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“A GIANT PULSATING MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE” Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden,...

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  • May 8, 2021

The Florida Piney Point phosphate plant in Manatee county has been releasing 202 million gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay since the risk of collapse of the holding reservoir became international news due to a risk of major collapse with flood walls of over twenty feet predicted to inundate local communities and...

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  • April 9, 2021

The week has started badly and tragically. Even the Suez Canal got blocked. but we should at least think about Spring Cleaning, even if we never get it completed. It’s enough to make you nuke a space hurricane, eat a pie under the covers, or buy a QAnon Sudoku decoder...

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  • March 24, 2021

NASA needed to test its Rover programming and terrain around the same time as the trend for movies about street racing and making doughnuts on pavement. Happy science. https://twitter.com/OhOEvie/status/1364008082552934400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Nasa’s $800m Mars Exploration Rovers have accidentally drawn a penis. The twin exploration vehicles Spirit and Opportunity were launched nine years ago,...

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  • February 23, 2021

Meet crony capitalism-owned government, Texas. The Texas grid failure is a perfect example of what markets do to systems we all depend on because they can, given bought governments. Journalist understands the error in slavish devotion to markets x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The Texas Tribune CEO...

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  • February 18, 2021

1969 1969, a day of pride and glory 2021, a day of shame and hate 1964 displaying gallows for hanging It is unbelievable how far we have fallen instead of moving forward. The first still picture is gallows being erected for the hanging of Mike Pence. The picture  below is gallows...

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  • February 15, 2021

I’m liking this: U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) said Native Americans played a significant role in the recent election, including his win in Arizona. Now that he is elected, Kelly said he will continue to work with tribes to address problems with the pandemic, which remains, by far, a top...

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  • February 3, 2021

I keep vigil. Last summer, record-breaking wildfires in Siberia, “in and around the Arctic circle,” continue to smolder and burn; the fuel feeding the fires is peat, decomposing organic matter that has been stored in the earth for millenniums. According to NASA estimates, at least half of wildfires burned in Siberia in the...

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  • January 29, 2021

We are living in a society that was basically defined by a few people. What I have realized is that many of its failures are based on abstraction. When I worked for NASA, we were tasked to develop software that had to work on PCs, Apollos, and Macs, different brands...

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  • January 18, 2021

There are now so many pardon requests there’s a spreadsheet for them, but Trump’s so angry at the lost loyalty, the list could be smaller. Trump just sees no evil, even in a mirror. There may be a firing spree, among other irrational acts by a Trump now confronted by...

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  • December 16, 2020

The Independent writes on the intensification of melting on the Antarctic peninsula. Last year's melt season was the highest in forty years of satellite records. Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf experienced its highest rate of melting since records began 40 years ago from 2019-2020, a new study has found. The unprecedented melt at...

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  • December 11, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Arizona courtesy of OH Predictive Insights: In the state’s other race with national consequences, former astronaut Mark Kelly maintains his advantage over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally. Half (50%) of Arizona voters prefer Kelly while 45% prefer McSally. One of the unique aspects of...

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  • October 27, 2020

It is no surprise to those who follow the deglaciation process in Antarctica and are aware of the real threat posed by these glacial behemoths to human civilization. Rapid sea-level rise is likely when Pine Island and Thwaites (A/K/A The Doomsday glacier) glaciers collapse and take all of West Antarctica with them....

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  • September 23, 2020

“Oh yes Sapiens, you hungry little monkey, it's all about you” comment via Greenland Ice Sheet — Ice Sheet Melting Is Perfectly in Line With Our Worst-Case Scenario, Scientists Warn New research has found that 50-70% of Antarctica's glacier marine extensions are at risk of hydrofracture due to enormous meltwater lakes on the...

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  • September 3, 2020

Besides being disliked by practically everyone, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R. AZ) is freaking out to Republican operatives about split-ticket voters: Answering a question from a supporter at a campaign event last week, McSally said there are voters who like Trump but haven’t paid attention to other races on the...

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  • August 17, 2020

Canada’s last fully intact ice caps have disappeared NASA satellites confirmed.  The two ice caps are in the Northeast of Ellesmere Island, near Greenland. The ice caps formed during the Little Ice Age, they have succumbed to the intense heat waves blanketing the Arctic over the past several years. From the...

