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Just4theHalibut
02:55 AM on 08/09/2011
I am curious why Julie Speegle, who is a public affairs officer and not a biologist or climatologist, felt compelled to comment that this phenomenon's connection to climate change is "purely speculative". That is the kind of comment I would have expected from a fed in the Bush administration. Of course until all the data is in and analyzed, scientists won't have a final answer; but at least as presented here, her comment appears dismissive of an issue that is of great concern to Alaskan coastal native people.
MWA1111
I'll let you set the tone for our conversation
07:51 AM on 08/09/2011
But you stated yourself that facts are conclusive. Therefore, by definition, any conclusion right now is an educated guess or....... wait for it..... .purely speculative.
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Just4theHalibut
01:49 PM on 08/09/2011
Of course. Reread my post. Or I guess you did and missed my point which is probably my fault so I will try again. My concern is why did Speegle feel the need to state the obvious. Her job is to be spokesperson for the agency, not to comment on what outsiders might be theorizing. It's a matter of nuance, but that is important in public interface. The way HUFFPO presented it, a government spokesperson reacted to the term "climate change" with the response "speculative". I have since read several extended articles from Alaskan news sources as well as the official NOAA news release, and they do not contain the word "speculative". http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/microscopiceggs080811.htm
02:05 PM on 08/09/2011
Poor translation is my take. They asked NOAA PR if climate change was the reason for the event, and their response was "purely speculative." NOAA PR was not saying that CC is speculative, but that linking CC to a singular event was "purely speculative."
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PlayTOE
Morals evolved due to cooperative group living
12:32 PM on 08/11/2011
I think HufPo needs a science editor, because we keep seeing things like this.
02:47 AM on 08/09/2011
This mystery was identified as a mystery... great
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undrgrndgirl
what's so funny 'bout peace, love & understanding?
01:38 AM on 08/09/2011
"also don't know if the eggs or if they are toxic"

they also need an editor.
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Dragontech
Looking for a good micro-brew
02:18 PM on 08/09/2011
And not for the first time! I wonder sometimes if HP even employs an editor!
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GoodwithWood
Dis eas all yoooour fault
01:31 AM on 08/09/2011
Here in Utah there is a multi-million dollar industry that harvests redish/orange Goo floating on the Great Salt Lake. These tiny shrimp larvae are then dried and shipped to Asia where they are then hydrated and hatched. It’s used as feed in fish farms because it makes for much tastier meat.
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GoodwithWood
Dis eas all yoooour fault
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Dragontech
Looking for a good micro-brew
02:19 PM on 08/09/2011
Wow, the eggs remain viable for hatching even after dehydration? That's some dang tough eggs!
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kathysmith2k7
12:46 AM on 08/09/2011
sounds like something out of a movie like that alien movie.
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grizzly bear55
King of the forest
12:18 AM on 08/09/2011
It's Alaska's ex-Governor runny make up after a dip in the lake.
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Dragontech
Looking for a good micro-brew
02:19 PM on 08/09/2011
Well, they did say it was orange, was John Boehner visiting?
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11:52 PM on 08/08/2011
My guess is jellyfish eggs.
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alteredstory
Hold on to the center
01:16 AM on 08/09/2011
They don't lay eggs.
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undrgrndgirl
what's so funny 'bout peace, love & understanding?
01:36 AM on 08/09/2011
yes they do
www.wikipedia.org/jellyfish
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alteredstory
Hold on to the center
09:40 AM on 08/09/2011
I retract this statement 0.o Shows how much attention I paid when I was learning about these >.
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Malcolm Hensley
Last of the Reagan Republicans
10:40 PM on 08/08/2011
Gives new meaning to agent orange.
MWA1111
I'll let you set the tone for our conversation
07:54 AM on 08/09/2011
Really? What's the new meaning?
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Malcolm Hensley
Last of the Reagan Republicans
11:27 AM on 08/09/2011
space invasion!
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PotomacOracle
The Solution: MMT and HVPCS
10:22 PM on 08/08/2011
So how did these "egg" like materials wind up on the roof tops? www.im-jus-askin.com

This explanation/supposition is like the USGS's whack explanation of the mass bird kill over Arkansas in January. USGS opined that;

"...celebratory fireworks on New Year's Eve likely sent thousands of discombobulated blackbirds into such a tizzy that they crashed into homes, cars, each other before plummeting to their deaths. Still, officials acknowledged it's unlikely they'll ever pinpoint a cause with certainty.'

The U.S. Geological Service's website lists about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12. Five list deaths of at least 1,000 birds and another 12 show at least 500 dead birds.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/01/05/1956337/

Arkansas has thousands of "fracking" wells in the Beebe, Ak area in operation and idle. It is not unimaginable that methane has escaped from these deep wells and as it hovers in the atmosphere it begins to oxidize and the first oxidant is formaldehyde. Columns of this gas falling to earth, and hiding in snow, shallow water and marshes could account for this mass kill. In high concentrations formaldehyde eviscerates soft tissue.

Wherever the oil/gasman drills there will be methane seeping into the atmosphere. it is 23-25 times more dangerous as a green house gas than CO2. And we will have growing seeps of formaldehyde. Ever wonder were all the bees and frogs and bats went?
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jwald1
Badges? I don't need no stinking badges!
03:05 AM on 08/09/2011
I have been wondering for years where all the tree frogs went in Palm Beach. I also never used to need sun screen and this summer I burned using a 15. But these big corps would never lie to us and pay off politicians would they? I am sure our health and the health of the planet is their number one concern...
09:20 AM on 08/09/2011
Anyone who lives near the surf knows that the winds whipping across the wave tops always transport both water droplets and anything in the water droplets... and deposits them upon roofs, porches, and in rainbuckets not far inland.

Given that the eggs are floating on top of the water, and that the eggs are all microscopic in size, it wouldn't surprise me if enough became airborne and were deposited in numbers enough to be noticed on rooftops or in rainbuckets.
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Dh Barr
Bringing Clues to the Clueless
12:25 PM on 08/09/2011
Happens to us in the Outer Banks all the time.
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Info08
That's right, I have my eye on you
09:52 PM on 08/08/2011
"....................they don't know what species the eggs are or if they are toxic".

Well that just sounds ominous doesn't it?!

Ripley: "So who is laying these eggs?"

Bishop: "I don't know. It must be something we haven't seen yet"

-Aliens 1986
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CJ40inWI
I aim to misbehave.
09:49 PM on 08/08/2011
I have an idea. It's Sarah Palin's attempt to make an omelette.
12:11 AM on 08/09/2011
Or her spawn
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ErnestineBass
No longer a cog in The Machine.
09:31 PM on 08/08/2011
Radioactive Caviar?
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shryock
It never is what it is anymore
09:48 PM on 08/08/2011
aliens, i think.
09:28 PM on 08/08/2011
slurm
12:12 AM on 08/09/2011
Mmmmmmmmmmm..... Slurm......
08:50 PM on 08/08/2011
Aliens, obviously...
09:39 PM on 08/08/2011
Ha ha!
08:45 PM on 08/08/2011
Its John Boehners cheap indoor suntan crap.....lol