Senate committee proposes less drastic budget cuts for NOAA

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:16 PM GMT on March 07, 2011

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Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives proposed a new budget (HR 1) for the remainder of the fiscal year that would slash funding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $454 million. This would mean a draconian 28% cut for the National Weather Service, the agency entrusted to protect us from natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Monday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released a proposed alternative to HR 1 that would make a $110 million reduction to NOAA operations for the remainder of the fiscal year. Of the $110 million cut, $104 million was from earmarks that are no longer funded. This effectively only cuts the NOAA budget by $6 million, and would allow NOAA to continue its efforts through the coming tornado, flood, and hurricane seasons to help protect lives and property without suffering from crippling budget cuts.

Now is the time to mobilize to ensure adequate funding for NOAA, and the National Weather Service Employees Organization issued these recommendations in a letter posted on their website today:

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Assuming the Senate adopts this proposal, the effort goes to convincing House Leadership of the important work of the NWS and fully funding NOAA. At this important stage, we ask you to contact Congressmen John Boehner and Eric Cantor and respectfully request that they support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. These congressmen hold the key to the future of the NWS.

To email or call Speaker John Boehner
http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/

To email or call Representative Eric Cantor
http://cantor.house.gov/contact/

You can also join the Protect the National Weather Service Facebook group, which was created for this cause. Our fan count is growing rapidly but we need more. We want Congress to take notice of how much support our fans have shown. Please share this message with your friends and ask them to click "like" directly on our page. We will have more information, some cool photos and interesting tidbits to share in the coming days.

Sample letters and talking points are available below. Please feel free to use these letters and also tailor them to the particular types of weather for your geographic area. The links below provide email addresses and phone numbers to help you in this effort.

Your support of the National Weather Service is greatly appreciated. You are making the difference in helping the agency continue their mission of saving lives and property. Thank you.


Dear Mr. Speaker (for Speaker John Boehner) OR
Dear Mr. Cantor (for Rep. Eric Cantor)

I am writing to ask you to support the Senate's proposal for NOAA's budget. This proposal will help NOAA and the National Weather Service continue the mission of saving lives and property.

The Senate's proposal includes responsible funding levels in stark contrast to the draconian cuts included in HR1. HR1 would have resulted in the following impacts on the National Weather Service:

* Reduced staffing at Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers would result in incomplete forecast production which could prove disastrous in a significant weather event. Even in the best of cases, it will still mean incomplete forecast production at WFOs that have major product workloads for aviation, marine, tropical and public services.

* This is going to have a negative impact on the economy and on almost every aspect of our daily lives. There will be a large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and the cost shipping food and other products.

* Service backup of 24 Weather Forecasting Offices has never been tested and runs a very significant risk of a missed tornado, flood or severe weather warning. It is risking lives at the onset of both tornadoes and hurricane season. This is also doubling the area of responsibility for operations and adds the risk of degraded service delivery.

* The National Hurricane Center is not immune to these cuts as furloughs and staffing cuts will add strain to the program. The Hurricane Hunter Jet, which provides lifesaving data and helps determine a hurricane.s path, could also be eliminated.

* Information that is vital for weather modeling and accurate tornado watches and warnings will be reduced and in some cases lost. Reduced upper air observations currently made twice a day could be reduced to once every other day. Buoy and surface weather observations, the backbone of most of the weather and warning systems, may be temporarily or permanently discontinued.

Recent advances in aviation weather forecasting have resulted in as much as a 50 percent reduction in weather related flight delays. The Senate.s proposal for funding will help progressive programs such as these continue and may, in turn, prove beneficial to strengthening the economy.
For the safety of our citizens, the protection of property, and the large scale economic impact on aviation, agriculture, and commerce, I am asking you to vote in support the Senate.s proposal for NOAA's budget.

Sincerely,
Your Name

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I encourage all of you to make your voices heard and help preserve funding for NOAA and the National Weather Service.

You can call or email your U.S. Senator using this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information /senators_cfm.cfm

You can call or email your U.S. House of Representatives member using this link: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

The National Weather Service Employees Organization web site has talking points and sample letters (printable) you can use to contact your Senators and Representative.

Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), will hold a hearing on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Whitfield have joined Democratic leaders in the U.S. House in authoring the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), a bill to block EPA’s controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak.

