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Record CO2 Levels Signal Sizzling Summers

As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches a historic high point that could continue for a lifetime, summer temperatures are also heading toward record levels.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE


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These Days of Mild U.S. Weather Will Not Last

Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 READ MORE

The Real Reason the Amtrak Train Derailed

The blood of the people who died in the Amtrak accident Wednesday is on all our hands; new research explains why people tend to be healthier during summer; meanwhile, Kim Jong-Un has executed his defense minister for falling asleep during military rallies, among other reasons. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Arctic Summer

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 ENLARGE

Summer 2013

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 ENLARGE

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Temporary Relief in Sight From Soaring Temperatures

A heat wave that has seen weather services predict temperatures in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit in some Northeastern and Midwest states was predicted to abate, at least briefly, via severe thunderstorms in some regions over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE

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New York City’s Summers May Heat Up

Cities are liable to heat up much more than open countryside as the climate warms, and in the case of New York City, this could mean a big increase in heat-related deaths.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Apr 29, 2013 ENLARGE

Fatter and Dumber

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 ENLARGE

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The Games Begin in Beijing

With plenty of pomp and pageantry (not to mention some serious pyrotechnics)—and with auspicious figures like President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in attendance—the Olympic Summer Games kicked off in Beijing on Friday.

Posted on Aug 8, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher’s Summer Vacation

The “Real Time” host returns with a look back on the summer, full of the usual barbs like this gem about the Democrats’ FISA capitulation: “Yes the Democrats in Congress took advantage of a deeply unpopular lame duck president by caving into his every whim and agreeing to allow the attorney general to spy on Americans without a warrant.”

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Not Your Father’s Heat Wave

While it may be frowned upon to discuss the weather, in this age of global warming it’s worth noting that the current heat wave is expected to break records throughout the western United States. Boise, Idaho, for instance, is about to be 6 degrees hotter than ever, while the town of Baker, Calif., which conveniently possesses a 134-foot-tall thermometer, recently topped off at 125 degrees. Can the ice caps be far behind?

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE

Stew and Camus

Stewart Finds Supreme Irony in Bush’s Vacation Reading

Noting that President Bush read Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” during his break, Stewart gave a quick primer on the book that will leave you guffawing.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Heat Wave Kills 140 Californians

About 140 Californians died last month from a severe heat wave, the most casualties since 1955, when air conditioning became widespread.  Officials were left scrambling to explain the inordinately high number of deaths, unusual for a place where people are used to the summer heat.

Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE

Rob Courdry

Rob Courdry Takes On Hamas Summer Camp

“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Courdry shines a biting satirical spotlight on the terrorist group Hamas’ summer camp in Gaza, where “Palestinian children gather in mosques for religious education and paramilitary training.” Apparently, for Gaza children with special needs, there’s also a religious education and paramilitary training fat camp.

  • Read the S.F. Chronicle story behind this satire.

  • Posted on Aug 1, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Jesus Camp

    God’s Army of 6-Year-Olds

    A prize-winning documentary called “Jesus Camp” chronicles the experiences of children as young as 6 who attend a summer camp to become the next Billy Graham. Truly sickening scene from the trailer: An adult pastor thunders at the children: “Had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death…. Warlocks are enemies of God.”

  • Unofficial trailer
  • American Prospect article on the phenomenon
  • Interview with the ‘Harry Potter’ pastor
  • Synopsis of the film

  • Posted on Jun 12, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Army Corps of Engineers Calls Chocolate City Unfeasible

    “The last thing you want is a city that a bunch of hungry drunks are going to eat.”

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE

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