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  • August 7, 2020

From Salon: Embattled Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona promised voters that her campaign would “suspend all campaign fundraising” for the first two weeks of April in favor of “15 Days of Giving,” but finance records released last week show that the campaign seems to have raised $300,000 in that time, and apparently kept all...

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  • July 28, 2020

I keep vigil. I wish I knew how to get people to care, but we seem determined to kill ourselves and ignore all of the code red warnings that the science is telling us. I guess it comes down to what outrages folks and it isn’t our survival. Perhaps it is...

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  • July 24, 2020
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Most of us have been experiencing warm to hot temperatures. It doesn’t appear that the misery will go away any time soon. There is a lot of news lately on our warming planet. I shared a few articles on the subject, but they barely scratch the surface of what is...

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  • July 10, 2020

From Salon: x YouTube Video Arizona Republican senator and former Air Force combat pilot Martha McSally once published an academic paper in which she said military servicewomen should be counseled against the “foolishness of entering into a lifetime commitment (motherhood)” to avoid deployment, and called for the Pentagon to repeal...

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  • July 8, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020
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She can’t stop getting caught lying: Sen. Martha McSally released a TV ad for her campaign in which she says, “Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always.” Well … It boils down to this: McSally has been a proponent of abolishing the Affordable Care Act, which...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: I'm excited to share a new round of endorsed candidates with you soon, but for right now, I'm asking you to help some of the candidates in the closest Senate races in the country. While the Trump administration is widely...

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  • June 15, 2020

I am sharing some of the stories from the Arctic that have not received the media attention that they deserve. We can expect increasing wildfires, a busy and dangerous Atlantic storm season, and rising marine and land temperatures as a result of the incredible speed of the climate crisis. As we...

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  • June 11, 2020

I reached for the grimy tumbler.  It was empty.  Not even any ice. I reached for the whiskey bottle.  It was empty too. This was the night the bottle let me down, and a savagely bright dawn poured through the dirty windows in my Private Investigator’s office. I stared at...

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  • May 30, 2020

Some big news today: Alongside discussions of her own national political ambitions, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is wading into elections outside her home state, endorsing the campaigns of seven Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seats. On Thursday, Abrams announced that she was backing Democratic candidates in Arizona, Colorado,...

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  • May 21, 2020

There is no vaccine or hydroxychloroquine dosage that can stop an exceptional heating event happening in the Arctic. In Siberia, an intensifying heatwave threatens a disastrous melt season across the Arctic, once again. Summer is coming.  We should brace ourselves for an ominous and dangerous summer of wildfire and powerful storms as...

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  • May 19, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D. WI) in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Mark Kelly (D. AZ) Arizona is a battleground state this year — especially after Democrats won their first Senate race in over 30 years there just last cycle. Now,...

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  • April 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: Too much of modern politics revolves around fundraising, especially after the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision. But when Leo Szilard created this organization in 1962, he emphasized the importance of both “the sweet voice of reason’’ and raising funds...

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  • April 20, 2020

While we experience dread over the pandemic and climate change, a new threat emerges in Ukraine. Wildfires have been burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exclusion zone since April 4, 2020. The fires have now closed in on the nuclear power plant and its radioactive storage facility. The 18.5...

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  • April 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: A new poll out of Arizona has my friend, Mark Kelly, down by two points in Arizona’s must-win Senate race. This news comes after massive outside spending by Mitch McConnell and...

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  • March 14, 2020

Faster than previously expected. Those four words are horrifying when it comes to describing the changes to our climate. We have been reading about these phenomena frequently lately and, they haunt with such dire consequences as increasing permafrost thaw, marine heatwaves, climate migration, increasing pressure on our food systems, to...

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  • February 7, 2020

Leading scientists have warned that nine of the tipping points identified over a decade ago are now active. One of those tipping points is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). Thwaites glacier, also known as the doomsday glacier, has been alarming scientists about a looming collapse that could raise sea...

