Siberia is melting…..

From New Scientist

THE world’s largest frozen peat bog is melting. An area stretching for a million square kilometres across the permafrost of western Siberia is turning into a mass of shallow lakes as the ground melts, according to Russian researchers just back from the region.
The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany combined could unleash billions of tonnes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
The news of the dramatic transformation of one of the world’s least visited landscapes comes from Sergei Kirpotin, a botanist at Tomsk State University, Russia, and Judith Marquand at the University of Oxford.
Kirpotin describes an “ecological landslide that is probably irreversible and is undoubtedly connected to climatic warming”. He says that the entire western Siberian sub-Arctic region has begun to melt, and this “has all happened in the last three or four years”…..
Siberia’s peat bogs formed around 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. Since then they have been generating methane, most of which has been trapped within the permafrost, and sometimes deeper in ice-like structures known as clathrates. Larry Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates that the west Siberian bog alone contains some 70 billion tonnes of methane, a quarter of all the methane stored on the land surface worldwide.
His colleague Karen Frey says if the bogs dry out as they warm, the methane will oxidise and escape into the air as carbon dioxide. But if the bogs remain wet, as is the case in western Siberia today, then the methane will be released straight into the atmosphere. Methane is 20 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.

Sightings perform at the Beach in LIC

When: Friday 8-12 at 8pm
Who: Monotract, Metalux, and Sightings
Where: THE BEACH at the HuntersPoint Water TaxiStation
SW Corner of 2nd St & Borden Ave | LIC, Queens
G-21st Van Alst, 7-Vernon Jackson
How Much: 6 bucks
From Todd P’s website:

The Beach is OUTSIDE – it’s pretty much a waterfront palapa / sand-covered temporary watering hole / backyard grill / beach volleyball court / experimental temporary autonomous art project experience ‚Äì right on the East River waterfront and directly across the East River from Midtown Manhattan in Long Island City, Queens. The city view is unreal/beautiful, the beer cold. Froofy tropical drinks, cheap elk burgers, fish tacos, and pork kielbasa from the grill + vegan stuff.
** CHEAP **$2** 24-OUNCE PBR! **

Find out more here.
Also Tonight:
Triple Crown
N. 11th and Bedford, Brooklyn, NY.
When: 9-11pm

Two-hour open bar courtesy of Red Stripe and Smirnoff. Album release party for the third volume of Triple 5 Soul Sessions at Triple Crown. On the decks for the night will be Waajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers/Bling 47), Blu Jemz (Money Studies/Turntable Lab), Lindsey (Negroclash/Triple Crown) and DJ Myles (Triple Crown). Plus cd giveaways. Free entry with RSVP at [email protected]

Wingnut Crunch

Because even Right Wing douchebags love ice cream. See the full assortment of flavors (including Ara-Fat Free and
Candy McCain) here:

Clap Your Hands Say David Byrne

image care of Brooklyn Vegan
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were amazing last night at the South Street Seaport’s free show. David Byrne even showed up to see this new “it” band. He must have caught wind of the comparisons being made about The Talking Heads and CYHSY. Highlight of the night was a song we’d never heard before with a catchy singalong chorus all about our good friend Satan. Can’t wait to hear it on an upcoming release. We look forward to Ted Leo and The Sugar Hill Gang in coming days.

Best NY Cafeteria

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Damn crowds

We’re not even going to mention what’s going on tonight. It’s already going to be too damned crowded.

It can't be racist if it's in New York Magazine

Is “Kurt Andersen” a pod person?
Kurt, my boy… what the hell happened to you?! We loved Spy magazine. We even endure your phony, affected, NPR-ass-plug-enunciation every Saturday to listen to your marvelous WNYC show, Studio 360. Nevertheless, your recent writing for New York Magazine has been unforgivable. Have you been taking the red pills the GOP sends you in the mail? Have you castrated your way into the Upper East Side reclining chair of Yuppiehood? Have you been hanging out with Dennis Miller? Shame on you, we used to love you.
“Kurt Andersen” on the Iraq war:

Each of us has a Hobbesian choice concerning Iraq; either we hope for the vindication of Bush’s risky, very possibly reckless policy, or we are in a de facto alliance with the killers of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

“Kurt Andersen” on being afraid of women in black burkas [via Catch]:

But still, I felt a little guilty the other afternoon in Foley Square, walking between two big federal buildings, when I darted off the sidewalk the moment I saw a woman approaching in a full black burka. I wanted to get beyond her killing radius as quickly as I could. It was silly, and slightly shameful, but reflexive: In the summer of 2005 in New York, ostentatiously pious Muslim = potential suicide bomber.

Her killing radius? Christ. It can’t be racist if it’s in New York Magazine. In the summer of 2005, we give up on you, “Kurt Andersen.”

NARAL to run anti-Roberts ad

From the NARAL website:

NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation’s leading advocate for personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose, launched a nationwide television ad campaign drawing attention to one of the most disturbing episodes in Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ career ‚Äì the brief he filed siding with groups like Operation Rescue and other anti-choice extremists who use bombings and other forms of intimidation against women, doctors, and nurses at women’s health clinics

view the ad here.
The ad will run in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, home of three Republican Senators who often vote pro-choice.