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A few things to note

I don’t mind at all saying “I told you so” when it comes to the alarmists and “climate change”.  You’ll remember a few weeks ago when the alarmists began screeching about the collapse of an ice shelf in Antarctica and how that was going to raise sea levels by feet, not inches and that there was nothing we could do about it?  Oh, and it was because of man-made global warming?

We found out subsequently, that the “rise in sea levels” might occur with this melting of the ice shelf, but that it would likely take a 1,000 years.  And, at that time, I put forward an article I’d written for QandO in 2009 where I noted that volcanic activity (aka geothermal activity) was responsible for an ice melt then.  I further posited that it was entirely possible it was responsible for the most recent ice shelf melt (since it is very close to the shelf itself) and had nothing to do with man.


Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it’s being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings significantly change the understanding of conditions beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet where accurate information has previously been unobtainable.

The Thwaites Glacier has been the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks as other groups of researchers found the glacier is on the way to collapse, but more data and computer modeling are needed to determine when the collapse will begin in earnest and at what rate the sea level will increase as it proceeds. The new observations by UTIG will greatly inform these ice sheet modeling efforts.

Using radar techniques to map how water flows under ice sheets, UTIG researchers were able to estimate ice melting rates and thus identify significant sources of geothermal heat under Thwaites Glacier. They found these sources are distributed over a wider area and are much hotter than previously assumed.

The geothermal heat contributed significantly to melting of the underside of the glacier, and it might be a key factor in allowing the ice sheet to slide, affecting the ice sheet’s stability and its contribution to future sea level rise.

Oh my.  Who knew?  Uh, we did. Or at least we were able to apply facts and logic to the event and give a credible hypothesis as to why what was happening was happening.  Nice.

On another subject, the Bergdahl fiasco, it appears that Mr. Obama, who was perfectly fine about taking all the credit for his release when it appeared it would be to his political advantage (thus the Rose Garden announcement with the family), has now found someone he can throw under the bus since it has all gone wrong.  It’s Hagel’s fault:

FInal approval for the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, members of Congress learned on Monday from administration officials.

‘They indicated (it was) Secretary Hagel (who made the final call),’ Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said after a classified briefing, ABC points out.

‘It was the president of the United States that came out (in the Rose Garden) with the Bergdahls and took all the credit and now that there’s been a little pushback he’s moving away from it and it’s Secretary Hagel?’

Yup … I’ve lost count of all those who’ve found themselves looking at the underside of the Obama bus.  And for those who don’t think that this was an attempt to divert attention from the VA scandal, check this little tidbit out:

The final agreement was brokered in a week by Qatar and dovetailed with Obama’s announcement of a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2017. Engulfed in a scandal over hospital care for veterans, it also provided him an opportunity to demonstrate he was helping those who had served.

So it was Hagel’s final call?  Yeah, right. Again, the administration insults our intelligence.

Meanwhile we find more and more neglect and corruption in the VA, an agency that Mr. Obama criticized when his predecessor was in charge and vowed to clean up:

The agency said more than 57,000 new patients have waited at least 90 days for their first appointments and that about 13 percent of VA schedulers indicated they were told to falsify appointment-request dates to give the impression that wait times were shorter than they really were.

Remember, this is pure government run health care aimed at a very small population, relatively speaking.  And it is a disaster.

The agency also found evidence that in the past 10 years, nearly 64,000 veterans who sought VA care were simply never seen by a doctor.

“Simply”.  Not simply at all. This is mind numbing incompetence and corruption.  This was Ezra Klein’s ideal example for touting the benefits of government run (single payer) health care back when he was shilling so hard for the ACA.  Obama has done nothing to change the situation.  Congress, as usual has simply thrown money at it assuming that would fix it.  But its not just Obama’s problem.  This is a decades old institutional problem driven by a corrupt and incompetent bureaucracy that has given short shrift to the care of our veteran population.  This is the face of “government run healthcare”.


