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This is the first post-PressWatch blog post, which is to say it's the first following a mention on KBOO. I think it will take several weeks' shows to produce that cyber-response, but it's worth the wait, because I'm eager to be on board with the new form of radio, the interactive radio-plus-Web that will hopefully increase participation on both ends and build a new information paradigm that will challenge the corporate-owned mind-control press.
You can find the most recent PressWatch audio on kboo.fm.
Why has the corporate-owned media accepted the New Hampshire voting results for Clinton when (a) they are at variance with the polls, unlike all other results (b) they are on LHS/Diebold hackable machines (c) they favor Rove's predicted/favored winner for the Democratic primaries and (d) Rove himself, despite his involvement in Plame's outing and the attorney/caging corruption, is writing for the New York Times as a "respectable" elections commentator? If there is a name to anti-democracy, it is Karl Rove. Did someone forget? Are we all supposed to obediently pretend it ain't so?
On global warming's absence from the MSM, it's useful to follow the money--as in this machine translation from
Deutsche Welle: "…[The governments of] Russia, Canada, the USA, Denmark and Norway have waited exactly for this instant. Still the assumed treasures are hidden under the eternal ice, but the more the ice cover abates, the closer the possibility of mining these treasures comes. Russian researchers estimate ten billion tons of oil and gas in the Lomonossow, a submarine mountain range, which extends between Greenland and east Siberia and runs rather exactly under the north pole. "
They may not have long to wait: Polar melt may occur by 2013; if we assume that will be in August, we have 2,065 days left to sit on our hands or demand action from US and world governments. The melting of the pole may trigger storms or release more tundra methane or ocean clathrates, worsening the situation.
Here is some of the copy I used for this week's show--first, from the BBC:
Arctic summers ice-free 'by 2013'
By Jonathan Amos
Science reporter, BBC News, San Francisco
Scientists in the US have presented one of the most dramatic forecasts yet for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice.
Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.
Professor Wieslaw Maslowski told an American Geophysical Union meeting that previous projections had underestimated the processes now driving ice loss.
Summer melting this year reduced the ice cover to 4.13 million sq km, the smallest ever extent in modern times.
Remarkably, this stunning low point was not even incorporated into the model runs of Professor Maslowski and his team, which used data sets from 1979 to 2004 to constrain their future projections.
In the end, it will just melt away quite suddenly
Professor Peter Wadhams:
"Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007," the researcher from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, explained to the BBC.
"So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative."
But it is has become apparent in recent years that the real, observed rate of summer ice melting is now starting to run well ahead of the models.
The minimum ice extent reached in September 2007 shattered the previous record for ice withdrawal set in 2005, of 5.32 million square km.
The long-term average minimum, based on data from 1979 to 2000, is 6.74 million square km. In comparison, 2007 was lower by 2.61 million square km, an area approximately equal to the size of Alaska and Texas combined, or the size of 10 United Kingdoms.
.....[There is much more to that report--find it at:]
Could it get worse? Yes:
(AP) OSLO -- The next report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should deal with the "frightening" possibility Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets start melting at the same time, the chief UN climate scientist said yesterday.
The panel, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with U.S. activist and politician Al Gore, has released four climate assessment reports already, including summaries for policy makers that are approved by government representatives.
Though there are no firm plans for a fifth report, the panel is still inviting scientists to submit material on glaciers in the far north and south, IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said.
"My hope is the next report, if there is one, will be able to provide much better information on the possibility of these two large bodies of ice possibly melting, in what seems like a frightening situation," Pachauri said during a visit to Oslo.
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