Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hemisphere of Sun Erupted; Must Forests Be Quiet?; No More Cancer in "Erin Brockovich" Town After All; Sea Ice Will Continue to Pile Up;

Dec. 13, 2010:  On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.
It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.
"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- writes: The U.S. Forest Service will reconsider its rules for guns and snowmobiles in parts
of the Huron-Manistee National Forest.
The review stems from a lawsuit filed by a man who would like some parts of the forest to be quiet.
The public will be able to comment when the review process starts in a few weeks.

Activist Hollywood Wrong Again: No Cancer Increases in ‘Erin Brockovich’ Town

by Warner Todd Huston
Nature News reveals: Stephanie Pfirman, an environmental scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, and her colleagues are to present climate models at the meeting tomorrow that predict sea ice will continue to pile up on the northern side of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Greenland, where the thickest sea ice exists today. Some of this ice is formed locally, and some is driven in from Siberia by wind and ocean currents. Pfirman estimates that an area of ice perhaps half a million square kilometres in size is likely to persist year-round long into the twenty-first century.
Although the amount of ice that melts each summer is increasing, ice is still forming in the winter, and it is being transported to the Canadian side of the Arctic faster than before because the waters are more open. "If it used to take 8 or 9 years to make the trip, it might now do it in 7 years," says Robert Newton, a geochemist also at Lamont-Doherty.
A paper published in Nature today1 brings more good news for Arctic ice. Steven Amstrup of the US Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska, and his colleagues looked at models of future sea ice circulation and found no evidence of a 'tipping point' of warming beyond which the ice will disappear irreversibly.
The Southeast Missourian writes:In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri's 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.
Cleaver has listed a new earmark -- one of several -- and he promises to "fight for every one." But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.
Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.
Obama’s DREAM Act to Create “A Latino Revolt”
By Susan Evovaldi
Protests, sit-ins, and street marches are in Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s battle plan this week as he threatens to go rogue to get the DREAM Act passed. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are making one last stand for their lame duck action plan to ram through amnesty for millions of children of illegal aliens under the guise of granting college credits for Democrat votes.

“To hear Gutierrez tell it Hispanic leaders are about to stage a full tilt campaign of direct action, like the African American civil rights movement of the 1960's,” writes Daily Beast blogger Bryan Curtis. Gutierrez, another Chicago Way political player, is demanding the lame duckers make immigration reform happen now, or else “A Latino revolt” is in the offing....

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