33 Responses to A few things to note

  • Soooo…
    You have a statement that…on its face…strains credulity.
    You have…according to press reports…80 to 90 Obami who KNOW about this goat fluck PRIOR to it happening (versus approximately ZERO members of Congress who BY LAW were supposed to be informed)…
    AND you have Pres. ScamWOW doing his lil’ Snoopy Dance in the Rose Garden with Pashto-speaking Daddy Bergdahl, AND…
    you have a very quickly shifting account of
    1. bad health, supplanted by…
    2. a death threat.
    Seriously, does ANYBODY believe the lying liars here any longer? I mean, I KNOW you have some PRETENDING they do. But, seriously…???
    Over to you, Erp…

    • So, Rags, do you now backtrack a bit on it being impossible to get that deal done fast enough to provide cover for the VA?
      I think the Taliban offered this deal many times, and we rejected it many times, but it was back in the news in Jan./Feb. and thus fresh in the administration’s memory.
      I am going to further guess that Jarrett decided to get the VA of the front pages by dong the exchange by simply agreeing to a deal that was previously not acceptable.
      Maybe adding on the Qatar “house arrest” portion. (But I’m guessing that was discussed earlier this year.)
      Then its just one week to make final arrangements and voila! Not much about the VA on the front pages.
      I think this would have worked a few years ago. But I think now the press is feeling a bit used, and they want to attack Obama, but not on any issue that they hold deal like the ACA or the economy (that might lead to the GOP winning.) So instead they focus on VA, and now on Bergdahl – these are very safe “non-partisan” issues. After all, they need to attack Obama but not attack progressivism.
      I actually think the VA story may still have legs due to this. The media not only feels used, and lied to, but also needs to bet back some credibility so they can then push Hillary.

      • No.  The logistics are too complex, IMNHO.  It seems apparent from the press reports this has been simmering for weeks.
        I do agree the VA story is coming back, and I remain convinced that the VA and Bergdahl are additive instead of a distraction.  They are part of a very apparent theme of how Baracula “supports our troops”.

        • “support our troops”
          Now, recall “war is peace” and you’ll understand how Baracula feels about them.

        • I think the logistics were worked out long ago, when these deals were first discussed and had people refusing to sign off on them.
          It still could have been planned as a capstone to “ending Afghanistan” and for mid-terms and the VA things was just fortuitous.
          I go back and forth.
          I have to say seeing the news out of Mosul, I’m glad we are keeping at least some troops in Afghanistan.

          • I think in the long run Iraq has a far better chance of being a sane country – Afghanistan is going to be Afghanistan for at least another 200 years.   It hasn’t changed a lot since the Brits marched into (and 1 man out of….) Kabul in the 1830’s apart from we can fly now, and have much better weapons for them to copy and hammer together in mountainous hell holes.
            “When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
            And the women come out to cut up what remains,
            Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
            An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
            Go, go, go like a soldier,
            Go, go, go like a soldier,
            Go, go, go like a soldier,
            So-oldier of the Queen!”
            (The Young British Soldier – Rudyard Kipling)

    She’s from Kuhlifornia, of course.  It takes a special brand of moron to engage in this kind of “magic thinking”.
    She would have declared that the Imperial Japanese Secret Police were “part of the fabric of Japan”.  Gob-smacking.

  • Scott Erb on May 14, 2014 at 12:59
    Volcanoes cannot have caused the ice melt….

    And later, in another comment on that same article:

    No, I know the evidence – I actually consult scientists (not ideologically driven partisan bloggers) when I prepare lectures on the politics of global warming.  I know you guys are citing BS, and ignoring real science.

    I’m not going to hold my breath to see if he is man enough to admit he was not well informed with regard to the volcanic activity and that particular ice shelf.

  • A few years ago, I went over to one of those “science” sites where the debate the issues of the day by deleting comments.
    Anyway, I saw a piece by this “scientist” about the melting in the Antarctic with a link to the WaPo to NYT that had a quickie summary of his work.
    One of the comments was that the melting was due to a volcano which the “scientist” quickie retorted that the volcano was two miles under the ice.
    Oddly enough, right there on the same page was a link to a story about how for the first time on record an Antarctic volcano had broken through the ice.
    I quickly pointed that out in a comment … a few minutes later, my comment was removed.
    Isn’t “science” wonderful.

