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camille-and-katrina.jpgJust the name alone brings back bad memories.  Growing up in South Louisiana the two Hurricanes that have always stuck out in memory, before Katrina, was Camille and Betsy.  Camille always being spoken of by my older relatives as being the worst Hurricane in memory. Today being the anniversary of Camille, which happened in 1969, I decided to take a look and see how the reality of that storm compared to what little I remember of it.  The first thing I notice is the tract of Katrina is almost identical to Camille as far as landfall.  The picture of the two side by side tells a different story.  Katrina was massive but was not as strong as far as wind speed and barometric pressure goes.  At landfall Katrina was a category 3 with wind speed of 175 mph, barometric pressure of 920 mb., Camille was a category 5 with wind speed of 195 mph and a barometric pressure of 909 mb.  Camille was the second of three category 5 hurricanes in 1969 and it did not only affect the Gulfcamille-1969-track.png coast, it caused flooding and deaths as far north as the Appalachian Mountains and Virginia.  Camille caused $1.42 billion in damage, the equivalent of $9.14 billion in the year 2005.  Camille killed at least 259 people.  While for a lot of people, not all, Camille is just a memory but Katrina is a scar.  The Weather ChannelHurricane Camille Image Gallery 

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Download Wallpaper size Photos of Desert Landscapes at National Geographic

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If you want to check out some really awesome Aurora Photos here is a link to the December 2006 Gallery

global-warming.jpg“The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in. The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand.”

Freeman Dyson a Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton writes on how technology causes political problems.  He makes perfect sense in a simple statement that you have to agree with, if you have half a brain.  “The public doesn’t have much use for a scientist who says, Sorry, but we don’t know.”   We want  Scientist to provide us with the answers and we tend to believe scientist who have sound confident answers to our questions.  I doubt a scientist that says “I don’t know” would get much respect, nor would he receive any grant money for any research.  If he failed to show results for the work he had been doing,  his future grants would look pretty bleak also.  This is just my own cynical ramblings about how little I trust anyone, business or corporation because I know the world worships the all mighty dollar.  My ramblings do not have a whole lot to do with the professors article, his article is pretty informative about some over looked facts on global warming.  Some I agree with some I do not and some I just don’t even want to consider but it is a good think piece. I suggest you read it, even if you are tired of all this global warming crap.  Edge

hummingbird.jpgI’m sure you have an idea and you are probably right.  They smell to attract insects, bats and hummingbirds for pollination.  Some plants smell as a defensive warning to animals who would eat them otherwise. Science Daily