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John Roach

Minneapolis, MN
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It's nice to see an article on this report that includes so much specific information. It makes it clear that the Upper Midwest is almost certainly locked into another 3 degrees F no matter what, and is likely to see quite a bit more than that due to continuing inaction on carbon emissions.

That may not seem like much, but it will have profound impacts. Getting more of our rainfall in big dumps will cause a lot of runoff, sedimentation and flooding problems and won't do farmers much...

re:"...'The current bad science is all based on a theory that the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the exhaust of the burning of fossil fuels leads to a dramatic increase in “the greenhouse effect” causing temperatures to skyrocket uncontrollably. This theory has failed to verify and is obviously dead wrong..."

The so-called greenhouse effect is physics, not climate science. It has been studied since the 1820's starting with French physicist Joseph...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 03:19 pm in response to Might we be losing the ability to fill Supreme Court vacancies?

His nomination failed, with 6 Republicans voting against him and 2 Democrats voting for him. He was not filibustered. He was viewed as an extremist, which by 1987 standards, he was. By current standards, he would fit right in on the conservative side of the court.

It also didn't help that as Solicitor General, he enabled Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, basically in exchange for a promise of nomination to the Court; a promise that Nixon was unable to deliver on due to his resignation...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 11:17 am in response to Yet another meta-analysis finds homeopathy 'useless'

This corresponds to a 1 ml volume of a particular substance in 1,191,016 cubic light years. Really.

What this means is that we are all already receiving the full benefits of homeopathic remedies with every breath we take, and with every drop of water we drink.

Vigorous shaking is a very important part of the process, but surely the Big Bang and the processes leading to the original formation of the earth took care of that aspect for us. So from a homeopathic standpoint, I think...

to the most sensible and popular option, which was to run the line down Hennepin. At the time that was being considered, we were told it would cost too much.

Apparently, cost had a lot less to do with that poor decision than we were led to believe.

Posted on 03/26/14 at 09:31 am in response to Conservative group hits the airwaves against Franken

...attacks Franken. For pointing out that maybe political front operations shouldn't be entitled to tax benefits that are supposed to go to non-political groups. It seems that the Senator has a point.

Posted on 03/26/14 at 01:40 pm in response to Conservative group hits the airwaves against Franken

of the "media" has failed to report the whole "IRS Scandal" story. Namely the part that shows it was and is a complete non-scandal, as groups with "progressive", "occupy" and any other terms indicating a political tilt were also targeted in exactly the same way. Not even Rep. Issa, who loves his investigative hearings so very much, denies that.

Then again, "facts" aren't what that particular media segment sells, and that particular audience segment isn't really interested in factual...

Posted on 03/13/14 at 09:16 am in response to Climate change and Winter Olympics: Sites getting harder to find

...because there's snow in my back yard. This is the kind of reasoning that avoids the issue and ignores the vast amount of data that says otherwise.

January global temperatures overall were the 4th warmest on the modern record. Alaska's temperatures were extremely warm, as was western Canada, Greenland, Southern Russia and Mongolia. Sochi was also well above average, which led to poor conditions for the Olympics.

In the Southern Hemisphere, it was the warmest January ever...

Posted on 03/11/14 at 11:00 am in response to Gays are bullies, Bachmann says

...within the space that she inhabits. "Americans" includes only those who agree with her. Also, "politicians".

Everyone else is "bullies".

Posted on 03/08/14 at 12:04 pm in response to More 'evidence' that 'facts' are overrated

flatly stated that the Bush tax cuts increased the Federal debt by $1.6 trillion between 2001 and 2011.

I know, I know. I just increased conservative convictions that tax cuts increase revenue. Sorry.