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The politics / Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:37:10 AM »
This article about Joe Biden made me wonder whether it was time to open a thread about who would be the best candidate to earn the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020. It may be a year, possibly more before anyone declares their candidacy, but I have been wondering for some time who would be best.

Who should be the Democrat's nominee for President? Biden is considering a third attempt, Is Hillary Clinton? How about Eliz. Warren or Bernie Sanders? Who do you think would be the best choice for 2020?

The rest / What would a Bernie Sanders Presidency have accomplished?
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:24:44 AM »
I've always been a fan of alternate history and my favorite author in that genre is Harold Turtledove. Now that Trump has been elected by the state's electors and his victory is assured, perhaps we should do a what if? scenario. Consider Bernie Sanders as the Democrat's presidential nominee and as an extension, consider Sanders having defeated Donald Trump in the general election, both in the popular vote and electorally. What would a Sander's presidency have accomplished in your estimation? Would the Democrats have achieved a majority in the Senate? In the House of Reps.? Or both?

How much progress would his administration have achieved in regards to climate change and reducing the country's dependence on fossil fuels? How much cooperation would he and the Democrats receive from the Republicans? What kind of headwinds would he have faced by those opposed to his policies?

The rest / Political discussion on the Arctic Sea Ice Forum
« on: November 25, 2016, 08:05:11 AM »
Reading Terry's posts about this subject gave me the idea of putting this to a vote to all Forum members. Given Terry's concerns, I believe science and politics should be allowed but mutually exclusive, although some overlap will likely occur. I know a lot of members absolutely abhor politics, while others (myself included), find it very interesting. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this subject!

The politics / The Crisis for Liberalism in the United States and Europe
« on: November 21, 2016, 04:54:15 PM »
I've been thinking about starting a new thread since the U.S. Presidential election resulted in a Donald Trump victory. I also wanted to incorporate what is happening here in the U.S. as well as Canada and Europe. The Presidential poll thread seems to have outlived it's usefulness and the Empire America thread doesn't seem to be the right place to address this issue.

Here's an article from the NY Times to kickoff the start of this thread:

"The 2016 campaign was a crisis for conservatism; it's aftermath is a crisis for liberalism."

I'm fairly new at this, so bear with me please. Not sure if I've placed this new thread in the right spot, but here goes. Having spent most of my life in New Hampshire and having done a great deal of hiking, I'm fascinated with the history of glaciation during the last ice age. Having seen plenty of glacial erratics, eskers, drumlins, moraine and kettle ponds, I wondered if there was forensic evidence mapping the deglaciation period to the point where the last vestiges of the Laurentide Ice Sheet are now found on Baffin Island.

Here I was in the summer of 2012, shortly after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, I found I had some time on my hands. That's when I discovered a form of soil deposition in fresh water lakes and ponds called "varves".

What interested me the most was this question; is there any reliable record of how the Laurentide Ice Sheet receded and what over the course of millennia did it look like? Putting it another way, when did the ice recede to Canada and when did it recede to northern Quebec? After that, when did it recede further north onto Baffin Island? One other thing that caught my eye when I started following the decline of Arctic sea ice, was the Modis imagery of northern North America, showing a very odd looking lake called Great Slave Lake. The eastern arm of this lake looks a lot like an outwash plain.

Perhaps this subject doesn't fit in as part of the theme of this forum, but if anyone is interested,  I would appreciate any insight and comments the members of this esteemed forum would have to share.

Consequences / Is AGW Delaying A New Ice Age?
« on: August 27, 2016, 06:41:30 AM »
I think it is safe to say the we on the forum have already come to the conclusion that AGW is for real. For myself, in the early 2000's I thought the deniers were protesting a bit too much, so I considered both sides of the argument and found that AGW was indeed for real. I think the 2007 melting season was the final piece of the puzzle.

I'm someone who is fascinated by extremes. The question on this new thread I'd like to ask is threefold; 1. Are we presently on the cusp of exiting this interglacial and entering into a new ice age? 2. If so, will AGW be enough to prevent a new ice age from happening or at least attenuating it? 3. Is it a good thing or a bad thing, considering that a new ice age would inconvenience a large portion of the population? Thanks to all.

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