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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:10:34 AM »
At this time of year, one would expect tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea. Cape Verde season doesn't usually start until the latter half of July. The latest advisory from the Nat'l Hurricane Center shows the latest disturbance off the coast of Africa!

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 13, 2017, 08:32:17 PM »
Pileus:

I think it's more hope than optimism! I think Trump is too volatile to do long lasting damage. The guy that worries me the most is Mitch McConnell. Thanks to him, we have another conservative judge on the Supreme Court and the likelihood of many more conservative judges being appointed to Circuit Courts of Appeal while Trump or Pence serve as President. Democratic control of the Senate isn't likely to happen until 2020.

By the way, that's an impressive amount of family history. My own ancestry is incomplete, but the first ancestor of mine that emigrated to the new world (Quebec), arrived around 1640.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:53:32 AM »
Trump will need the Republicans on his side if he expects to weather the problems facing him in the near future. With that in mind, Trump should be mindful of his allies when considering how best to deal with Mueller.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/republicans-robert-mueller-trump-239460

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:39:27 AM »
Reporting and speculation is increasing this evening that Trump may attempt to fire Special Counsel Mueller.  This would need to be done by the current Deputy AG, since AG Sessions is recused (allegedly). If Rosenstein refuses, Trump could fire him and ultimately order the DOJ to eliminate the Special Counsel provision.  Congress could then either establish an independent commission or begin impeachment proceedings, but that is unlikely with the current group of majority Republicans.  If Trump takes these actions and Congress allows it, this is truly the final step over the rubicon for what's left of American democracy.

A person that has nothing to hide or is free of guilt does not act like Trump has been acting.

Regarding AG Sessions, word out of the Senate Intel committee is that there are intercepted communications between him and the Russian ambassador from the third meeting.

You may be right Pileus, but I wouldn't count out American democracy too quickly. If Trump attempts to fire Mueller, he'll be throwing more fuel on the fire. Trump shoots from the hip and if he continues, he's just hurting his chances further. His best move in my opinion, (unless he has something to hide), is to let Mueller do his job. If he manages to fire Mueller, he just hastens his demise.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:24:34 AM »
The chatter about firing Mueller was started today by Mr. Unethical himself....Newt Gingrich.  I expect others to climb on that train as well...in order to give Donnie "cover" to fire Mueller.

Also.... the "mocking phase" was officially started today by Schumer.  Next few months are going to get MORE contentious...not less.

This is going to get nasty.....and it is going to be a dangerous situation until it is over...and hopefully with Donnie, Mikey, Beavus, Butthead, Nunes, Chaffets, and others out of office or in jail.

Buckle up....

In my opinion, Trump would further damage his situation if he fired Mueller. By the way Buddy, who exactly is Beavis and Butthead? There are so many in his cabinet that deserve those names.

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: June 06, 2017, 06:54:48 AM »
HOLY SHIT:


"HOLY SHIT" is right! Thanks for the great graphics VAK!

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 03, 2017, 06:21:22 AM »
But I'm sure the Corporate Democrats will find some way to prevent that.  ;)
Oh dear god, please no.

I'll second that emotion!

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My vote is in the 2.5 to 2.75 bucket, based on several years of observation and considering how young the ice is. Despite a slow start, the likelihood of record low ice still appears high. If my prognostications follow recent years results, I'll likely be far off the mark!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:15:03 AM »
Mike Pence will NOT be president.  Either BOTH of them (Donnie & Mike...as well as many others) are given the boot...or Donnie stays in power.  And if Donnie stays...we have MUCH bigger issues on our hands in the US.

You may well be correct Buddy, but somehow I think Pence will escape judgement and if Trump is impeached, Pence will become the 46th President. The Republicans will have to be involved in a Trump impeachment and they are probably salivating at the thought of having a compliant conservative Republican like Pence. Imagine the legislation that the Republicans could be able to pass with Pence at the helm.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 01, 2017, 06:07:40 AM »
BudM
I do so hope that you are right, and that my fears are for naught.

I see Trump as an uneducated fool that can get us in a lot of trouble. He appears to be loosing Republican support which will make it very difficult for him to accomplish anything, good or bad. This I see as a positive.

I believe we want the same thing, which is for the Trump & Pence Presidencies to pass with as little damage as possible. It's going to last a minimum of 4 years & I'd prefer an incompetent with little support at the helm.


Terry

I HOPE I am right Terry! Time will tell one way or the other. I'm sure the Republican majority in both houses of Congress would love to see Pence as President, but when it comes to 2020, Pence wont have the following that Trump has enjoyed.

