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Washington ponders global warming

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Does snow mean there's no global warming anymore? And that maybe this whole global warming thing has been hysteria drummed up by Marxists and long-hairs who don't want hard-working Americans to be able to drive vehicles the size of mastodons?

Keep your eye on the ball. From an otherwise weak article that is full of doubt and he-saids and squishiness, here are two key graphs shunted to the very end:

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts has recently issued a new set of global temperature readings covering the past 30 years, with thermometer readings augmented by satellite data.

Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change advice at the Met Office, said: "This new set of data confirms the trend towards rising global temperatures and suggest that, if anything, the world is warming even more quickly than we had thought."


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Bill McKibben's piece yesterday did not say, explicitly, that the blizzards this winter were the result of climate change. But he also didn't go out of his way to make the point that any given weather event cannot be attributed to climate change. I think the argument by anecdote doesn't win public policy battles. It sets you up for precisely what has happened in recent days: The deniers seize on a blizzard to say, see, this climate change thing is bogus.

Here's a simpler message: It's not actually cold this winter. It's just snowy. In fact, it was colder last winter. You can look it up. The winter heating statistics -- "Heating degree days" -- are published every day in the Metro section in the weather report. They count how many degrees below 65 degrees it is over the course of the entire winter season. For this year, with 2781 heating degree days, we're just slightly colder than the historical norm of 2759 (I'm taking this from the Sunday paper fyi). But last year at this point we had hit 2852 by now. With little snow, as I recall.

The point being, all that white stuff on the ground has no bearing on the debate whatsoever.

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(But it does make for some cool pictures. I took these yesterday. The river shot is at Great Falls, looking down the river from the towpath.)

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 14, 2010; 10:22 PM ET
 
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Splendid Achenphotos.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

The White House is always great right at dusk. With snow it's even better...At some point I'll post a few more that I took yesterday. Obama should step outside the gate sometime and see how good his house looks from a distance.

Posted by: joelache | February 15, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

So THAT's where they're putting all the snow! *pointing @ the Washington Monument pic*

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I know, Scotty. The Washington Monument used to be 555 feet tall. Now it's only 236 feet tall.

The good news is one can walk to the top much quicker. The bad news that means it is no longer the world's tallest stone obelisk.

Until spring, anyway.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

In the evening, the big buildings surrounding the White House and most of Lafayette Square become less obtrusive, especially from the west side of the square, where the old houses were saved from demolition about 1960.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Joel, you de expert, but isn't the white stuff on the ground possibly a function of El Nino? ... Or at least contributed to?

That, I have heard.

Climate change is supposed to contribute to such weather variability, so I have been told.

Since I spend a lot of time outside, I can tell you that it is warmer this winter. I think folks who normal don't actually stand outside for large stretches of time (dashing to their SUV for 4 months) also don't notice the temps unless they are outside for 2 or 3 hours shoveling.

It's a new thing.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Here is an even simpler message. Climate disruption increases the risk of uneven precipitation and extreme precipitation events. Like the storms in the mid-Atlantic. See also, 150-year storm in socal in January, 100-year drought ended by deluge in Texas last fall. But more of the world will look like the Vancouver olympics and the drought-stricken southwest.

No individual case of lung cancer can be blamed on smoking! Lung cancer can occur even in people who don't smoke!

Posted by: chase-truth | February 15, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

This is a great blog you can take anyway you want:

http://ifglobalwarmingisrealthenwhyisitcold.blogspot.com/

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Anyway, on global climate change, all this Al Gore malarkey from Fox... such nitwits.

If one had watched his movie "An Inconvenient Truth," one may have actually noticed that Gore's and the scientists are actually saying that it's THE GLOBE that is warming and most noticeably at the poles where there is a huge price to pay.

Btw, I may be jumping to a conclusion about the build up of snow on my street, but there is a definite moraine at the bottom in the intersection. So maybe Fox is right.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

chase-truth writes: "Here is an even simpler message. Climate disruption increases the risk of uneven precipitation and extreme precipitation events."

I think you should keep workin' on that "simpler" concept. I like my formulation: It's not cold. (OK, so THIS MORNING is cold, but you get my [snow]drift.)

Posted by: joelache | February 15, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I was in DC on Sunday taking snow photos from my favorite vantage point, the FDR Memorial. Only minor portions of the walkways had been cleared, but that didn't deter the German tour group that had come all that way to see it.

I tramped around in the snow and got lots of photos but I haven't uploaded them yet because I got distracted my the shiny objects at the Olympics.

I did want to park briefly and get some photos of the White House but there was no way to do a hit and run. You can't get within three blocks of the place and half the street parking was still snowed in.

We did one lap of 17th/H/15th/Constitution before giving up. There was a very interesting protest going on in Lafayette Park that involved chanting in a language I didn't recognize and some people trying to load a white stallion into a horse trailer.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Joel, I was just thinking that we used to get constant alerts and warnings about ice thickness on rivers, ponds and canals for the skaters. Maybe that's something that we used to do with our kids prior to video games. Of course, I remember standing in line at the bank on payday. I also remember when there was a USPS. There was an afternoon paper that you could read to catch up on the days most recent news.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I remember when I used to ponder.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

And DC is not safe for pedestrians yet. Only sidewalks immediately in front of open businesses were cleared. If it was a vacant storefront or an empty lot, forget it. Also, the handicap ramps at street crossings were invariably ice covered with unshoveled slush.

Anything resembling a bridge was only crossable at extreme risk to life and limb. At one point we saw three people wearing colored vests carrying shovels who went down an entire block of iced sidewalks without using their shovels once.

Perhaps we could distribute snow shovels to the homeless and offer bounties for cleared sidewalks. Don't know how to handle the liability or W-4 tracking issues but any little bit would help.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

"The problem is that we do not have a problem".

It was all a lie. Follow the link.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html

Posted by: rffernandez | February 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

As I understand it, the snowy winter we've had is a product of an el Niño ocean warming and climate pattern in the Pacific -- some would call it a symptom of global warming, others, not so much. This year, it made for more rain in the Western US; a warmer, drier winter in Canada, and that (formerly) Canadaian weather from the north driven further southeast.

But I'm no meterologist -- I'm simply relaying what I've heard.

yellojt, I read Man Plus a long time ago. My question is whether we're going to have to reengineer humanity to survive on Earth as well as offworld (maybe we'll want those Waterworld gills at some point). I do like the idea of contingency sites, though. Any large institution with sufficient resouces has contingency plans to operate if the primary site suffers some sort of catastropic event.

Failure on Earth may not be an option, but it may not be a choice, either.

If we mitigate global climate change, but an asteroid drops on our heads, or a pandemic (natural or engineered) wipes everyone out, is the effect - that is, no more people - all that different?

Our track record as a species on reducing risks or effects of such things as human rights, genocides, war, non-proliferation of weapons, and global climate changes isn't all that great.

Humans across the globe (or even in this country) can't even agree that many of these things are even problems, much less how to address them.

I'm not advocating 'every person for themselves,' but I also think that if we're depending on humanity to change fundamentally in order to accomplish big things without some sort of undeniable 'back to the wall' incentive/scenario, we're going to need some different incentive.

Hey, we knew these snowstorms were coming, didn't we? Coudn't avoid them, even if we wanted to.

In the meantime, I'm making sure I have plenty of canned foods.

Sorry for the length, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 15, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. Joel, the photo of the river at Great Falls is my favorite. We were down stream yesterday afternoon at Mount Vernon and the river looked cold and clean there.

From the end of the previous kit, Casandra, offering prayers for your treatment, hope you are feeling fit soon.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The politics is much simpler than the science. Given the state of the economy, there is simply little public appetite for imposing more costs necessary to suppress ghg emissions. That was before the snowfall.

The snowfall does illustrate another political point however. People are reactive and fairly simple minded. They have a hard time associating snow with global warming. The reactive part swings both ways however. The high water mark for "doing something" about global warming came in the wake of Katrina and the global warming-hurricane connection is as tenuous as the snowfall negating global warming predictions.

Doing something will have to wait until killer heat waves and such. That is just domestically. The political problems with real ghg suppression in the developing world are even more intractable. Anticipating and planning to deal with the repercussions is probably a more prudent plan.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 15, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

The problem with this winter is that it is moist. My wife has been crowing her predictions of a bad winter for weeks now. She based it on the lots of rain we got all summer saying that if that pattern keeps up into the cold weather, we are going to get hammered. As we have been.

Frigid air cannot hold as much moisture as merely cold air and the storms that come from the south are the worst because they carry all that humid Gulf air with them. The Alberta clippers like we are supposed to get today are much colder but carry little snow.

Joel's right about it not being cold in an absolute sense. I have a parka style coat that I haven't broken out yet. Most days my fleece lined jacket and a wool cap have been more than enough for times I've been outside not shoveling snow.

For snow shoveling, sweat pants, long sleeve tee shirt, and a hooded windbreaker have been more than enough once I build up the heart rate.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The JacketJacketMeter

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Green/Yello/Red

Posted by: -dbG- | February 15, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

A multicultural weekend to be sure...

El lobo Benecio del Toro on Friday night.

Chingos de Grammys on Saturday night when five-time Grammy-award winner Flaco Jimenez was joined onstage for a free concert at Main Plaza by very recent Grammy-award winner Max Baca, followed by a very late Valentine's Day (el dia de los enamorados) dinner of succulent cabrito at El Mirador.

And last night...aguas el oeste at Trinity University (more on this grupo importante in a few minutes)

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

'Stations Of The Tide' by Michael Swanwick is also an interesting novel with potential climate change allegorical potential.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Previous post brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

It was luck or serendipity that we celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday night, because when I read Sunday morning's paper, and learned that Trinity University was holding a three-day water symposium and that former Trinity professor Char Miller was going to speak last night, I was free to go. As my husband says, he knows that he needs to give me my space.

Miller began teaching at Trinity in 1981, IIRC, and for many years he served as the chair of Trinity's history and urban studies program. I had bumped into Miller at one or two previous events around town.

Miller took sabbatical to teach at Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., but was offered a position and decided to stay in southern California. Pomona College is where he now serves as the director of the environmental analysis program and is the William M. Keck (Keck, founder of Superior Oil Company, think of the observatory on top of Mauna Kea, too) Professor of Environmenal Analysis.

The article in Sunday's Express-News did a poor job of explaining the subject of Miller's talk last night, the program handed out at the door only slightly more illuminating about the subjects Miller would discuss. In both the paper and the flyer, Miller's two latest books were mentioned: "Water in the 21st Century West" (sold out by the time I finished going to the restroom after the presentation), and a compilation of writings about rivers edited by Miller, "River Basins of the American West."

I incorrectly assumed that Miller would be speaking about rivers more Western, so was disappointed to discover, as his talk unfolded, that he lectured mostly about the history of the San Antonio River. There were graphics Miller showed of John Wesley Powell, the watersheds of the Columbia, Mississippi, and Colorado rivers, and the watershed of Mexico that drains into the Rio Grande. Miller, is an animated speaker, uses the Socratic teaching methodf of asking questions of his audience, so the presentation was lively.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Yello, are you sure that "protest" wasn't a wedding? Some Bridezilla insisting that by god she was getting married in Lafayette Park and, because it was her day, she'd also finally get her pony.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 15, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I went to see The White Ribbon and reluctantly give it a thumbs down. I went in predisposed to like it, finding the connection between child rearing practices and the nature of the societies they produce a fascinating topic. The film demonstrated horrific autocratic child rearing and one can easily imagine them producing cruel societies on the "stuff flows downhill" principle but the movie lost it for me when the makers suggested that children themselves could organize in terrorist ways in reaction. I just did not find it believable.