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  • February 6, 2020

Rand Paul isn’t too concerned about climate change on Planet Earth, but to his credit he does think we need to start creating livable ecosystems elsewhere. I guess he thinks humanity is on a cosmic pub crawl, and since we’re about to wear out our welcome here, we need to find...

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  • January 18, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: It’s not enough to elect a Democratic president and hold our House majority in 2020. The future of everything we care about—the Supreme Court, women’s reproductive freedoms, gun safety,...

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  • January 15, 2020

The smoke from Australia’s raging bushfires will make the full circuit around the globe and return to Australia to blanket the country with the same smoke generated by incinerated plant matter in parts of New South Wales and Victoria. This extraordinary event, though not unprecedented, was captured by satellite animated...

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  • January 15, 2020

We know from the National Climate Assessment that climate disruptions to agriculture over the past 40 years has increased and, will only worsen as the climate crisis continues to unfold. Drought and flooding will increase, and heatwaves will come earlier, be more frequent and, last longer threatening the lives of...

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  • January 13, 2020

Some good news for the north coast of Western Australia. A tropical Cyclone promises heavy rain and winds to the parched, tinder dry, NW region of the island continent. “The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said the cyclone’s expected path would take it into WA’s southeast and close to the...

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  • January 7, 2020

Four days ago, Rep. Mark Meadows posted this video of Nancy Pelosi while absurdly claiming that Donald Trump never attempted to bribe anyone. Because it wasn’t true https://t.co/YKb51C6CIN — Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) December 13, 2019 Okay, fine. Clearly, Trump did try to bribe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by dangling foreign aid...

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  • December 16, 2019

And what seems clear now is that Greenland is no longer changing in geological time. It is changing in human time. Jon Gertner, Yale Environment 360                                                ...

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  • December 12, 2019

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • December 7, 2019

“Ice shelves are the most vulnerable parts of Antarctica’s ice sheet system and we know that they are shrinking, but what we didn’t know before this work was how that was impacting the grounded ice behind them.” Helen Amanda Fricker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Disheartening news out of Antarctica, once again,...

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  • December 4, 2019

As we all know, Wall Street donors in the Democratic Party would rather re-elect Donald Trump than allow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) to become the Democratic nominee. In a clear sign, they are terrified of Warren becoming the nominee, they are now threatening to keep Moscow Mitch and the...

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  • November 5, 2019

According to a new report prepared by the US Army and, commissioned by the Pentagon, found that the next couple of decades will be so chaotic due to a warming climate that we will be unable to adapt in time. Our inability to change will be the result of years...

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  • October 26, 2019

We’ve all seen this annoying line of argument from people opposed to us cleaning up our act with respect to the environment: Oh, you FLEW over here, now didn’t you? You’re such a hypocrite – that airplane emits tons of CO2. But you did it because there’s NO OTHER REASONABLE OPTION,...

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  • October 20, 2019

Donald Trump, sad man-baby, had another episode of the continuing meltdown yesterday as he flipped the bird at a woman who showed him up. This display of passive-aggressive nonverbal anger is no way to run a Space Force. x THREAD: Body Language Analysis No. 4400: Trump speaks with First All-Female...

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  • October 20, 2019

“We’ve created a situation that is so contrary to what we had hoped for. We’re doing more harm to the environment. It was a mistake.” Former Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). Heartbreaking and horrific recent images of the severity of wildfire that have burned out of control in the Amazon rainforest....

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  • September 24, 2019

So you probably saw that Donald Trump has corrupted and politicized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And as I write that, I’m only just starting to grasp how bizarre and thoroughly depressing that is. What’s next? Will NASA tell us the sun revolves around the Earth because that’s where Trump...

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  • September 7, 2019

Alaska's temperate rainforest is in a historic drought. The climate crisis is known to alter the Globe's rainfall patterns. The city of Anchorage was carved out of the rainforest known as Chugach. The Chugach rainforest forms a great arc around Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.  Warming temperatures...

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  • August 23, 2019

Received this e-mail today from my former U.S. Senator from my current state, Barbara Boxer (D. CA), in support of Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Big news, One of the country's most important U.S. Senate campaigns is trending in OUR direction. Taking back the Senate hinges on winning...

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  • August 22, 2019
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