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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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4 years 37 weeks

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"Business as usual" will become more and more difficult and predicting the when, what and where of changes will be an ever-moving target.

I personally think that mother nature is playing tricks on our local denier community.


The big one in the room....

..if no other forces were in play and temperatures last year were totally at random, then the odds of 2014 being the warmest on record are 1 in 135.....

..The three hottest years on record—2014, 2010 and 2005—have occurred in the last 10 years. The odds of that happening randomly are 3,341 to 1....

Nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the 21st century. The odds of that being random are 650 million to 1....


Thanks for the reference from last month, but

...It’s official. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed on January 16, 2015 that 2014 was Earth’s warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. 2010 owned the title for warmest year prior to 2014, with 2005 and 1998 just behind it. It might have been cool where you lived, but most of the globe was experiencing temperatures well above average. The...

And even if it was 2nd, 3rd or 4th, it would have little or no effect on the improbability of virtually all of the "hottest" events at one end of the time frame.

And certainly no impact on the improbability of 30 years of months that are higher than average.

The parallel between the Obama "middle class economics" and the Romney reinvention as an advocate for the poor and an opponent of the concentration of wealth is pretty striking. The coming (inevitable) battles against the Obama proposals pretty much cut out any move of the Republicans to capture the demographic that cares about that issue. That on top of the knee-capping of Rubio on Cuba, and JEB on immigration leaves a Republican party leaves a very thin slice of ground that Republicans...

Posted on 01/20/15 at 09:01 am in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

Shorter version:

If it doesn't personally affect you, let it go, you'll just f** it up trying to fix it.

Live and let (despots) live.

Posted on 01/21/15 at 08:05 am in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

So, at the end of the day, the phrase "That whole country is not worth one American soldier's life", applies across the board?

No issue, no principle and no outrage too extreme to necessitate venturing outside of the border?

Posted on 01/16/15 at 04:28 pm in response to Q&A: What Tom Emmer wants for Minnesota businesses

....Q. what were the top concerns you heard from the business sector? A.It’s a customer service situation. They want to have you available and they want an office that’s responsive to them....

How many votes did you get from a corporation, Tom?

They're not your customer, unless this is you acknowledging that they bought you.

The people are your boss, not business. You are a representative of the people.

The purpose of the Constitution, which you just swore to...

Posted on 01/16/15 at 07:01 pm in response to Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

Given the insured's (almost universal) duty to mitigate damages (not let further damage occur), it seems rather optimistic to assume that claimants for incidents later than the first church-known victims of a particular priest will recover anything from the insurer.

The bankruptcy set-up minimizes both insurer and church pay-outs.

Posted on 01/08/15 at 11:19 am in response to The Charlie Hebdo attack — and the 'rage against modernity'

....Lacking the broader philosophical framework of the past, militant Islamists have turned violence and terror into ends in themselves....

Two comments about that phrase:

The first part of that sentence would better read, "Ignoring and denying the broader philosophical framework of Islam of the past...

The last part of that sentence would better read, "militant Islamists turned to violence and terror to achieve their vision of Islam."

It is entirely about re-...