BudM

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In the linked article, Elon Musk threatens to step down from Trump's advisory councils if Trump withdraws from the Paris climate agreement.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/31/news/elon-musk-paris-climate-deal-trump/index.html

In another linked article, the EU and China have agreed on a joint statement regarding the importance of the Paris climate deal.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40106281

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 31, 2017, 07:40:51 AM »
Since I have no reason to second guess Buddy, I thought we should learn a little more about the 46th President of the Excited States of America:

Terry

Terry, you are "right on" about Pence, and the resignation or impeachment of Trump would end up with a possible ten years of a Pence presidency. I believe (and hope!) that Pence would not be re-elected as President, but even if he was, he would bring to the office of President a level or two of sanity higher than what the Donald can provide. Also, a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress is highly likely after the 2020 election.

Another issue to consider is whether the electorate would consider Pence worthy of re-election since he stood at Trump's right hand as a very loyal Vice-President during Trump's turbulent and hopefully short tenure as Commander-In-Chief.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 26, 2017, 11:12:43 PM »
In the linked article, former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R), states that with few exceptions the Trump presidency has been a complete disaster.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-boehner-donald-trump_us_59284e05e4b0065b20b63c80?50q&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009


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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:25:51 AM »
Although this article is somewhat off-topic for this thread, it sort of ties in with ASLR's last post. In the linked article, it is reported that Montana Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte (R) body slammed a reporter who was asking him about the Republican health plan, the AHCA.

I imagine a lot of Republican Congressmen have met unhappy constituents at town meetings recently about this issue.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/24/media/montana-gop-greg-gianforte/index.html

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 21, 2017, 06:42:01 AM »
The linked article draws some parallels between Andrew Johnson's presidency and Trump's. President Johnson came within one vote in the Senate of being convicted of impeachable offenses.

Although I would love to see Trump either remove himself from office or be removed through impeachment, I think proceedings should not be rushed. It would be better to wait until the evidence is beyond doubt (if possible), otherwise conviction of impeachable offenses in the Senate could fail.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/20/andrew-johnson-impeachment-donald-trump-215166

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The rest / Re: Video Solves Mystery of How Narwhals Use Their Tusks
« on: May 15, 2017, 01:18:24 PM »
Hah! Zorro's of the sea.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 13, 2017, 06:19:02 AM »
Steve:

I'm sure President Pence would grant him a pardon!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 13, 2017, 06:14:54 AM »
Terry:

In regards to your reply number 254, it's a shame that website no longer exists, as I would really like to see it for myself. Are there other resources out there in cyberspace that you're aware of?

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:05:28 AM »
Terry,

I did notice your "flight of fancy" and consider it the worst case scenario. The term limit to serve as president, (as far as I know) is ten years.

On another matter, I did read Charles Longway's post. When I said you carried the argument too far in regards to Putin's possible interference with our election, I thought you were being obstinate. Perhaps I was wrong, I'll have to reconsider the issue. It's just that the Putin and Russia you portray seems so far removed from what the mainstream media and others have said.

BudM

P.S.: By the way, unlike my ancestors I never liked poutine. Although I rarely indulge in French fries for health reasons, there's nothing like a good home-made French fry!

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:28:36 AM »
Terry:

In regards to your reply #238, you paint a bleak picture of a Pence presidency, and to think constitutionally he could be president for as long as ten years, depending on timing! The biggest concern I have of a Pence presidency is he would be exactly what the Republican majority in both houses would want in the oval office.

Even if Trump is impeached, President Pence would have a difficult time getting re-elected in 2020 because he has been with Trump from the beginning. Most of us will remember all the pictures of Trump with Pence at his right hand, applauding his ridiculous executive orders, etc. I don't understand how even a conservative Republican with an ounce of integrity can continually support a narcissist and egomaniac like Trump.

Pence is a follower, not a leader and he also lacks charisma. Lastly, I think the Republicans will likely lose the House in 2018 and possibly the Senate in 2020. Perhaps the only way Trump should be impeached is if his "high crimes" become particularly egregious. In the meantime, the Republican majorities and Trump are possibly the best thing to reinvigorate the progressives and to change the Democratic party for the better.

BudM


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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 12, 2017, 05:58:28 AM »

Terry,
All we need now is for Dr Strangelove to become part of the Trump team to finish the job.

"Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!

BudM

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Would you be in favour of Manchin losing his seat in the Senate? Or do you say: No, he's a moderate who raises a lot of money, and without him we have no chance of beating the Republicans?

Clearly....you don't get it.  So...I'll stop talking to a brick wall.

Point to an earlier explanation, and I'll read it (again). If not, please explain.

Buddy, you compared Neven to a brick wall. I think he deserves a response to his post.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:34:36 PM »

Posts: 1615
Go DUCKS!!
 
 
Re: Russiagate
« Reply #230 on: Today at 01:04:06 PM »

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The sources I use....are days or WEEKS ahead of any "mainstream media." 

Buddy, how can your news sources know WEEKS ahead of the mainstream media?

