The researchers say the difference between the lower short-term estimate and the more consistent long-term picture can be explained by the fact that the heat from the last decade has been absorbed into and is being stored by the world's oceans....
"There is other research out there pointing out that this storage may be part of a natural cycle that will eventually reverse, either due to El Nino or the so-called Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, and therefore may not imply what the authors are suggesting," [said Prof Steven Sherwood, from the University of New South Wales].
The authors say there are ongoing uncertainties surrounding the role of aerosols in the atmosphere and around the issue of clouds....
[Sarah Hawkes from the University of London's Institute of Global Health] says that when you look at recent data, men lose three times more years of healthy living than women because of tobacco, alcohol and unsafe driving.
"It's cool to be a man that smokes and drinks — who drives a fast motorbike, or fast cars," she says. "If you were really serious about saving lives, you would spend money tackling unhealthy gender norms" that promote these risky behaviors.So the "health problems" that have to do with mean are personal behavioral choices. The focus on women is about pregnancy and childbirth, where health care is needed. In that view, what's wrong concentrating on women? That focus is really about the next generation, which includes males and females.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's banner story today was about Gov. Scott Walker's breathtaking effort to gain unilateral power to sell state buildings and other public property. You can read this well-reported story yourself at the link below. Walker wants the power to sell state-owned power plants, unused lands -- even University of Wisconsin campus buildings that were paid for with dedicated private donations or student fees. Bye-bye, Kohl Center, maybe, or perhaps UW-Madison's student union. They'd fetch a fine price, dontcha know.
The story documents how some state property sales might make bad economic policy. Sure, the sales would bring in some quick cash to help the governor balance his budget. But in the long run, operating costs to the state might very well increase. Worse, the governor wants power to arrange sole-buyer deals without first seeking public bids.
We've heard this story before when, in his first budget proposal, Walker proposed selling off state-owned power plants, many of them situated on University of Wisconsin campuses. That deal was set aside by lawmakers but now it's back, and expanded to a general principle that the governor can hold a state garage sale anytime he likes. And he'd actually might be selling the garage itself.
The rumor the first time Walker's proposal came up was that the notorious Koch brothers wanted the power plants. Now, according to the Journal Sentinel, state power utilities are salviating over them. Whatever that case, it's obvious Walker still wants to shrink state government holdings for short-term (i.e., his political) gain. And he's kicking things up a notch. Again he hides his attempted power grab in the state budget, widening his own power in ways that are quickly turning the governorship of this state into a one-man autocracy.
So kudos to the Journal Sentinel for today reporting much of this in detail and with great prominence. Then again, it appears the paper's editors haven't quite fully grasped the issue. Nor, yet, has the public. Because in the very same issue of the newspaper that features this new Walker power grab, another story trumpets the apparently good news that the Department of Natural Resources is close to buying 140 acres of pristine private land along the Oconomowoc River near the Kettle Moraine State Forest in the Town of Erin.
The private owners told the newspaper they want to preserve the forest and wetlands on the property. They think selling it to the DNR will ensure that. Whoops! Back on the front page, the governor is revealed as seeking blanket power to sell state-owned properties including "unused" lands.
We already knew that to the governor and his team, wetlands and forests are mostly just economic development opportunities. Wisconsin is Open for Business, ya know. After all, the governor and legislature right now are also busy gutting the state's previously bipartisan Stewardship Program, which sets aside public dollars to buy and set aside precious, pristine lands for the benefit of all. And recall Walker's move in his first budget to allow a specific big-box discount store to build on wetlands in the Green Bay area. The measure passed, but the retailer was spooked by widespread public criticism and pulled out of the deal.
And if you think any deed restrictions would stop this sort of opportunism in the case of the Oconomowoc River Valley land the DNR is looking to scoop up, think again. Here in Milwaukee, we're still shaking our heads at how the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee County are busy trampling historic buildings and butterfly habitat to erect an "innovation" center on county grounds in Wauwatosa. Walker's fingerprints are all over that, too, both as governor and when he served (I use the verb advisedly) as Milwaukee County executive. Clearly, this is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Years before that fiasco, despite seemingly solid deed restrictions, UWM cut deeply into the Downer Woods on its main campus to expand an athletic facility, even though the private land donor had stipulated -- and the university had agreed -- never to touch the woods. Apparently clear-cut contract language meant UWM could clear-cut the woods as needed. Lawyers seemingly can find all sorts of ways around what is supposed to be iron-clad. Restoration of the woods is UWM's official policy today, but restoring developed acreage doesn't seem within those plans. It wanted some of that space for other purposes, and took it.