Many critics found the slow pace off putting but that was not a problem for me. It didn't squirm during the 2 and a half hour running time. It was a good movie but not great. I haven't seen the other nominees for best foreign language Oscar, so have no basis to judge it in that competition.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

You've never raised a bunch of boys, I take it, edbyron?

Kids are more likely to mimick adults than do an insurgency, yes... but all kids have always lied, sent younger siblings out as rabbits/ to defuse parental wrath, and all little sorts of strategms to avoid getting in trouble for what they did.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

In summary, water will be one of those critical issues of the 21st century. MIller called out that it will be a critical iiuse not only for San Antonio and the Edwards Acquifer, in light of projected population growth in San Antonio, Austin and over the acquifer itself, but also for dry cities such as Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Atlanta.

To make the water issue extremely timely, Miller called out the news about California Senator Dianne Feinstein and smelt, legislation that she proposes attached as a rider to the jobs bill.

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2010/02/12/12greenwire-sen-feinstein-steps-into-califs-farmers-vs-fis-49733.html

Interestingly, when Miller showed a picture of the new PGA golf course built in far northeastern San Antonio, the audience booed, knowing how politically laden that bit of past history is, and how the will of the people for a vote on the golf course was overturned by tricky political maneuvering. I was one of the citizens who signed a petition calling for a ballot measure.

The three-day water symposium wil continue today and tomorrow in the Holt Center, an old estate home just a block off Trinity's campus. It will culminate in a talk tomorrow night in the big auditorium on campus with an adaress by the opinion writer at the NYT, the one who lives in Bethesda, the same who wrote a book about hot, flat, and crowded, and who sometimes golfs with President Obama. I just wonder if Pulitzer-prize winner Tom Friedman knows that his lecture will culminate a three-day water symposium? Chingos de Pulitzers.

My reasons for seeing Miller were more selfish. I knew several years ago that Miller had written about forester Gifford Pinchot, before Doug Brinkley had taken up the subject, or Tim Egan (and the little GPs), for that matter. In locating information about Miller about a year ago, I discovered that one of Miller's earliest books was about the Bingham family.

http://www.trinity.edu/departments/public_relations/trinity_people/char_miller.htm

Given that Hiram Bingham I arrived with printer Elisha Loomis on the Thaddeus in Hawaii, the very first wave of missionaries to the islands, I loitered in the lobby last night, one of the last to get Char's autograph. Miller, who hails from Darien, Conn., said that he became interested in the Binghams because of Alfred Bingham's interest (or involvement, not sure, since I don't know the story; cue also the Tiffany jewelry family) in the Black pnathers. I asked Miller if he had included Hiram Bingham III and Machu Picchu in his early book. He did.

Of course, Machu Picchu has been in the news in the last week because of the rains and terrible flooding there, stranding tourists at the ancient, terraced site. Hardly a subject for Miller's "Running Dry" talk last night.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35090990/ns/weather/

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, EBA, for the movie review.

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

SCC: iiuse...issue, and all the other typos. Three nights out in a row is taking its toll...zzz.

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Another crappy year for ice conditions in the Arctic. It's becoming a habit.
http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Adventurer+calls+Arctic+trek+perilous+conditions/2560642/story.html

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Machu Picchu was in the news about *two* weeks ago because of the flooding.

Here's more about Hiram Bingham III and Machu Picchu, the trip covered in a big splash by National Geographic back in its earliest days.

http://www.labyrinthina.com/bingham.htm

Off for relaxation and possible some long hours with Richard Harris' "The Ghost," Roman Polanski's next movie, with lots of twists, based in this piece of fiction. If I weren't for those two night in Gstaad back in '73 (April or May, it was) when Polanski joined me while I ate dinner, I doubt that I'd be reading Harris.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/movies/14polanski.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/books/25masl.html?_r=1

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm pondering when it was I quit being able to remember. Now I forgot what I was going to say. Oh, yeah. There was a big volcano last year but the cooling effects whether significant or not were never noted. And I have noted Joel's point. Also, was not last year a very low-count hurricane year? I have no idea if these things mean anything.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Using one location (U.S. Mid-Atlantic region) and two seasons (last winter vs. this winter) to determine global temperature trends is a head-scratcher. If it were that simple, we'd all be scientists. Two data points does not a trend make.

As to the larger question of using argument by anecdote to make policy, people are very drawn to the personal story and give it a lot of weight in their decision-making. We all probably can think of a purchase decision we made based on a friend's recommendation, even though it ran counter to our other research.

The current rise in populism is an indicator that argument by anecdote is more attractive now than in recent years. Personal stories have that just-plain-folks, real-life feel to them that is very much in demand these days. And countering these arguments with research gets you nowhere, because it smacks of intellectual elitism or snobbery.

Trends and research are based on lots of past data that are projected into the future. Populism is based on the present moment. They have about as much in common as meatballs and trees.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

From WaPo's own Capital Weather Gang, quoting a climate scientist:

///Jeff Masters: A 2006 study published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology found that 61-80% of all heavy snowstorms of 6+ inches in the contiguous U.S. between the years 1900-2001 occurred during winters with above-average temperatures. In other words, the old adage, "it's too cold to snow," has some truth to it. The authors also found that 61-85% of all heavy snowstorms of 6+ inches occurred during winters that were wetter than average. The authors conclude, "a future with wetter and warmer winters ... will bring more heavy snowstorms of 6+ inches than in 1901 - 2000."///

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitalweathergang/2010/02/as_is_often_the_case.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I can't find a "heating degree days" statistic on our local paper's astoundingly clearless Web site. I can say anecdotally (and we all know how convincing that is!) that despite a real cold snap, our temperatures here have not been particularly cold. It feels cold here due to the wind, not the air temperature. I haven't worn my dad's WWII Army parka (warmest coat in the house) yet.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 15, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Hello all... back in the office after almost an entire week off last week. Our weekend in NC was fabulous.

The UNC alumni game included men from the 1940-42 teams. Amazing to see nearly 90-year-old guys on the court playing 3-on-3 half-court basketball (the rest of the players played a 5-on-5 full-court game) It actually brought tears to my eyes to see them so fit and spry to be able to play basketball in their upper 80s. We should all be so lucky.

The rest of the game was fun and exciting, too. Seeing old familiar faces and watching Phil Ford bring the ball down the court and make his "four corners" signal was wonderful and brought down the house.

Thanks to DLD for the shout-out and the pictures of snowy Charleston! Wow... it snowed in Chapel Hill Friday night and was the perfect "only on the grass and not on the streets" snow. Beautiful.

Dr G was thinking of going into work today on the holiday to catch up on stuff he missed last week, but realized it would take the whole morning to get rid of the beard he grew while eschewing shaving all last week snowed in.

Looking forward to the live-blogging Olympics tonight. I wonder how those 1025 comments relate to page hits for Joel.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Okay, linguists (bia?) word mavens and opinionators. Pioneer Woman recently used the term "caddy-wompuss". I expressed surprise to Ivansdad, because I always say "cattywampus". He very postively said no, it is "caddy-wampus", just like "caddy-corner". Of course, I always say "cattycorner". [Yes, I know about "catercorner" but that we proletariat always said "catty".]

Pioneer Woman & I hail from the same state and, I think, general linguistic region; Ivansdad is from a contiguous state but a Whole Nother Country where language is concerned.

Side note: when a robocall tells you, "To continue, press any key" it doesn't mean the "end call" key. Oops.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, I'm a native Californian and say "cattywampus" and "cattycorner." BUT -- my mother grew up in Texas. And I am sure I learned these words from her.

Posted by: nellie4 | February 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I-mom: I can't speak to caddy-wompuss but as to the caddy-corner debate, all versions you mentioned are equally right in that they are all misspelled variations of the French word for four, quatre.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I pronunce it quatre-coins but that's just me.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

kittycorner

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Probably not just you, shriek. Thanks for reminding us of the source.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Kittycorner is where the litterbox is.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Breaking: Bayh says bye-bye.

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

David Brin posts an excellent essay on the climate issues.
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2010/02/distinguishing-climate-deniers-from.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

catercorner

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I say kittycorner as well, caddycorner - is that where caddy's go when then give you poor advice?

Men's downhill 1 hr away.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Wampus cats are indigenous to Tennessee.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Imom - I use that phrase occasionally, think I got it from my mother who was from Northeast Oregon. There's not much difference between the two, just the voicing of the 'd' or 't', and a small difference in the vowels which sounds like a dialect difference. But if boodle experts don't have the answer, it sounds like a great question to send to the NPR's A Way with Words. (http://www.waywordradio.org/about/) Don't know if they answer directly or just put it on the show. Found them once while driving, and enjoyed listening.

The pictures or Snowmageddon reminded me of why once we came south after Michigan we stayed down here. We had a dismal week of rain which ended with a rare 6" of wet snow last Thursday. This area is just not used to snow or ice, so there were a lot of power outages. Bundling up in thermals and sweaters with nothing much to do but wait for the power to come back on was tedious. However, we could cook, since we made sure that the gas stove we bought has burners work when the electricity is out. Our area was only off for 6 hours during the day, but I got cabin fever. There was no reason to go out -- warmer weather was due on back by Sunday, the ground was too soggy and wet to clear out the branches and other debris brought down by the snow, and we didn't want to drive around because folks down here don't know how to drive on ice or refrozen slush (and we are seriously out of practice).
The good news is that spring is on the way; We had a huge flock of black birds (probably starlings) with some robins come through today, swirling and landing and picking through the leaf litter and twigs. There were so many that when they took off and then landed again it was almost disorienting. And the daffodils naturalizing under the dogwood weren't bothered by the snow, they have started blooming and the Carolina jessamine (sp?) vine and rosemary bush have been flowering for a couple of weeks. Over the past 30 years we've lived here, I've notice it has definitely gotten warmer earlier in the spring. Next month we should have azaleas and redbuds in bloom, but last year the bumblebees didn't come out with the beginning of the blooms. Don't know if they were affected by something like colony collapse or if the blooms were just too early. I do know that the azaleas used to be awash in blooms and bees in through the 80's and 90's.
Toodle boodle, time to go to work.

Posted by: km2bar | February 15, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Flat cats are indigenous to Mars and are distant relatives of tribbles.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think my understanding of cattycorner is all cattywompus.

An interesting - and perhaps totally pragmatic - way I have of looking at the realtive coldness or warmth of a given winter is checking the heating bills.

Mine are a little less than to this same point last year. Granted, I'm trimming expenses where I can, but if there's pudding of proof, I'm happy to have a big spoonful of *that*.

[Hey, I don't call me "the Jackson Pollock of the English Language" for nothing.]

Ooh - men's downhill. Always great stuff, but my favorite was Franz Klammer's gold-medal run in '76.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVMJKIx34SE

Seems like he never had his poles under his arms, and was scary close to the haybales and nets (and the spectators - things were different then, weren't they?).

