Next Ice Age delayed by Global Warming

Humans are putting the brakes on the next ice age, according to the most extensive study to date on Arctic climate change.

Previously, researchers had looked at Arctic temperature data that went back just 400 years. (See photos of how climate change is transforming the Arctic.)
That research showed a temperature spike in the 20th century, but it was unclear whether human-caused greenhouse gas emissions or natural variability was the culprit, noted study co-author Gifford Miller of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
By looking even farther back in time, Miller and colleagues’ newest study reveals that the 20th century’s abrupt warming in fact interrupted millennia of steady cooling.

This suggests that the Fallen Angels idea of Pournelle,Niven and Flynn may not be that inaccurate, after all. (In the novel, extreme efforts at stopping global warming results in an Ice Age instead). However, I think we’ve gone so far into global warming that even if we stopped pumping CO2 into the atmosphere today (impossible, unless we all were transported off the planet en masse), the climate change we have wrought would still take decades, if not a century, to still run.
This report is NOT an excuse and a justification to stop doing anything about global climate change. It DOES give me, though, yet again, another SF novel idea…

My congresswoman. Again.

In a fiery speech that had her conservative Colorado audience cheering, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann railed against the dangers of health care reform and other Democratic initiatives, warning the proposals “have the strength to destroy this country forever.”
“This cannot pass,” the Minnesota Republican told a crowd at a Denver gathering sponsored by the Independence Institute. “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this doesn’t pass.”
“Something is way crazy out there,” Bachmann said in her remarks, billed as a “personal legislative briefing” by the Golden-based Independence Institute, which bills itself as a “free market think tank.”

My congresswoman, ladies and gentlemen.
I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again. As inexperienced as I would be, if you put me in her office tomorrow as the Representative for my district, I think I could do a better job.
Frak that. I KNOW I could.

Disney buys Marvel

Old news by now, but you’ve heard that Disney is going to buy Marvel comics for $4 billion.
If Marvel shareholders approve the deal, they would receive $30 per share in cash and 0.745 shares of Disney for each share of Marvel that they hold. The deal is valued at $50 per Marvel share, more than a 29% premium, based on Friday’s closing price
It’s a sweet deal for Disney, but I am not sure its the right move for Marvel, creatively and aesthetically speaking But then, I don’t run Marvel and my opinion has little $$$weight$$$ in the matter.