before Gawd created the earth.,
    And aren’t stalagmites little bugs that bite you in Nazi prison camps?

  2. Speaking of the ENVIRONMENT, here’s a classy little paragraph…
    In March — for the first time since records began — global carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, humans did not exist.
    It might be too late to save the oceans
    Kongradualations, Hoomans, yoove skrewed yourselfes into eventual ekstinkshun.

    h/t Raw Story

    • And again – another story that begs the question: “and what am I achieving here, with this stupid fookin’ keyboard, why not just take the day off and do something with your life?”

    • Ted, just admit it, you’re an idiot.
      That is not a machine gun.
      It is a semi automatic AR-15.
      If you make it into a fully automatic weapon, you are committing a felony.

      • You sure do keep track.

        Hiroshima Day, or an upcoming infamous day, The first GOP debate.

      • Last year he said he was 53. This year he says he is 54. Why can’t Obama keep his story straight?

        I think we all understand why he went to Africa. But the fact that he went to *Kenya* this close to his “birthday” speaks untold volumes. Untold classified volumes.

    • Wow, but then the density of the men and guns in that bloody slaughter was higher in Gallipoli than almost anywhere else, ever.

    • You might be surprised. I watch Fox News Sunday every week (unless there’s a Formula One race, some things are sacred). Wallace’s visible reactions to answers on the show indicate to me he would like a relatively credible GOP, compared to what they have now.

      • I would be quite surprised. My feeling is there will be 50 questions regarding Hilary and 4 about Bengazi!

    • It’s ok for Scott because some kochsucker will pay it all off for him once he becomes POTUS.

  3. Donald Trump Turns His Cellphone Voicemail Into a Campaign Ad

    Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker. After the online site released one of Donald Trump’s cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail this morning.

    “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the presidency of the United States of America,” he says on the recording. “With your help and support, together we can make America truly great again! Visit me at twitter @realDonaldTrump and check out my campaign website at http://www.donaldtrump.com Hope to see you on the campaign trail, we’re going to do it!”

    Lindsey Graham’s people are totally kicking themselves right about now. Stupid move destroying the phone on video, when they could have done this instead.

  4. I have no cell phone service.

    Large outages still reported with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile

    Tuesday afternoon, social media users reported widespread cell network outages across the country.

    The three main carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all appear to be experiencing concentrated technical difficulties in the Tennessee Valley area.

    Other major metropolitan areas are experiencing similar situations.

    • So far so good here in the SF South Bay.

      Is the weather playing any part in that outage?

      (today is ‘switch over’ to fiberoptic day. Will be doing that in just a little while. Hope at&t doesn’t go kaput)

    • Well, the phone was only down for five hours, from about 2pm central until a few minutes ago. Still can’t find an explanation for what went wrong and the news channels haven’t mentioned it.

  5. And the winners clown posse for ThursdayIdiots Day:

    MSNBC:

    The first prime-time debate of the Republican primary race on Thursday will include 10 candidates, according to Fox News:

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
    Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich

    Fox, which is hosting the debate in Cleveland, Ohio, announced the list of candidates on air at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.

      • That works. They do define the word ‘idiot’ after all.

        Actually, the word ‘Republican’ defines ‘idiots’ these days. Doesn’t change anything though.

    • Riiiiiight. That’s why he has spent somewhere around a billion dollars, and counting, placing his pet rightwhiners in the halls of power.

      • Not to mention all the ‘donations’ to colleges, contingent on the curriculum matching his ideology.

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