Go big or go home, indeed.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Fat cats are indigenous to Wall St. and are distant relatives of loan sharks.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

From the ultimate source on modern usage, Urban Dictionary are the following spellings:

Spelling (Votes for top definition)
caddy wampus (8)
caddy wompus (37)
caddywhompus (97)
Caddywhumpus (12)
caddywompus (104)
caddywumpus (33)
catty wompers (22)
cattywampus (110)
Cattywhompus (60)
cattywombus (2)
Cattywompous (25)
cattywompus (89)
cattywumpus (77)

I'd have to say the 'catty' locutions are more popular than the 'caddy' varieties.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

That was a great run bc.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How big was our gold last night, stamp honouring it to be issued - in the next days.

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/freestyle-skiing/news/newsid=42077.html

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

There has been no global warming for 15 years, a key scientist admitted yesterday in a major U-turn.

Professor Phil Jones, who is at the centre of the “Climategate” affair, conceded that there has been no “statistically significant” rise in temperatures since 1995.

...

http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/158214

Posted by: Washington13 | February 15, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Quiet day, I had time to dig for some context to Washington13's remark. There was some Q&A about trends over various periods of time. What Phil Jone said to BBC:

B - Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming

Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level. Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods, and much less likely for shorter periods.

C - Do you agree that from January 2002 to the present there has been statistically significant global cooling?

No. This period is even shorter than 1995-2009. The trend this time is negative (-0.12C per decade), but this trend is not statistically significant.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511670.stm

Posted by: qgaliana | February 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting piece on music for ice skating:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021105474.html?hpid=features1&hpv=national&sid=ST2010021401338

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Gee Washington13, I read that piece you linked to. Lots of circular reasoning there, and some of the quotes that are tossed out as "Aha!" moments don't really press the plunger. I'd also think through the concept that local issues don't mean global issues. Put enough local issues together, let them play, and isn't it at least possible that they become a global issue? These things don't get added, they get multiplied. Not a sum, a product.

Seems to me that no matter which side you take, more info is what's needed, not less.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 15, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Had a dog named Caddy Whompus (1972-1978), and was ca as in 'cab and dee as in "sandra' with the d-sound stronger than the t-sound.

Kitty's Korner was a tiny news stand growing up, so I mislearned it as a real place.

Caddy's head as whompus-twisted due to a birth injury. Hence her middle name.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

rffernandez and Washington13,
Inconceivable! Those articles don't quite say what you thing they say.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Kitty's Back is from The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPn9-l_wmtA

Not one of his better known songs, but great performed live.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

We need music in other sports like track and field and beach volleyball and curling. Especially curling.

I know we have rehashed the "what is a real sport?" question a few bazillion times, but the need for kitschy music and tacky costumes sure undercuts the legitimacy of figure skating.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Kitty's Back is one of my favorite Springsteen songs. Daughter and I got a kick out of reading the lyrics one day and discovering that the nonsense syllables we had been singing along with all those years were pretty much the lyrics Bruce wrote!


Catlong sighs holdin' Kitty's black tooth
She left to marry some top cat,
Ain't it the cold truth...

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The women's 10K is shaping up to be a good'n... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This new YouTube music dicovery service sounds right up the Boodle's alley...

http://lifehacker.com/5472041/youtube-disco-brings-music-discovery-to-youtube

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Downhill is on Canadian TV, great day for it.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

North of the city, it's snowing.

Hard.

Sigh.

Posted by: LostInThought | February 15, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Bode Miller's turn to start, do you want results?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Of course, dmd! Why should we wait for friggin' NBC?? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Bode in 1st, Eric Guay 2nd, many skiers to come, 9 down so far.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

First or second run, dmd?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

kitty's back was huge on fm radio before play lists. now i'm going to have that and the title track from TWTIATESS in my head all day.

Posted by: -jack- | February 15, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Downhill Scotty, only one run.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't thought too hard about it, LiT, but the Capital Weather Gang refer to it as an Alberta Clipper, suggesting that it would be coming from the north -- i.e., from your direction. What you have now, we will be getting pretty soon.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 15, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I've obviously got some catching up to do, dmd... *puzzled*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

jack,
There are far worse tune cooties to have. And that was not a call for suggestions.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

After watching figure skating for so many years, sometimes fanatically so, I agree about the costumes. I'd like to see them in plain black leotards - like women gymnasts used to wear. I especially dislike what the men come up with these days - plunging necklines, feathers, fur.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Fifteen skiers down the course, Bode Miller US 1st, Austrian skier just took over second, Erc Guay Canada third.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Snowing here. No stickage so far.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"I especially dislike what the men come up with these days - plunging necklines, feathers, fur."

And that's just Johnny Weir.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This is getting exciting, now Swiss, Norway, USA, Canadian Osborne-Paradis about to ski.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

r.i.p., Doug Feiger, frontman for the Knack.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/14/AR2010021404511.html?hpid=moreheadlines


when i lived in LA, the knaKnack was just getting big. there were countless street banners in hollywood, dt LA and msybe even posters on buses and taxis that simply said get the Knack.

Posted by: -jack- | February 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Egg-zackly, yello! And I love Johnny Weir!

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Now I remember why I don't watch downhill very often. The combination of competitiveness and terror sends my blood pressure up.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Now the curlers are getting into fancy costumes:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/14/AR2010021403010.html?waporef=obinsite
And they already have those cool brooms.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's the BBC story on Phil Jones. The tabloids have been misrepresenting it.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511701.stm

Temperature is surprisingly difficult to measure precisely for a bunch of reasons. Over a long period, increasing urban heat island effects have been a known problem for a long time, and climate scientists have done their best to deal with those problems. It's terribly irresponsible to claim otherwise.

This winter has brought evidence of an urban heat island for Orlando, where some palms that ought to have frozen, didn't. Locally, coconut palms a couple of miles from the coast suffered lots of damage to their leaves, while those at the beach mostly look fine. This kind of variability happened on nights with cold winds coming from inland. You wouldn't think being near the ocean would count for anything.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

2 minutes penalty to the Canadian for ripping one of the post.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Lars, finish up your quart of vodka; we're going to shop for pants.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is a interesting perspective on our blizzard from a Brit:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/howard-jacobson/howard-jacobson-stranded-in-snowy-washington-where-theyre-panicbuying-bread-and-shovels-1898168.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Doug Fieger - sheesh, I saw the Knack at (IIRC) DAR Constitution Hall in... musta been '79 or '80. It's something, I suppose.

About the closest thing to the Beatles in '64, I suppose, in the sense that it was difficult to hear the band over the screaming. I seem to recall that they ended their set with a Beatles tune as a bit of a self-conscious joke.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 15, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure this is the last big race of Hudec's career.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he got in because of the long disabled list. The slope is getting slower and slower. The Helvetes will be yoddling of joy soon, I think.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone. Returned the son to college today, and was delighted to see a new kit. And a characteristically intelligent one as well. Plus, cool pics.

Regarding the snowstorm and global warming. First of all, this is why I prefer the term "climate change". (Although I am fond of the term "Global Weirding" as well.)

But more to the point, you have two psychological effects going on here. The first is tyranny of the salient, where that which is easy to comprehend is given excessive importance. The second, and more powerful effect, is simple denial. Given even a touch of ambiguity, people will believe what they want to believe.

Anyway, I am optimistic that at some point people will pull their heads out of, um, the snowbanks, and comprehend what the evidence tells us.

But, for today, I just hope all the locals stay warm, stay dry, and hope the snow gods are merciful.

'cause damn it's coming down.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 15, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Surprisingly, the Brit had the best set of teeth.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Yep, snow here in central Maryland.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 15, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

West-central MD, too.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

'course, at least this new snow is covering up all that old dirty snow...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

And now, of course, for something completely different . . . it is indeed snowing in buckets in Bethesda.

Yello, I read the article by Howard Jacobson from UK -- very, very funny and oh, so true. And I know exactly where that Trader Joe's is located. Yep, there's something about those Brits in the humo(u)r department.

RDP -- I, too, am fonder of referring to what's going on climate-wise to "climate change" rather than "global warming". But, of course, there are deniers around to all sorts of things.

But, it's just snow-use to convince people of anything they don't want to consider.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

It is irresponsible to continue the Global Cooling(70s line)/Global Warming(90s line)/ Global Climate Change(00s) charade.

At this point, the people who continue this hoax will waste their lives doing whatever they can to 'save the planet' from industrial expansion which in turn will lead to millions of people continuing to die in poverty across the globe.

I for one would prefer to help people on a daily basis rather than curtail their comfort and standard of living.

It is disgusting that so many people will continue to lose their lives as environmentalists try to save a planet that is stronger than their phony science and still large enough to hold their massive egos.

Posted by: Washington13 | February 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The Indian community in Canada made sure that the Indian Winter Oly team had clothing appropriate for weather and events...some equipment support too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8513201.stm

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Sd -- thanks for the heads up about Norwegian hipster-golfer garb pants for curling.

The Canadians put some of their curlers on diets; these are the new and improved unis

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Canadian-curlers-go-from-drab-to-fab-with-sleek-?urn=oly,217952

Curlers tend to look like service providers in retail: Red polo for Target, blue is Walmart, yellow for Best Buy....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Dunno, this is the country that nearly killed its national symbol (the bald eagle) before they started doing environmental controls.

I have a better standard of living out in the country than I had in the city-- and I just saw a bald eagle today. I'll probably see a different one next week. Lots of 'em up here. It makes me feel good that we listened and corrected our course before we got deeper in.

And yes, DDT saved millions of human lives-- until mosquitoes became immune to it.

A decent standard of living isn't about driving humvees. It can be factory and automobile emission controls so people don't inhale the equalivent of 2 packs of cigarettes a day in cities like Delhi. I've been there, breathed the smog so thick you can see it indoors.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Washington13, you can write grammatically, your spelling is good, and you seem to be able to engage in rational argument. Unfortunately, your foregone conclusion is in error. Global Climate Change (no different from Global Warming, merely a switch to a more instructive terminology) is a reality. As fellow-Boodler Jumper has numerous times shown, "Global Cooling" was never a scientific consensus and was largely a fabrication of hysterically-minded nonscientific press.

Oops! Gotta go walk the dog! Jumper, over to you!

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow Wash, that was an impressive leap! But alone, not enough to get you on the podium. If you could toss in a double salchow, maybe a triple lutz....

Posted by: LostInThought | February 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Bode Miller - fell asleep.

I think I felt the need for a nap right after I realized I am officially an old f*art.

Watching the snowboard cross qualification, saw the Americans and thought - they are wearing jeans - thought that just wrong.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Eye of the Tiger skate gear: November 2009
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/style/ct-sun-olympic-fashion-pg,0,3750988.photogallery

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- the fabric -- recycled from mostly post consumer fibers -- is meant to look like faded baggies...glad they did not go for simulated boxers with drooper-belted backsides.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I haven't watched any of the medal presentations. Are they (the medals) really bent & twisty like the depiction on the stamp? If so, that's kind of cool.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

1998 skater moment of costume failure, tiger shirt with waiter's vest?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/style/ct-sun-olympic-fashion-pg,0,3750988.photogallery

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Norwegians will curl for Honest Joe, Toledo/Peterborough/Denton's most garish dollar store.

