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I don't yet understand why Obama might have been a corporate Democrat. But sure there must be something to it with Hillary: Fox News now wants her on the electric chair for selling uranium to the Russians:
https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/10/26/sebastian-gorka-says-hillary-clinton-should-be-convicted-treason-rosenbergs-those-people-got-chair/218353

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In these times me German also finds it easy to like the elderly GWB. He has evolved from the smirking chimp and developed quite some charm and humor. He can even make jokes about himself and how he messed up sometimes. And Obama also seems to like him.

</sarcasm off>

At least Michelle Obama likes GWB! If someone told me ten years ago that POTUS in 2017 would be someone I detested more than W, I wouldn't have believed it.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 15, 2017, 07:29:04 AM »
From Logicman Patrick in response #2956: .....




Donnie is at the helm of the cruise ship Planet Earth.  It is a duty of all people, not just the crew, to put the captain in a strait-jacket.
[/quote]

Reminds me of Bogart in the "Caine Mutiny". Captain Queeg: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic... that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers... 

When you see Moron Don with ball bearings in his hand, you'll know the end is near!

BudM




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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:37:25 PM »
Gallup poll numbers for failing Moron Don:  Approval 36%, Disaproval 58%.....

Record levels for Moron are 34/61.  Patience....we'll get there and MORE in due time.

Now that Moron Don has signed two executive orders effectively shutting down Obamacare, I'm sure his poll numbers will fall considerably.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:02:17 PM »
Bud, I thought this quote had been outed as a fake?

Meljay

Sorry about that. Too bad, it does fit well with his many other moronic statements.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:30:58 AM »
This conversation reminds me of the attached quote by Donald Trump back in 1998. Credit goes to ASLR for posting it first, but I think it is appropriate to post it again. I sent it to my brother and sister-in-law who are drinking the Trump cool-aid in gallon jugs. No comment from them thus far!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Ukraine, Nazis and western support
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:01:08 AM »
Rob:

How much time do you spend checking out all this information? Maybe it's easier than I imagine, but from my POV, it seems the time investment is lengthy.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:56:44 AM »
VP Mike Pence and his wife walk out of NFL game over kneeling protest.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-nfl-walks-out_us_59da5fb4e4b0f6eed35114bd?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Why hasn't Pence made any protests against his boss for some of his childish and incendiary comments and actions since becoming President? Pence is nothing but a lapdog doing his boss's bidding.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:31:05 AM »

[/quote]

"Would Love to have Bob Corker come out and call Moron Don a liar PUBLICLY."

Maybe you missed this :-

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It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.
https://twitter.com/SenBobCorker/status/917045348820049920?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
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That's a great comment by Sen. Corker. At some point, Republican senators and representatives will coalesce against Trump and try to remove him from office due to incompetence.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:53:01 PM »
LOL! That was a quick turnaround Patrick. Thanks

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: October 05, 2017, 08:04:40 PM »
Nice ones, Wili and Patrick. How about a song about Dotard Don?

BudM

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The forum / Re: Arctic Sea Ice Forum Humor
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:14:08 AM »
Climate scientists seeking opinion of stupid idiot to complete study

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OTTAWA – Scientists are nearing completion on another planet-wide study on climate change, but say they require the opinion of a “real stupid idiot” in order to complete their work.

“We’ve spent months conducting research and analyzing the data,” explained Dr. Naomi Prashad. “So we’re nearly there. We just need the assistance of a total brow-furrowing goddamn dolt to point out any shortcomings in our work.”

Perhaps they should ask the "dolt in chief", Donald Trump?

BudM

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The rest / Re: Missing Big Picture
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:05:50 AM »
This is definitely "deep thought" area and I'm not certain I can relate on such a deep level, so bear with me. Ivica, your mention of human beings as children (enfants) reminds me of Star Trek TNG where in the first episode an omnipotent entity known as "Q" refers to humans as a "dangerous, savage child race". I always thought that was an apt description for humanity. For most of my adult life, I had hoped that we could advance beyond our adolescence, but alas as I get closer to my seventieth birthday, it seems we have learned very little despite our technological advances.

On the one hand, some marvel at the advances we've made, but in reality, we are pretty much "ape" like after all these millennia. This means that we've become more dangerous to the planet and other life forms. Can we as a species mature in time to correct what we did wrong? I'd like to think we can, but in reality it seems we are the agent of our own extinction as well as a great deal of other species.