The hearing is open to the public and press. Opening statements, witness testimony, and a live webcast will be available online at http://energycommerce.house.gov

Jeff Masters

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Hope that mini guide helps people out...some of the best satellite imagery out there is on that website.
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Quoting Grothar:


Yes, Tom. I have to admit, your picture is much better and a lot of detail. I like mine because it imitates the style of Monet. Seriously, thanks for the link. I have never been able to find the Navy image for Africa. I have one of the Atlantic.


No problem :)

Here's the image, for those who missed it, the original pic had the wrong url







I'm gonna try to explain how you can find these images easily, so everyone can find these images. Here we go...


Here is the home page for NRL Monterey satellite imagery - http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/sat_products.html


Here's a pic of that page:

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From there, you can click anyone of those links to see a whole variety of stuff. The most interesting ones, however, are circled in the picture above. If you click "Tropical Images & Movies" circled in Orange you will be taken here:



Notice the stuff circled, you can change to every ocean basin and each basin is available in infrared color with hourly imagery.



Back to the NRL Satellite home page, if you click the "NexSat" link, circled in Yellow, you will be taken to this page



As you can see it's geared toward land sectors. It doesn't offer infrared color for each sector, however, it does for Africa, and it is hourly.







For South America colored Infrared Imagery I'd suggest this link:

http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/ramsdis/online/rm tc.asp


8 sectors over South America, Carribean, and Central America, each offering IR color, Visible, WV, Short Wave IR. Imagery is roughly hourly, except during severe weather events or tropical disturbances when it's every 3 hrs.
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Quoting TomTaylor:



YO! Get a normal infrared color, what's with that crazy color scheme lol

Here's a better pic from Nrl monterey

It's HOURLY imagery under a recognizeable, logical color scheme. I suggest everyone bookmark it, especially if you have any interest in the African wave train during the summer months.


Link


Yes, Tom. I have to admit, your picture is much better and a lot of detail. I like mine because it imitates the style of Monet. Seriously, thanks for the link. I have never been able to find the Navy image for Africa. I have one of the Atlantic.
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:
Goodnight Skye and Grothar.....sleep well :)


Nite Eyes and thanks, you too!
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Quoting Skyepony:
Grothar~ That one coming off the Arm pit (for lack of better term) of Africa...I just don't ever remember seeing anything like that this time of year.


No, not this early. I have been watching that area for years (....and don't ask how many) Remember how the waves began moving off the African coast last year, like a train?
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Goodnight Skye and Grothar.....sleep well :)
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Quoting Grothar:


You're making me post these too early Skye!! Looks like it could be an early Season. Very odd formations for this time of year.




YO! Get a normal infrared color, what's with that crazy color scheme lol

Here's a better pic from Nrl monterey




Link

It's HOURLY imagery under a recognizeable, logical color scheme. I suggest everyone bookmark it, especially if you have any interest in the African wave train during the summer months.
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165. Skyepony (Mod)
Should loop back toward Spain & Africa a bit then head back out WSW & die.
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164. Skyepony (Mod)
Grothar~ That one coming off the Arm pit (for lack of better term) of Africa...I just don't ever remember seeing anything like that this time of year.
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Quoting Skyepony:


That's that storm I said would be more impressive than the low in C Atl.. it's flooded over 200 homes in Spain & isn't done.


Which way is it moving?
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162. Skyepony (Mod)
It's flirting with a shallow warm core.. it's in ~17-18ºC SST.
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:

Actually, you didn't have to understand the language to know that was a beautiful song.....very nice....:)


It is. It is called, "If You Leave Me Now". They are very popular in Europe. Glad you liked it.
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Quoting Skyepony:
Looking at cloudsat there's some sick high cloud heights & mad rain amounts over South America & around N end of Australia.

97S went after Africa pretty quick & that blob coming off the west side of Africa is impressive..



You're making me post these too early Skye!! Looks like it could be an early Season. Very odd formations for this time of year.

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159. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting Grothar:


Skye, is that a swirl?????


That's that storm I said would be more impressive than the low in C Atl.. it's flooded over 200 homes in Spain & isn't done.
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Quoting Grothar:


Here, now you can hear what I almost sound like. LOL It's late. I don't think anyone will mind.


Actually, you didn't have to understand the language to know that was a beautiful song.....very nice....:)
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157. Skyepony (Mod)
KoritheMan ~ They canceled Missouri's statewide tornado drill over it.. moved it to Thursday.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Has anyone seen this yet?


Yes, looks like it could be very serious. They are watching another system to move in tandem into the Northeast again by midweek.
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155. Skyepony (Mod)
Looking at cloudsat there's some sick high cloud heights & mad rain amounts over South America & around N end of Australia.