We're having a big potluck to conclude the visit of our European friends in the Land of the Yellow Snow (the promised 2-3 in. turned out to be 2-3 cm). Every group of 4 seems to have been tasked to make food for 12. Something ain't right. I made potato salad/pommes à l'huile (4lbs of potatoes), 12 sandwiches and we provide 3 bowls of nuts$peanuts. Mrs. D made a banana cake and a big pineapple reversed cake. That seems like a lot of food for the four of us going to the party. If everyone does the same we are in trouble.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes they are.

http://www.shoppingblog.com/pics/vancouver_2010_olympic_medals.jpg

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hee Hee. Well said LiT.

This really is an exercise in applied psychology. Folks like Wash have found a nice clique of people convinced that by ignoring the enormous preponderance of scientific evidence they are Iconoclasts for Truth. And virtuous ones at that.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Over in the "What's Baking at the Olys" corner, our feature of the day is a simple brownie.

Lightly toast 3/4 cup of slightly crushed macadamia nuts and allow to cool. Then follow the Toll House cookie recipe on the back of a 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels (you know which ones). Fold the nuts into the dough and spread into a greased 9 by 13 baking pan. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree F oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and it just passes the clean t-pick test. Cool and cut into squares.

By MrJS' way of thinking this recipe makes one serving.

And now back to the Games.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Paging Morti

You can buy an Anton AO soul patch to support your dream boat.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/style/ct-sun-olympic-fashion-pg,0,3750988.photogallery

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

But dmd. You and I are the same age. Still in the vigor of youth. Right? Right??

And on that note, I'm gonna put a heating pad on my sore shoulder and watch those youngsters ski.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Not thrilled with the denim look of the Snowboarding team's uniforms. THey're made of Gore-Tex to look like baggy, worn jeans...

http://www.lat34.com/2009/12/04/burton-unveils-2010-snowboard-team-olympic-uniform/

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

DMD== men's Canadian xcountry ski garb is bizzaro -- dark patterned legs...look like stylized eagle legs?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

TBG, snowboarding has always been about baggy well-worn clothing. A snowboarder in a Nordic unitard type get-up would be laughed off the slopes.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Washington13, I'm not sure what you're saying here -- are you saying that you think there is no global warming (and the link to the speculations on the quality of data indicating such), or that there *is* global warming, and that it is a natural occurence - like theories regarding Milankovitch cycles - and that we're powerless to do anything about it?

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

SD -- fax me some of the goodies...am out of food stuffs worth anything. Dollar store! Yes. That our used car salesman on late night TV.

Take a look at our local sartorial sensation, Mr. Lesko

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Lesko

I could design a curling? track suit....any takers?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

One serving. I like MrJS' way of thinking.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen those CP - I will look for them, I think the competitive outfits are done by the individual sports/suppliers. Liked the Canadian moguls outfits, need patches are added I think to make it easier for the judges to see them during the turns. Appear to snap on to the pants - therefore changeable.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

That's why I'm so often baking, TBG.

The guy has the metabolism of a hummingbird, too. Eats whatever he wants and stays forever slim.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

MsJS -- um, would you mind faxing me some of his metabolism?

Posted by: -ftb- | February 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, that Gore-Tex actually manages to look like wornout denim. That's just not right.

I had to go online to order stamps today, being almost out. The Vancouver Olympics stamp is cool:

https://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10052&productId=10006613&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=10000003&top_category=10000003&categoryId=10000068&top=¤tPage=0&sort=&viewAll=N&rn=CategoriesDisplay&WT.ac=10006613

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Along with some of whatever it is you're baking. . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | February 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

If zip-off's easy
and legs are loose for tree breaks,
I'll er...shhh.. try one.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Also, the competition number bib on snowboarders is a cut-off t-shirt style...for stability because it is much looser than the tank style fitted bib of most competitors.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

When I hear 'hoax' I think Piltdown Man, not hundreds of dry scholarly paper all conspiratorially designed to pry the 4x4 Belchfires out of our garages.

There has always been a hysterical Monkey Wrench Gang-ish element to the fringes, but I still have a problem with people asserting a fundamental right to pollute, whether it be with sulfur, PCBs, or carbon dioxide. The campfire rule is that you should leave a place cleaner than you found it. All industry should be zero-impact or there should be penalties associated with it.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Jkt, where's the fun in running businesses like that?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

*faxing **hearts** to yello*

This sense of industrial/corporate/financial institution entitlement is a critical issue in this discussion of climate change.

And that's it from me. I think I'm going to take in some viewing of sports. Any suggestions?

Hey Yoki! How are ya, anyway?

Posted by: -ftb- | February 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

You realize, yello, that if industry followed that maxim many of the products we use each day would either be unaffordable or non-existent.

And, of course, people as consumers pollute too. At least I know I do.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

**faxing brownies and MrJS' magic metabolic elixir to the table**

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Fabric blob buzz is that adidas did the biathlete unis for both the men and women in the US and Canadian teams. The innovation this year is that the suits are not unitards UNLESS the athlete requests one...built in two pieces...out of PowerWeb new breathable laminated layers with allway stretch. Athletes need help suiting up.

In the Canadian fabric, the request was to incorporate some First Nations design...DMD, not sure if that is a design goal for all Canada Oly garb...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

US Spyder wear down hill ski suit borrows a page from science fiction: the impact suit.

David Gerrold and Larry Niven in their 1971 novel The Flying Sorcerors:

"It was my impact suit," Purple said. He took a step forward and thumped himself hard in the belly with this fist. His belly was big and soft, so the blow should have made him wince. It did not. I thought for a moment that Purple had become rigid as stone.

"My impact suit," he repeated. "Normally it flows like cloth, but under a sharp blow it becomes a single rigid unit. Lant, you remember that a boy threw a spear at me in your village."

http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=2767

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

ClimateGate Deniers pathetic attempts to continue to try to force the commandments of their religion on us all through the force of government has NOTHING to do with "science" or fact or logic. Indeed, they have revealed themselves as incapable purveyors of any of these.

It has EVERYTHING to do with the arrogance of power that characterizes all regimes, especially social democratic ones. It is the same call to avoid a hellish future that religious regimes have always resorted to.

ClimateGate Deniers' own words have revealed them for the LIARS they are, eagerly willing to lie, cheat, and steal to impose their religion on us all. NOTHING that they might ever do can redeem their vile sin.

It is tme to separate this religion from our state - forever.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | February 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the American press has done no reporting on the major flaws of IPCC analysis and the corruption of science at the Climate Research Center.

The Daily Mail reported on an interview of the chief Warming cheer leader, Phil Jones of CRU.

“Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

The admissions will be seized on by sceptics as fresh evidence that there are serious flaws at the heart of the science of climate change and the orthodoxy that recent rises in temperature are largely man-made.

Professor Jones has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit after the leaking of emails that sceptics claim show scientists were manipulating data.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz0fe56eCuA"

Then there is the false claims on the melting of the Himalayan glaciers touted by IPCC to get nations to move on Global Warming.

A recent Yale article, “Anatomy of IPPC’s Mistake on Himalayan Glaicers” (link below) reviews the unfounded IPCC claims that the Himalaya Glaciers are melting at such a rate that they will disappear by 2035, if not sooner. That statement received wide publicity and a plea to “take action now”.

http://tinyurl.com/yajx28y

"Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world (see Table 10.9) and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate. Its [sic] total area will likely shrink from the present 500,000 to 100,000 km2 by the year 2035 (WWF, 2005)."

It was wrong and inaccurate on many fronts ... incorrect basic math, referencing a popular environmental magazine, “Down to Earth”, for its “peer reviewed science”, and on and on. More simply, it was made up to get nations to act ... and to get additional funding.

Of many factual errors, I loved this one.

"3. The approximate area of the Himalayan glaciers is 33,000 km2, so the 500,000 km2 starting figure in the second sentence is off by a factor of 15, and the decreased area predicted in 2035 - 100,000 km2 - is three times greater than the current Himalayan glacier area."

It is clear that "science" was not and is not the IPCC objective. The organization is focused on "proving" AGW and forcing governments to act.

This crappy Himalaya Glacier research is typical of the IPCC reports.

Posted by: jgfox39 | February 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

OK, I haven't back-boodled this whole thing yet, but here's my take. All but the most die-hard warming deniers generally accept the real data that the climate is warming up. The issue for the Grassleys of the world is to what extent human activity is the cause. And that is really the center of the studies. Most reputable scientists believe that the greenhouse gases are a substantial contributor. Other believe that this part of a long-term natural trend. The deniers are certainly going to use the blizzards as an excuse to try and drum up support for their cause, but in fact the winters around here have been getting warmer. I remember when getting below zero wasn't that uncommon. Remember back in the 1970's when the Chesapeake Bay froze over? Localized weather events should have no bearing on the overall discussion. I've heard a couple of the TV weather guys mention that El Nino is at least partly responsible for this seasons' somewhat unusual weather patterns. I would also note that we get these major snow events about every 13-15 years - 1966, 1979, 1996, 2009-10.

Posted by: ebtnut | February 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, ftb! Other than being obsessed with the Olympics?

At least I am still cooking, between watching and boodling about it. Tonight will be a bulgar/lentil casserole, grilled vegetables (fennel, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes and red onion) and perhaps a bit of cantaloup to follow. Wanna pop by?

Tomorrow a friend is coming by -- he wants to learn how to make a really superior mushroom soup; I think he thought I would send him a recipe, but no, this is a hands-on classroom. Am currently infusing some stock with shallots and garlic; have four kinds of fresh mushrooms and some dried porcini. Cream, sherry, fresh thyme, fresh-ground pepper. Have a Leahy-loaf of barley bread rising to be baked tomorrow morning. Contemplating a fennel/orange/mint salad. A glass of prosecco. It should be OK.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I think you need to study some comparative religions first before you generalize like that, Sir Troll.



Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

RUK: If you have a point to make, and it appears you do, we at this blog are more apt to take the time to listen if you could provide some sources to back up your opinions.

Some specifics on who the climategate deniers are, the lying words they have used, and the religion they practice would be a nice start. Please provide links.

In closing, I encourage you to reconsider the redemption thing. Forgiveness is a powerful healer and the anger I hear in your post leaves me with the impression that a bit of self-healing might be worth considering.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

It only seemed to be warmer in the Medieval times because they recorded their average temps in Base-9.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Yoki... UNFAIR.

And "hands on" teaching, to boot!

Posted by: russianthistle | February 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Are the climate guys going to come back? This could be fun.

I've seen two citations now of prof Jones 'admissions' that are demonstratably false by going back to the actual interview. To whit: 'not warming since 1995' he said it was not statistically significant, but nearly so and the period was somewhat short. 'The world was warmer in medieval time': he did no such thing. He actually said he couldn't make a determination of global temp since the data was mostly local to the european area.

I appreciate the well reasoned attempts (for a change) but you guys could at least link to items that don't misrepresent other's positions.

For the record I don't think it matters since all our heavy greenhouse gas output comes from unrenewable sources. I'd like to ease of the throttle so there isn't a race between replacement tech coming up and our grandkids returning to the bronze age.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

One thing they have in common is they get all their info from the web. No hoity-toity local University libraries for them, nosireebob.

