Nenana Ice Classic – closing in on all time record latest ice-out

Russ Steele:






Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

According to the ice breakup log, the latest the ice has ever gone out was May 20th, 1964 at 11:41 AM Alaska Standard Time. As of this writing there is about 28 hours to go to break that record.

Geophysicist Martin Jeffries at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks said in 2009,

The Nenana Ice Classic is a pretty good proxy for climate change in the 20th century.

If that’s true, it looks like we are headed to colder times. Here is the current live view which updates every 30 seconds. 

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Going in Search of John Galt

Dear Readers,

Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts, understanding and contributions over the past year.  The United States I grew up in and defended will be unable to sustain itself with more people on taking from those who are producing. We are a path to economic destruction and I will never live long enough to see this great nation rise again. It is time for others to step up to the challenge. I am done. It is time to go in search of John Galt.

I will continue to blog at The Next Grand Minimum on weather and climate issues. For political commentary, I recommend that you visit George Rebane’s Ruminations.  For climate change issues I recommend Anthony Watts’ Watts Up With That


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Guest post by Bob Tisdale

I was visiting family in the Northeast U.S. when Sandy came ashore, so I was without power for most of last week. Since my return home, I’ve been catching up with all of the nonsense surrounding Hurricane/Extratropical Storm/Hybrid Storm Sandy. There have been hundreds of articles and blog posts that include references to climate change, global warming, and the warming oceans and their assumed impacts on Sandy. Yet no one has bothered to plot the long-term sea surface temperature anomalies for Sandy’s track. So we’ve had lots of baseless claims. Will the authors of those posts and articles feel foolish when they discover sea surface temperatures for Sandy’s path haven’t warmed in 70+ years? For those reading this post, who have access to the authors of those articles or the blog posts, feel free to leave them a link or two to this post.


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#Greenfail: Obama Cars Not Safe Around Salt Water

Russ Steele

A total of 16 Fisker Karma extended-range electric cars, each costing more than a $100k each, have gone up in flames after reportedly being partially submerged by flash floods caused by Hurricane Sandy. The brand new cars were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey, and are believed to have caught fire last night.

Images of the wrecked Karmas are at Jalopnik, The damage to each of the cars to be quite extensive.

Fisker has since released the following statement:

“It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy.  We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time.

“We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern.  While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port.




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Over E-mail Transom: Benghazigate

Please pass this link on to your Facebook, Twittter, and E-Mail  Friends:


Hello,The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the murder of four Americans has become a huge issue. But with Election Day just a couple of days away, the mainstream media continue to give little or no attention to it; instead, they are focusing on the horse race and the latest political polls.At PJ Media, we’re devoted to covering this important story. Our Middle East editor, Barry Rubin, provided a short guide to the Benghazi issue that explains what it is really all about. In the guide, Rubin analyzes the enduring themes raised by the tragic event. Click here to read his article.PJ Columnist Michael Ledeen’s most recent post on Benghazi addresses the Obama administration’s failure to take some action to save the men on the ground: “The big reason is fear of failure, a big public failure. It was easier to live with tragedy and even a perception of indecisiveness-verging-on-cowardice than with an AC130 gunship going down in flames.” You can read the full article here.

Ledeen also appeared on PJTV to discuss what the media are not talking about when they do talk about Benghazi. Click here to watch the video now.

So who’s to blame in all this — the failure to act and the resulting cover-up? Fingers will point in every direction, but as we all know the fish rots at the proverbial top or, more politely, the buck stops with the president. Obama admitted as much. That’s why I wrote an article titled, “If Reelected, Obama Should Be Impeached Over Benghazi.” Click here to read it, and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

PJTV’s Trifecta with Scott Ott, Stephen Green and Bill Whittle also addressed the possibility of impeachment over Benghazigate. As Scott Ott put it, “Mr. President, you have utterly failed in what you knew, or didn’t know — in what you did, and neglected to do. Only the verdict of the voters on November 6th should spare you from impeachment.” Click here to watch this episode of Trifecta now. 

Details about Benghazigate are continuing to trickle out, but they remain cloudy at best. That’s why we have established an email address — — to receive hitherto unpublished information about the events in Libya on September 11. Read this post for more details.

And stay tuned to and for more coverage of Benghazigate.