    • Yeah, and magma could never get through two miles of ice ya know – I mean, after coming up through 20 to 30 miles of earth’s crust and all, it’s obvious that nothing in nature could penetrate 2 miles of glacial ice…
      We should probably consult someone like Rosi O’Donnell on that, she’s an expert on what fire can and cannot melt.

    • No free thinking individual would ever cross over into the forbidden zone, seeing the large “SETTLED SCIENCE” signs along the boundary, complete with skull and crossbones.  Thus, the only conclusion was that you were in the pocket of Big Oil, the Koch brothers, or some evil, nefarious anti-sciencey group.
      Only free thinkers are allowed in such a forum.

    Sometimes, you just can’t beat the messaging in a good political cartoon.

    • Definitely racist!

      • Sorta puts that whole “Chocolate City” meme in perspective, too, huh…???  It has nothing to do with race, since corruption and the politics of dependency have no particular color.

    • There’s a slightly more vulgar joke in there about ice cream too.
      The ‘end’ result is the same however.

    • I firmly believe that Obama is as White as his Mama.
      He just looks darker because he is full of … well it’s not chocolate

  • Hillary has declared those Taliban guys really aren’t much of a danger to the US anyway.
    She doesn’t have a job at the moment that might require her to meet flag draped coffins containing our dead killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, so she’s right, I’m sure.
    “These five guys are not a threat to the United States,” says Clinton. “They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try to rescue everybody.”
    Could she be any more of an rich ignorant know nothing female troll?

    • Only if she keeps up her chin-music.  Which is a virtual certainty since she is on a book tour and this is “Hill-larry Week” for the media.  Remember I’ve said I doubt she is the nominee.  But I DO think MooooOOoochelle is very, very dangerous.

    • “These five guys are not a threat to the United States,”

      >>> Gonna keep that quote handy to throw in peoples faces after they have a hand in the next attack on US soil. Maybe it will happen when she’s Pres.

      • It’s just a continuation of her magical thinking regarding Islamist threats launched from safe havens around the world.
        Which safe havens, if you think about it, have proliferated wildly under the Obamic Decline.  AND they are still in process…

    • “They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
      It’s okay if they only kill other wogs and not real people.

      • We’re keeping 9,800 invisible personnel there, probably equipped with cell phones to photo blog the happy happy lives of Afghans after America withdraws.
        They of course, being invisible, will be out of harms way at all times and there will be no danger to their safety or security.

    • Well since they are not a threat the United States, Shrillary should just invite them to move into her house!

  • Meanwhile, it looks like…
    1. the TEA party notion is still VERY animated, and…
    2. “amnesty” is at least MOSTLY dead (only retaining the spark of life that paid-for-already lobbyists HAVE to try to keep glowing in light of the Cantor defeat).
    So.  That’s good….

    • I don’t care who this guy who beat Cantor is, I don’t even care if he wins his seat in Nov.
      And yeah Rubio….We’re looking at you pal.
      In general, it’s GREAT to whack one of these guys, just to remind the rest of the aristocracy that they don’t in fact have life-long claim to these seats.

    • The most hilarious part of THAT was reading the Slate article about Cantor’s imminent victory and the right wing crazy at Drudge at about the time Cantor got his ass handed to him along with a Metro ticket to K-Street.
      Paul Ryan should pay attention, because you’re friken A right it WAS about ILLEGAL immigration amnesty.

    • What a bunch of people still don’t get is the “Tea-Party” is a party in the same way that the Italian Anarchist party is a party.
      So all the “explain it away” pundits are trying desperately to explain why no ‘national’ Tea Party organization contributed to Dave Brat’s victory – uh, cause there really ISN’T a national one?
      And when there gets to be a national one, it will be just as filled with lobbyist politician vote bought scumbags as the extent 2 ruling party parties are.  Any national one, I’ll immediately suspect of having been infiltrated and subverted by the Ruling Party GOP
      Try to imagine elected officials who answer to their constituents instead of answering to DC Lobbyists and power brokers from other states – crazy ain’t it?