On liquid armor, I noticed the rheological effects of microcrystalline silica when we had some in the lab. It acts pretty much like cornstarch in water. It's a horrible inhalation hazard, though: it never goes away. Silicosis. But here's a very neat video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYIWfn2Jz2g

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's the Feb 13th Phil Jones interview.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511670.stm

Also, for those who want something furrier than the Olys, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is on tonight and tomorrow.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else watch the medal race in snowboard cross, so exciting. All four of us sitting, watching and yelling - it is family day here after all. :-) USA Gold, Canada Silver, sorry forgot to see who got bronze.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

That would be Tony Ramoin of France, dmd.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks MsJS, you will notice me stating the country more often than not, as my instant recall memory is terrible - particularly for names.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I was looking for a link to a PDF I recommended here a few weeks ago by a climatologist who recommends a complete earthly heat audit, to find where some of the heat caused by global warming is going. Much of the large amounts are already known to go into our massive oceans and causing mass die-offs of certain fish and such. The amount absorbed and apparently disappeared (although not thermodynamically) from icecap melting is fairly well accounted for. There are issues about radiative conditions in our now-warmer ionosphere and such. This work is in full gear now.
Now I can't find the link. Sigh.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, you're right ggaliana, I should have gone to the quote and you might have posted the quote:

“BBC - Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming

Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level.

Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods and much less likely for shorter periods.”

End quote

“Yes, but ….”

Something is statistically significant or it is not.

The fact that he can't bring himself to that factual statement speaks volumes.

While Jones is using … or at least stating he is using the 95% confidence level, the published IPCC standards of "confidence levels" for their Technical sections make a mockery of scientific validity.

From the IPCC Report on how scientists are to be “confident” about their results.

“Table 3. Quantitatively calibrated levels of confidence.

Terminology Degree of confidence in being correct

Very High confidence At least 9 out of 10 chance of being correct

High confidence About 8 out of 10 chance

Medium confidence About 5 out of 10 chance

Low confidence About 2 out of 10 chance

Very low confidence Less than 1 out of 10 chance

http://ipcc-wg1.ucar.edu/wg1/Report/AR4_UncertaintyGuidanceNote.pdf (end quote)

These would be laughed at in scientific journals, and, if pharmaceutical companies developed drugs using these confidence levels, they would wind up in jail.

"Medium Confidence" is a coin flip so how can it be described as "Medium"

“Statistical significance - Refers to the probability or likelihood that an event occurred by chance alone. The results of a study are said to be statistically significant if the probability that the results occurred by chance is less than 0.05 (that is fewer than 1 chance in 20). In medical research, the level of statistical significance can depend on factors such as the number of study participants and the magnitude of the differences in outcomes observed between study participants.”

http://websites.afar.org/site/PageServer?pagename=NW_glossary.

You will note that the IPCC “very high confidence level” doesn’t meet the 95% confidence level standard.

Corrupt scientists producing flawed science using nonsensical statistics.

The American great promoter, B.T. Barnum noted: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

He would have made a fortune in “carbon credits”

Posted by: jgfox39 | February 15, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The "impact suit" technology's been coming to market for a while. Some cool products. http://www.d3o.com/index.php

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Jumper... I think you may have mentioned the PDF here, but didn't provide the link...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/achenblog/2010/02/obama_kills_constellation.html#c5293460

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi JGFox,

The technical terms of 'significance' and 'confidence' (levels) in statistics discourse are not the same as when we speak about meaning in political or other conversations.

Significance, more generally, means important or of note in most discourse.

Confidence is an expressing of relative certainty.

One problem when science communicates to lay audiences concerns these terms.

And, you may be interested to know that Fisher, the British population biologist who did groundbreaking work in statistics, CHOSE those terms very carefully. He wanted the common meanings -- the connotative ones -- to help boost the deployment of statistics in science.

(I understand stat quite well -- studied in a PhD track program -- enough to have a bit of healthy skepticism about the terms and techniques.)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Got it! It's here. The day the demonic climate researcher emailed me enough to find it.
http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/Trenberth/trenberth.papers/EnergyDiagnostics09final2.pdf

There's a lot more to global warming than air temps. Those will tell very little of the story.

(I'd like to see ground temperatures charted, myself!)

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

"Something is statistically significant or it is not."
--jgfox

As you go on to discuss, statistical significance is tied to a level of probability that a particular set of observations are not due to random chance.

Observations may be statistically significant at one level of probability but not at a higher probability level.

As to your post, no where in your argument do you actually prove your "corrupt scientists producing flawed science using nonsensical statistics" hypothesis at any probability level.

If you're going to demand statistical rigor of others, kindly demand the same of yourself.

Thank you.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Energy budgets, Jumper. Kevin T is very good at this. The utter complexity of modeling climate is not a sufficient reason to call into question the interdisciplinary findings of the last 20 years.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Swiss goalie did a great job just now.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot on the web, respectable stuff, showing massive warming of permafrosts, and of course the northern cap and glaciers melting.
zipcodezoo.com/Trends/Thawing%20Permafrost.asp

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- we must wait until 8 for any Oly film. Also, a Brazilian women x country skier sported a green uni nearly lime!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

We all know that NASA is to be trusted less than RantyBob.com the angry college dropout blogger.
rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sect16/Sect16_2.html

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

News from Texas...

Former San Antonian Ken Starr, who worked to impeach President Bill Clinton, has been named the new president of (world's largest Baptist institution of higher learning) Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Starr had been in Malibu, Calif, serving as dean of Pepperdine's law school (Thinking of my close friend who attended Pepperdine and studied law in London with Rod Blagojevich...)

http://www.baylor.edu/president/search/

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tar/wg1/068.htm
Shows the difficulty in ground temperature charting over long terms: land-use.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ilya Kulik! One of my favorite skaters. (He wore the spotted shirt and vest, but skated like a dream.) Now married to Ekaterina Gordeeva, whose skating partner and husband Sergei Grinkov died tragically young.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, CquaP. No more spoilers!

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

That story was in both the WAPO and the NYT this morning.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Not a spoiler, Yoki, just my Canada envy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The funny part is I used to have to measure air temperatures as part of my job. It's way more difficult than people might think until they try it: where, exactly do you place the measuring device? Especially on a sunny day.

Anyway, NASA shows extremely persuasive evidence of surface warming. Bah! I'm done with this subject for today. Having said that, I'm already cheered up. Barbecue sandwiches for supper.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Life's a little circular here in San Antonio.

Angela Davis was the featured speaker for MLK Day here at Trinity University.

http://sacurrent.com/arts/story.asp?id=70847

Excerpt:
In August 1970, Davis became a fugitive from justice after police claimed that a gun registered in her name had been used by Panthers to force the release of the Soledad Brothers. The blotched [sic...this is San Antonio's alternative newspaper]abduction ended in the killing of a [Marin County, Calif.] judge and several Panthers.
***

It was alleged that Davis bought the weapons for 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson, younger brother of George Jackson, who wrote the book, "Soledad Brother." Several years later, Davis was acquitted of all charges against her.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/03/08/home/davis-acquit.html

George Jackson was shot and killed three days before he was to go to trial, and it was alleged that Stephen Bingham smuggled a weapon to Jackson in San Quentin.

http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/George_Jackson_(Black_Panther)

Stephen Bingham was the son of Alfred Bingham, about whom Char Miller wrote for his doctorate. Miller taught for 25 years at Trinity and spoke on western water issues last night, as I mentioned this morning. Angela's visit to Trinity a coincidence?

Wiki also has an entry for George Jackson.

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Everything I could possibly say on climate has already been better said (plus a whole lot more) by Joel and our sciencey/statistically unchallenged Boodlers. Thanks y'all.

I hope to see some Olympics tonight, will try to get the Boy to watch with me.

Yoki, that mushroom soup not only sounds delicious in and of itself; for me, it would be a paradigm shift. Raised in Oklahoma by a mom whose cooking skewed towards the '50s, mushroom soup has always been that stuff in the Campbells can you use to make casseroles. Only in adulthood did I discover mushrooms can make actual soup one could eat.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Yoki, we have some Oly coverage now...all chunckuled and reCostas-ized...not sure I can live boodler much as I really feeling punk now.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Big Zamboni malfunction at the Richmond Oval - long track. The resurfacing damaged the ice and they are now trying to correct.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Polar bears?? POLAR BEARS??!?!?!

This is the Olympics, NBC, it's not Animal Planet! I'm only interested in polar bears if they're considered a natural hazard for speed skaters or something...

Sheesh.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

But this blog needs more bears! (all blogs need more bears)

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, Canadian time is obviously different than American time. The Starr/Baylor AP story was filed at 5:18 p.m. ET at the NYT.

By my reckoning, that hardly counts as "this morning." Huffington Post also had it at 5:18 p.m.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/02/15/us/AP-US-Baylor-Starr.html?scp=2&sq=Ken%20Starr%20Baylor&st=cse

Posted by: laloomis | February 15, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi jgfox,

I did post the quote, and the link to the interview, as did at least two other posters.

Others have already commented on the differences between probability, confidence, and significance. This is the second post in which you misrepresent material that is easily accessible. If you wanted a term with more statistical rigor you just had to go to the _next_ paragraph of the IPCC document. "14. Likelihood, as defined in Table 4, refers to a probabilistic assessment of some well defined outcome having occurred or occurring in the future." They were kind enough to lay out the definitions in black and white so everyone knows what they mean. That is a long, long way from dishonesty.

Posts like yours on the other hand seem to be founded on an article of faith: namely that some dark power is conspiring to lie about this. Therefore the selective and shifting rationalisations and innuendos about any support for climate change (or whatever you want to call it).

I am aware that mistakes can be made in analyzing highly complex problems. But so far that I have seen only one side of this debate admits them when they are made, and another consistently ignores their own and moves on to another attack. That alone makes me lean one way.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 15, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember exact times, but we talked about Ken Starr taking over the job at Baylor at lunch today. I had seen it on Google News before we went downstairs to eat. I think we were lunching at around 1:00 p.m., or 11:00 a.m. "Yoki Canadian Time."

Anyhoo... did someone ask for MORE BEAR?

http://tinyurl.com/ygpyy7z

Posted by: -TBG- | February 15, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok. The bear piece sheds light on the Aussie mogul skier ecru garb: they went for polar bear "white" against the snow. CHECK!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

It was on the AP/TF section of both papers long before they reported originally.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

KD and JB on the ice...well, lots of glitter....and faux stripes/lacing...where is Vera Wang with some confection that is restrained....dancing to Mussorkski?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I find these American costumes a little too distracting, not sure if it is all the sequins or the spinder web arms.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

No, the grabbing of the skate....why do I hate that?

Song of India?

A music tag would be nice...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Sheherazade

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

CP, this link updates automatically, gives the points and the music for each pair.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, DMD -- I was in the ballpark. Does Canadian tv tell these details?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry the link,

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-figure-skating/schedule-and-results/pairs-free-skating_fsx020101Po.html

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Common figure skating music, I knew it but checked as I knew there was no way I would spell it correctly :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Love that site dmd. The German pair is going to be skating to music from Out of Africa. I hope the choreography lives up to it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, DMD, the judging sheet can deduct for music violations...I HOPE some points were deducted the other day for that Titanic-style moan/throes dub over.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Boodle. Just got in a few minutes ago. Spent all day from 9 this morning loading two pickup trucks full of furniture (mainly a sofa and a dresser) for $3 dottir's downtown near-Joel DC apartment. Moved the furniture in, spent rest of afternoon with my wife, the martha Stewart of So. Md., decorating, hanging pictures and doo-dads, curtains, mirrors, wall treatments, etc. -- a version of honey-dos that I suppose need their own name: daddy-dos. At any rate, dottir now has pretty much fully functional apartment of near Mary Tyler Moore standards, as opposed to the bare cave (as opposed to bear cave) it was untuil today.

