"7. Senator James Inhofe will make a stunningly stupid remark about
global warming in Congressional hearings. It will be recognized widely
as being totally incorrect and very stupid. Even the climate deniers
will be shocked at how wrong it is, but they will still try to explain
why it is correct."
And the Washington Post wrote this about Inhofe's recent snowball stunt:
“In case we had forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record,” Mr. Inhofe continued, reaching for a plastic bag next to his lectern, “I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It’s a snowball, just from outside here. It’s very, very cold out.”
Mr. Inhofe then tossed his snowball at the presiding officer.
“If the land surface records were systematically flawed and the globe had not really warmed, then it would be almost impossible to explain the concurrent changes in this wide range of indicators produced by many independent groups,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded when it announced that the 2000s had set a decadal temperature record. “The warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”
"The Republican Party should be mortified by the face of their environmental leadership."
BUT THEY AREN'T. THEY LIKE THEM LIKE THIS.
So... it was definitely stupid. I haven't seen the skeptics coming to his defense yet. And it wasn't in Congressional hearings. So I guess this doesn't meet the criteria I set for my prediction to be correct.
But still, I expect this is a preview of coming attractions and entertainment from the Senator, so I'm a little more confident I'll get this one right.
There were some good and great dresses at the Oscars 2015. Too bad about Lupita Nyong'o's pearl dress that got stolen, that was nice.
But after perusing all the red carpet looks, I was actually most impressed by the dress worn by Amy Adams to the Vanity Fair Oscar party. She didn't attend the Oscar ceremonies, but she still had the best look.
Well, actually I have. But not with ice, with pumice. The frothy volcanic rock that floats. After the pretty big eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile, a lot of the ash fell into some picturesque lakes (especially Nahuel Huapi lake), making them much less picturesque. Making them pretty mucky, in fact. But unique that way.
Since I'm on this subject, I checked to see if the lakes are recovering. Couldn't find much. But I did find one tourist guide that recommended taking boat tours of the lakes, so I would guess that they have gotten somewhat better since the 2011 eruption.
"In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on
cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual budget while proposing to
make future tax cuts contingent on revenue projections."
Ouch. ("The latest budget plan includes a major hike in taxes on cigarettes from
79 cents per pack to $2.29 per pack and a jump in a tax on liquor from 8
percent to 12 percent.")
Oh. Sin taxes. Well, raise them high enough and people won't smoke and won't drink. Then where are you?
“My budget proposal recognizes that the current budget trajectory is
unsustainable and that difficult solutions are required by state law as
well as by fiscal prudence,” Brownback said in releasing his two-year budget."
"Kansas revenue analysts reported in November that the state would
require $278 million in cuts by this June to balance the budget. They
said a state reserve fund of about $379 million would be emptied, and
lawmakers should cut an additional $435 million to avoid a deficit this