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 10, 2017, 03:50:07 PM »
This is like 1974 all over again, with the added problem of having a major news (so-called) network on Trump's side.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:21:45 AM »
Several Republican senators have voiced concern over the firing of Dir. Comey. What I find interesting is a rare disagreement between Sen's McCain and Graham over this, as described in the following link:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/republican-response-comey-fired/index.html


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My first impression of Jimmy Dore was similar to Martin's, but after listening for a while I think he's good. I'm cautious because I know very little about him, but he seems genuine.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 08, 2017, 02:00:55 PM »
Recently I said to Terry that sometimes he's just arguing for the sake of arguing. You've got to give him credit for being a great devil's advocate, but I do think at times he carries it too far.

BudM
Tut Tut Tut


I argue for peace.
I argue against Trump.
I argue for high ff costs.
&
I argue against big money in politics.


How does one take these arguments too far?
How are these arguments ones that the Devil would advocate?


Inquiringly
Terry

Arguing for the four reasons listed above is fine, but you've carried the argument over Putin and Russiagate too far. Putin may or may not be the devil, but he's no angel. Let's see what evidence comes to light before dismissing Putin's involvement out of hand.

BudM

P.S. I assume you're reference to high "ff" costs was in regards to fossil fuels, not French fries!

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 08, 2017, 06:20:14 AM »
Recently I said to Terry that sometimes he's just arguing for the sake of arguing. You've got to give him credit for being a great devil's advocate, but I do think at times he carries it too far.

BudM

129

I'm sorry you feel that way, Martin. Jimmy Dore is a straight shooter (which doesn't mean he's always right) who simply refuses to unite behind the lesser evil of Corporate Democrats, as that isn't going to cut it. He's actually glad in a way that Trump has won, because now people are awake and there's an opening for some meaningful pushback.


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I think Martin may have a point about Jimmy Dore, but it's merely a hunch with nothing to back it up. I cant help but wonder and I could be way off base, but aren't you placing too much trust in this guy?

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:36:47 AM »
Very interesting Buddy, no doubt Terry will have an interesting rejoinder. I've been following the discussion but haven't had the time to do my own research, therefore I've not commented much lately. Good to see you still plugging away at this.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:23:54 AM »

Moi???  ;)
Terry
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Oui, Toi!

How did you know I was of French Canadian descent?

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:19:41 AM »
Consistency may not be one of his strong suits. :)
Terry
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Right! It's times like this I'd like to live in Canada, I'd say he's overdue for a massive coronary, the sooner the better. I have thought that assassination would not be good because it would make him a martyr, but I'm having second thoughts!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:10:49 AM »
The Rice stuff is a Republican red herring (did I type "bullshit"?). Don't waste neurons and time on that, Buddy.

This Democrat is curious.
Terry

Seriously Terry, I don't understand why you have an axe to grind with Susan Rice. The Republican chair asked her to testify without the ranking Democratic member even knowing. With all due respect, I think you like to argue for the sake of arguing. OTOH, I've got to say, you're pretty good at it!

Regards,

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:02:13 AM »
Obama is openly influencing the French elections again. Hope this works out better than his hectoring the Brits about the danger of pulling out of the EU.
It's not as if he doesn't attempt to interfere with foreign elections, he's just not very good at it.


Terry

Hi Terry:

I read that Obama weighed in on his choice in the French election. Don't see a problem with that, just stating his opinion. How is he interfering with foreign elections?

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:36:50 AM »
In the two linked articles, Trump goes from praising the House for passing Trumpcare while he also praises Australia's universal healthcare system!?

http://www.bbc.com/news

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-praises-australia%E2%80%99s-universal-health-care-system-%E2%80%98you-have-better-health-care-than-we-do%E2%80%99/ar-BBAL10O?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:46:05 AM »
In commenting on the success of his rally in Harrisburg, PA Saturday evening, he said that the attendance was an all time record for the arena. In the linked article, there are tweets showing quite a few empty seats.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/empty-seats-trump-rally_us_59054cdde4b0bb2d086f0dc7

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 01, 2017, 07:39:54 AM »
In a CBS-tv interview with President Trump, he stated that North Korea's King Jong Un was a smart cookie!

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39764834

Perhaps the great leader of North Korea should become a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice?

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In the linked article, Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-say-they-now-know-exactly-why-clinton-lost/ar-BBAyW55?ocid=spartandhp

I still doubt that the Democratic leadership is really ready to make wholesale change, but I do think some are willing to acknowledge that Clinton was the wrong candidate for 2016 and Sanders was the better candidate. In the final paragraph, Matt Canter says, "We don't need to be Republican lite". I hope they get their act together before the mid-term elections in 2018.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 01, 2017, 07:15:57 AM »
Sidd:

Thanks for the history lesson! As Arte Johnson would say on "Rowan and Martin's laugh-in" back in the late 60's and early 70's, VERY INTERESTING.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 30, 2017, 06:10:15 PM »
Jimmy Dore has a great video showing how Trump has betrayed his voters so far:


While Trump is betraying his supporters, they're cheering him on! I don't get it, it's as if a large minority of the country's voters have taken leave of their senses. Given the other choice (Clinton) they had last November, I can see why some people voted for Trump. I was expecting that a lot of Trump voters would have buyer's remorse by now, but that isn't the case.

