Another Arctic ice panic ends as world temperatures plummet

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Inevitably, when even satellite temperatures were showing 2016 as “the hottest year on record”, we were going to be told last winter that the Arctic ice was at its lowest extent ever. Sure enough, before Christmas, a report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was greeted with such headlines as “Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt”. In March we had the BBC trumpeting another study that blamed vanishing Arctic ice as the cause of weather which led to the worst-ever smog in Beijing, warning that it “could even threaten the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022”.

But last week we were brought back to earth by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), as charted by our friend Paul Homewood on his blog Notalotofpeopleknowthat…

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It is Police Who Protect Our Civil Rights

Improving Police

Jeff Sessions, officers must serve Constitution over upbringing and culture

By David C. Couper

May 4, 2017 — USA Today

Developments in three major cases involving police shootings this week have left some folks shocked, others angry.

On Tuesday, a former South Carolina cop who fatally shot Walter Scott pleaded guilty to civil rights charges (two years after the fatal encounter). A day later, the Department of Justice announced that it will not charge the Louisiana officers who last year shot and killed Alton Sterling, an unarmed black man who was selling CDs in a parking lot. And a Texas cop was fired after fatally shooting a black 15-year-old boy; the officer has not been charged.

I was raised in an era when the killing of blacks by police was not only tolerated by the public, but also justified. Cops beat civil rights protesters and hanged blacks, some of whom had been fairly tried, others…

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Write Now Prompt for May 9, 2017

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At Today’s Author, our first goal is to get you (and us) to write. Write Now is our own collection of prompts to help you do that. With Write Now we’re not talking about writing, or trying to teach anyone how to write. Write Now is all about putting pen to paper.

Today’s Prompt:

No matter how hard he worked on the schedule, plans always seemed to change at the last minute.


How to play along with our Writing Prompts

  1. Write in any format or style you wish: short story, poem, script – whatever you like.
  2. Write for at least 5 minutes. There is no time limit – write for as long as you wish!
  3. Editing is not required, though we do recommend that you run a spell check at least.
  4. Post your work to your blog and include a link back here so your readers can find other writer’s…

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Heartbreaking ‘Wish List’ Written By A Child In Care.

Researching Reform

If ever there was a story which highlighted everything that’s wrong with the fostering system in England, it’s this list of wishes from a child in care, published today.

The child, who wishes to remain anonymous, reflects on their life in care and the things they hoped would have happened differently.

In one of the paragraphs, the child asks foster carers not to leave foster children out. The example of biological children receiving easter eggs or advent calendars and foster children not being gifted the same items is heart breaking. What kind of foster parent would discriminate against a vulnerable child, or any child in that way? The kind that’s clearly not fit to be a parent, and most likely using the child as a means to extending their income.

In another paragraph, the child recalls being treated as if they had a lower level of intelligence for being in…

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A Shopping Trip

Life in the Boomer Lane

Life in the Boomer Lane has a close friend who is a brilliant, highly accomplished visionary.  Listening to her is both mesmerizing and inspiring.  This weekend, she took a break from her international and political work in order to accompany LBL on a trip to a popular antiques/home accessories store.  The shopping trip went something like this:

LBL: These little bowls are amazing, but I seriously don’t need them.  Why spend so much money just to serve ice cream?

L: You have to think more broadly. Think fruit compote, tiny souffles, clafoutis.  These bowls go way beyond ice cream.  They cradle whatever is put in them.  They create the environment for the dessert,  in the same way the set sesigner creates the setting for the play. Plus, you can’t go wrong with those little roosters on them.

LBL: Oh, right, of course, I’ll get them.  What…

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#Brittius says ‘ Don’t Always Blame The Cop ‘ every kid wants to be ‘ Dillinger ‘ in the 1980’s in NYC there was a law passed, that toy guns were to be brightly colored, so that it could readily be identified as a non-firearm but ghetto kids wanted to be tough so painted them black and now even today kids use BB guns and some die #AceNewsDesk – @AceNewsServices

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#AceNewsReport – May.09: This is News and Views from our Ace US Reporter Brittius on this post on Monday by #KTLA and published by ourselves: SAN DIEGO: Police #killed a police 15-year-old who pointed a BB gun at officers on Saturday an investigation is underway into the incident #AceNewsDesk

#Brittius says a most tragic incident however, in the late 1980s, and early 1990s, similar incidents were occurring in New York City, and there was a law passed, that toy guns were to be brightly colored, such as fluorescent orange, or yellow, so that it could readily be identified as a non-firearm.

Then ghetto kids would want to be “bad”, and spray paint the toy, black. It led to deaths, which are justified, because #police had Reasonable Cause to Believe, the weapon was real. Many robbery men, until they procured actual stolen guns, would, obtain a toy gun…

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