BudM


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The politics / Re: Ukraine, Nazis and western support
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:46:28 AM »
I've been following the back and forth between Rob Dekker and Terry on this subject with great interest. I used to comment on this and other closely related topics, but I find I don't have a desire to invest the time it takes to get into the details, so I haven't commented much. Suffice it to say that I have a lot of respect for both Rob and Terry, but I am particularly impressed with the amount of information that Rob has been posting.

I know you guys are on separate sides of the issue, but I do appreciate the debate and the information you've both come up with.

Best Regards,

BudM

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The rest / Re: Meta-human
« on: September 29, 2017, 03:12:56 PM »
extinct already?

Off-topic but I'm curious about your avatar; is it an "evening grosbeak"?

BudM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawfinch

Thanks Ivica. Turns out I was pretty close!

BudM

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The rest / Re: Meta-human
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:05:16 AM »
extinct already?

Off-topic but I'm curious about your avatar; is it an "evening grosbeak"?

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:03:24 AM »
Thank you Espen!

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: September 23, 2017, 07:19:17 AM »
China is at least taking some action against their trading partner, North Korea:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41370722

Seeing as how Kim is the only overweight North Korean, the "Dotard in chief", Donald Trump could return the insult by calling Kim "Mr. Chubby Cheeks!"

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: September 22, 2017, 12:00:20 PM »
Thanks for the article, Rob.

BudM

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Glaciers / Re: New Zealand's Southern Alps, & Other SH & Tropical, Glaciers
« on: September 17, 2017, 05:16:41 AM »
Pileus:

Thanks for the post. I was perusing topics I seldom follow and found your entry most interesting!.

BudM

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:10:55 AM »
After the 5pm update yesterday on the NHC website, we decided to get out of dodge. Live in Zephyrhills, Fl. Left this morning at 5am and are now in Ocean Springs, MS to sit out the storm. We used secondary roads to reach I-10W. Traffic on the interstate was heavy with serious congestion off and on until we were well west of Tallahassee. Not bad after until we neared Mobile, AL. Upon arriving at our destination, we went to Chili's to eat and have a stiff drink!

P.S.: Several hours after leaving home I recalled that I left our lawnmower, bicycle and charcoal grill outside in the back of our place. Decided against going back, doh!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: September 03, 2017, 07:33:59 AM »
If the Democrats can retake the house in the mid-term election, and if then both Trump and Pence are forced to leave office, then Nancy Pelosi would become president ;D

Interesting point! Assuming that the Democrats choose her to be Speaker, which isn't a certainty.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: August 25, 2017, 07:26:40 AM »
Edit - What background I did on Mueller shows that he was Shrub's FBI head, not one of the White house lawyers. He acted honorably WRT the wiretapping scandal.

Terry

Who is "Shrub", and why don't you use his real name ?

Terry:

Rob asked the question: Who is Shrub and why don't you use his real name? I imagine you were not referring to Monty Python's "Knights of Ni!?

BudM


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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:50:37 AM »
Also I can't help adding just one last comment. Would anyone believe this for a moment if this accusation was aimed at Obama ?

No, not even if it was true. I mean, he received the Nobel Peace Prize, even though he expanded the drone program and waged war in seven countries. He also kept Gitmo open, bailed out the banks and set up a Republican health care programme. Not to mention increasing surveillance and diminishing privacy rights.

But we all remember him for the celebrity parties in the White House, the book deal and the 0.5 million Wall Street speeches. Because, you know, everyone does it.

And people wonder why Trump managed to win the election. Trust me, Russia didn't have to do all that much. It was all handed on a silver platter. Sometimes I think it was done on purpose.

FWIW, the Nobel committee awarded the prize early in Obama's tenure as President. I think they were making a political statement by selecting him and I don't believe he was deserving of the prize.

Regarding Gitmo, it was his stated intention upon his first inauguration to close it within one year, which of course didn't happen, but not for lack of trying. He did manage to reduce the inmate level considerably.

The "Republican" health care program was voted down by all Republicans and ended up barely passing despite large Democratic majorities. Single payer would definitely have been better but it never would have passed.

As far as bailing out the banks, that was already underway as a result of a Republican congress and President that signed the "TARP" bill into law in the fall of 2008, before the presidential election took place.

Sure, he was and remains a media darling but he does deserve some credit IMHO.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:29:59 PM »
Perhaps the next one to leave will be Trump himself.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: August 09, 2017, 07:32:20 AM »
Terry:

Regarding reply #671, great post! I can identify with what you're saying in my own life experience and how my own views have evolved.

