Saturday, February 04, 2006

Early Spring For Springfield - Let's Hope Not

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Image: Springfield Illinois Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Tree

Dave at The11thhour recently posted an article relating how warm this winter of 2006 has been. One of the warmest on record! This unusually warm winter seems to be having an impact upon our local trees. As you can see in the photographs below several varieties of trees are already budding in the first week of February. This may seem like an innocent enough sign of an early Spring, but it also leaves trees vunerable to diseases, and damage.

It seems to suggest something is not quite right with mother nature.

Why has it been so warm lately?

I spoke to a gentleman who abides in southern Texas just last week, and he expressed concern over the high temperatures effecting his locale this early in the year.

Few of us here in the Midwest want to endure a long cold winter, and we sure hate to pay to heat our homes during the winter, but despite this desire to somehow escape winter we also must recognize that if temperatures continue to rise that agricultural production in the Midwest may suffer.

My guess is that the common cause must be global warming.

Thank goodness I don't work as a climate scientist under the Bush administration, I'd probably be unemployed already. The corrupt Bush administration, made up of oilmen, and on the take from oil interest, are currently running a campaign of intimidation of scientist at NOAA, and NASA - attempting to keep the word quite on global warming!

Try telling that to the trees!

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Photo: Horace Mann Plaza - Trees Budding In February 2006

Trees are amazing things really. Here in the Middle West people tend to take them for granted I had the opportunity recently to speak to a young gentleman from Mainland China. He expressed how concerned he was at the lack of trees in Beijing (his home town is the Capital city of China). He told me of how dusty his city has become, and that no matter how much dusting he would do before he'd leave for the day, that by the end of the day everything would be covered in dust. He felt that despite the incredible economic growth of his city in the last decade that more trees were needed to make his city a place worth living in. He very much appreciated how Springfield, Illinois has trees lining each street.

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Photo: Horace Mann Plaza Springfield IL Signs of Global Warming?

Trees provide shade, create oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, clean air of pollution, and slow winds that would otherwise turn our towns, and cities into dustbowls. They also look nice, and create a more survivable place to live. We need to pay attention to nature simply because we can't afford not to. It seems obvious that something just isn't right when trees start to bud in late January, and early February here in the Midwest.

Something doesn't seem quite right with our weather, and we all must wake up to this fact.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

ALPLM Union Station Renovation North Face

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Photo: Buzz Of Activity On The North Side Of Union Station - ALPLM - Springfield, IL

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Photo: Roofers Apply Masonry Tiles to North East Side of ALPLM Union Station

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Photo: ALPLM Springfield, Illinois January 30th 2006 Union Station Renovation

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Photo: ALPLM - Engineers and Cement Workers on Scaffolding Pour Concrete Into Cast

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Photo: Crew Pour Concrete Into Four Cylindrical Cast Along Madison Street. Springfield IL

The photographs above are just four photographs which I took recently from the ALPLM Garage. From across the street one can get a very good view of the buzz of activity on the north face of Union Station which is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation. Union Station is part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum located in downtown Springfield, Illinois.

I've been extremely impressed with the non-stop pace of activity on the Union Station Renovation, and Union Station Square Project. There have been very few days in which there hasn't been some type of progress on the project. Even on days when it was bitterly cold I have seen construction continue.

Letter to Dick Durbin - Save NASA as we knew it!

I sent the following email to Senator Dick Durbin:

Dear Senator,

A recent series of articles appearing in the New York Times revealed that the Bush administration is attempting to squelch free speech, and scientific discourse at NASA and NOAA.

It has been reported that when a "climate scientist" is asked for information about global warming at either of these agencies these scientist must obtain permission to talk with members of the press, must have PIOs present, or on the phone with them during interviews.

The scientist must provide their lecture schedules in advance to the PIOs.

This is without a doubt a scene out of Orwell's 1984!

These are scientist for goodness sake!

We pay these scientist a salary, expect them to be open, and honest with us. We want them to keep us informed - without having to fear for their jobs because of political pressures.

Now we have political officers (PIOs) being employed as censors, and being used to intimidate these climate scientist.

I have no trouble using analogies, and I will - it reminds me of the Soviet Union. Yes, the Soviet Union!

Senator, I've voted for you in every election in which I could, and I believe you are a man of honor, and a person who cares about this nation's future, and the fate of our planet Earth.

I'm no tree hugger, I'm just a working stiff, and a proud Democrat!

I must tell you that it seems as if the Bush administration is bent on the destruction of the nation I remember growing up in.

Please see what you can do about helping prevent the intimidation of scientist at NASA, NOAA, EPA, by executive branch operatives.

Sincerely, and Respectfully,

JeromeProphet - though I didn't sign it JeromeProphet.

I sure hope I get a response, as I'll post it here on this blog.
I let the Senator know that I was posting a copy of this letter to the blog.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Begin The End

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Image: Hell In Springfield, Illinois

Begin The End

By Jerome Prophet

Footsteps crash down upon the dirt.
Each step an invasion.
Each step a desecration.
Your devastation.

Waves of destruction slam the turf.
Each wave an onslaught.
Each wave Hell's wrought.
A lesson taught.

Dark messengers sweep upon Earth.
Shrieks upon the wind.
Agonies convulsed in sin.
Time to Begin.

The End.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

El Presidente Liberates NASA

Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!

El Presidente has worked tirelessly to liberate government agencies of subversive elements!. El Presidente has liberated subversive bastions such as PBS, EPA, NSA, CIA, FBI, and the Pentagon of their burden, and now El Presidente has liberated NASA!

Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!

Do not forget what El Presidente has generously taught,

"Whenever someone has the courage to speak - control them. If that doesn't work, destroy them." Instruction #148.

Nor should you overlook this further reading from El Presidente's Book of Truth,

"Scientific truth doesn't matter, and freedom of speech doesn't matter, not when oil money is involved." Instruction #243.

Scum was retrieved from the toilet of the Infamous New York Times - an article titled, Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him. For examples on what can happen to you if you fail to stay current on El Presidente's views on the fiction of global warming you may read the following excerpts:

Article Snippet:
The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists.

Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said.

El Presidente's political officers must now approve interviews, and be present when any such questions might arise about global warming. Only El Presidente's most enlightend views on the fiction of global warming must be heard!

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El Presidente must put to a stop these subversive scientist speaking without the approval of El Presidente.

More from the Traitorous NYT article:

"The fight between Dr. Hansen and administration officials echoes other recent disputes. At climate laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for example, many scientists who routinely took calls from reporters five years ago can now do so only if the interview is approved by administration officials in Washington, and then only if a public affairs officer is present or on the phone."

"All Must Speak With One Voice - And That Voice Must Be El Presidente!"

Instruction #5

Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!
Viva El Presidente!

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