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PUTIN: Obama Would Save Me If I Were Drowning


Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin swims in a lake in southern Siberia's Tuva region August 3, 2009. Putin, a judo black belt who has flown in a fighter aircraft and shot a Siberian tiger in the wild, plunged into the depths of Lake Baikal aboard a mini-submersible on Saturday in a mission that added a new dimension to his macho image. Picture taken August 3, 2009. REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Druzhinin

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes his U.S. counterpart, President Barack Obama, would save him if he were drowning.

Putin received the strange question during an annual televised call-in with the nation on Thursday. To laughter, he responded that though he doesn't have much of a personal relationship with Obama, he believes Obama would save him.

"I don't want to be drowning!" Putin said, according to a translation by Russia Today. "... I don't think I have a close personal relationship with Obama. I think Obama is courageous and a good person, and for sure he would save me."

question about browser oddity

I've been using the Otter browser on DU for kicks. It's still in alpha.

One annoying thing about Otter was the fact that there was always a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of every page, no matter how far out I zoomed. Now it's gone...for no reason I can think of. Just a bug in Otter I assume ?

eta: I searched Github for bugs and found nothing like it.

*****Barack Obama group****** President Obama is speaking right now...

He's doing an excellent job, and GD is largely ignoring it.

President Obama to Speak to Media During White House Press Briefing (now)


Listen to Our Exclusive Snowden Investigation on (Vanity Fair) Audio


In this month’s edition of V.F. Audio—the audio edition of the magazine, featuring narrators reading a selection of stories from its monthly print pages—listen to the comprehensive account, based on dozens of independent interviews, and with extensive input from Edward Snowden himself, about how the former National Security Agency contractor gained access to tens of thousands of secret government documents and became the most important whistle-blower of modern times. In the excerpt below from the May issue’s “The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light,” by special correspondent Bryan Burrough and contributing editors Suzanna Andrews and Sarah Ellison, hear the beginning of the spy-novel-worthy tale, including Snowden’s defense of his motives and his attempt to set the record straight. To listen to the full story, download the May issue of V.F. Audio here.

eta: You have to pay $4.95 to download the entire May issue. Darn.

eta2: You can listen to a 16 minute Soundcloud file here.

eta3: The Soundcloud file is more of an introduction to the article.

California Drought/Polar Vortex Jet Stream Pattern Linked to Global Warming


From November 2013 - January 2014, a remarkably extreme jet stream pattern set up over North America, bringing the infamous "Polar Vortex" of cold air to the Midwest and Eastern U.S., and a "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge" of high pressure over California, which brought the worst winter drought conditions ever recorded to that state. A new study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, led by Utah State scientist S.-Y. Simon Wang, found that this jet stream pattern was the most extreme on record, and likely could not have grown so extreme without the influence of human-caused global warming. The study concluded, “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and its intensity."

Figure 1. An extreme jet stream patten observed at 00 UTC on January 16, 2014. Color-coded wind speeds at a pressure of 300 mb (roughly 9,000 meters or 30,000 feet) show the axis of the jet stream over North America, with a large upside-down "U"-shaped ridge of high pressure over the West Coast. California is outlined in orange. The strongest winds of the jet stream (orange colors, 160 mph) were observed over the Northeast United States, where a strong "U"-shaped trough of low pressure was anchored. Image generated from the 00 UTC January 16, 2014 run of the GFS model, and plotted using our wundermap.

Using observations and a climate model to diagnose the human contribution to the jet stream pattern
The researchers studied the historical pressure patterns for November - January over North America during the period 1960 - 2014, and found that a strong "dipole" pattern of high pressure over Western North America and low pressure over Eastern North America, such as occurred during the winter of 2013 - 2014, tended to occur naturally during the winter immediately preceding an El Niño event. Since NOAA is giving a greater than 50% of an El Niño event occurring later in 2014, this past winter's dipole pattern may have been a natural expression of the evolving progression towards El Niño. The study also found that the dipole pattern could be intensified by two other natural resonances in the climate system: the Arctic Oscillation, and a variation of ocean temperatures and winds in the Western North Pacific called the Western North Pacific (WNP) pattern. But the dipole of high pressure over California combined with the "Polar Vortex" low pressure trough over Eastern North America during November 2013 - January 2014 was of unprecedented intensity, and extremes in this dipole pattern--both in the positive and negative sense--have been increasing since 2000 (the peak negative value occurred during the winter of 2009 - 2010.) The researchers used a climate model to look at whether human-caused climate change might be interfering with the natural pattern to cause this unusual behavior. They ran their climate model both with and without the human-caused change to the base state of the climate included, and found that they could not reproduce the increase in amplitude of the dipole pattern unless human-caused global warming was included. They concluded, "It is important to note that the dipole is projected to intensify, which implies that the periodic and inevitable droughts California will experience will exhibit more severity. The inference from this study is that the abnormal intensity of the winter ridge is traceable to human-induced warming but, more importantly, its development is potentially predicable." In an email to me, the lead author of the study, Simon Wang, emphasized that the opposite sign of the dipole--an extreme trough of low pressure over Western North American, combined with an extreme ridge of high pressure over Eastern North America--is also expected to be more intense when it occurs, leading to an increase in extremely wet winters in California.

more at link above

No storms in the tropics whatsoever


a small joy that made life happier, what's your small joy of the day ?

Yesterday I went to the optometrist. I got a NEW set of contact lenses. I had been limping along on ONE contact for a few weeks (ugh). My eyes have not gotten any worse. My eyes are healthy, albeit with nearsightedness and astigmatism. My blood pressure was the lowest I've seen it in years (105/70). I was able to pay the bill comfortably. I am fortunate to have health insurance that paid part of the bill.

All good news ! It made my life a bit happier. What's your small joy ?

SSR165 Type 41 - Destination (Ikerya Project Remix)


High wind warnings in eastern New Mexico

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