BudM

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Walking the walk / Re: Trash
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:06:08 AM »
I have already once thrown back into a car the trash that cames out of it when the car was waiting at the red light, people wheren't too happy. I'm not sure that I would recommend such type of behavior.

A gutsy move Etienne, something just about all of us would like to do at times!

BudM

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Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: July 31, 2017, 07:00:56 AM »
The last place in the continental U.S. I would expect 100 degree temps is the pacific northwest!

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 29, 2017, 06:31:43 AM »
According to their new press secretary they only hire the BEST and the BRIGHTEST, but only for a limited time.

BudM

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There's a strong case to get fresh progressive and corporate Democrat talent in the primary mix, but overall no, there is no Democrat of any stripe that should be opposed once the primaries are settled.  Democrats are on track to take the House in 2018, and Senate prospects will improve as the GOP continues it's destructive agenda.  Worst thing Democrats could do right now is swing to the populist far left, or repeat the behavior of the Bernie Bros and not line up behind the Dem candidate in every election.  Populist left purity is not reflective of the electorate in the swing seats that are in play.  Any Dem is preferable to a Republican.  If there's any group that needs to be kicked out, it's the populist purists on both the left and the right.  Progress can be made without the extremism and inflexibility.

Previous to the last election, I would be in complete agreement with you, now I'm not so sure. Conventional wisdom would say the Democrats would be in a position in 2018 to at least take the House, but considering the present landscape, that is no longer a given. The mood of the electorate has changed to the point that just being a "Democrat" isn't good enough to get elected, even under the present circumstances. The voter's need more from a candidate than lipservice.

That being said, I certainly plan to vote Democrat in 2018 and beyond even if the choices are less than optimal.

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: 2017 sea ice area and extent data
« on: July 23, 2017, 06:05:56 AM »
FWIW, my opinion is that we should cut Magnamentis some slack. He has posted some 600 plus times over the course of the last twelve months and rarely have I seen him post anything objectionable.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 22, 2017, 05:48:53 AM »
"...Scaramucci..."

But can he do the Fandango??  :D



Perhaps Beelzebub has a devil put aside for him?

BudM

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Yes, it was meant as a compliment.

BudM

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Terry: You have a "singular" wit!

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 19, 2017, 06:00:42 AM »
It stands a better chance to survive if the Republicans leave it alone. Somehow I think Trump will do whatever he can to ensure it does fail. It seems odd to hear the doomsayer's claim that the ACA will collapse upon itself, while my wife is enjoying the best coverage she's had yet this year under Obamacare! Next year may be quite different, though. In two more years, she'll be eligible for Medicare, so we are hoping the ACA hangs on at least through 2019.

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:02:14 PM »
Excellent point Magnamentis.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:41:41 AM »
As sad as this chapter in American history (with Trump as President) has been, it has produced a fair amount of bizarre comic relief.

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: July 17, 2017, 05:31:19 AM »
I thought it was ISIS?? Is IJIS a Japanese offshoot?  :o

Nice one, BBR! Now back to our topic, ISIS, er IJIS.

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For the record, I have no great love for the Clintons. I'm glad they're off the world stage, and hope it stays that way (hear me, Chelsea?).

Sorry to disappoint you, Jim.  ;)

Hillary. Won't. Go. Away.

Say it isn't so, Neven! Ugh!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: July 12, 2017, 06:03:53 AM »
Buddy:

Tick, Tick, Tick is right! Trump is running out of time.

Terry:

Pence may be a fundamentalist Christian, but I doubt he's a fascist. I hope he can be implicated in this whole mess and be rendered ineligible to replace Trump, but I have my doubts. FWIW, I doubt Pence would be elected in 2020 because of his blind allegiance to Trump, and the fact that he is so conservative. I'm sure the Republican controlled Congress and Senate would be very happy to have him replace Trump.

In a way I envy you Terry for living in Canada, but I've got to say that at times you go too far with the sarcasm.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: July 02, 2017, 07:23:29 AM »
Science division of White House office no longer staffed: report

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/340328-science-division-of-white-house-office-no-longer-staffed-report

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The science division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy reportedly had no staff members as of Friday.

Sources told CBS News that the last employees in the division, three holdovers from former President Obama's administration, all left the White House this week.

Exactly right, Archimid. "The lights are on but nobody's home"!