97S went after Africa pretty quick & that blob coming off the west side of Africa is impressive..

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Has anyone seen this yet? From the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, OK:

SPC AC 071735

DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1135 AM CST MON MAR 07 2011

VALID 081200Z - 091200Z

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FOR ERN PARTS OF THE SRN PLAINS
TO THE LOWER/MID MS VALLEY...

...SYNOPSIS...
PROGRESSIVE UPPER-LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH DIGGING SEWD OVER THE SWRN
CONUS MONDAY MORNING WILL MOVE DOWNSTREAM ACROSS THE SRN PLAINS
DURING TUE AFTERNOON...ACCOMPANIED BY STRONG 70 KT MIDLEVEL
JET...AND THEN EJECT NEWD INTO THE MID MS VALLEY BY 09/12Z. AS THIS
OCCURS...SURFACE LOW IS FORECAST TO PROGRESS ACROSS OK THROUGH TUE
AFTERNOON...AND THEN MOVE NEWD ACROSS MO DURING THE OVERNIGHT HRS. A
MODIFIED CP AIRMASS WILL BE DRAWN NWD IN RESPONSE TO THE SURFACE
CYCLONE...BOUNDED BY A DRYLINE TRAILING SWD ACROSS TX...AND A
RETREATING WARM FRONT...WHICH IS FORECAST TO RAPIDLY LIFT NWD INTO
SRN AR BY 09/00Z.

...AR DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON...
AS THE LOW-LEVEL CYCLONE ATTENDANT TO THE UPPER TROUGH EMERGES OVER
THE SRN PLAINS...40-50 KT SLY 850 MB JET WILL DEVELOP OVER THE LWR
MS VALLEY BY LATE MORNING. THIS WILL RESULT IN ROBUST LOW-LEVEL
WAA/MOISTURE ADVECTION ABOVE A STABLE BOUNDARY LAYER
AIRMASS...AIDING IN DESTABILIZATION AND MUCAPE VALUES NEAR 500 J/KG
ACROSS AR AS MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES STEEPEN TO 7.0-7.5 C/KM. GIVEN
SWLY 500 MB FLOW INCREASING TO 60 KT COMBINED WITH DEEPENING FREE
CONVECTIVE LAYER...EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR VALUES NEAR 40 KT APPEAR
PROBABLE...WHICH MAY SUPPORT MARGINALLY SVR HAIL ACROSS AR THROUGH
MID AFTERNOON.

...ERN OK/NERN TX EWD TO OZARKS/MID SOUTH...
FARTHER W...NARROW WEDGE OF MID TO UPR 50S DEWPOINTS ARE FORECAST TO
ADVECT NWD BENEATH A PLUME OF STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES OVER
CNTRL/ERN OK BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. MEANWHILE...A ZONE OF STEEP
LOW-LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL DEVELOP NEWD ACROSS SWRN OK BEHIND THE
DRYLINE AND AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT OVER W-CNTRL AND N-CNTRL OK. THIS
SHOULD PROVE SUFFICIENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CORRIDOR OF MLCAPE
VALUES FROM 500-1000 J/KG. STRONGEST LOW-LEVEL CONVERGENCE IS
EXPECTED FROM THE TRIPLE POINT N-NEWD ALONG THE COLD FRONT OVER
N-CNTRL/NERN OK...WHICH WILL AID IN THUNDERSTORM INITIATION DURING
THE AFTERNOON. DUE TO AN INCREASINGLY NARROW ZONE OF INSTABILITY
WITH NWD EXTENT...STORMS MAY STRUGGLE TO PERSIST N OF I-40.
HOWEVER...A STRONGLY SHEARED ENVIRONMENT JUXTAPOSED WITH STEEP
MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES MAY FAVOR A FEW SVR STORMS PRODUCING LARGE HAIL
AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

FARTHER S ALONG THE DRYLINE OVER SERN OK/NERN TX...FORCING FOR
ASCENT WILL BE WEAKER...WHICH MAY DELAY INITIATION UNTIL LATE
AFTERNOON. THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INITIALLY DISCRETE CONVECTIVE
MODE...COMBINED WITH INCREASING DOWNSTREAM DESTABILIZATION...WILL
FAVOR LONGER-LIVED STORMS...LIKELY SUPERCELLS GIVEN STRONG DEEP
LAYER SHEAR /0-6 KM BULK SHEAR AOA 60 KT/ SPREADING ACROSS THE
DRYLINE. THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD MOVE QUICKLY E-NEWD INTO AN EXPANDING
WARM SECTOR OVER NRN LA AND SRN AR...AND WILL POSE A THREAT FOR
LARGE HAIL/DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES.

