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Ed Driscoll

Two Time-Warners in One!

February 18th, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. In 2007, Time magazine, a component of the Time-Warner-CNN-HBO conglomerate, asked, “Does Flying Harm the Planet?” And quickly came to the conclusion that it sure does:

A placard from one activist at Heathrow expressed it thus: “You Fly, They Die.”

Airplanes operate on petroleum fuel, which means they release large amounts of carbon dioxide when they fly. Commercial air travel is currently responsible for a relatively tiny part of the global carbon footprint —just 3.5% of total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But the unique chemistry of high-altitude jet emissions may produce an additional warming effect, while the explosive growth in air travel makes it one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon gases in the atmosphere. And unlike energy or automobiles, where carbon-free or lower-carbon alternatives already exist, even if they have yet to be widely adopted, there is no low-carbon way to fly, and there likely won’t be for decades.

Flash-forward to today, and to Sports Illustrated, another publication that’s a member of the Time-Warner-CNN-HBO conglomerate: “Kate Upton floats through a zero-g chamber in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which hits newsstands today,” the New York Post’s Page Six reports:

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Here’s how Upton defied gravity:

After Page Six reported in January the curvy model was shot for the issue in the zero-G chamber, photos were released today of the curvy blonde floating around in an anti-gravity chamber, operated by Zero-G Corporation in Arlington, VA.

“Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space,” Zero-G said in a press release on the photo shoot.

The shoot was set up last March in the Zero-G chamber, a specially equipped Boeing-727 that simulates zero-g in flight. “Upton bounced and soared through the plane for the cameras,” the release said.

While we have no complaints about the final results, we’re also not the ones attempting to guilt you out of flying for the sake of Gaia. As the Professor is wont to say, I’ll believe global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis start to act like it’s one. If Time magazine can’t convince the fellas down the hall at Sports Illustrated to take global warming seriously first, why should they expect anyone else to?

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Pardon me, but the entire implication here is the SI was expelling this mass amount of carbon in just a frivolous activity involving Kate Upton in various stages of undress.

NOTHING that involves Kate Upton in various stages of undress can be considered frivolous.
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Kate Upton is worth every ton of CO2 used for that shoot! Why hasn't Playboy done this yet?

However, as I've said many times before, you'd think Al Gore, the guy who invented the Internet, would be able to set up Internet teleconferencing instead of jetting all over the planet. But no.

(Yes, I know what Gore really said.)
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Something even more telling is doesn't Gore own beachfront property,which if global warming is true would soon be flooded. So why isn't he doing his best to sell it and make sure everything he owns is inland. And even more, why isn't he buying farmland in Canada, which could be helped by gobal warming, which would enhance their limited growing season.
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Well, an upside down economy keeps this poor American from flying. If not that, the TSA would. If not them, poor aircraft maintenance would keep me from flying. If that didn't do it, there are enough bad pilots around to turn your hair gray, or even completely white. Then, there are the modern versions of aircraft manufacturers, engineers and designers to keep track of...(787, F35, etc)
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"Global Warming" is the greatest scientific hoax in history.
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Keep in mind that this particular NASA 727 is known as the Vomit Comet. Because quite a few people react to zero-g (which is like falling) by throwing up, the smell inside it isn't that pleasant. There's no way all that padding can be fully cleaned after each flight.
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Even global warming fanatics understand the value of the Kate Upton pics. Surely you must be willing to forgive them for this.
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I'll never forgive. Murderous SOBs are effing up my country.
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"But the unique chemistry of high-altitude jet emissions may produce an additional warming effect, while the explosive growth in air travel makes it one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon gases in the atmosphere."

Actually, the exhaust and condensation trails those high flying aircraft leave behind arguably result in a *cooling* impact that may outweigh the significance of their carbon output. It's part of a phenomenon some have termed "global dimming".

There was an interesting "real world" experience - unintended, as it followed the terrible attacks of 9/11 when almost all planes here were grounded. Skies were clearer without all those con-trails and US temperatures, according to one study, went ... UP.

It's not like we want another such experience to validate that finding. It does however suggest that our understanding of atmospheric physics and climate change is still rather limited.
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Howdy R in DC
We just don't put enough contrails in the air to have a serious effect on weather. But you're right that the sign could be negative as easily as positive.
I don't know of any unique chemistry in CO2 form jet emissions at altitude that would make the CO2 more of a warming agent than it was before -- and a weak agent it is.
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Pardon me, but the entire implication here is the SI was expelling this mass amount of carbon in just a frivolous activity involving Kate Upton in various stages of undress.

NOTHING that involves Kate Upton in various stages of undress can be considered frivolous.
30 weeks ago
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I've applied for a grant to study it further.
30 weeks ago
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Hypocrisy, thy name is media.
30 weeks ago
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Global warming might kill me, this I know,
Though my thermostat is turned down, oh so low.
Though my lights are all set on dim,
Still Lord Al bids me to scrimp more for Him.

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.

Though my Honda is oh so slow,
With my mind in his hands I'll go.
On through life, to others let come what may,
He'll be fling in a private jet going His Lordly way.

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.

Though I am no longer young,
I have learned so much which He's begun.
Let me live in a cave like my ancestors did for The Goracle with a smile,
Go with Him the extra carbon credit pile.

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.

When the nights are cold and long,
In my mind He puts a bong.
Telling me in words so clear,
"Let Me be clear, I am The Goracle that you must hear."

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.

When His work in America is done,
And His bank accounts weigh a ton.
He will take my roof above,
Then I'll understand all about His kind of love.

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.

I praise The Goracle, does he know?
Have I ever told Him so?
The Goracle loves to hear me say,
That I will buy His carbon credits every day.

Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
Yes, Global warming might kill me!
The Goracle tells me so.
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The astronauts called their zero G plane the Vomit Comet. Perhaps that video has been edited to "clean it up", so to speak. Or, more likely, Ms. Upton was medicated and/or wore a relief band.

And please, don't google vomit porn.
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Image what it was like for the photographers and crew.

Some interesting stories about that when they filmed "Apollo 13".
30 weeks ago
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Too late.

It gets real interesting if you google "gay transgender midget vomit porn"

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I was thinking the same thing. I've read those vomit comet stories too: poor Kate must have been puking her guts up between takes.
Then I saw the video footage yesterday and she's floating and spinning with no problem at all.
Kate Hudson is Barbarella.
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I think you may have just kicked off a new genre of zero-g porn. D'ya suppose Richard Branson is already rigging out a jet for zero-g training for his anticipated zillionaire space tourist customers?...and that he might rent it out for after-hours partying?
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Nope. Unlikely that Kate & crew ralphed.

In his greatest-of-all astronaut memoirs ("Carrying the Fire", 1973) Michael Collins wrote that to get the "vomit comet" effect required multiple up-and-down trips over the course of a long training day.

Doubtful that the photo shoot required more than one or two trips up and over.
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Howdy sinanju
Lots of variability in response to changing g's and zero-g. Ms Upton and the crew may have done fine. Or not.
30 weeks ago
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But do google "Rule 34" & "Imperial Walkers".

It's hysterical.
30 weeks ago
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I'm at work, but I need to try to remember this when I get home.
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