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Virginia News Headlines: Thursday Morning

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Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, October 30. The photo is courtesy of Rep. Connolly’s communications director George Burke.

*5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted (“Low election turnout perpetuates income inequality and social injustice”)

*“The Great Invisible”: The BP oil disaster and our fossil-fuel addiction

*Weather Channel Rebukes Its Co-Founder On Climate Change (Good for the Weather Channel. Its co-founder is an imbecile.)

*EJ Dionne: Moderate thunder out of Kansas

*An exaggerated claim concerning savings on Metro’s Silver Line construction (“Comstock’s campaign could offer no evidence to defend the repeated use of the $400 million figure”)

*Boucher: Why Warner deserves re-election

*Pipeline protestors visit lawmakers’ local offices (“About a dozen Nelson County residents protested a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline Wednesday, stopping at the local offices of Democratic and Republican lawmakers to urge them to oppose the project.”)

*What Is Ed Gillespie’s Backup Plan? (Governor in 2017? “It’s not clear whether Gillespie would be willing to run against Obenshain, as they have a close relationship.”)

*Goodlatte looks poised for bump-free ride to 12th term (Really unfortunate, the guy’s truly BADlatte not Goodlatte.)

*E.W. Jackson says Democrats attack Christian values with anti-discrimination laws about gays and lesbians (Yep, that’s E.W. Jackson for ya.)

*Democratic congressman pressured VA to help politically connected contractor (Hmmmm.)

*Budget backtrack: Transportation concerns lead to $50m back pedal

*Wittman tells Kiwanis Washington should be ‘reined in’ (Standard, mindless Republican rhetoric…)

*Brutal cost of children who are homeless (“The State of the Region report released this month by Old Dominion University offers a sobering estimate of public costs for one often-overlooked group: children without a place to call home.”)

*NASA reports broken windows, imploded doors after explosion

*Economic action plan (“The sequestration cuts set to resume in 2016 must be stopped – which will protect the Hampton Roads economy to say nothing of assuring the continued strength and readiness of our nation’s armed forces.”)

*Newport News could pay up to $42.6M to accommodate Tech Center research park

*Bumgarner, Giants edge K.C. to claim third World Series crown in 5 years

*A weather treat today, but look for tricky and icky on Halloween

  • …this time attacking right-wing radio host John Frederick as too “moderate” or whatever (see below for his latest tirade). Hahahaha. For more hilarity, check out his Facebook page. Also, thanks to Ben Tribbett for the “heads up” on this one – Ben keeps track of bigoted extremists like Waters so we don’t have to? LOL

    Yesterday, talk show host John Frederick, of the John Frederick show, demonstrated just how far we’ve fallen in conservative talk radio in VA. John Frederick in the past has been a big supporter of more moderate republicans and their RINO stance on issues seems to use his radio show as an “axe to grind” against real conservative leaders, especially social conservatives.

    He used a democrat Delegate, Scott Surovell, on his show to shoot down my claim that there is medical evidence backed up by medical studies, some even from the CDC, to show that the homosexual lifestyle can be very dangerous as it has very unique cancers and diseases associated with that lifestyle. This type of backward thinking by Delegate Scott Surovell, John Frederick and many more, to blatantly turn a blind eye to medical science, is dangerous and akin to those that thought the world was flat.

    We can turn a blind eye to the truth, we can close our ears as to not hear the truth, but in the end, the truth will always have its day. The other dangerous part of this “low information” attitude of such is that it discourages the sciences from doing further research. Why would any such person want to risk their reputation on a study that can helpful to exposing further truths in medical science when they know, if they do so, they will be vilified unjustly and be the victim of a witch hunt.

    John Frederick went onto say that people, social conservatives, in the republican party are a minuscule amount of people in the GOP, well I think he confused that with the number of people that actually listen to his radio show, lol. But to blatantly tell an untruth, that social conservatives in the republican party are minuscule, that is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth. For if you think the number of people in the republican party that believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman are a “minuscule” amount of people, TRY WINNING AN ELECTION WITHOUT US JOHN!!! Good luck with that.

  • Introduction

    The scientific issue of global warming can be broken down into three main questions: Is global warming a reality? Are human activities causing it? What are the prospects for the future?

    Warming: Fact or Fiction?

