I’ve also read a recent CNN article that said with the recent flooding in Texas and Oklahoma that Ted Cruz better rethink his stance on global warming.  

So, if we are in drought it’s because of climate change and when it floods it’s because of climate change.  Seems like the alarmists hold all the cards in this game.  No matter what happens with our climate, it’s because of global warming.

authenticgood asked:

Saw your post on the Texas floods, so does this mean we could potentially be seeing El Niño level storms/hurricanes in the coming (years or?) summer in the Gulf Region ? Forgive me if I didn't pick up on sarcasm, but when you said "El Nino helps a lot..." What did you mean? Thanks.

Sorry for the delayed reply but even a geologist has to sleep sometimes. 

Yes, there is an active, developing El Niño in the Pacific Ocean right now (see my recent post here). It is already an unusual El Niño in the sense that El Niño events usually develop and finish within about a year - this one started building in 2014 and stalled. The end result is that the Central Pacific in 2015 is warmer than is typical at this time of year even during strong El Niño years, so it’s entirely possible we’re seeing more severe effects from it earlier in the year than usual.

However, one thing worth correcting from this note is that El Niño events are usually bad years for Atlantic Hurricanes. El Niño years are associated with strong winds in the Atlantic and strong Atlantic winds tends to break up hurricanes as they’re forming. Just this week the US released a forecast for a below-Average Atlantic hurricane season because of this developing El Niño. On the other hand, the warm waters in the Pacific tend to feed strong storm development in that basin, so the Central and Western Pacific do have to worry about a strong Typhoon season.

Outside of that though, it’s definitely shaping up to be a year of weird weather almost worldwide as this El Niño builds and strengthens. There isn’t a simple relationship between El Niño being present and what weather changes most areas get, but there are some trends such as wet summers in the Southeastern U.S., which may be consistent with what we’re already seeing. Since there is already a lot of heat in the Pacific, there’s a good chance of this year being a strong El Niño event, and since the planet itself is warmer than the last strong El Niño, the planet is primed for some severe weather extremes, whether they be storms, droughts, or whatever tends to hit any particular area.


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There’s always a problem with Shias and our dead, always, how we mourn them, how we bury them, where we bury them, this isn’t just some ‘those Saudi freaks over there’ thing lol Shias are routinely denied permission to inter the bodies of our dead in cemeteries all over the world, in Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. I live in Oregon and we have had masajid tell us that we can’t bury our dead in their cemetery plots so we’ve had to raise money to send bodies to cemeteries in California. 

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Meet The FIFA Women’s World Cup Athletes: Ashlyn Harris & Heather O'Reilly

We are almost one week away from the Women’s World Cup and the excitement is continuing to build. This week, we are getting to know two more Wasserman clients getting ready to represent the United States in Canada: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and midfielder Heather O’Reilly.

Ashlyn Harris makes her Women’s World Cup debut this summer as a goalkeeper for the USWNT, but is no stranger to the world stage. She was considered one of the top young goalkeepers in the world at the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cups and received her first call-up to the USWNT in 2009. In early 2015, Ashlyn started the first two matches of the year for the WNT and earned her second career shutout in a 1-0 victory over England on February 13th. She was also a member of the roster that captured the USA’s 10th Algarve Cup title after defeating France 2-0 on March 11th in Portugal.

Heather O’Reilly will make her third Women’s World Cup appearance this summer and has played in more than 200 matches for the USWNT throughout her career. In 2014, she became just the ninth U.S. female player to hit 200 caps after reaching the milestone against Korea during last year’s Algarve Cup in Portugal. She played in her first world championship at the senior level in 2004 Olympics, was the youngest gold medal-winner on that team and was the second-youngest player named to the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup roster. Heather is a true USWNT veteran and is sure to bring her expertise and skills to every one of the team’s matches throughout the tournament.

As our FIFA Women’s World Cup profile series comes to a close next week, we will take a look at two strong forces up front for the USWNT: Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach. Check back next Friday to learn more about these two strikers.

Afternoon Headlines for Friday, May 29, 2015


“Exclusive: Air France faces new safety probe after freighter takeoff scare”

“Air France faces its second safety investigation in as many weeks after pilots were forced to recover in mid-takeoff after entering the wrong data into the computer of a cargo jet, airline and safety officials said.”


“I.S. seizes control of airport in Libya’s Sirte: Tripoli government”

“The Islamic State jihadist group has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday.”


“U.S. warns G7 of global economy ‘accident’ without Greece deal”    

“U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew repeated warnings not to minimize the global stability risk of Greece sliding out of the euro zone, even if most of its debt is no longer held by commercial banks.”

Associated Press

“Cuba removed from U.S. terror list”

“The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.”


“U.S. says China has placed mobile artillery on reclaimed island”

“The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen. John McCain called ‘disturbing and escalatory.’”

New York Times

“Palestinian soccer association drops effort to suspend Israel from FIFA”

“The Palestinians dropped their bid to suspend Israel from international soccer competition at the last minute Friday, and agreed to instead form a committee of the sport’s governing body, FIFA, to handle their complaints of racism and discrimination.”

Associated Press

“Sepp Blatter wins re-election as FIFA president”

“Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term on Friday, chosen to lead world soccer despite separate U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations into corruption.”


“Southeast Asia vows to rescue ‘boat people;’ Myanmar seizes migrant vessel”

“Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable “boat people” stranded in the region’s seas, as Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard.”


“Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed – sources”

“The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea’s nuclear weapons program five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign.”


“Valcke confirms Russia, Qatar will host 2018, 2022 World Cups”

“FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke on Friday confirmed Russia and Qatar will host the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively, despite the on-going corruption scandal affecting football’s governing body.”


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