It was a secret, but now it is public. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin-1st) has revealed his plan to balance to budget and eliminate the national debt------- privatize Social Security and eliminate Medicare. Seriously. The sad part of this is that Ryan and the Republicans are still working on the same ideas they used during the Bush administration. Senior citizens and those of us who are middle aged need to nip this plan in the bud. If you'd like to contact Paul Ryan and share your opinion of his cockamamie idea, check out his web page here.
* This is for the morons that say that the huge amounts of snow disprove global warming.
...There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm. As the meteorologist Jeff Masters points out in his excellent blog at Weather Underground, the two major storms that hit Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this winter - in December and during the first weekend of February - are already among the 10 heaviest snowfalls those cities have ever recorded. The chance of that happening in the same winter is incredibly unlikely.
But there have been hints that it was coming. The 2009 U.S. Climate Impacts Report found that large-scale cold-weather storm systems have gradually tracked to the north in the U.S. over the past 50 years. While the frequency of storms in the middle latitudes has decreased as the climate has warmed, the intensity of those storms has increased. That's in part because of global warming - hotter air can hold more moisture, so when a storm gathers it can unleash massive amounts of snow. Colder air, by contrast, is drier; if we were in a truly vicious cold snap, like the one that occurred over much of the East Coast during parts of January, we would be unlikely to see heavy snowfall....