THE FORECAST POSITION OF THE WARM FRONT IS NOT CERTAIN ATTM DUE TO
THE POTENTIAL FOR PERSISTENT CONVECTION AND SUBSEQUENT COLD POOL
REINFORCEMENT. HOWEVER...ADDITIONAL STORM DEVELOPMENT WILL BE
POSSIBLE ALONG THE BOUNDARY OVER AR GIVEN A FAVORABLE ORIENTATION OF
THE LLJ ACROSS THE FRONT...AIDING IN MESOSCALE ASCENT. LOW-LEVEL
VERTICAL WIND SHEAR WILL BE QUITE STRONG /EFFECTIVE SRH VALUES IN
EXCESS OF 300 M2 S-2/ OVER SRN AR/NRN LA...AND WILL FAVOR A FEW
TORNADIC STORMS /POSSIBLY PRODUCING STRONG TORNADOES/ ASSOCIATED
WITH EITHER THE ACTIVITY MOVING OUT OF SERN OK/NERN TX...OR NEW
DEVELOPMENT INVOF THE WARM FRONT. OVERNIGHT...THE UPPER TROUGH AND
SURFACE COLD FRONT WILL PROGRESS ACROSS AR AND SRN MO. INCREASING
LINEAR FORCING FOR ASCENT WILL FAVOR A TRANSITION TO A QUASI-LINEAR
CONVECTIVE MODE...POSING A CONTINUED THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND
TORNADOES.

...E TX AND LOWER MS VALLEY...
FARTHER S OVER ERN TX...THUNDERSTORM INITIATION IS SOMEWHAT IN
QUESTION GIVEN A PERSISTENT CAP NOTED IN MODEL FORECAST SOUNDINGS.
HOWEVER...IF A FEW STORMS MANAGE TO DEVELOP...THE POTENTIAL WILL
EXIST FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. OVER LA/MS...STRONG UPPER
DIVERGENCE/LARGE-SCALE ASCENT IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP FROM SRN LA
ACROSS SWRN MS. THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO FORM WITHIN THIS
REGIME BY LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH THE NIGHT...FOCUSED ALONG AND AHEAD
OF A SW-NE ORIENTED LOW-LEVEL CONVERGENCE ZONE...AS WELL AS ALONG
THE SRN EXTENSION OF THE WARM FRONT. A VERY MOIST BOUNDARY LAYER
/SURFACE DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S/ AND MODERATELY STEEP MIDLEVEL
LAPSE RATES WILL SUPPORT MLCAPE VALUES AROUND 1000 J/KG. IN
ADDITION...STRONG VERTICAL WIND SHEAR PROFILES WILL BE IN
PLACE...WITH EFFECTIVE SRH NEAR 400 M2 S-2 /PARTICULARLY NEAR THE
WARM FRONT/. THE STRONGLY SHEARED AND MOIST ENVIRONMENT WILL FAVOR
SUPERCELLS POSING A THREAT FOR TORNADOES /POSSIBLY SIGNIFICANT
/ AND
DAMAGING WINDS.

..GARNER/EDWARDS.. 03/07/2011
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:


Hmmmm.....sounds like a trick to me......lol...:0


Here, now you can hear what I almost sound like. LOL It's late. I don't think anyone will mind.

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Quoting Grothar:


I do not speak any Scottish, but how about a nice pleasant little Swedish song from a very popular Swedish couple?


Hmmmm.....sounds like a trick to me......lol...:0
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Quoting Skyepony:


Skye, is that a swirl?????
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150. Skyepony (Mod)
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:


Well, lets see....maybe a little ditty in Scottish...


I do not speak any Scottish, but how about a nice pleasant little Swedish song from a very popular Swedish couple?
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148. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting Jedkins01:
If Rick Scott removes Florida Forever, I seriously think he should be impeached, that's just horrible. Florida is already overdeveloped, how much more land must be destroyed? Good Lord


Land taxpayers payed alot for during the boons to keep it from getting developed so now we can sell it off during this bust of a real estate market? This pitch that it is costing the state is crap. Land is a resource that the state makes money off of (public & private sectors). Someone is going to profit big & it isn't the Average Joe that payed the taxes that bought it in the first place.

