Morning Must Reads: January 7

In the News: Sunni revolt in Iraq, how Republicans could win it all in 2014, Questions Behind John Kerry's Call for Peace, FBI Burglars Reveal Themselves, Income Inequality, and the Fiscal Cliff's potential comeback

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • In Iraq, a Sunni Revolt Raises Specter of New War [Washington Post]
  • The Big Questions Behind John Kerry’s Latest Push For Middle East Peace [TIME]
  • The Most Closed Congress in History: “Many have speculated on the forces that are driving the current polarization in Washington—from the rise of the Tea Party to the dominating influence of outside groups and a Republican majority in the House whose agenda is at odds with the views of the American people. However, it’s the manipulation of the legislative process itself that has enabled each of these forces to take root and grow.” [Politico Magazine]
  • Progressives Flunking Income Inequality Test [National Journal]
  • Puerto Ricans Flock North Away From Battered Economy [WSJ]
  • Faulty Websites Confront Needy in Search of Aid [NYT]
  • “I Do Not Trust Politicians”: An Interview with the Democrat Most Likely to Challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016 [Slate]
  • Republicans Really Could Win it All This Year [Politico Magazine]
  • 4 Reasons We Haven’t Seen the Last of the Fiscal Cliff [TIME]
  • The Burglars Who Took on FBI Abandon Shadows [NYT]
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collioure
collioure

Regarding the Gates book an early read is that hardly anyone comes out looking good and certainly not the author.  Hillary, however, is viewed rather favorably.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I think @collioure..is trying to be all sciency and stuff, pontificating about that mean ol' CO2 stuff when he qustions the work of one of the most frequently cited (by rate) paper in recent times, knows nothing about the cycling dynamics of the gas, and has probably never seen a Berner curve in his life.

Just as well he took his marbles home...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure..is, of course, seeking leadership* on the part of the US in world global warming matters.


*he really means leadership from anyone but Obama, of course.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori

Exactly. 

He's not a conservative either even though all his sources are GOP and everything he says includes phrases turned on the lathes in the basement of FOX.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@fitty_three @collioure 

Funny how he blames Obama for lack of leadership, but nary a word about the Senate or the House..

Why, it's almost as if he has an ax to grind....

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@MementoMori 

Congratulations, guys.

Four of the stupidest posts I've seen here in a while.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Kudos to MementoMori for earlier linking the Amanda Hess article about continuing harassment of women online, which included TIME's Catherine Mayer. (I saw it earlier but was out and using the android tablet, which lets me read but not sign in - LF pop-ups don't work, including log-in.) Alas, there were no replies to it. Maybe if collie bashed women, there will be plenty of replies. It's too bad that many great links here receive good 'likes' and no doubt get read (yes, including some of mine), but that's about it. OTOH, collie, paulie (in past) and 'others' post nonsense and get many replies, often pages of them, sigh.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Collie, Richard Muller:

In an op-ed published in the New York Times on 28 July 2012, Muller announced further findings from the project. He said their analysis showed that average global land temperatures had increased by 2.5 °F (1.4 °C) in 250 years, with the increase in the last 50 years being 1.5 °F (0.8 °C), and it seemed likely that this increase was entirely due to human caused greenhouse gas emissions. His opening paragraph stated:

"Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I'm now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause."

He said that their findings were stronger than those shown in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Their analysis, set out in five scientific papers now being subjected to scrutiny by others, had used statistical methods which Robert Rohde had developed and had paid particular attention to overcoming issues that skeptics had questioned, including the urban heat island effect, poor station quality, data selection and data adjustment. In the fifth paper which they now made public, they fitted the shape of the record to various forcings including volcanoes, solar activity and sunspots. They found that the shape best matched the curve of the calculated greenhouse effect from human caused greenhouse gas emissions. Muller said he still found "that much, if not most, of what is attributed to climate change is speculative, exaggerated or just plain wrong. I've analyzed some of the most alarmist claims, and my skepticism about them hasn't changed."

This is a scientist we should be listening to, yes?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Well?  This is a guy you listen to, right?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

What part of:

"While there is still no definitive cause identified, the Met Office scientists point to a combination of more heat going into the deep oceans and downturns in multi-decadal cycles in global temperature — natural variability — as the primary drivers of the pause. Others argue that a plethora of recent small volcanoes, changes in stratospheric water vapor, and a downturn in solar energy reaching the Earth may also be contributing to the slow-down. While few expect the pause to persist much longer, it has raised some questions about the growing divergence between observed temperatures and those predicted by climate scientists.

To understand the decline in the rate of warming requires understanding the different ways of measuring global temperature. These include measurements taken from land-based temperature stations (mostly using mercury thermometers), ocean buoys, ships, satellites, and weather balloons."

Don't you understand?

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@collioure 

I don't see a lot of certainty in those titles.

And I'm finished with this conversation.

Come back when we have a model that predicts what is happening.

In the meantime I seek US leadership in addressing this global problem.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

We have some winners on the Gates thread. The stupidity and revisionist history is in full effect for all to see.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three@mantisdragon91According to at least one history buff on there Obama was president when the economy collapsed at the end of 2007.
 And here is the winner in question

 

JackKennedy said

mantisdragon91
ahhh ............. the obamashill
making money by defending the OBAMA DEPRESSION ............. as America suffers
BLOOD MONEY for the obamashill
maybe you'll get a bonus


GOOD LUCK ............ SHILL ................. the coming implosion is going to be TOUGH for YOU

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fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

Those shirts might command a price just like the upside down airplane stamp did.

collioure
collioure

@nflfoghorn 

As a Bulls fan I am not happy with this deal, but I'm not sure Derrick Rose is ever going to be himself again.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@nflfoghorn It saves them about $20M this year, including tax payments, for a guy who refused every extension offer, making them believe he was going to walk for nothing this summer.  It won't help them on the court, but it will help them.  Not all trades are about player value.  Their season is over, so they might as well save a chunk of change.  They can also renounce Boozer this summer and have about $10M to spend on a player or players.

fitty_three
fitty_three

With our increasing self sufficiency I welcome the opportunity to see the US distangle itself from the middle eats. 

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@fitty_three Middle East politics we should disengage from, but Middle Eats we should embrace more. Kabobs, falafel, and other tasty foods are worthy of further exploration.

AfGuy
AfGuy

By that, I thought he meant the center of the sandwich.

sacredh
sacredh

@AfGuy, it's good to see you again AfGuy. Welcome back.