Roger L. Simon


Russ Steele

Remember when out local lefties and his purpleness declared the Tea Party over,  as it’s influence would soon fade with in a few weeks after the 2010 election.  Well it did not happen and the strength of the Tea Party in it’s various forms continues to grow. The Tea Party continues to be a loose collection of grass roots organizations with little top down management. Local organizations decide what is the best approach for their communities, relying on the Internet to communicate local actions to other Tea Party groups.

Now these local groups will have the Tea Party News Network to feed stories to their web pages, luncheon update reports and monthly newsletters. Of course you can tune in on the web.

The Politico takes note with this new news network: Tea Party conservatives are getting their very own news site.

The Tea Party News Network, self-described as “the only trusted news source and the antidote to mainstream media bias,” is already live but will announce its launch tomorrow morning, with plans to start live video on election day. TPNN claims to have a “war room of 40-plus volunteers” who will operate out of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and has established partnerships with the Talk Radio Network and radio host Rusty Humphries, who will be co-anchoring the election night coverage.

This is another place to go for some unfiltered lame stream news. Perhaps not totally unbiased news, as the Tea Party has a mission, but the news will not be run through the liberal/progressive news filter before you get to consume it.  I recommend you give it try and see if it deserved a place on your bookmark or favorites bar.

The next Tea Party Rally will be at the ballot boxes across

this great nation. See you there! 

Russ Steele:

I will be watching, please invites some friends in for a viewing. We are going up it up on the big screen.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:


WUWT-TV to debut on November 14th to counter Al Gore’s “Dirty Weather Telethon” on November 14th and 15th starting at 8PM EST (5PM PST)

Al Gore is forming another 24 hour media event on November 14th, focusing on “dirty weather”, which you can read about here. It is yet another example of what has been called “Tabloid Climatology”.

Gore’s program is another transparent attempt to link climate and weather, and to make people fearful of common weather events that we’ve seen all throughout history. WUWT hosted a 24 hour event last year, thanks to the talents of our contributing cartoonist, Josh.  You can review that here.

Last year during his “24 Hours of Climate Reality”, Mr. Gore created a video called “Climate 101” in which he purported to show a laboratory experiment showing the warming effects of CO2. Unfortunately it was discovered that…

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Diplomad 2.0: “Don’t Go Rescue Them”

Russ Steele

Below os  from the Diplomad 2.0 a retired State Department insider, who know how the systems works. Today on Rush a communication expert out lined the communication protocols for all threats to our embassies around the world, they have an instant alert systems that does directly to the Commander-in-Chief. Either the C-in-C was not interested, was not available, ignored the situation, or declared no action required.  According to the protocol he was in the communications chain.

I just listened to the radio interview with the father of Tyrone Woods, one of the ex-SEALs murdered in Benghazi. He says a lot things that hit home. Everyone should listen to that interview

His description of the attitude and the private words of President Obama and Secretary Clinton at Andrews when the bodies of the four murdered Americans were brought home is very disturbing. He noted that Clinton vowed to him that the government would go after the man who produced the video! He also pointed out the insincerity of both Obama and Clinton when talking with the families of the dead. His description of Hillary matches 100% with the vacuous empty stare I have seen from her in meetings when she is making it clear that she has no interest being there.

Mr. Woods points out something that the media has not and which this blog has tried to: Somewhere, somebody told the military not to go rescue our personnel.

That “No” had to come from the Commander-in-Chief.

UPDATE: Some of the info I am getting from contacts behind the scenes makes the whole thing look even worse than what has come out so far in public. I can’t go into it, but there was an ability and a willingness to respond. Someone very high up made a conscious decision not to respond. SecDef Panetta’s excuses are pathetic, and not worthy of him.

UPDATE 2: I see that FOX is getting the same info I have been getting. FOX has been doing an outstanding job on covering this. As I predicted in a prior post, folks at State and CIA are talking to FOX and will not take the fall for this disgusting misadministration.

All intelligent and committed readers now have more and more details to make a decision. Did the Commander-in-Chief give the command not to rescue?  Some of our troops violated the order and went to aid,  loosing their lives and may have been hung out to dry by the Commander-in-Chief of the greatest military power in the world.  The military was ready, but the Commander-in-Chief voted NO!.

Obama’s Benghazi Story is Unraveling Right Before Our Eyes

Russ Steele

Drudge: He Knew

(Reuters) – Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The Diplomad 2.0 has some insight to the issues.