So very pooped. Can't wait to go back to work to get some rest and do some writing.

Can anyone give me a 25-words-or-less summaru of the day's Oly events? Who are we rooting for? Any other world news I need to be aware of? (Dottir has no TV as yest; might as well have been working in a real cave.)

*faxing some chicken soup it couldn't hurt to my valentine, CqP*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

That site works for all events, if there is something you are interested in but cannot watch the scoring is in real time.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Lovely color; however, some fussy diagonal sequin stripping....men should be a foil to the dress, not a matchy variation.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Here is a classic Peggy Fleming costume, in a muted spring green
http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/life/1620-1.jpg

Life, circa 65?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

These two are very joyful together...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I think it is time for me to mention how much I dislike the nude fabric that is used. So ugly.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge. Will dip Kavli thin crackers into the broth. And, save the floater lovelies for tomorrow. I would say I have the flu: which one? I cannot say.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

The nude undertard was borrowed from ballet. But, the lighting of ballet is fine for this sleight of hand. Under the ice lights plus reflection, well, looks like pancake make up.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

dmd-I agree about that nude fabric. It looks tacky.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Enjoyed the Men's downhill and am digging the Men's Snowcross as well. But of course I do, right? (dmd, they still haven't broadcast the SBC finals on NBC yet).

The climate change deniers remind me of folks who argue against such things as evolution because it is a "theory" and not a "law" like Newton's laws of motion and gravitation. But, that's just me.

It's easy to point to other "theories" such as Quantum Mechanics and Relativity and suggest that they, too, are only theories, yet we have computing and storage devices with flash memory and nuclear power, both of which are decidedly non-theoretical. Unfortunately, in a universe that appears to be proabablistic rather than deterministic, one can always find examples of facts or data that support nearly any position, even if the trends of larger data sets may point in the opposite direction.

And don't get me started on the Electoral College and the 2000 Presidential Elections.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Vera Wang commenting on skater costumes
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=9542319

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the commentary on skating, I am pausing to watch the gold medal ceremony or Alex Bilodeau, 24,000 people going crazy in BC Place Stadium.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

NYTimes takes on the abomination of ICE DANCING:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/sports/olympics/04longman.html?emc=eta1

The costumes, not the dancey/skating stuff.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

dmd-don't rub it in about having choices. We are watching the medal ceremony, or no olympics at all.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

NBC better not cut away from Oh Canada.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I see it too, DMD -- your anthem beats ours....and since we sang it growing up with my Quebecois nuns, I love it too.

See the lovely sleeve of illusion?
http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-look/everyday-style/staticslideshowglamour.aspx?cp-documentid=8979119&imageindex=4

Nancy Kerrigan's 1994 moment.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

OK that was fun, think Brian Wilson of the US was just as happy to be there, huge cheers for him and he is grinning ear to ear. the Aussie/Canadian also given large cheers and he even broke a smile.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Mudge: The summary---

Costas' hair is still strange.
US, Canada finished 1, 2 in men's snowboardcross.
Pairs free skate is tonight. Chinese stand chance of sweeping the medals.
Zambonis at speed skating oval take booby prize.

Enjoy the Games!

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Here is Nancy in lime-yellow with the full sleeve...makes a better line in contrast to the ice

http://z.about.com/d/womenshistory/1/0/R/a/2/nancy-kerrigan-1222322_10.jpg

See the current pair? Her scarlet long sleeved gown-costume displays the movements....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Dorthy Hamill in black velveteen with small ruff treatments....

http://warriors.warren.k12.il.us/whitney/hamil.jpg

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I haven't caught the full explanation, but the ice resurfacing at the Richmond oval is supposed to be new and very "green", presumably what they have been using for over a year. I will try and find out why now the problems.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The background of ice is shiny hot-blue bright white....the beautiful line of arms -- what is called port de bras in ballet is accentuated with color...don't understand the faux nudity...must look inspiring in the mirror or the costume shoppe....still, they must watch tapes...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Look at Katerina Witt in a red and sexy Carmen number:

http://z.about.com/d/figureskating/1/0/i/e/-/-/witt3.jpg

Still sexy and earthy but with some classic and flattering design elements: costumes should be in the background to the grammar of movement.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the two male Chinese skaters throwing a football around, not bad either!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Wish the American boodlers could hear Jamie and Davids commentary, blunt and funny - costume comments are great. So much better than Sandra Bezic who drives me nuts.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Lovely,lovely sequins to great effect on Amanda Dobbs

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0128771b830b970c-pi

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Bryce and Dube are wearing their costumes from Canadians, Loden Green? with white trim, no sequins, to my eye simple an elegant, they will skate in a few skaters.

Anabelle and Code - blues and pink - OK butnot spectacular.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Canadian pair choosing an ombre effect...color fade. See how much nicer the long sleeves are?

ANd his garb is a foil to hers...accentuates his strong and masculine line...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Grand Canyon Suite-great choice

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Music is Sunrise, that will explain the costumes.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree DMD, not my fave but serving the need...I guess she wants the sunset effect for Canyon suite....but good because it does not look like a princess tantrum moment....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The ombre effect is shown off very well in the lifts, hers picks up where his leaves off.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- let's form the North American Skater Look Intervention Project....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Her hair is the updated ingenue flutter windswept Hamill cut...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Apparently much of this skate grabbing is part of required elements. Dick Button doesn't like it any more than we do. I think it ruins the balletic lines.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Snort

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Frosti, thanks for that detail...I am liking the coordination of costume, music, and contrast better....see, how effective his costume was a background...sheeshs....I should be paid for this consultation....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Agree on the skate grabbing, but then I hate the spiral sequence much rather see a good footwork sequence.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Look a WWF belt.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ok, who let out the sequin fairy...too much going on......although the deep brown is a nice choice...reads as black but is kind to sallow skin tones...I think the sequines could be fine but not with the slashing...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Note to skate costume designers. If the woman by herself looks like she needs a pole more than a partner, you've gone horribly wrong.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

As for the men, my position on Vegas Elvis is well known.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Kwan always looked classy. Here is a sleeveless gold number that is quite nice:

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/.a/6a00d8341c60fd53ef0115715a118f970c-pi

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Nice costumes, with restraint on the glitter....and he has a modified fit that allows movement but keeps him from the puffy pirate shirt....his satin is optic white...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

But qgaliana, "some dark power IS conspiring to lie about this": Exxon-Mobil and the House of Saud.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Climate changes make the rain and snow move because the winds shift. That is how Washington, D.C. got a lot of snow and the winter olympics got rain. Climate change causes flood and drought. It is also how climate changes cause famines and collapses of civilizations. It has happened many times before. This is the first time that we are the cause and the first time that we can stop it. Climate change will very probably cause a human population crash; meaning billions of starvation deaths in one year. If we don't take drastic action, climate change will probably make humans extinct.

Posted by: AsteroidMiner | February 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

That was the most mechanical foot grab ever...and so much is lyrical here...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Florida nature news:

(Not really new), endangered wood storks had so much food at their breeding grounds that each nest averaged 2.5 fledged young. That made for a huge population increase. The food situation was due to a lucky, rare sequence of weather events.

The number of dead pythons has been grossly overstated. Everglades National Park is evidently holding "snake days" where qualified members of the public can help catch pythons. At least a couple of local kids would love to join.

Still plenty of green iguanas in the southeast Florida urban area, despite lots of mortality from the cold. Amerigo Vespucci's statue in Florence has one of those iguanas (a.k.a. dragon) curled at his feet.

Thinking of catching, the NY Times just reported the capture of a prominent Taliban figure. Just after assorted opinion pieces and news stories were worrying that too many such people were being killed rather than caught and questioned.

Now back to Vancouver.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of Vancouver, people seem occasionally to show up in Panama City, Florida, wondering where's the canal. A few clueless tourists must have shown up in Vancouver, Washington or on Vancouver Island.

It would have been fun to hold a Winter Olympic Exhibition Surfing Contest on Vancouver Island. Or whitewater kayak slalom.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 15, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Like the three quarter sleeve and the mochoa satin...and the invertered portrait color...subtle and lovely and sober/somber in remembered love lost...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks DotC, always love your nature reports

Love these costumes. His looks like something Gene Kelly would have worn.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Frosti --he is in optic white but the fabric is knit and not the sheen of satic....and yes masculine and athletic...Gene Kelly stamp of yes.

Join DMD in the corrective non profit to save all from skating costume excesses...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate they are having a bad night, so lovely when they skate it well, as they did at Canadians.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

He told her that it is ok. Good for him. She has gold gimp braiding, which helped give it texture and 3d away from the mocha sheen....MY FAVORITE COSTUME...in a long time. Hats off to the designer...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Not gold gimp, gunmetal or dark silver...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

In those final shots you can just see the touches of the scar on her face, she took a place to the face in a competition - 88 stitches to close.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

There was too much food at the pot luck, big surprise. Most food was good though.

Mudge, there was the men downhill event as well. Unsane people launching themselves down an icy cliff. First three guys had the same time (within 10 hunnerts anyway). An antique helvete loser (32 years old) was given the gold to decorate his walker, a Norwegian (sober for the occasion) and an American (the charming Bode Miller) were given medals too. Erik Guay the Canadian and one young helvete with asilly name were pushed off the podium by Erik's best buddy Aksel the Norwegian, (cats and dogs lying together, etc, etc). They were within 30 hunnerts, that is about .2% off the winners' time. They both had a good day too.

Anybody not starting early were screwed, the slope bottom became sluggish in the second half of the day.

Another guy in a walker (33 years old, imagine that!) won the one-ski event MrsJS was talkin about.

The Norwegian curling team committed a crime against aesthetics. http://vancouver2010.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/the-curling-lords-of-argyle/

The figure skaters are so gay, even the straight ones.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

last night's pairs costumes, including the sexy Intel repair blue things..

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Pairs-bring-drama-skill-and-amazing-costumes-to?urn=oly,219605

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

SD -- read this Canada Staking czars "memos" on duding up the male costumes to bring in the hockey crowd:

http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/633804--skate-canada-denies-it-s-pushing-macho-costumes

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh, my!

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, SD -- those pants are growing on me. The thing in curling seems to be esprit...so, such that. And, we must support the Norwegians in their bold reaching whimsy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Love the pole dancing remark. The nude stocking costumes are intended to make a wardrobe malfunction appear imminent.

My wife used to be REALLY into figure skating and we saw a lot of exhibitions. We had front row seats for one where Katarina Witt wore her red catsuit.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/3255590507_c625af487a.jpg

Yowza!

I thought they had banned unitards for women after she burned a hole in the ice and now they had to wear skirts of some sort. I guess the Na'vi pair prove me wrong.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not all backboodled yet, but as long as we're in a break between skaters, I'll weigh in on the kitty/catty/caddy/cater question. I got nothing as far as dialect variation in the terms, but it's no surprise that there'd be differences in spelling. As km2bar said, [t] and [d] are identical except in voicing; in normal speech in American English, they're truly identical when they're between vowels (writer = rider). Then they're both pronounced as a voiced flap -- the vocal folds keep vibrating, and the tongue just quickly hits the roof of the mouth.

