Gadzooks! Largest divorce settlement in history. I don't know how anyone got figured out that milestone; but, regardless, its got to hurt. But then, in divorce, the market determines social justice. JoshuaPundit thinks the settlement means there was a lot more about Tiger's extracurricular activities that hasn't come out and Elin's being paid to shut up. Hmmm. Tipper should hold out for more than a nice mansion in Santa Barbara. Anyway, look for Tiger to be much more motivated on the links here on out.
NewScientist reviews the hypothesis of a CO2 climate cycle, the state of the debate over its role in stabilizing the earth's global temperature, status of attempts to model the cycle over the earth's history, and assessment of evidence regarding the cycle and the model. The reviewer takes the approach that anomalies (e.g., glaciers increasing as CO2 rises, rather than decreasing as the hypothesis predicts) have not invalidated the hypothesis. Anomalies only point to secondary causal agencies, yet undiscovered, at work to counteract the thrust of the main agencies involved in the cycle. Much of the debate over the model concerns the multiplier effect of elevation in CO2 levels in the cycle. Does doubling the level of CO2 raise global temperature on average by one, or two, or three degrees? Current consensus seems to be settling on 3 degrees. The review does not address the issue whether increase in CO2 emissions by human activity have caused the rise in global temperature since the 1960s.
For boldly exposing John Edwards' affair and his baby with his mistress and Al Gore's sexual adventures with a massage therapist--politically damaging episodes that were ignored by the MSM, who acted as enablers for the Liberal politician and candidate.
Gore stained his therapist's clothes with his sexual emissions. A must view, here.
I don't happen to believe that sexual peccadillos were limited to the Clinton administration or that tax improprieties are limited to the Obama administration or that campaign fund raising irregularities are limited to the political parties. I don't happen to think such perverse transgressions are a matter of deterministic compulsion. But I do hypothesize they represent a governing style. Once a party leader gets away with an abuse of power, it becomes normalized inside the organization, part of the culture, so to speak.
The Kagan confirmation hearings are essentially a theater of lies. Kagan is going to be a liberal justice, actively using a "living constitution" ideology to advance a liberal-socialist agenda, more authority for a central government over the lives of citizens, and international values. She is a stealth Stevens. She has to pretend that nothing about her ideological position is inevitable, although it is, because overt expression of her views would weaken her candidacy and give opposition the political opening to bork her. Her outstanding professional credential is her service to politicians in the past twenty years who have represented precisely the Liberal-Left ideology. That is why she is being appointed--to bring that ideology to the court. Nothing she says in the hearing carries any obligation when she is seated. She will then be free to represent her ideology openly, which she will. She is a fellow traveller.
All political commentators are appropriately noting that deceased Senator Robert Byrd had used his political clout to push "disproportionate" federal funds into projects in West Virginia. And Fred Barnes correctly notes that all representatives did that. But for a real pork hog, let's look to California. It was California that for two generations, from the late 1930s to the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, hogged national defense expenditures. Aerospace research and development, military training and deployment bases, military effectiveness research centers, munitions and weapons systems research, development, and manufacture. It was no mistake that Los Angeles was/is home to the Air Force research center, that inland Southern California was/is home to the naval (!) weapons research center, was home the Air Force's Pacific command center and the state's largest Air Force strategic bomber base, and that the California deserts were/are home to Marine and Army training bases. San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Diego had/have huge naval bases. California sucked defense tax dollars like no other state. West Virginia sure didn't get much of them. Nor did Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and a lot of other states. It was as if the rest of America dumped its taxes in trains which daily hauled them into California where they were soaked up by private companies, unionized laborers, who made a hell of lot more money than coal miners, millions of soldiers and officers, and the economy that fed off them. World War II and the Cold War made California rich, more than did gold, oranges, oil, silicon, and movies. Once the military tax spigot turned off in the 1990s, California government started to have its budgetary crises. The crises were created when the state was spending other people's money as if it were, in fact, other people's money. Now that California has to re-invent itself as a private economy, it's having a hard time economically and its Cold War politial paradim (live off others) is not useful. Not all Californians are as poor as West Virginians, but if you drive up the Central Valley, off the 5, through the farm towns, some clearly are. California benefitted disproportionately from World War II and the Cold War. Now that the state has to live on its own earnings, things are not so easy. It ought to be enough to engender some sympathy for other states that never had so good. And for Robert Byrd.