And, on this inaugural day of the year, here’s the GNUZ!
Eastern U.S. braces for the most frigid start to new year in decades: Here’s how cold
Now, That’s Cold, frigid, biting, bitter, freezing effing COLD. Stay safe all you’ze out there!
New image from NASA shows massive iceberg in Antarctica melting
H/T Raw Story
Climate Change…not just global warming, extremes in Cold and Hot, read all about it. Understand it. But that’s apparently too much to ask of the sitting on his Mar-a-GoGo Butt, prezidunce.
Finally, I vowed to not put up yet another article about hewhoshouldnotbenamed… so…
Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?
Screw to be, or not to be…
Are working-class white voters shooting themselves in the foot by making common cause with a political movement that is fundamentally inimical to their economic self-interest?
THAT is the question.
Open Thread, Start off the New Year with a song in your heart and a beer in your hand!
Here’z the gnuz for Friggaday the XVIIth of No-vember (who wants any vembers anyway)
Fox News poll: Jones beating Moore by 8 points
H/T The Hill
I guess it’s possible that the people of Alabama might elect a democrat and reject a lifelong pervert, but I’m not holding my breath and turning purple.
There is 210,000 gallons of oil leaking out of the Keystone Pipeline over South Dakota land
H/T Raw Story
Congratulations, Trumpians, your leader allowed this to go through, and South Dakota gets to deal with it. Nebraska, are you watching this?
Report: Trump’s Panama Resort Took Money From FARC Money Launderer
The grifter-in-chief strikes again. RICO please.
Open Thread, you made it through the week, have a fun weekend!
RUCerious @ TPZoo
That is what our country has become.
We are now outside the environmental mainstream that understands and agrees on the science that shows the earth warming due to human intervention that has accelerated since the Industrial Age.
The nations that remain in the Paris Climate Accord should consider imposing a damage control fee. It is estimated that this decision, if not reversed, will add .03 degrees to the environment by the turn of the next century.
An appropriate penalty IMHO, would be a 10% surcharge on all products made in this country that are shipped to any abiding nation.
Those monies would be put to use in mitigation efforts against the damages that will be caused by increased erosion, rising sea levels and the human misery caused by the temperature increase.
In other GNUZ;
The Trump administration’s key lackey posits a dubious claim
Trump economic adviser Cohn says coal can be competitive again: CNBC h/t Raw Story
Wait till those coal miners finally get it. Their industry is dead, the JOBS AREN’T COMING BACK
Trump is probably looking at this as an opportunity to have Barron lead the re-negotiation of the Paris Climate Accord, but…
World leaders warn Trump: ‘Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated’ Sorry Barron, you’ll have to wait till you get out of high school to have your turn at Nepotism kick in.
Assuming, of course, your daddy is still the prezidunce. h/t The Hill
This explains a lot
Trump Got Advice From Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle Before Withdrawing From Paris Accord h/t C&L
The Low Information Prezidunce.
RUCerious @ TPZoo
Hard to top Wayne’s cute animal post from yesterday, but I’ll follow with a gorgeous places one to see where it goes. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada
Seljalandsfoss Falls, Iceland
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Pangong Tso Lake in the Himalayas
Notice the water theme?
From the NY Times –Donald Trump on the Environment:
He does not just deny that climate change is occurring; he calls it a hoax, and says those who warn of global warming only want to raise taxes. He is less outspoken on other environmental issues, though he sued unsuccessfully in 2013 to block plans for wind turbines in Scotland that would power 65,000 homes, arguing, in part, that they would mar the view from a golf course he was proposing to build.
Per Mother Jones – Mike Pence on the Environment:
“Global warming is a myth.”
Two peas in a pod.
So Happy Together… la la la… la…
Norway adopts world’s first zero deforestation policy
Stops wholesale cutting of trees.
Apologize if already posted. By the way, today is flag day for the 37th best country in the world.
Apologize for missing last week. Monday holidays throw me off.
OK so more research is surfacing on the effects of micro-plastics on marine life, with profound implications for the food chain (we’re a part of it, by the way).
Not So Healthy: Young Fish Eat Microplastics Like Fast Food
“In non-exposed waters, the perch eggs hatched at a rate of about 96 percent. This dropped to just 81 percent if large quantities of polystyrene were present. The perch that did hatch in these waters tended to be slower and smaller than those observed in cleaner bodies of water.
Furthermore, the researchers observed that juvenile perch in high-plastic environments were more likely to ignore the chemical signals that alert them to the presence of predators — in this case, pike. While half of the young perch in clean waters survived predator interaction over a period of 24 hours, in waters with a high concentration of plastics, all of the perch were consumed.
In total, perch in the high plastic environments were four times more likely to be eaten than those in the clean water. While researchers weren’t able to measure the potential impacts on predator fish, there is some evidence of wider food chain effects.”
Photo from Narooma Aquaculture