That prank call to the Wisconsin Gov, Where he thought he was taking to Koch.. He mentioned scott~ gave a glimpse of what we are in for in FL. Wonder if he'll be trying to sell/lease off our energy plants, no bid..like Walker is trying to pass. Certainly killed highspeed rail.. sold our planes.

Guess who scott appointed to oversee the state department charged with managing growth? Billy Buzzett, vice president of the St. Joe Co., one of Florida's largest land development companies... There's plans for closing 53 parks..maybe even selling some.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


I've noticed that... You act as a Blog facilitator...


I think some might use another word, LOL but thank you for that.
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Quoting Grothar:


Perhaps, now you know why I never become angry at anyone. I understand human nature too well. LOL Cultures who learn to to find the commonality of purpose to bind them, rather than what separates them, always prosper. Perhaps one day we shall be there. A little motto which I always try to remember:

We not what we should be; we are not what we are going to be; but at least we are not what we were.


I've noticed that... You act as a Blog facilitator...

"An individual who enables groups and organizations to work more effectively; to collaborate and achieve synergy"
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Quoting Grothar:


Since the blog is quiet, EYES, what would you like to hear?


Well, lets see....maybe a little ditty in Scottish...
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Quoting EYEStoSEA:
Hey Grothar...are you singing for us ?


Since the blog is quiet, EYES, what would you like to hear?
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Sorry, man... bout my asking cause I found out why...

Visited your page and it says why....

Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Language Studies





Perhaps, now you know why I never become angry at anyone. I understand human nature too well. LOL Cultures who learn to to find the commonality of purpose to bind them, rather than what separates them, always prosper. Perhaps one day we shall be there. A little motto which I always try to remember:

We not what we should be; we are not what we are going to be; but at least we are not what we were.
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Quoting Grothar:


8


Sorry, man... bout my asking cause I found out why...

Visited your page and it says why....

-Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Language Studies

My wife and I visited Europe once and wish we could go again...

Well, good nite all...



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Quoting sunlinepr:


Excellent 8 languages
I wish I could learn another one... Maybe portuguese due to the similarity with Spanish... Though the popular one now is Mandarin...

Either you did a lot of travel while being in the army...
You have to live quite some time in different countries to absorb their language...
Or the other possibility is that you studied languages... : )


Born in the US, but lived and educated mostly in Europe and also here as well. Both my parents spoke several languages. Yes, we traveled quite a bit and my work has taken me all over the world.
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Read this page, and you'll see why I'm mad at Rick Scott:
Link
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Quoting Grothar:


8


Excellent 8 languages
I wish I could learn another one... Maybe portuguese due to the similarity with Spanish... Though the popular one now is Mandarin...

Either you did a lot of travel while being in the army...
You have to live quite some time in different countries to absorb their language...
Or the other possibility is that you studied languages... : )
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


And to help pay down that beast, the highest tax bracket was 90%. Yet somehow our country managed to survive and prosper.

Go figure.


And prosper we did.
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If Rick Scott removes Florida Forever, and cuts other Florida Conservation efforts, that's just horrible. Florida is already overdeveloped, how much more land must be destroyed? Good Lord

I knew Rick Scott was going to be nothing but trouble for our state, good thing I didn't vote for him.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Pues resulta que en el Caribe hay todo tipo de culturas conviviendo. Ej. St. Marteen (Francesa y Holandesa). Aqui en PR, habian familias Alemanas que vinieron huyendo durante la guerra y se establecieron aqui.
Excelente acentuacion en tu comentario...
Dime Grothar, cuantos idiomas dominas... 4??


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Quoting JRRP:

si pero por ahora el mayor riesgo es la zona norte


Did you know that some of the Tsunami buoys are located 50-100 miles north of the islands. If a big quake happens 20 miles north, the Tsunami alert will come after it hits the northen coast...

En Los simulacros no nos dicen eso...
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134. JLPR2
Oh, before I go. Has there been some kind of agreement to prevent the closing of the government next week?
Not seen anything of that for awhile...
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Hey Grothar...are you singing for us ?
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131. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting spathy:


Thanks Sky.
I understand that.
I know its way oversimplification.
But a Gov that does too much does NOTHING WELL.
Get our fiscal health in order and we can fund the important things.
THE United States of America is BROKE financially.
What will the bouy situation look like when the Gov collapses?
This is a serious situation we are facing.
This is not the debt of the past.
We have gone too far.
I pray that the Bouy shortages are the least of what we have to suffer on a long climb out of this hole.
Sadly I dont think thats the case.


