29 January 2008

What Climate Change?

Global weirding continues. While snow on the high ridges is quite common, down here at 600' on the valley floor it is quite rare. We'll get the occasional flurry, but nothing like this:

Those photos were taken at about 9:30 this morning. Snow turned to rain at about 11:00, but it was such a cold rain the snow stayed on the ground until late afternoon. A day for the record books, to be sure.

24 January 2008

Pretty Weird ...

Between one and two inches of snow fell across the north half of Mendocino County Tuesday night, resulting in the closing of Willits and Laytonville schools Wednesday.
Ukiah Daily Journal

Here's a bit of video taken on Rte 253 near Boonville.

Mr. Orwell? Mr. Carroll … Mr. Carroll? Mr. Orwell

President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

Marion Jones was yesterday sentenced to six months in prison for lying about her use of steroids to US federal prosecutors.
The Guardian