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"I'm at a loss for words."

How dire is the situation? One National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientist looked at the data and remarked: "I’m at a loss for words."


Summer 2015 set to be world's hottest ever as US temperatures again soar

US had its 12-hottest summer but seven of the warmer seasons were in last 15 years. With ocean temperatures rising, scientists warn: ‘It’s definitely not good’

Joanna Walters in New York
Saturday 12 September 2015 08.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 12 September 2015 08.03 EDT

New data showing that the US had its 12th-hottest summer on record may not, at first glance, appear particularly significant or alarming.

But in announcing the news, climate scientists have pointed out that, of the 11 American summers that were recorded as warmer than 2015’s, seven have occurred in the last 15 years; the other four were all during the “Dustbowl” 1930s heatwaves that plagued the US during the Great Depression.

And, as part of the climate warming trend globally, next Thursday a federal agency is set to announce the latest worldwide figures that are likely to show that it was officially the hottest summer ever recorded on the planet, and the hottest first eight months of the year to date.

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On Thursday it’s expected officially to be confirmed that the first eight months have been the warmest on record so far and the warmest three-month period June to August, constituting the hottest summer ever logged for the northern hemisphere.

Crouch pointed out that in the first seven months of 2015, worldwide figures had shown that the globe was almost a degree warmer than average and August figures are likely to have been boosted by the strengthening El Niño pattern.

“It’s extraordinary how much of the ocean is at record warm temperatures – about 75% to 80% of the world’s oceans are at record or near record warmth,” he said.

“I’m at a loss for words. It’s definitely not good.”


Got My Order In The Mail Today:

I love car magnets.


SLOWPOKE TOON: What If Donald Trump Were A Syrian Refugee?


What if Trump were a Syrian refugee? A thought experiment

by Jen Sorensen | September 08, 2015 1:57 p.m.


Rest of comic at link...

U.S. Government Blocks Release of New CIA Torture Details

Source: Reuters

U.S. government blocks release of new CIA torture details

Thu Sep 10, 2015 | 6:46

By David Rohde

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. government officials have blocked the release of 116 pages of defense lawyers' notes detailing the torture that Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah says he experienced in CIA custody, defense lawyers said on Thursday.

The treatment of Zubaydah, who lost one eye and was waterboarded 83 times in a single month while held by the CIA, according to government documents, has been the focus of speculation for years.

"We submitted 116 pages in 10 separate submissions," Joe Margulies, Zubaydah’s lead defense lawyer, told Reuters. "The government declared all of it classified."

Margulies and lawyers for other detainees said that the decision showed that the Obama administration plans to continue declaring detainees’ accounts of their own torture classified. A Central Intelligence Agency spokesperson declined to comment.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RA2RM20150910

Mother Jones: Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived


Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived
—Inae Oh on Mon. August 31, 2015 11:03 AM PDT

It was only recently that Republican presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump said he'd be willing to physically fight Black Lives Matter activists if they interrupted him on stage. Now, a new report from the New Yorker relays an alarming account of how black employees at one of Donald Trump's Atlantic City properties were routinely kept from view when the real estate magnate came to town. From writer Nick Paumgarten:

I met a bus driver named Kip Brown, who worked the Port Authority route, up and back each morning, for Academy Bus Lines. He had been at Academy for fifteen years and was No. 3 in seniority, out of seventy drivers in the region. As ridership has fallen, Academy has been cutting back on its schedule. The number of visitors arriving by bus is an eighth of what it was a quarter century ago. In the spring, Brown, just forty-seven, retired.

Now he was looking for work as a livery driver. Brown also used to work in the casinos, at the Showboat, bussing tables, and at Trump’s Castle, stripping and waxing floors. "When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," he said. "It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."



DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/31/1416438/-Cartoon-The-routine

Three Category 4 Hurricanes in the Pacific


Hurricane Central

Three Category 4 Hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean: How Rare Is That?

