Tuesday Twitter roundup

Bringing less than nothing to the table:

Definitely following in Richard Burr's footsteps. Self-styled "defender of veterans" or some other flag-waving label, Tillis will cut their benefits and chicken-hawk them into as many global conflicts as he can, and then take a shower in campaign cash to make him feel better.

In the realm of sea-level rise associated with climate change, "watering down science" takes on a rather ironic meaning:

This time, the scientists are limiting their forecast to 30 years and employing methodologies not used in their previous report, which could reduce tidal measures of North Carolina’s sea levels. Predicting for four separate zones was mandated by the state legislature after the political fallout from the 2010 forecast.

The cautious approach could scale back sea-level rise projections in North Carolina by including tidal gauge readings from southern parts of the state, which historically have had the state’s lowest sea-level measures.

North Carolina’s final projection could be lower than those issued by states with different approaches. According to an early draft of their report, the scientists are projecting a maximum potential sea level rise of 12.3 inches in Duck by 2045, a figure that could change as the draft report is revised. In neighboring Virginia, however, authorities are preparing for an 18-inch sea-level rise by midcentury, Stiles said.

North Carolina’s approach is a relief to Dave Burton, an adviser to NC-20, a group of coastal developers and climate-change skeptics who say sea-level rise projections by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are based more on ideology than on science.

“I am hopeful that it will be a substantial improvement,” said Burton, a Cary computer consultant.

By "substantial improvement" you mean cherry-picking the low-end estimates of an already severely limited scientific study. It's already been asked several times, but here we go again: Why in the hell does anybody with half a brain listen to a land developer/computer consultant when it comes to this issue, and why does the N&O even ask him what he thinks about it? SMFH.

They're lucky Ebola doesn't seek out idiots:

While some claims missed on the science, others were pure politics. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., argued that his opponent Tom Cotton "voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola." Cotton voted against one version of a 2013 bill that funded overall pandemic and emergency preparedness. But Cotton ended up voting for the final version, and the bill easily became law. The claim by Pryor, who lost re-election, rated Mostly False.

Members of Congress even came up with their own scenarios, with some suggesting that Ebola could be a security threat to the United States carried in by illegal immigrants or terrorists. But such ideas contradicted basic facts about the disease.

In early October, Fox News posted a list of the top nine scariest pandemic movies. At the top was the 1995 film Outbreak, in which a virus mutates, becomes airborne and forces the Army to consider dropping a nuclear weapon on a sleepy California town.

"Whether it's rabid zombies, Ebola-like viruses or both, outbreak films are beginning to feel a bit too real nowadays," Fox wrote.

The idiots should be voted out, but the Congressmen who actually knew better but were using this for political reasons should be charged with something. I don't know, incitement to panic? Is that a crime? It should be.

Well that's just fan-fricking-tastic.

And while he's at it, he needs to file suit against the NCUC for telling Duke Energy that plainly fraudulent practice would be okay.

That's this Friday, folks. Not implying you can't read a calendar, but they don't call me Captain Obvious for nothing :)

I wonder if we'll still be trying to figure out why Hagan lost when Tillis' six-year term is up:

I'm thinking probably so:

Just seeing the date "2010" makes me want to stick my finger down my throat...

I find it both amazing and infuriating that corporate shadow organizations (Americans for American Americanism) can toss hundreds of millions into the campaign stew and nobody bats an eye, but let an environmental group roll up their sleeves and get involved, and the long knives come out:

Despite the restrictions, the NRDC and a few other charities chose to navigate the complicated web of IRS rules to air ads that criticized or supported politicians running for election in November.

In addition to the ads targeting Cook, the NRDC partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center and seven other charities under the name North Carolina Environmental Partnership to air ads criticizing four other state senators and four state representatives. All told, the partnership's 20 ads — the majority of which were about the lawmakers’ support of fracking — ran more than 5,100 times from late March through mid-July and cost the groups an estimated $1.7 million to air, according to Kantar Media/CMAG.

And every damn word in those ads was the truth. But we can't have that.

From my Facebook feed, proving they know where I live:

Okay, I don't mean to whine, but I'm going to do it anyway: It's been less than a calendar year since a crippling blizzard fell on the Piedmont. My West-Coast sister got stranded in Charlotte, I got stranded at my son's house in Greensboro because I was halfway to the Piedmont Triad airport when I found out West-Coast sister was stranded, the next day another sister had to drive (in the snow) all the way to Charlotte to pick up West-Coast sister because both airports were like, "I don't know..." And as a result, West-Coast sister has concluded that Elon and Charlotte are not really that far away from each other, not far enough to justify paying for an extra hop flight (and not far enough for me to complain about it except in a blog post), so now I get to make two car trips, which total over 400 miles, all the while praying to Odin to not unleash any frozen precipitation on me during said journeys.

The moral to that story? When I see people engaging in a ritual with fake snow, in some misguided attempt to cause the real stuff to fall, it makes me want to break something. ;(

I know I've spent a lot of time complaining about Facebook, especially since their onslaught of unwanted ads, many of which seem to be an intentional effort to push Evil Steve to the brink. But depending on who you follow, it can be a very informative source:

And this little bit of tripe should get AEA barred from any government building, including the Capitol Building. But it won't. Republicans will continue to usher them in with open arms.

Yes, I'm sure you would prefer an open-carry Surgeon General, but Doc Watson's a little busy being dead right now.

For those who (unwisely) wrote off Alma as an "establishment" politician who glided into that seat, think again:

In office barely over a month, Adams cast her biggest vote last week when she voted against the $1.1 trillion spending bill. She joined two other Democrats and two conservative Republicans in the North Carolina congressional delegation in her “nay” vote, which bucked the interests of not only the White House but the banking industry.

Tucked inside the bill was a provision would roll back regulations that prohibit financial institutions from using federal deposit insurance to back investments on some complex financial instruments called derivatives. That took taxpayers off the hook if banks suffer heavy losses in such trading.

Adams said that’s the main reason she voted no.

“I look at the fact that a lot of the citizens that I represent were victimized by the (financial) crisis in terms of housing and losing homes and losing savings,” she said. “I couldn’t support the bill primarily for that (reason).”

If that particular provision of this omnibus bill had been put in front of voters as a referendum, it would have been voted down by 90+%. We needed a budget, but this one is so far away from being a "clean" bill it's not even funny. More taxpayer bank bailouts are on the way, and quite possibly another economic crash, from which we may not recover.

On that sobering note, take a bite of the Onion:

"It's really hard sometimes. He means well, but my parrot keeps making references to the Metric System when we're doing math homework."



Bonus Onion:

On a related note, I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. Which might be good thing, because I usually buy about half the presents early, and then relax into a false sense of security until Christmas Eve eve, and then I say, "Oh shit!" and go on a frantic journey buying random things that will later be matched with people. On a somewhat positive side, my family members usually have no Earthly idea what they might get when opening the package.

A great round-up. And thank

A great round-up. And thank goodness the Republican government fairies are providing a treasure trove of fodder.

Great roundup indeed

And good to know we have advanced from "sea level rise is illegal in North Carolina" to "politicians now allow scientists to estimate sea level rise in North Carolina, so long as their estimate is 3".

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014