Global Warming

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Sef
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Post   » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:24 pm


Yes, the numbers are staggering, and we may never know the full extent of the casualties -- including emotional scars/PTSD. I just meant that the US used 9/11 as justification to go to war. A needless, senseless, illegal war. One can't but wonder if, under Al Gore, the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon that led to the invasion of Afghanistan and the devastating war in Iraq, might have been averted.

Bookfan
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Post   » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:27 pm


You mean because of FBI reports & red flags that were ignored during the summer before 9/11 by Bush?

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Sef
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Post   » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:29 pm


Precisely.

GPIG

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:43 pm


I'm no supporter of George Jr but 911 happens with or without him. He didn't ignore the threats. The threat was "chatter" there wasn't any concrete intel to act on despite all the hindsight claims. It was taken seriously, and he told his people to get him "actionable" intelligence. They didn't. He followed up, they still didn't because they din't understand it. You can listen to the women of Alec Station now say "we knew it was going to be bad" We warned everyone" Yeah, they warned everyone it was going to be bad but that's it. There wasn't a shred of actionable intelligence, that's a fact.

And it goes back to Clinton's presidency also. Billy lobbed a couple hundred cruise missiles (at a million dollars a pop) at Bin Laden camps and he was long gone from all of them - then he did nothing else (not blaming him either) We couldn't act on a threat we didn't understand, Should we have understood? You bet, but you really can't say one president dropped the ball, they didn't get what they needed from the people who were suppose to give it to them. Our intel on Bin Laden was late at every turn except when we had him at Tora Bora AFTER 911 You can blame Bush for that but not before.

The FBI and CIA were not sharing information and that is what caused the problem. If they had worked together they probably could have put it together prior to 911. Unfortunately, agencies like the FBI and CIA don't make radical policy changes in a couple months time because a president tells them to.

Bookfan
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Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:34 pm


As always, thanks for the insights, GPIG. There always seem to be subtleties (actionable intel vs chatter). I do remember talk about "chatter", but most of us can't put that into context because we don't know or understand the context.

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Sef
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Post   » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:26 pm


Agree. But I still maintain this would be a very different world now, had Gore been President. Ah well...water under the bridge.

GPIG

Post   » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:16 pm


It absolutely would be a different world Sef. If Gore had been president we would not have gone to war with Iraq for one thing. The consequences of the big Iraq WMD lie will be with the world for a long time to come.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:51 am


I'm going to add a link to a review of Bob Henson's of Wunderground (my fave weather site) newest edition of his book on climate change. I have no doubt it is as good as it looks like it is!

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Review-Bob-Hensons-Awesome ... =cat6-widget

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Sef
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Post   » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:37 am


Thanks, Lynx! I'd really like to read that. I put it in my Amazon.com cart for now.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:53 am


Sometimes you can convince your local library to get a book and then just check it out to read later. It does sound like it's the kind of thing that would make a good reference for addressing arguments on climate change.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:32 pm


Take it for what you will:

I ran across an analysis of 7 personal actions that can make a difference regarding climate change. Some are small. There aren't really any surprises but this pdf summarizes things well:
https://rare.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Changing-behaviors-to-reduce-U.S.-emissions-digital.pdf

And much more interesting!
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/09/farmers-climate-change-074024
How a closed-door meeting shows farmers are waking up on climate change
Perdue, Vilsack and leading agricultural groups gathered in a Maryland barn to talk about the farm-country issue that dare not speak its name.

The Politico article details changes in the farming community and more regarding acceptance of climate change as a really big problem and what to do about it.
Conventional farming techniques are change. Many solutions will have hugely positive effects on the climate. Maps show the extent of the changes.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:36 pm


I live in a largely agricultural area myself, but nobody around here ever mentions the effects of climate change on crop yield, or even openly acknowledges that it exists. I'm glad to hear that this isn't the case in other places.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:50 am


It sounds like farmers are at least taking notice that climate/weather is having a devastating impact on their livelihood. Methods of farming that have long been promoted for improving the soil (like cover crops) have the added benefit of sequestering carbon AND helping the land absorb more water during heavy rain events. There are other methods that help too.

One thing the Politico article does is show some maps that demonstrate the increase in use of cover crops across the US in a 5 year time period (I think). Maryland is doing the best.
The East Coast supports the greatest portion of commodity acres with cover crops ...

Plotted here are states with significant acreage of the commodities corn, soybeans or cotton. In most of the included states, cover crops were likely planted on some acreage with other crops, such as small grains, sorghum, vegetables, vineyards and orchards. Since 2017, Maryland’s Department of Agriculture has reported cover crop acreage at more than 50 percent.
Cover crops also mean not so much fertilizer runoff, like is happening in Florida resulting in their red tide.


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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:38 pm



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