Monthly Archives: August 2008

‘Mother of All Storms’ Aiming for New Orleans

By David L. Brown Here’s the good news: Since Katrina the Army Corps of Engineers has spent billions of dollars beginning the task of girding up levees to protect the City of New Orleans should another hurricane strike. The bad … Continue reading

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Developing Stories in New Orleans and St. Paul

By David L. Brown Two somewhat related items to discuss today. First, the possibility for another hurricane strike on New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA). The present path projection for Tropical Storm Gustav, which is estimated to be a Catagory 3 hurricane … Continue reading

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More Bad News from the Frozen North

By David L. Brown Well, things never seem to get better, do they? We have written here before about the effect that thawing permafrost in the Arctic could release large quantities of greenhouse gas (GHG), thus rapidly accelerating global warming. … Continue reading

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Recollections of the 1968 Democratic Convention

By David L. Brown The 2008 Democratic National Convention opens tomorrow in Denver. I will not be there. However, there are apparently a good number of individuals who are preparing to turn the event into a replay of the 1968 … Continue reading

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Polar Bears Taking the Long Swim

By David L. Brown One of a very few supposed “errors” in Al Gore’s book and movie “An Inconvenient Truth” was his claim that polar bears were drowning while attempting to swim across wide gaps in the Arctic Ocean. It … Continue reading

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Despite Claims, Arctic Ice Meltdown Continues

By David L. Brown Global warming deniers have been chortling this summer about the supposed return of the Arctic ice, claiming a reversal of the huge loss of ice that occurred last year. Some are even gloating about a “new … Continue reading

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Rock Meeting Hard Place On Extinction Express

By David L. Brown The evidence continues to mount that the Earth is entering into a mass extinction event that could dwarf even the one that ended the age of dinosaurs. One of the most ominous clues is the widespread … Continue reading

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Not the “End of History” After All? Ooops!

By David L. Brown The Russian invasion of Georgia and today’s threat to use nuclear weapons against Poland makes it apparent that the late lamented Soviet Union is rising out of the grave like an extra in Night of the … Continue reading

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A New Superpower Flexes Its Muscle

By David L. Brown As the world churns and turns it seems that hardly a day goes past without the results of some horrible oversight or lack of foresight coming to light. The flavor of the week today is the … Continue reading

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