The Benghazi Emails, and Some Speculation on What It All means

FOX and others have obtained a series of UNCLASSIFIED real-time email messages from Tripoli back to the DS OP Center that showed that the Embassy was aware of a terrorist attack on the facility in Benghazi. Those messages were shot around to a wide range of people in Washington in a number of agencies. I am sure that in addition to these messages were many classified emails, cables, and phone calls, as well as real time video both from the facility and, apparently, from a UAV platform. There is no way that senior levels of the National Command Authority (NCA) could not have known what has happening in Benghazi.

More HERE, but this is most interesting:

What is also becoming clearer, at least to me, from conversations, and bits of this and that I am reading, that we seemed to be cooking up some sort of an arms transfer from Libyan groups to Syrian groups via Turkey. I can’t prove it, but that seems a very likely scenario and would help explain the presence in Benghazi of Stevens, the “senior” Turkish diplomat, and the ex-SEALs who were working with a contractor to find and secure MANPADS. [Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS) are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (SAMs)] To whom exactly those weapons might be going, I have no idea, and do not know what if any relation or reaction the attackers had to any possible arms transfer deals being negotiated. The possible combinations are so numerous that it is not worth speculating; I won’t.

If any of this is true, that could be a motive for the misadministration to try to lie about and divert attention from Benghazi developments. We might have on our hands a “Fast and Furious” scandal mated with an “Iran-Contra”scandal, and all on steroids.

Now you know why Romney did not get involved. The truth is coming out with out any help from him. It is going to be a tough week for President Obama, as the details leak into the news. Stay Tuned. I highly recommend reading the Diplomad 2.0 he has the experience to put the news in perspective.

Russ Steele:

I watched the PBS propaganda and Tom Harris captures the issues quite well. They kept referencing the bogus 97%. It appears that PBS does not understand science is not about consensus, that is a political term.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest post by Tom Harris

Besides the obvious bias we have come to expect from most main stream media coverage of climate change, “Climate of Doubt“, aired Tuesday night on PBS’s Frontline, committed one serious mistake that can not be left unaddressed.

Frontline repeatedly implied that there is an overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that our CO2 emissions are driving us to a global climate catastrophe. They cited 97% as the fraction of the climate science community who agreed with climate alarmism.

That number is easily dismissed. It comes from a 2009 online survey of 10,257 earth scientists, conducted by two researchers at the University of Illinois. Strangely, the researchers chose to eliminate almost all the scientists from the survey and so ended up with only 77 people, 75 of whom, or 97%, thought humans contributed to climate change.

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Why are You Still Watching NBC News?

Russ Steele

That was a question put to me by a long time conservative friend who was visiting for a week from Alabama. Tonight the question came to the forefront when NBC ran a story about the oil boom on Ohio, where towns and counties are approving drilling techniques that uses fracking technology to recover tightly trapped oil and gas.

In the story NBC ran a clip from GasLand, showing gas coming our of a water faucet which was ignited by the owner. The gas has been verified as natural methane coming from a hose attached to the faucet and not natural gas or fracking fluids.  NBC knows that this video clip is a fraud, but continues to support the environmental wacko who claim that fracking is dangerous.  However, the people of Ohio were not buying it.

Why do I still watch NBC News?  So I can count up the daily lies and see how many time I can whack my Bullshit Button in 30 minutes of propaganda.  Some nights it is a regular cacophony.

Russ Steele:

Here is a heads up that cold weather is coming our way. Time to check the garden and do some final harvesting.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Dr. Ryan Maue alerts us of this forecast via his Twitter feed:

ECMWF 12z drops cold hammer on NW and Western US in 7-10 days. Trending much colder…

Here’s the forecast graphic:

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Russ Steele:

Our local left told us that “Climategate” was not important, nothing here move on.  If you read the whole post we learn that “Climategate” is having huge impact on the UN IPCC AR5 Report. Fewer scientist are will to put their professional careers on the line for some shoddy science warped up in a political agenda.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Dr. Kevin Trenberth has another travesty on his hands.  UPDATE: Commenter Lee Harvey has the best point I’ve seen so far.

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Video: No Need For More Words.


H/T to Nevada County Tea Party Patriots for the link!

Russ Steele:

Tune in for a fair and balanced look at the cost of “going green.”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

This should be good. From Fox news, video follows.

Bret Baier travels across America, revealing rogue regulators, tracing the truth about the president’s environmental agenda and exposing programs that could devastate our economy!

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