(We tend to talk about it as pronouncing [t]s as [d]s, but it's neither. See http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~robh/howto.html#manner and scroll down to "common allophonic variation." In the pretty pictures, just notice that the white space is a lot bigger for the t/d in "a toe" and "a doe" than it is for the really quick flap in "otto.")

Upshot -- unless we're used to seeing a word written (how often do you read "cattywampus"?), we don't really have any way to know if it's "really" a [t] or a [d]. So on the rare occasion that we're trying to enunciate it clearly, we might say it either way. (My niece has been known to say "Zeyte" for her grandfather "Zayde.")

OK, long enough teaching day for me. Time to watch more skating!

Posted by: -bia- | February 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I have to get to bed, back to work tomorrow, have a nice night.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

True CqP, the blue suit (His) and the blue&pink suit (Hers) Anabelle and the dude were wearing tonight were OK. Too bad they were not as sharp as they could be.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Bia...Caddy or Cady was also a prairie take on Catherine to Katy..but the add is like adding and the d is softer than the t...I saw Caddy names out west.....but have not heard this in a long, long time.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

g'night dmd

Not sure I'll make it through all the skaters tonight.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

If those pants are growing on you CqP I would suggest an emergency amputation. The Norwegians will remember those pants in the same way as the inexplicable B.R.E.N.D.A. tattoo one sailor found on his chest that fateful morning.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The scarlet makes her look larger, which is a good thing...she might have a voile-type little shrug or bolero jacketty thing...angain, to give her some heft.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

glottal stops, elisions, and the great vowel shift!

I love fat hedge cows.

Posted by: Yoki | February 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

He is in lavender grey...and now, the little shrug is open to reveal a valentine...in gold...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

sd-I love those pants, or rather I love that an Olympic team ordered their uniforms on a whim off the Internet-and now has the nerve to wear them.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Curlers with Nerve: a five step discovery program...


Now, my goodness the Germans are skating to Dances with Wolves in a tuxedo garb thingie for her? SO he brown pants are buckskin? He needs to be in Union civil war blue...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

the fellow from russia that fell last night looked like he was going to mess his britches in the scoring area after his routine. and he was pushing 2m in height. pressure gets to the best. figure skaters put in countless hours in practice. all of the olympic athletes are under such pressure to perform well that its nothing short of a miracle that they go out and perform as they do. when i pulled up msn earlier one of the ledes said something like luger told dad "I will win or die". that's heavy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7_a7hNwCxQ

Posted by: -jack- | February 15, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

It's Out of Africa. I like her outfit, except for the superfluous pink pom pons on the back.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

ANd, what are the three pompom doughnuts on the back of her halter top?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Frosti...but pom pom s you note are NOT likely on a coffee farm in Kenya as cavalry fort in S.D. territory...so, I get SORTA her shirtwaiste idea...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice shape of costume but again the unbridled sequin fairy with her sister the glitter fairy...and my goodness the song from Men of La Mancha...I shall rise up and stand....or not...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Now we are dancing in a Carmen mode and now more lyrical..

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

and now, the question everyone is asking: why are the vast majority of naturally right handed hockey players lefties on the ice?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/sports/olympics/16lefty.html?hp

Posted by: -jack- | February 15, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps they just won....and I think they did...and they are oldsters...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Flawless! Glad I stayed up for that.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

And, Frosti, we can hope that this is also a sticking of true love....music violation?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The Impossible Dream is so tired, but I loved it.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh my...more? Now, the married oldsters? Also in red. Oh, I am stunned...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Two lovely -- in red -- performances...yes, the second has babbles and yet the feeling in both....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, look at the time.

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 15, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Me too, Frosti, the clock is chiming...pick up your glass slipper left on the flagstone...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 15, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to both Chinese pairs. The couple in fourth were able to exploit the errors of the Germans and the Russians while the storyline favorites had enough of a lead that they could have the second best routine and still win.

The best skating routine I ever saw live was this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrOREXYjUW4

Debi Thomas can be the spy that loved me anytime.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I promised some pictures of monuments in the snow.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/sets/72157623443239742/detail/

Not as artistic as Joel's but it's so tough to catch snow just right.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

just stopping by. still fighting weird lingering cold.

read this in the nyt:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/us/politics/16teaparty.html?pagewanted=1

i just don't get it.

Posted by: LALurker | February 16, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I amuse myself beyond anything. I've just scooped the Googlenope "Steampunk Cuisine."

Posted by: Yoki | February 16, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that NBC pushed the skating so late. Although I suppose most people have Tivo or DVR if they can't take the late hour. Glad that the Chinese took gold and silver. Thought most of the costumes were fine, somewhat subdued, really. G'night.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 16, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Too tired to read the entire NYT article now, but Sandpoint, ID was (is) the home to white supremacy groups, so it doesn't surprise me that the Tea Party is strong there...

Posted by: seasea1 | February 16, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

I just caught this. Jamie Gregg.

Posted by: Yoki | February 16, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

LALurker,
I get it. I know a lot of people that sympathize with the Tea Bagger Movement. I have a boss from Idaho who has relatives that would be in it. He is paying his sister-in-law's medical bills because they never paid into Medicare.

A girl I knew from high school told me the Aryan Nation had a table at University of Idaho's student activities fair.

They are out there.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Wotta night, linguistics, skating costumes, and white supremists. Only on Achenblog!

Good morning, all, happy Tuesday. Hey Cassandra, I hope everything is warm and well with you this morning!

Cool morning in the Carolinas, and much to do, so I'll get started. Ham biscuits, mixed fruit, and appropriate beverages on the ready room table. Enjoy, folks...

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. The problem with the Zambonis at the speed skating rink is that they are NOT Zambonis...
http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=43163.html?cid=rss

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 16, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm...

This building looks familiar.

So does this cubicle.

Hey, business cards with my name on the desk, I must be in the right place!

*almost-glad-I-remembered-how-to-commute-again Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

On the one hand, we have Bayh retiring because of Capitol Hill gridlock.

On the other, we have a severe lack of gridlock in Richmond:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/15/AR2010021503292.html

*SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

slyness, I missed the white supremists.
Olbermann did a bit of a mini-comment about America's shades of racism. For Olbermann, I found it interesting. Yesterday, I was busy with making contact calls and getting people lined up for a meeting. I also had a client who I consider a friend in that, when he is down, I try to pick up his spirits and talk through business problems--well, we started getting upset with each other.

To be clear, I am a white man who, like so many, would say that I am not racist, but I do know that I have emotional reactions going on that do indeed bother me. Well, my friend is black and he, too, has been emotionally torn up by things and he just has a web of frustrations in him that just rub on me and a lot of other folks.

The best I can say is that one of the things that is the hardest to get and receive in these harsh economic times is a true expectation of what you are going to get, so even as I was a bit peeved at our first conversation, I knew that he needed my help and it would be my job to "normalize" the situation.

To my friend's credit, after a couple of helpful emails to him from me about his problem with suggestions and no hint of any animosity, he put his head down and worked out his problems and invested a couple of hours towards getting his work done.

After he succeeded, he called back and, in his own way, without apologizing in so many words, he did so. As I write this, I have to point out that, if you don't know how some folks are, you wouldn't recognize a behavior as what it is, an apology.

slyness, taking a turn back to Olbermann's comments, which are online and worth watching at msnbc.com, there are so many ranges of reactions that one feels that aren't out of racial hatred, but do hurt and divide. I am sure that you, with what I remember you saying about your work, and I think that you know exactly what I mean.

I am also working a few hours a week, now in a union shop where the staff is 50% black and 20% Hispanic. Not everyone makes it and some transfer out because of frictions, but it is very helpful to actually sit down for a sandwich or sit outside on break and listen to their story. The perspective is so interesting. Frankly, after coming out of corporate America, there are not those chances for the average American white suburbanite.

Now, with today's economy, we all face the prospect of someone in our households or several friends losing a job that they thought would be there forever. The frustrations of these times, as they have been throughout history, seems to let those demons out of the bag and folks are easily confused by bringing hate and fear into their lives. For what reason? Does it really change your life, I would want to ask?

(cont.)

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

(cont.)

In fact, again, tying back to Olbermann's piece, he touches on the aspect of blaming recent immigrants and discusses how they came to America for many of the same reasons that our fore bearers did. This weekend, I saw my friend this busboy from Central America. I think he pulls two doubles six days a week. His treat has always been, to come over to the store and pick out a steak. for his late dinner when he gets home. He can't afford to pay full price, so we have to shop for sales and then it has to be cut to has preferred thickness. The point is that we should see the efforts that all people do every day and afford them the same dignity and respect that we provide to our friends.

Of course, that holds right until that day where I am scrambling to get onto bc's last rocket ship off of the planet Earth just before the asteroid hits. Then, it's no rules, baby.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle.

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: there's nothing worse than a faux Zamboni.

Been pondering it quite a lot, and have come to the conclusion that it is a major mistake to be afraid of the Tea Partiers, the swo-called (and mis-named) "Patriot" movement, and their even crazier Aryan and survivalist peeps. Yes, they are all wack jobs to one degree or another, from "only mildly wacky" to "full-blown psycho." But the thing to remember is, they aren't the problem for centrists, nor for the progressives and mild left. They are mostly a problem for conservatives and organizational Republicans. These TP peeps were never gonna vote for Obama or anybody on the center/left side of the aisle, and don't represent any kind of loss. The only thing they can do is fracture the right even further, and make a lot of noise, a lot of trouble, and a lot of sound and fury, which they will. But it isn't "our" sound and fury. Let the likes of Michael Steele, McCain, Palin, Romney, Huckabee, at al. deal with them (or not, to their own peril). The more the rightwing looks like a collection of kooks and GlennBeckian lunatics, the better for the center-left.

(Yes, the nut jobs will get undo media attention, as they are getting now. That is inevitable, and apparently unstoppable. So let it happen, and ignore it.)

One of the great ironies is that the far right TP types complain loudly that they are being ignored and aren't taken seriously. Of course, they are absolutely right in this. They ARE being ignored and not taken seriously. They SHOULD be ignored and not taken seriously. So they are getting largely what they deserve. And then they complain about it.

*wanders off to find one of those legendary slyness ham biscuits*

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 16, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Scotty, Did you see Bayh's slam on (I believe Pay-Go) hypocrisy? I just got the feeling that Bayh was seeing the whole thing as a farce.

As much as I have been personally upset by the role of the Conserva-Dems, I can see that Bayh can't stomach any more of the Senate with the non-participation from the Republicans.

With the focus totally on Tea Bag people, I am just wondering if there is a price to pay from the left and center for stalling much of the governing process for the sake of the corporate interests.

Best candidate of the day... to replace Bayh, the retread Dan Coas who, since leaving Congress, moved to NC--saying that it is a better place to live than Indiana--and scored the perfect lobbying trifecta of, Hugo Chavez, Yemen and Bank of America.

Clearly Coats is political gold for the Republicans.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee, and OJ on the table. Can't compare with ham biscuits, but MrJS is a muffin guy so that's what we have.

I'm OK with listening to the Tea Party. I want to understand the source of the anger and dissatisfaction and learn how best to deal with it in a non-confrontational way.

