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Not hardly!

You must have missed the Harrisons, the Coolidges, not to mention TR's boys:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Aug 19, 2013, 10:45 PM (1 replies)

Earth orbit changes were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age

For more than a century scientists have known that Earth’s ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet’s orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions.

The Northern Hemisphere’s last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago, and most evidence has indicated that the ice age in the Southern Hemisphere ended about 2,000 years later, suggesting that the south was responding to warming in the north.

But new research published online Aug. 14 in Nature shows that Antarctic warming began at least two, and perhaps four, millennia earlier than previously thought.

Most previous evidence for Antarctic climate change has come from ice cores drilled in East Antarctica, the highest and coldest part of the continent. However, a U.S.-led research team studying a new ice core from West Antarctica found that warming there was well under way 20,000 years ago.


A West Antarctica Ice Sheet Divide project researcher stands in a snow pit next to an ice core with data from 68,000 years ago. The prominent line across the middle of the ice separates one year’s ice and snow accumulation from the next year’s.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:12 AM (2 replies)

O'Hare's grass gives burros, llamas, goats and sheep something to chew on (includes videos)

An assortment of burros, llamas, goats and sheep have been chewing on O'Hare International Airport's hard-to-reach landscape for two weeks now, and Tuesday morning the group of about 25 welcomed a new addition.

The baby lamb, a boy, was named O'Hare.

Chicago Department of Aviation officials said the project is part of the airport's sustainability effort. It is spending $19,500 on a two-year contract for the animals. Department Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino could not say how much the airport saves by using them instead of a landscaping service.

Similar programs have been used at airports in Seattle, San Francisco and Atlanta.

Andolino said the areas where the animals graze are virtually impossible for machinery to reach. She also said they serve a second purpose by shooing away other wildlife by gobbling up their habitat.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 15, 2013, 02:01 AM (5 replies)

Tea party leader, Joe Gilbert, enters race for 21st Congressional District

Joe Gilbert, a tea party leader from St. Lawrence County, has entered the race for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, in 2014.

“It is the House of Representatives, and I don’t think the people are being represented any more,” Gilbert said Saturday in a telephone interview.

Gilbert, a retired Army major, is director of emergency services for St. Lawrence County.

He is the second candidate to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 21st Congressional District, which includes Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

Elise Stefanik, a business woman from Willsboro, announced her candidacy Tuesday.


This is all we need! We already have Chris Gibson...
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Aug 11, 2013, 01:53 AM (1 replies)

Cut Emissions? Congress Itself Keeps Burning a Dirtier Fuel

WASHINGTON — As part of the climate change agenda he unveiled this year, President Obama made a commitment to significantly reduce the federal government’s dependence on fossil fuels. The government, he said in a speech in June at Georgetown University, “must lead by example.”

But just two miles from the White House stands the Capitol Power Plant, the largest single source of carbon emissions in the nation’s capital and a concrete example of the government’s inability to green its own turf.

The plant, which provides heating and cooling to the sprawling Capitol campus — 23 buildings that include the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court and Congressional office buildings, in addition to the Capitol building itself — is operated by Congress, and its transition to cleaner energy sources has been mired in national politics for years. But the failure of Congress to modernize its own facility also raises questions about the Obama administration’s ability to limit emissions from existing power plants when it has not been able to do so at a government-run facility so close to home.

The office of the architect of the Capitol, which oversees the operations of the plant, first moved to end the use of coal there in 2000 but was turned back by resistance from powerful coal-state senators who wanted to keep it as the primary fuel. The effort was revived in 2007 as a central part of the Green the Capitol Initiative, led by Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker at the time. The effort was defunded in 2011 after the Republicans took control of the House.


The Capitol Power Plant, which provides heating and cooling to the sprawling Capitol campus, is the largest single source of carbon emissions in Washington.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 10, 2013, 03:08 AM (3 replies)

The Daily Show 08/08/13 (D) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand interview

Great interview!!!
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 10, 2013, 02:15 AM (14 replies)

The Daily Show 08/08/13 (D) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand interview

My current senator and former congresswoman (NY-20)!
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Aug 10, 2013, 02:13 AM (4 replies)

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand due to appear on 'The Daily Show' (Tonight!)

Washington -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, fresh off a visit to a Madison County farm, is due to appear on "The Daily Show" tonight for the third time in her brief Senate career.

Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is scheduled to sit down for a chat at 11 p.m. with the show's summer guest host, John Oliver, on cable network Comedy Central.

It will be Gillibrand's first appearance on the show since the Democratic National Convention in September 2012. In that appearance she talked with host Jon Stewart about the importance of the women's vote and increasing the number of women serving in Congress.


U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will appear on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" at 11 p.m. Thursday. She is shown at a roundtable discussion at Syracuse University focusing on the Syracuse Say Yes to Education program. ( David Lassman / The Post-Standard)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 09:53 PM (30 replies)

Syrian army kills 62 rebels east of Damascus

Source: Reuters

BEIRUT | Wed Aug 7, 2013 5:32am EDT

(Reuters) - Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn on Wednesday near the town of Adra, east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, said.

The state news agency SANA did not give a death toll for the ambush but said the rebels were from the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. It said all the rebels were killed and machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades confiscated.

SANA said the "terrorists" included non-Syrians and the Observatory said that eight rebels were still unaccounted for after the attack, which happened west of an industrial area east of Adra.

Assad's forces have been on the offensive around Damascus after rebels pushed into towns and suburbs on the outskirts of the capital last year. Adra is in the Eastern Ghouta region, which has been besieged by the army for months.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-syria-crisis-ambush-idUSBRE9760DQ20130807?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

This horrific conflict seems far from over...
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Aug 7, 2013, 05:25 AM (14 replies)

Pay your taxes or lose your license

State warns scofflaws who owe $10G could lose driving privileges


Some 16,000 delinquent taxpayers were put on notice Monday: Pay up or lose your driver's license.

The Department of Taxation and Finance sent the warnings to implement new provisions of law enacted with the state budget. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, authored the proposal.

"Our message is simple: Tax scofflaws who don't abide by the same rules as everyone else are not entitled to the same privileges as everyone else," Cuomo said in a press release.

"These worst offenders are putting an unfair burden on the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers who are hardworking, law-abiding taxpayers," he continued. "By enacting these additional consequences, we're providing additional incentives for the state to receive the money it is owed, and we're keeping scofflaws off the very roads they refuse to pay their fair share to maintain."

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Aug 7, 2013, 03:41 AM (5 replies)
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