Which is why I'd counsel that caring couple in the Town of Erin to think twice about selling their beautiful property to the state. Instead consider giving it to the Nature Conservancy or some other private environmental organization that is more likely to honor the land than rip it up for cash and political profit the moment our backs are turned.
Meanwhile, just think of Walker as the governor who paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The guy seems to care a lot all about concrete and highways and the huge sums of money associated with them. But little else.Related Links
ADDED: The Court granted cert. in an Establishment Clause case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, about whether "a legislative prayer practice violates the Establishment Clause notwithstanding the absence of discrimination in the selection of prayer-givers or forbidden exploitation of the prayer opportunity." SCOTUSblog opined that it's "a potentially significant religion case" because "The Roberts case has not done much in that field so far." My instant impression was they granted cert. to reverse and it's obvious (based on precedent).
AND: This chart shows which cases are undecided from each month of the term so far. All the November cases have been decided, but one case remains from October, Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case. There's also a chart which shows which Justices have written the cases from each "sitting," and that chart makes it appear that Kennedy is writing the affirmative action case.
ALSO: No Fisher today.
WaPo's Fact Checker "is just scratching the surface of Lerner’s misstatements and weasely wording..."
Glenn Kessler reviews 3 key statements by Lois G. Lerner, the IRS’s director of the exempt organizations division.
I don't know why that is "surprising," but the details are perhaps worth noting. For one thing, buying a house or moving to a better house is found unlikely to bring more happiness.
And dozens of studies show that people get more happiness from buying experiences than from buying material things. Experiential purchases — such as trips, concerts and special meals — are more deeply connected to our sense of self, making us who we are.... Some meal you ate is more deeply connected to your sense of self than your home? I find that hard to believe. I think it's more that the meal is over and done with, so the happiness was consumed on the spot and remembered. The house continues and you enjoy it sometimes but are burdened by it too. You have mixed feelings over a long period of time. It's not a memory.
And experiences come with one more benefit: They tend to bring us closer to other people, whereas material things are more often enjoyed alone. (We tend to watch our new television alone on the couch, but we rarely head to a wonderful restaurant or jet off to Thailand solo.) That's why you might want to bring loved ones into that house of yours. And why is there no mention of the nonwonderful restaurants and nonwonderful flights overseas?
So, doing things with other people makes a difference for happiness, and our research suggests that doing things for other people can provide an additional boost. That's obvious and not about how you spend your money. Dropping dollars on restaurant meals and travel won't necessarily get you better social connections.
In experiments we've conducted around the world, including in Canada, the United States, Uganda and South Africa, we find that people are happier if they spend money on others. And we've found that spending even just a few dollars on someone else provides more happiness than using the cash to treat yourself. This is why we love to pay taxes, no?
He’s working on a book about his life, tentatively titled “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.” And Walker readily admits he’s traveling around the country for high-profile fundraisers and other conservative gatherings, from New Orleans to Iowa, Washington, D.C., to California. “We used to call this period ‘testing the waters.’ I think that’s what he’s doing,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “He can’t be explicit yet. But I think he’ll run.” Sabato and his colleagues put Walker at the top of their list of 2016 Republican presidential contenders, noting that "Democrats tried — and failed — to strike him down in a recall election last year:
"Not only did Walker survive, but this unscheduled political war elevated him to stardom amongst conservatives across the country. If Walker were to become the Republican presidential nominee, Democrats will have helped it happen."
Obama said that too many young black men make “bad choices.”
“Growing up, I made quite a few myself,” Obama said. “Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency to make excuses for me not doing the right thing.”
But, the president implored, “we’ve got no time for excuses.”
“In today’s hyper-connected, hyper-competitive world, with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil, many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did, all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything you haven’t earned,” he said. “Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination.” ADDED: Here's the full text of the speech.
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