Austerity mongers take note

Some Americans do like to have a capable government on hand

Recomended: Occupy Sandy Relief | InterOccupy Hub

The Occupy Movement has taken up the cause of providing disaster relief to the individuals and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Individuals interested in helping or individuals seeking help can look for such at this site:

Occupy Sandy Relief | InterOccupy Hub.

Quote of the day

Mark Fischetti of Scientific American addressed the question of the hour:

If you’ve followed the U.S. news and weather in the past 24 hours you have no doubt run across a journalist or blogger explaining why it’s difficult to say that climate change could be causing big storms like Sandy. Well, no doubt here: it is.

The hedge expressed by journalists is that many variables go into creating a big storm, so the size of Hurricane Sandy, or any specific storm, cannot be attributed to climate change. That’s true, and it’s based on good science. However, that statement does not mean that we cannot say that climate change is making storms bigger. It is doing just that — a statement also based on good science, and one that the insurance industry is embracing, by the way.

Drill, baby, drill….

A once-in-a-generation storm

Avenue C in Lower Manhattan

This was a claim made by the New York Times. I suspect the writers and editors were befuddled by wishful thinking. The reason, of course, is the existence of global warming. Storms of this kind and magnitude may become common events as the globe stores greater and greater amounts of energy. We can expect longstanding weather patterns to pass away along with a greater and greater number of extreme weather events.

Drill, baby, drill….