February 2008 Southwest Climate Outlook
The February Southwest Climate Outlook is online. This month’s outlook provides recent drought conditions and the latest seasonal forecasts. The feature article is entitled “New streamflow forecasts for expert users.”
You can both view the latest Southwest Climate Outlook in html format or view the printer-friendly PDF file at: http://www.climas.arizona.edu/forecasts/swoutlook.html
Highlights from the February 2008 Outlook
Drought – Wet conditions in December and January have resulted in marked improvements in short-term drought across Arizona. New Mexico has missed many of these storms with most of the southeastern corner of the state only observing 25 percent of average precipitation in the past thirty days.
Temperature – Temperatures have generally been below-average across most of Arizona and northern New Mexico over the past thirty days. Southeast New Mexico has been relatively warm, with temperatures measuring above-average for the same period.
Precipitation – Much of Arizona and northern New Mexico observed very wet conditions over the past thirty days with many locations reporting 150 to 200 percent of average. Southeastern Arizona and much of southern New Mexico have been drier, with less than 100 percent of average precipitation observed.
ENSO – La Niña conditions strengthened this past month with sea surface temperatures over 2 degrees Celsius below-average in the central Pacific Ocean and the Southern Oscillation Index falling to -1.9 by the end of January. Forecasts indicate a strong likelihood that La Niña conditions will persist into the spring.
Climate Forecasts – Seasonal climate forecasts continue to project dry and warm conditions across the Southwest into the spring. The La Niña event is to blame for the below-average precipitation forecast and for the above-average temperature forecast.
The Bottom Line – Wet conditions across much of Arizona continued into January due to a persistent storm track . Southeast Arizona and much of southern New Mexico has missed out on the precipitation from these recent storms. This has prompted an expansion of abnormally dry drought status across the region on the National Drought Monitor. The current La Niña event is expected to persist into the spring.
Kristen E. Nelson
Institute for the Study of Planet Earth
715 N. Park Ave., 2nd Floor
Tucson, AZ 85721
AP gets FISA, wiretapping authority wrong again
An AP article falsely suggested that the U.S. government does not currently have the authority to “eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mails of suspected terrorists.” The article also claimed, “The Senate has already passed its version of the measure to renew the law, which expired Feb. 16.” In fact, what expired on February 16 was the Protect America Act’s revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; the federal government still has the authority under FISA to listen in on the communications of suspected terrorists. The AP made similar false suggestions in a January report.
Up to 70% of US aid to Pakistan ‘misspent’
27 Feb 2008
America’s massive military aid package to Pakistan has come under scrutiny after allegations that as much as 70% of $5.4bn in assistance has been misspent. Since 2002, the US has paid the operating costs of Pakistan’s military operations in the tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban and al-Qaida fighters are sheltering. Pakistan provides over 100,000 troops and directs the fight; the US foots the bill for food, fuel, ammunition and maintenance. The cash payments [bribes] — averaging $80m a month — have been a cornerstone of US support for President Pervez Musharraf.
From: CLG News
The Truth About Lying
Source: Gawker.com, February 14, 2008
Gawker.com, the media gossip blog, recently had a testy exchange with Richard Edelman, CEO of the giant Edelman public relations firm, after Gawker published an item which quoted an unnamed Edelman employee who reportedly advised a client, “Sometimes, you just have to stand up there and lie. Make the audience or the reporter believe that everything is ok.” Richard Edelman responded by telling Gawker that the report was “completely false and needs to be taken down. You bet we take ethics seriously.” This in turn prompted a rejoinder from Gawker blogger Hamilton Nolan, who retorted that Edelman himself had been dishonest about the nature of his company’s work for Wal-Mart. “You lied and said that the 100% company-controlled Astroturf group ‘Working Families for Wal-Mart’ was ‘A real group of people, as far as I know,’” Nolan stated. “I made the case that that was a blatant lie when I was at PRWeek, and I still believe it.” Nolan also pointed to a detailed report in New Yorker magazine, which detailed Edelman’s work for Wal-Mart, including its effort to “co-opt liberals” with the help of former environmentalist turned PR pro Leslie Dachs.
Why do McCain, Obama and Clinton Want a Bigger Military?
Leaver is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He said today: “Obama and Clinton have both talked about cutting some wasteful systems but both have also talked about increasing the size of the military — a far more costly endeavor. So any of those savings will be dwarfed by troop increases. Obama wants to increase the size of the military by about 90,000 troops. McCain wants 150,000 additional troops.”
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
Massive War Spending, the Economy, and the Budget
The CRS has released a report indicating that, to date, $700 billion has been appropriated for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, http://www.ombwatch.org/article/blogs/entry/4636/2 and if the rest of the president’s FY 2008 request is fulfilled, that number will jump to over $800 billion.
The extreme costs of these wars is not going unnoticed by Americans.
In fact, amid the economic uncertainty of late, some 68 percent of Americans think that a pullout from Iraq would fix the country’s economic problems.
And as war costs continue their march to the $1 trillion mark and Bush’s unprecedented war-time tax cuts continue to drain resources from the Treasury, the relative size of the gross federal debt continues its stride toward besting a 50-year record set in 1996.
OMB Watch Fiscal Policy Program www.ombwatch.org
IS IRAN WINNING THE WAR IN IRAQ?
By Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation
Washington’s decision to topple Saddam’s government has put in place a ruling elite that is far closer to Iran than it is to the United States.
George W. Bush’s Resumé: This individual seeks an executive position. He will be available in January 2009…
Global Research, February 5, 2008
This individual seeks an executive position. He will be available in January 2009, and is willing (and hopeful) to relocate.
GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington , DC 20520
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
· I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pleaded guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver’s license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been ‘lost’ and is not available.
· I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam .
· I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
Past Work Experience:
· I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
· I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn’t find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
· I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
· With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.
Accomplishments As Governor Of Texas:
· I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
· I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
· I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
· With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father’s appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.
Accomplishments As President (with 4 3 5 Notable Firsts):
· I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
· I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
· I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
· I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
· I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
· I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
· I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.
· I’m proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My ‘poorest millionaire, ‘ Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
· I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
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And now for the important news ….
By Argus Hamilton
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton told reporters backstage Sunday she has two boyfriends in her life. She lives with both of them under one roof. It’s perfectly legal in California as long as you pay a twenty-five dollar fee for the extra baggage.
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