James Hansen Testifies Before Congress: Globe Not As Warm 20 Years Later

In 1988, Dr. James E. Hansen, a NASA scientist, testified before the Senate about the impending doom of global warming.  Dr. Hansen made much of that day’s temperature, which was 98 degrees, to add some theatrics to his message.

Dr. Hansen testified again on 23 June 2008, this time before Congress, stressing that,

the world has long passed the “dangerous level” for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and needs to get back to 1988 levels.

Conspicuously absent from Dr. Hansen’s remarks was the temperature in Washington D.C., which was 87 degrees, a full 11 degrees below the record high.  So much for theatrics.  Not so fast, Dr. Hansen did call for prosecutions of CEOs of oil companies.

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Video: Firefight Between Coalition Forces And Anti-Afghan Forces

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Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter F-35B Makes First Flight

The Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) – aka the Lightning II – the F-35B , is the version of the JSF intended for vertical takeoff and landings.  According to Aviation Week,

Lockheed Martin has flown the first short-take-off-and- vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35B, in conventional-take-off (CTOL) mode, clearing the way for funding to be released for production of the first six U.S. Marine Corps aircraft.

The 44-minute flight of aircraft BF-1, the first production-representive F-35, from Lockheed’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant also marked the start of a five-year, 5,000-plus test program involving three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter: the CTOL F-35A, STOVL F-35B and aircraft carrier-capable F-35C.

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Al Gore Makes Home More Energy Efficient: Now It Consumes Enough Power for 232 Homes

Mr. Gore was apparently so concerned about climate change, specifically ACC, and the impact that his compound may have on it that he embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce the carbon footprint of his palatial estate. Extensive greening was conducted. The result:

the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

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Fathers’ Day: Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption

On this Fathers’ Day it is appropriate to remember one of the greatest fathers ever (outside the author’s own). Dave Thomas was the founder of Wendy’s and an adopted child. He founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. A wonderful charity, please visit the site.

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