Because when it's the Democratic Party splitting into pieces this knowledge will be vital to mend the rifts.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Morning,friends. I can see how some folks would rather believe there's no global warming because of all the snow. It's easy to take that view, and the white snuff would kind of back you up to some extent, in that it looks like cold and winter, but it's always good to look further than the obvious, and that applies to most things in life.

Feeling a little stiff this morning, but otherwise no worse for the wear. The procedure wasn't real painful, but that first hit was like a shot to the rear end, and man did that hurt. I asked if there was anybody I could slap. I think the doctor took me seriously. I didn't see her after the procedure. My daughter said I made a lot of noise. I probably did, I'm such a whiner when it comes to medical procedures. Oh well, no one is perfect.

Great pictures, JA, and a good kit. The weather person here said they averaged out the cold days, and compared them to last year, and this year is actually the coldest here so far. That's probably fodder for the unbelievers also.

Mudge, Scotty, Yoki, Martooni, Lindaloo, and all the wonderful people here, do have a great day. I hope the snow is melting where you are.

Slyness, I'm trying to take it easy, but I'm not a fan of staying in too long. One of the church members is in the nursing home, and I might try to venture out to see him. I'll see how I feel after breakfast. Is the white snuff melted in your neck of the woods? And you know I love books, just don't get a chance to read them like I used to because of the church work.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 16, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The NYT article danced around the white supremacist aspect of the Patriot movement particularly in Idaho where wingnuttery seems to be in the water the way fluoride is in places not so keen on saving their vital essences.

At the Tea Party that Palin spoke to, Tom Trocadaro made some very xenophobic comments that were raw meat to the base. With unemployment hovering around 10% for at least another year expect more demagouging on this issue.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Tom Shales is luvving the NBC coverage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/15/AR2010021503219.html

We'll see tonight when curling is fighting head to head with mens figure skating for airtime.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Weed, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, I certainly didn't mean to. My reference was to the Aryan Nation at the University of Idaho. I was under the impression that they are white supremists, but I haven't paid that much attention and am willing to be corrected. As always.

I do know exactly what you mean. I am guilty of being judgmental when I have no cause or right to be. But I have found that every person has a story and all are fascinating in their own ways. We all struggle, and we do better when we realize and acknowledge that, and help each other.

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Tom Shales has obviously been medicated the past few days... *hmpf*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 16, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Curmudgeon at 8:52:
The more the rightwing looks like a collection of kooks and GlennBeckian lunatics, the better for the center-left.
***

Yanno, sometimes people throw their hats into the political ring without much political experience, without having ever been involved in a major campaign--even for elective office for less prominent political positions--or having had much, if any, experience or media exposure in crafting a message or staying on message. Or public speaking and thinking on their feet, for that matter.

Texas Republican Debra Medina was gaining traction in the polls after the Republican debate, in which Perry and Hutchison looked like two squabblers. Our paper last Sunday endorsed Hutchison. Medina then went on Glenn Beck's program and tossed out nonsense about the 911 Truthers--only to be followed a handful of days later by Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami, who spouted the same 911 views or doubts.

Shami is also trying to score racist points when the situation that he claims is racist is fairly ridiculous. As the primary wears on, these populist citizen candidates--Medina and Shami-- increasingly shoot themselves in their booted feet. *w*

http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/feb/12/2010-shami-white-people-and-911-truth/

First graf:
A short while ago, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami accused his opponent, Bill White, of being racist for mentioning in an ad that he (White) was born in San Antonio. Well, shoe, prepare to meet the other foot.
***

Polls open today in Texas for early voting.

Posted by: laloomis | February 16, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

slyness,
This is partly my doing. The NYT article quotes a group that basically sued the Aryan Nation into bankruptcy. I suspect that former members are portions of the Idaho flavor of the Patriot movement. Much of the rhetoric the article quotes has a distinctly militia dog whistle tone that predates the current wave of protest.

I still haven't figured out what the Tea Partiers are protesting since nobody is raising taxes. Yet. The whole movement seems to float on a miasma of vague umbrage.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

In the large armoire upstairs in the attic -- use the scuttle staircase, please and turn the light on before you leave -- you will find your Olympic viewing uniforms.

Your long-sleeved polos feature your names on the breast pocket. I selected the colors for you: the names will prevent you from trading.

Mudge and Scotty are marked with sarge stripes: three and one respectively.

BC: I am very sorry. The uni company wrote your name in very nice cursive but it reads as Bee Gee. Have ordered a revised version stat.

SD -- you WILL wear the pants. That you were not there on pattern=vote day? Well, I cannot be responsible for your VLP Sweetie/Uglie Dog Pageant schedule.

This is the pattern -- http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2266/1658383823_af77929dd8.jpg

It is atomic -- space theme and retro -- and Calder-escue. You will need to deal.

Remember, I coulda gone pink and lime paisley on you. Or designed a slack around the Kinkades you so mock.

And, despite DR's offer to tatt some edging for your sleeves, only the ladies have that.

Let's roll.

-- Forgive typos...am off to battle the uniform company on BC's behalf...BeeGee! Error is flipping on that.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all. I enjoyed the beauty & skill of the figure skating pairs last night. Red costumes and Chinese pair who won were my favorites.

Taking a break tonight from the Olympics to watch my favorite doggy show, missed the first half yesterday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/15/AR2010021501614.html

Funny thing....I had to sign in to comment....very funny.

Posted by: VintageLady | February 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I already have my winter uniform.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/4360372709/

You can't see the GT logo, but the yellow on the jacket is there. And isn't my wife adorable climbing on snow taller than her?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellojkt/4360372369/in/photostream/

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Here's a nice article on who's bankrolling the fake pseudo-science of climate change denial.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Bright-Green/2009/1224/Global-warming-skepticism-is-fueled-by-public-relations-author-says

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Good morning! Thanks for the live-Olys. I wanted to see the Chinese but could not stay awake for the last skate; glad they won.

MsJS, no need to look for lessons from Tea Partiers for the Dems. The Democrats are never going to have a party cohesive enough to fracture like that.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

CqP, that's wonderful, just wonderful! You know us so well. I love the space pattern!

Yello, please tell Mrs. Jkt that I like her Vera Bradley purse. It looks very nice with her coat.

Posted by: slyness | February 16, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

slyness, you did nothing of the sort, but provoked how I was feeling about the subject by referencing those dopes.

What's worse are those folks who feel like it is a chore to be "politically correct." More recently, we learn how to "speak in code."

More recently, the right-wing talking points have been getting everyone on the same page (including all the hosts on FOX) to repeat over and over that Obama is ... fill in synonym for "Uppity."

I forgot who used the phrase, "Dog Whistle Politics," but in these times where the government has to serve the public with aggressive and thoughtful plans, we have this.

Why am I remembering The Ox-bow Incident right now?

Posted by: russianthistle | February 16, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Here's a neat graphic of interlocking Exxon-Mobil funded warming-denier organizations
http://www.exxonsecrets.org/maps.php

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 16, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to bia for weighing in on the cattywompus caddywompus debate. I told Ivansdad about the Quatre Coins derivation; now I will tell him that we are both right but mine is better. He can say the same thing.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 16, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

yello: Thanks for the photos of you and your wife in the snow. Glad folks are able to get out and about again.

As to the Tom Shales piece, he certainly is, well, enthusiastic. I have suggested he travel north for a few days to see what he's missing, how it could be done.

CqP: Got any uni's in the attic for wheelies? Maybe a new set of wheels too.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Jumper, under John Browne's guidance, BP talked sense about oil realism and the time horizon for change was closer than all wanted to admit.

He is a Sir, now, in part for this leadership.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The astro-turfing by climate change deniers is amazingly on-message. Within days multiple outlets will posit the same talking point. The latest is that wild temperature fluctuations are totally natural and due to volcanoes, solar activity, orbital eccentricities and just about everything except the giant clouds of hydrocarbons spewing out of coal-fired power plants in the Ohio Valley and rural China.

The bogeyman Big Oil is fighting is a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system that would encourage conservation and/or additional environmental scrutiny.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

yes, JS -- I have a box of left over stuff for your spokes too. You may like the spoke lights that came from City Bikes, one of our great local bike shops. The fabric is 20 percent lycra, which is forgiving and flexible for all.

City Bikes also stocks very cool bike gloves with grips -- pick your color. They will deliver.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I've been loving Sale and Pelletier's commentary for figure skating. You get all the technical observations with none of the politically correct stroking of sensitive feelings. They admire excellence, critique blunders, and mock outrageous costumes all in the same program. There was a moment last night where Sale very matter of factly remarked that it looked like the Japanese-Russian skater had just popped her shoulder back in after a fall, like it was a perfectly normal occurence.

They have a manner that reminds you what serious athletes the skaters are, something that is unfortunately easy to forget for example when seeing that big Russian cry his makeup into a teddy bear after falling on Sunday.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

russianthistle

In the South, bless our little hearts, the language of code has always been on the table. It's not new.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

VL: The dogs were amazing. My faves of the hounds were the whippet (who won) and the wirehaired doxie.

I'm not a poodler, but have to admit the toy poodle has a mega-personality. The puli is pretty awesome too.

Looking forward to tonight, esp. the terriers and Best in Show.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"...seems to float on a miasma of vague umbrage."

Great line, yello.

We missed the Olympics again last night because we were watching a great movie, "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29." Watch it if you have the chance (it's in the Netflix Watch It Instantly section).

Working today again. Nice to be back in real life, even if it does still look like Middle Earth out there.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

TBG: That's one of PaterJS' favorite movies. He once had a vinyl record of the highlights of the actual game. He may still, for all I know.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

came across the tea party article by accident, RT. its disconcerting to me that this has all of the rhetorical elements of similar movements that i (thoughtA) had been vanquished about 15 years ago. sci tim's link to the article about tolerance rings true.

a corded havanese got to group last night, but i didn't see it. saw the whippet, though. glad to hear it was a winner. a lede in the nyt said: hype, money, and corn starch: what it takes to win at westminister. no offence, but the vast majority of the dogs that make it to that event have annual show budgets that can approach and sometimes exceed 20K.

Posted by: -jack- | February 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

JS -- my mini-nearly toy rescue poodle is in a clip of my design...overall trim when needed twice a year with scissor touch ups.

She is a darling peppy lap dog but also catlike thing just now: seeking the puddle of sun to nap.

I do not bother to wake up the little love who SCOFFS at the poodle-do on TV just now.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 16, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Everyone's into curling now...

http://readymade.com/projects/article/escape_winter_learn_curling

Posted by: -TBG- | February 16, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Tying ice skating and linguistics together, here is Yakko Warners singing all the words in the English dictionary, with comment by Dick Button.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Etjd0lEpkk

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 16, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

i <3 Animaniacs.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 16, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

wow. always heead about how barbers used leeches, ubt i never thought that it occurree as recently as the 20th century.

the world's oldest barber:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/nyregion/16barber.html?hpw

Posted by: -jack- | February 16, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

CqP: Growing up I lived near a family with a toy poodle and a whippet. Poodle was trimmed in a practical way. The pair made for much hilarity on the block.

I've met two poodle therapy dogs (one standard, one toy) that were terrific, too.

Long ago I gave my heart to a terrier mix. In this lifetime, I'm a terrier gal. My weakness.

Posted by: MsJS | February 16, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

New kit!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 16, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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