Published Aug 30 2015 05:23 PM EDT

Three Category 4 hurricanes on Sunday morning in the Pacific. Kilo (left), Ignacio (center) and Jimena (right). (NASA)

It seems Hawaii has been a target of several tropical systems this year, and Hurricane Ignacio is expected to move near the 50th state.

A very rare meteorological event occurred Saturday evening into early Sunday morning when three Category 4 hurricanes were ongoing simultaneously in the Pacific Ocean.

At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, Huricane Kilo (135 mph) was located well southwest of the Hawaiian Islands followed by Hurricane Ignacio (140 mph) to the east of Hawaii and Hurricane Jimena (140 mph) in the eastern Pacific. Kilo was the last of the trio to reach Category 4 status, doing so on Saturday evening. For reference, hurricanes with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph are classified as Category 4, which is the second highest category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

However, by 5 p.m. EDT Sunday both Kilo and Ignacio had begun to weaken and were classified as Category 3 hurricanes, while Jimena maintained its Category 4 status.


Poll: Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton in Iowa

Source: Business Insider / CBS News

Iowa Poll

Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton in Iowa

Aug 29, 2015 6:00 PM EDT

The latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows concerns about Clinton, enthusiasm for Sanders and the possibility of Biden roiling the Democratic field.

Margaret Talev

Hillary Clinton’s once-prohibitive advantage in Iowa has slipped enough to jeopardize her front-runner status and Bernie Sanders has moved to within striking distance, revealing a Democratic presidential field in unexpected flux as Vice President Joe Biden mulls whether to make a late entrance into the race.

The results of the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, released Saturday, show Clinton is now the first choice of 37 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in the state where the first ballots of the presidential contest will be cast early in 2016. She's followed by Sanders at 30 percent and Biden at 14 percent. It’s the first time the poll has had Clinton's support under 50 percent.

In May, the Iowa Poll put Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, at 57 percent, Sanders at 16 percent, and Biden at 8 percent.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-08-29/sanders-within-striking-distance-of-clinton-in-iowa


Iowa poll: Bernie Sanders closing in on Hillary Clinton

Aug 29, 2015 6:00 PM EDT

Independent Bernie Sanders is closing in on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, narrowing the gap to a single-digit lead, according to a new poll.

A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll released Saturday found that 37 percent of likely Democratic caucus goers say Hillary Clinton is their first choice for president, compared to 30 percent for Sanders. In June, Sanders trailed Clinton by a much wider margin, with 24 percent to Clinton's 50 percent.

Fourteen percent chose Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a presidential run. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley would garner three percent, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb would be the first choice of two percent.

It's worth noting that in this poll, Sanders isn't a protest choice for those who support him: the vast majority - 96 percent - said they support his ideas, and only two percent said they'd vote for Sanders because they don't support Clinton.

9/11 Survivor Captured in Iconic Photo Dies of Cancer

Source: Huffington Post

9/11 Survivor Captured In Iconic Photo Dies Of Cancer

Marcy Borders was working on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower when the first plane hit.

32 minutes ago

Mollie Reilly Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Marcy Borders, a survivor of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks who was photographed covered in dust after fleeing the World Trade Center, has died of stomach cancer.

Borders' family announced her death Tuesday on Facebook. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year at the age of 41.

The photo of Borders, taken by AFP photographer Stan Honda as the attacks on the Twin Towers unfolded, has endured as a haunting reminder of the chaos and horror of Sept. 11.

Read more: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55dcef8fe4b0a40aa3aca456

'Suicides' Over Ashley Madison Hack

Source: BBC News

'Suicides' over Ashley Madison hack

Two Ashley Madison clients are reported to have taken their lives after hackers published their details according to police in Canada.
The force held a news conference today about their investigation into the website hack at Toronto Police Headquarters.

Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 (£240,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the hackers.

Over 33m account details were stolen.

"As of this morning we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated with the leak of Ashley Madison's customers' profiles," said acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans.

The police have just held a news conference about the Ashley Madison investigation at Toronto Police Headquarters.
"Today I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 (£240,000) reward to anyone providing information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the leak of the Ashley Madison database," added Mr Evans.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34044506
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