Today, Donald Trump signed a new executive order reestablishing the Nat'l Space Council. The linked article has some great quotes from our "feckless" leader such as the following as he looked at Buzz Aldrin: "There's a lot of room out there, right?" There certainly is a lot of room between your synapses Mr. President!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-national-space-council_us_59581eeee4b05c37bb7ed0f7?jw&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 30, 2017, 07:51:55 AM »
What I dislike most about this story, is that that ACORN fake news asshole scores with it. We should've never heard from that POS ever again.

+1

however, as onerous as their history is, this is a real scoop and shows how the corporate media works to the detriment of the U.S. for $$$.  It also indicates that much of the Russia stuff is simply a diversion tactic and further limiting the actual resistance to the destructive trump agenda (reference the discussion about the CNN CEO guiding the network back to Russia and away from the exit from Paris Agreement.  There couldn't be a more clear example of institutional failure of the media to protect the public good.

Some of here refuse to lower ourselves to that level, and will carry on.

I for one believe you take your disagreement too far, so don't "lower yourself" to that level. You can disagree with Jai Mitchell, et al, but don't be insulting about it.

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:50:30 AM »
Ditto. Thanks Espen for data and Neven for perspective!

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:43:35 AM »
I read your posts on this thread with great interest ASLR, but I question just how objective Rep. Schiff is on this matter.

BudM

When you have been wronged, and you go to trial, do you want your attorney to be your advocate?  The two party system works by both sides advocating their respective constituents and we all hope that consequently the system stays in balance.  As per the US Constitution, impeachment is a political act, I most certainly hope that Schiff advocates on the side of the Democrats (and don't even try to imply that the GOP operates without bias, especially after Mitch McConnell's behavior).

Best,
ASLR

Edit: If you are looking for impartiality, you can hold Bob Mueller to that standard.

I question the wisdom of Schiff's assertions made at this time. I just don't see it as productive. No doubt in my mind that Trump is a crook and is involved to some degree, (perhaps a very large degree!) with Russiagate. I do trust Mueller and look forward to finding out the results of his inquiry. That will be a good time to discuss legal actions and impeachment.

Regards,

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2017 melting season
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:27:15 AM »
The ice round Prince Charles island looks particularly brown.  Sorry if this is a basic question but is there a likely cause?

Don't know the cause, but the ice in that area looks the same every year that I've been watching.

BudM

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The politics / Re: Russiagate
« on: June 25, 2017, 06:14:51 PM »
Per the linked Palmer Report article, Adam Schiff stated that he believes that it is legal to criminally prosecute POTUS, within the Federal judicial system.  Go Mueller!:

"Adam Schiff has something up his sleeve, hints at Donald Trump being prosecuted for his crimes"

http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/adam-schiff-there-is-no-legal-prohibition-against-prosecuting-donald-trump/3614/

Extract: "Schiff, who has past experience as a prosecutor, just said the following: “My view is there’s no legal prohibition on prosecuting a President of the United States.” "

I read your posts on this thread with great interest ASLR, but I question just how objective Rep. Schiff is on this matter.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 22, 2017, 07:03:48 AM »
Reminds me of one of my older brothers and his wife. His wife, my sister in law is a bit "out there" so it's understandable if she stays with Trump. My brother who ordinarily is quite rational is also drinking the Trump Kool-Aid and I have a hard time understanding why. I think it has to do with the condo development they are living in, which makes for a great "echo chamber". It seems the overwhelming majority of their neighbors watch FOX News and share the same general point of view. It's a very good example of a "tribe" mentality.

BudM

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:54:34 AM »
The far side of Lake Champlain looks to get that ~250mm within a 24 hour period.
(repost)
http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,1951.msg117609.html#msg117609

Jai: Arent you referring to Lake Pontchartrain?

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:22:41 PM »
Hope you're right Steve!

BudM

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Arctic sea ice / Re: IJIS
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:29:57 AM »
We really need several Century drops....  Got to get to Zero Ice..  We need to be happy we are right!
2017 is on track to have one of the largest  June declines on record. It's currently  running second behind 2012.   We just need to be patient and see what  develops.  Zero Ice is a few years away yet.

And no one on this blog will be happy to see it.

BudM

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The politics / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:22:37 AM »
In the linked article, Trump derided the House attempt last month at repealing the ACA as "mean", despite initially having praised the House's bill as a "great plan".

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-in-zigzag-calls-house-republicans%E2%80%99-health-bill-%E2%80%98mean%E2%80%99/ar-BBCEacG?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

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