My argument is this is one of those important things.. This is life & property. It's killing more Americans than terrorists & we are spending $663.8 billion there. That's ~1/2 our deficit & a large creator of the deficit. Why no mention to cut that? NOAA is asking for $4.4billion. NOAA spending saves us money in both the public & private sector.. It's money invested, not squandered.

Not to mention it erks me..Cutting NOAA will only make the new business of mega-disasters more profitable, at the cost of the average Joe. It's disturbing how many of these cuts are in big businesses favor.. One example (& there is more) the funding of PBS is a tiny bit of a drop but this nation's only media without the big business ties & agenda left...house wants it gone.

They won't cut the military cause then we'd be forced to pay closer to the true cost of fossil fuels...it would kill the notion they are cheaper than any alternative.
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Quoting Grothar:


Cmo sabes que hablan holands y alemn?

I am always surprised on this blog with the amount of talent on here.


Pues resulta que en el Caribe hay todo tipo de culturas conviviendo. Ej. St. Marteen (Francesa y Holandesa). Aqui en PR, habian familias Alemanas que vinieron huyendo durante la guerra y se establecieron aqui.
Excelente acentuacion en tu comentario...
Dime Grothar, cuantos idiomas dominas... 4??
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Quoting Grothar:
After World War II, the national debt stood at approximately 121% of the GNP.


And to help pay down that beast, the highest tax bracket was 90%. Yet somehow our country managed to survive and prosper.

Go figure.
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128. JRRP
Quoting sunlinepr:


Espero que no, pues Si ocurre en el Este, habra Tsunami para ambas islas...




si pero por ahora el mayor riesgo es la zona norte
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Quoting Skyepony:
Jeff~ As politically torn up as this blog entry is going to be.. thanks for posting it. Had seen the cry from NWS about the House version. Hoped you'd prod us when it was the time to act.


Spathy~ the house cuts would end with rolling 27days closures of all the NWS offices. Soundings every other day if at all.. that's 3rd world man.. When Bush was in office he pulled those weather blackouts. Every time anything interesting was trying to spin up the buoys in that area if not all of them.. the data suddenly was inaccessible. It was horrible. A whole season with no buoys would be unimaginable. Add no Hurricane Hunters & we would only be able to guess by satellite what is about to hit us & the where wouldn't be as accurate. Without maintenance we'd be losing an investment that was meant to continue on for generations. We've already lost Quikscat.. the satellites are aging. Data about surface winds are scarce these days. NOAA budget is a drop compared to military. More people are dying of foul weather than terrorists. This is also one of those areas where we are buying a pound of prevention instead of increasing the already $11billion set aside for potential disaster.


3rd World? We're heading in the right direction. We've fallen behind in education, health, science, and infrastructure. But we've got the strongest military.

We're becoming the modern day Sparta.
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126. JRRP
Quoting JLPR2:


Yeah, I read that a little while ago and that would be terrible, I really hope they are wrong.
By the way a friend of mine is running for Miss Dominican Republic universe. :D Going to see what happens tomorrow.


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Quoting iceagecoming:
Maine’s green future debatedGovernor wants rules streamlined; foes see assault on environment.

In New Jersey, to similar outrage from environmentalists, Governor Chris Christie previously introduced many of the same proposals put forth by LePage: establishing a fast track to approval for development proposals, shifting authority from environmental boards to administrative judges, and prohibiting state standards that are stricter than federal regulations.

Florida’s new governor, Rick Scott, used his recent budget recommendations to eliminate funding for the state’s land conservation program, Florida Forever, and to drastically downsize the state agency in charge of managing sprawl, the Department of Community Affairs, by slashing its budget from $779 million to $110 million, according to Sarah Bucci, a field associate with the advocacy group Environment Florida


http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/articles/20 11/03/07/maine_governors_budget_would_drop_many_gr een_rules/


Link



http://www.envirowiki.info/List_of_anti-nuclear_p rotests_in_the_United_States


UGhh sick, I new Rick Scott and his obsession with massive business would cast aside land conservation. Heck, wouldn't be surprised id he starts paying money for business incentive to take over pristine wilderness in Florida.
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124. JLPR2
I feel alone and ignored... :(

I'm going to crawl under my rock and return in June. XD

Later!
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Politics and religion.......the 2 subjects ya just shouldn't bring up on here.......never works out...tempers flaring, BP"s rising,....it's just to close to bedtime for all that....;)
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