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July 15, 2016

Overnight Open Thread (15 Jul 2016)

Meghan Trainor is a terrible American. Chalk another celebrity up for gun control but what do normal Americans do for personal security that can't afford "security teams" that she and the other celebrities can afford?


Climate Change

Correcting some bizarre and incorrect assertions on global warming.

THE STATEMENT: Bill Nye, the "Science Guy," claims that the Earth's climate is "changing 10,000 times faster than ever in history."

THE PROBLEM: The Earth's climate has changed catastrophically and rapidly at varying points throughout its geologic history. No doubt, the widespread extinction event of 65 million years ago, caused by either a meteor impact or worldwide volcanic eruptions, altered the Earth's climate more rapidly and thoroughly than the minor warming seen over the past century. The 0.8 degree Celsius (1.44 F) rise in temperatures noted since the late 1800s is, by comparison, a very tiny blip in the overall geologic record.

Some historical events to ponder when considering Nye's incredibly exaggerated claim. In 829 AD, the Nile River froze. But 300 years later, temperatures had risen so significantly (into what's called "The Medieval Warm Period") that the Vikings were able to colonize and farm a warm, temperate Greenland. At the same time, the British began to grow grapes and make wine. This warming is also documented in China's historical record. By the 1300s, however, global temperatures had dropped off rapidly, leading to what is now termed "The Little Ice Age," which lasted about 300 years. In a matter of decades, global climate swung profoundly - a much greater change, and in a shorter time span, than the 20th century warm period that Nye views as being so dramatic.


Facts Suppression?

Hmmm. Very disturbing if true. France 'Suppressed' news of gruesome torture at Bataclan Massacre.

Oh and remember the guy in Central Park that had his foot blown off by some "fireworks" on July 3rd? Turns out it was a homemade batch of TATP. "Explosive hobbyist" is the probable culprit? Really?

New Retrowave

This is actually pretty good.

National Security

Seriously? House Democrats' plan to secure nation is less than 2 pages long. Obamacare is like 13,000 pages long. Maybe.

ESPN

I go out of my way to not watch ESPN. Wish I could just drop it off my cable lineup. ESPN: the worldwide leader in bulls**t.

News Bloopers

Sea-Monkeys

What are sea-monkeys?

Smart Gun Specs

No sir, I don't like it. US government releases proposed guidelines for smart guns.

Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is the best way for single women to catch guys. Poke-flirting? Umm, ok.

Dog Video

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