    The climate of the earth is indeed warming, with an increase of approximately 1 – 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit in the past century, more than half of that occurring since the 1970s. The warming has taken place as averaged globally and annually; significant regional and seasonal variations exist.

    Impacts can already be seen, especially in the Arctic, with melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, and rapid retreat and thinning of sea ice, all of which are affecting human populations as well as animals and vegetation. There and elsewhere, rising sea level is increasing coastal vulnerability.

    There is evidence in recent years of a direct linkage between the larger-scale warming and shorter-term phenomena such as heat waves and precipitation extremes. The jury is out on exactly what effects global warming is having or will have upon tropical cyclones or tornadoes.

    Human Influence

    To what extent the current warming is due to human activity is complicated because large and sometimes sudden climate changes have occurred throughout our planet’s history — most of them before humans could possibly have been a factor. Furthermore, the sun/atmosphere/land/ocean “climate system” is extraordinarily complex, and natural variability on time scales from seconds to decades and beyond is always occurring.

    However, it is known that burning of fossil fuels injects additional carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This in turn increases the naturally occurring “greenhouse effect,” a process in which our atmosphere keeps the earth’s surface much warmer than it would otherwise be.

    More than a century’s worth of detailed climate observations shows a sharp increase in both carbon dioxide and temperature. These observations, together with computer model simulations and historical climate reconstructions from ice cores, ocean sediments and tree rings all provide strong evidence that the majority of the warming over the past century is a result of human activities. This is also the conclusion drawn, nearly unanimously, by climate scientists.

    Humans are also changing the climate on a more localized level. The replacement of vegetation by buildings and roads is causing temperature increases through what’s known as the urban heat island effect. In addition, land use changes are affecting impacts from weather phenomena. For example, urbanization and deforestation can cause an increased tendency for flash floods and mudslides from heavy rain. Deforestation also produces a climate change “feedback” by depleting a source which absorbs carbon dioxide.

    The Future

    Potential outcomes range from moderate and manageable to extreme and catastrophic, depending on a number of factors including location and type of effect, and amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Not every location and its inhabitants will be affected equally, but the more the planet warms, the fewer “winners” and the more “losers” there will be as a result of the changes in climate. The potential exists for the climate to reach a “tipping point,” if it hasn’t already done so, beyond which radical and irreversible changes occur.

    The bottom line is that with the rate of greenhouse gas emissions increasing, a significant warming trend is expected to also continue. This warming will manifest itself in a variety of ways, and shifts in climate could occur quickly, so while society needs to continue to wrestle with the difficult issues involved with mitigation of the causes of global warming, an increased focus should be placed on resiliency and adaptation to the effects of global warming given the sensitivity of civilizations and ecosystems to rapid climate change.

  • See Joni Ernst Reserves The Right To Use Her Gun To Defend Herself Against The Government, then watch the following video of Tea Party candidate Catherine Crabill in 2009. Any difference? Got me.

  • From soon-to-be Congressman Don Beyer:

    With election day just around the corner, it is time for our 8th idea!  And, to bring things full circle in this tenth month of the campaign, I want to reprise my very first idea — and one of the prime reasons I entered this race:  We must address the crisis of climate change, the most pressing matter we face today.  We must pass a national carbon tax.

    Nine of the ten warmest years on record have been in the 21st century.  If we don’t act soon, the planet will warm eight degrees Fahrenheit within a century, with a sea level rise of three to six feet.  There is a threat of mass extinctions, of extreme weather and weather events, and of greater political instability in the regions first and most severely affected.

    Despite this, there is no direct cost for carbon release.  A carbon tax would change that, setting an initial price per metric ton of carbon dioxide.  This policy must not increase poverty or put an undue burden on those households least able to afford it.  So some of the revenue – perhaps even all of the revenue, as proposed by Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen – would be refunded through a refundable tax credit or electronic benefit transfer system.

    I promise you that one of my first acts as a Congressman – should you elect me on Tuesday – will be to sponsor or cosponsor legislation to enact a national carbon tax.

  • Again, let me just remind everyone that Robertson has been a major contributor to Virginia Republicans, not to mention mentor to Bob McDonnell, and also that no Virginia Republicans ever condemn him for these types of remarks. One more point: I defy anyone to find an equivalent on “the left” in this country (whatever that is exactly) to Pat Robertson, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, etc. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.