Whoop-ass Wednesday

Intelligence agency officials testified before a Senate committee on Feb. 13, 2018, about global threats, including climate change. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Intelligence officials testified before a Senate committee about global threats. Left to right: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In their annual summary of global threats, the nation’s intelligence agencies warned on Tuesday that climate change and other environmental trends “are likely to fuel economic and social discontent—and possibly upheaval—through 2018.”

While there may not be indications of an abrupt and cataclysmic event on the immediate horizon, the trends are already visible, they said in a statement presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee at a hearing where the Trump administration’s top intelligence officials testified.

The statement was matter-of-fact and brief, but unambiguous. Normally, conclusions like these might not deserve much notice. But in an administration where top officials, including some with intelligence responsibilities, have repeatedly questioned the basic science of global warming, such a frank confirmation of the mainstream consensus was striking.


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20 Responses to Whoop-ass Wednesday

  1. Micki says:

    Woke up to a smidgen of snow…HaPpy VaLeNtINeS DaY, DWFers!


  2. Den says:

    EUGE PIC! It did not show in preview, fixed tho.


  3. Den says:



  4. David B. Benson says:

    About 5 cm of snow here.


  5. Den says:

    I got a Jury notice today, I’m not supposed to because of my arthritis, had it fixed in 05. One of the hazards of the Database Age, they changed ‘Systems’ last year and my info did not get transferred over to the new one. So the kind lady updated my info using the still-in-place old system to manually transfer my file to the new database.

    No two databases alike, that makes for big money for the software sales staff. Having witnessed my previous employers get these packaged databases with ‘Modules’ that can be added, at extra cost of course. I tried to get them to see reason only to be relegated to ‘dirt duty’ from the all-knowing company commanders, having to muddle through some software engineers’ screwed up program that the companies were hook-line-and-sinkered into for thousands of dollars.


  6. Micki says:

    Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot…


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Even tho’, mirabli dicto, the alley had been plowed it still took 16 minutes through the remaining snow to the Hillside Cafe.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Estimate 36 minutes with the icing conditions on concrete and the brief extra up to Bryan Hall for the Chamber Winds and then Symphonic Band concert before coming home down the B Street roadway for safety. Alice and Abigail were in the first group; certainly played a difficult piece well.


  8. Den says:

    When you had too much to drink:


  9. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Was almost 50° today, Pete and I saw 48° in my SUV. We stopped at Lowes and it was music to my ears to hear dripping into a drain in the parking lot.

    Had a Margarita today because Pete invited me out to dinner with him, Sara and Nicholas.


  10. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    I decided to call the eye doctor while Pete and Jill were here this morning, to make an appointment to see what’s wrong with my left eye. Pete would check his schedule on his phone and I could pick the right day. The guy on the phone told me to get my butt over there TODAY, so Pete took me for a 1:00 appointment.

    The last two Decembers when I had the macular degeneration checked I had to have a driver because they had to dilate my eyes. I could have driven home myself both times, but today? Holy moly! One drop in each eye to dilate, then the tech put two more drops of something else in each eye. By the time we left everywhere I looked was blurry. We stopped at a CVS to get me a pair of those wrap-around glasses because the sun was too bright for me. When they just dilated my eyes the sun didn’t bother me like it did today. Wow.

    The diagnosis is that there is a Jello like substance at the back of the eye, probably holding one’s eye in place. When the Jello starts to pull away water gets in there and that’s why I’m seeing flashes of black in the daytime and flashes of light at night. That started January 27, by today it wasn’t as bad as it was when it first happened but I keep seeing a piece of hair on my eye so I thought I better still call them, which I did.

    The doctor said he wants to see me in 4 weeks to see if there is any progression because it could go so far as to mess with my retina, if that happens then I guess they fix that but in the hospital. Hope that doesn’t happen!

    So, there you have it. Falling apart with old age, it’s starting with my eyes. Still healthy as a horse in every other way, only take a blood pressure pill. *knock on wood*


  11. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    We were sitting in the Mexican restaurant and Sara looked at her phone, another school shooting, this time in Florida. *sigh* Just another day in paradise. When I got home and up until a half hour ago that’s all that was on MSNBC. I hate these shootings, and I hate them tossing our political nightmare off the news.


  12. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    I don’t know the actual number but there are between 30 and 118 or so people working in the White House that don’t have security clearance. They’ve been talking about that for days now and I just shrug and tell the TV, “so what? Nothing matters now. Whose going to stop that?”

    Nobody will do anything about that because King Trump is the ruler. However, let a Democrat get in there and all the old rules and norms will barge back in like a tidal wave. Republicans can do anything they want however.

    Republicans hate deficits unless they create them, they hate government making choices for them unless they decide to do so, they hate philanderers unless it’s one of their own and on and on and on. What they are is the party of I, me, myself but not Irene. It is not the party of we or us.

    Then there are Trump supporters: They don’t believe Trump should have to release his taxes to prove he has no financial ties to the Russians, because taxes are personal … They also demand that Elizabeth Warren immediately publish her DNA to show whether she has Native American ancestry. Republicans, *blech*


  13. David B. Benson says:

    Microplastics are going to do us in:
    and far sooner than you think.


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