BudM

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Sidd:

You're story about this young man is quite impressive. Homeless at least part of the year and still volunteers! Thanks.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: April 28, 2017, 04:45:28 PM »
Thanks Zeug:

I do admire you're passion.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:25:17 PM »
What about Russia's annexation of the Crimea?  What about the invasion of Georgia back in 2008?


I despair at the stupidity of people who just regurgitate these propaganda memes as if they know what they're talking about when just a modicum of actual research will show the exact opposite! CC denialists do this all the time, arguing from passion with preconceived conclusions that find no evidentiary basis in reality, and you all know exactly how they work.


Quite a diatribe there Zeug. You take a simple question, and you proceed to categorize me as uninformed, stupid and other labels too numerous to mention. I'm guilty of doing the same not so long ago. You appear to know a lot more about this subject than I do, but you are sorely lacking in tact and diplomacy. I suggest you take the time to learn these skills and apply them.

No hard feelings,

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: April 27, 2017, 05:48:18 AM »

Did Putin violate international laws?
Not likely, he seems usually zealous WRT international law.

Terry

What about Russia's annexation of the Crimea?  What about the invasion of Georgia back in 2008?  I enjoy reading your posts Terry, because as Archimid said, your posts tend to be insightful, but sometimes I don't understand your point of view with regards to Putin. Clearly the Democrats lost an election they should have easily won, and they are to blame for the most part.

As long as there is the possibility of Russian involvement in our election, it needs to be investigated. I've seen you voice concerns about provoking Putin and your concerns that they have a nuclear capability similar to ours, etc., but I don't think Putin is going to be pacified by appeasement. On the other hand, I'm not sure aggression is the answer either, but sometimes, we just have to push back.

If Putin did have a hand in helping Trump get elected, he may have had second thoughts after the U.S. bombing of the Syrian air base. Whether Putin interfered in our election or not, there is enough information to warrant an investigation, but I blame the Democrats almost entirely for the outcome of the election.

BudM

P.S.: After reading your latest post, it appears we are more in agreement than I first thought!

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budm
Great link!
Thanks


We don't need to change. We need to change our leaders.


Terry

Agreed Terry. Glad you liked the link.

BudM

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Greenland and Arctic Circle / Re: What's new in Greenland?
« on: April 25, 2017, 07:41:10 AM »
NASA OMG blog by science communicator Laura Faye Tenebaum on Greenland: "A vast melting desert."

".....Over my headset, I can hear the pilots discussing the flight path with the instrument engineers. Out the window, I can see Greenland’s northernmost glaciers below us; white upon white upon white. They sure appear stable, still, enduring. But they’re not. They’re melting..."

https://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2578/a-vast-melting-desert/

Good read.

Good article Cate. Thanks for the link.

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In a recent Washington Post/ABC poll, only 28% of respondents believed that the Democratic party was in touch with the concerns of the average person.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/politics/democratic-party-poll/index.html

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 24, 2017, 07:33:37 PM »
For further evidence backing up ASLR's post, here's the transcript from an Associated Press interview last Friday with President Trump.

https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83

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Hi Terry:

Didn't make it to Murray Springs, although the Clovis people do interest me. We would have stayed longer, but I had issues with altitude, although we do plan on going back sometime in mid to late May. Will have to pay closer attention to the altitude next time!

I've enjoyed the discussion with you and Susan Anderson and Sidd, as well as others. The landscape is so complicated, it's difficult to know where to make a stand, so I've been listening and reading for the most part.

In our travels, we went to San Diego and walked the beach at Border State Park, literally on the border with Mexico. This picture will give people an idea of what a wall and/or fence looks like. I wanted to actually touch the fence and maybe talk with the folks on the other side, but the border patrol wouldn't allow it. About twenty feet from the fence, I was waived off by the border patrol.

Regards,

BudM

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Hi Everybody:

It's been a while since I've posted. My wife and I have been vacationing and arrived back in Florida on Monday. Sounds like everyone needs to take a step back and listen instead of pontificating. I ought to know, I've done my share of that in the past! Let's all remember one thing, we're all on the same side for the most part. Best regards to all, will probably do more reading than commenting, I think. I do have one picture from our trip I'd like to share. Chances are, we will all agree on its relevance. Found it outside a saloon in Tombstone, AZ.

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