So, is Saturn suffering from global warming, too?

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Need an umbrella?

**Posted by Phineas

Among the many hypothetical, not-borne-out-by-facts claims made by global warming cultists is that, as the carbon dioxide we’re spewing into the atmosphere causes the temperature to rise (which it isn’t), the Earth will see larger and more violent storms. (Ooops…)

So, does this mean normally placid Saturn is experiencing global warming? Probably not, but it’s still a mighty impressive storm:

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope are tracking the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn’s northern hemisphere so powerful that it stretches around the entire planet. The rare storm has been wreaking havoc for months and shooting plumes of gas high into the planet’s atmosphere.

“Nothing on Earth comes close to this powerful storm,” says Leigh Fletcher, a Cassini team scientist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and lead author of a study that appeared in this week’s edition of Science Magazine. “A storm like this is rare. This is only the sixth one to be recorded since 1876, and the last was way back in 1990.”

Cassini’s radio and plasma wave science instrument first detected the large disturbance in December 2010, and amateur astronomers have been watching it ever since through backyard telescopes. As it rapidly expanded, the storm’s core developed into a giant, powerful thunderstorm, producing a 3,000-mile-wide (5,000-kilometer-wide) dark vortex possibly similar to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

To give you some perspective, that storm is bigger than the entire Earth (1).

Events like this remind us of how wondrous and awesome (in the literal sense of the words) the universe beyond our little floating rock truly is.

(1) Be honest, Gaea cultists; deep inside, in your heart-of-green-hearts, you’d be thrilled if something like this happened here to punish Man for his treason against the Earth.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Netanyahu vs. Obama: Who’s dissin’ who?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu schooled (hat tip) our celebrity President yesterday with a bit of a history lesson on why Obama’s call for Israel to return to the 1967 borders is unacceptable. Allahpundit sets the stage:

Normally these Oval Office grip-and-grins begin with a few minutes of blah-blah from the president about America’s enduring bond with the other leader’s country, followed by a minute or so from that leader about the “productive discussion” they just had, and that’s it. Not this time: Netanyahu takes off here for a good seven minutes, parts of which are so cutting — the conclusion about history not giving the Jewish people another chance is simply devastating — that it’s hard to believe it was extemporaneous. In fact, by the end he’s facing Obama and addressing him personally, just to add to the theater. Bibi knew this would be his golden opportunity to pay Obama back for yesterday’s speech, and darned if he didn’t seize it. It’s riveting.

Indeed. You can watch the video at that same link.

In response to Netanyahu’s direct addressing of Obama, some prominent “friends of Israel” – some on the left and a few on the right – are ‘disturbed’ by the so-called level of “disrespect” shown to our President. Seriously? AmSpec’s Aaron Goldstein zings Netanyahu’s critics here:

If anyone is guilty of disrespect it is Obama towards Netanyahu. It was just over a year ago when Obama had Netanyahu over at the White House to dress him down over the settlements and to add insult to injury he told the Israeli Prime Minister to show himself out. And now this broadside?

As I have noted here, in a matter of seconds, President Obama went from stating the United States could not impose peace to demanding that Israel retreat to the armistice lines of the 1948-1949 Israeli War of Independence. Under the circumstances, Prime Minister Netanyahu would have certainly been taken aback. He is fully within his right to demand an explanation from Obama on behalf of the people of Israel.

Absolutely. And Netanyahu simply should not be blamed for the “smartest President evah™!!!”‘s oft-demonstrated gross ignorance of history,especially when it comes to the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian stand-off.