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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:37 PM

OMFG - this is really bad news - they're fucking with NOAA Barry Lee Myers from AccuWeather

https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/barry-lee-myers-nominated-head-noaa
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On Wednesday, October 11, the White House announced President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Barry Lee Myers for the dual post of NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, Department of Commerce.

Myers is the first person from private industry nominated to head NOAA in the agency’s 46-year history. Prior to being named chief executive officer of AccuWeather in 2007, Myers served as the company’s executive vice president and general counsel. He has been “an integral part and leading force of AccuWeather executive management since shortly after the company’s founding,” according to a company news release. AccuWeather was founded in 1962 by Myers’s brother, meteorologist Joel Myers.

Myers holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Penn State and a law degree from the University of Boston. He is deeply familiar with issues involving public-private interactions in meteorology, owing in large part to his company’s wide-ranging weather forecasting activities. Myers also served for a number of years on the Environmental Information Services Working Group of NOAA’s Science Advisory Board.

In 2014, Myers received the Kenneth C. Spengler Award from the American Meteorological Society, an award that pays tribute to individuals who have fostered growth and worked to create synergies within the weather and climate enterprise. The AMS recognized Myers for “outstanding, highly principled leadership of the American weather industry over five decades and fostering strong cooperation between private sector and government weather services.”
Going beyond weather

Myers does not have an extensive background in NOAA’s wide-ranging mission areas outside of meteorology, including its oceanic elements—sometimes referred to as the “wet side.” Most of the ten prior NOAA administrators had either master’s or doctoral degrees in some form of Earth science. The only one who had no postgraduate background in science was Richard Frank, a lawyer nominated by the Carter administration who served from 1977 to 1981.
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There goes NOAA

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:40 PM

1. Just a matter of time. He's been salivating to get his hands on it for years. nt

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Response to Doremus (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:46 PM

4. Santorum tried to privatize NOAA (using Accuweather) in 2005



http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2005/08/santorums_mighty_wind.html


Before we dumped cable Verizon dumped Tge Weather Channel. I didn't watch except during storms. Having to flip over to Accuweather - it looked like a community college Power Point presentation.

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 08:32 PM

15. I use accuweather because of its weather radar

But have been not happy with the forecast page at all.

It caught my eye when weather forecast sites started calling their info. "products".
I can foresee "'pay for weather info *products*.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:42 PM

2. I'm sleep deprived today

so everything seems like a big deal to me but this is a REALLY big deal. Another essential government agency will be turned to shit by this cabal. So as the extreme weather escalates, we just won't know the extent of it until we're buried in snow, or blasted by a hurricane or tornado. Lovely.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:24 PM

9. Accurate weather forecasts and current conditions are important to the MILITARY as well...

... it's not just parades and picnics and trips to the beach or ski-vacations.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #9)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:51 PM

12. Great point

I didn't even think of that. Thank you.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:45 PM

3. There is no University of Boston.

Odd mistake.

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Response to virgogal (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:50 PM

5. His Wikipedia article says Boston University School of Law.

Yes, that's an odd mistake.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:56 PM

6. Thanks .

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:02 PM

7. fuck

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:10 PM

8. This is EXPECTED news. What is not to understand about

"The only legitimate purpose of government is protection of person and property?"

I feel like we're the very slow to learn people, preening ourselves that we're not the "some of the people (who) can be fooled all the time."

For those who don't recognize them, those are the words of the single most powerful person in America these days, and I don't mean that buffoon in the White House who's largely being jerked around by this guy.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:33 PM

10. Another

Trump pick that goes for the least qualified.

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Response to TNNurse (Reply #10)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:40 PM

13. How timely when we really need someone who is eminently qualified for the position

With the advent of climate change and the forecast of more and stonger hurricanes, storms and weather of all kinds affecting the lives and safety of millions of people we would certainly expect better. But then again it is trump and he is not known for intelligent personnel decisions.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:25 PM

11. I'm trying to grasp your outraged concern. "AccuWeather was overwhelmingly confirmed as the most

 

accurate source of weather forecasts and warnings in the U.S. and everywhere in the world."

Largest, Most Comprehensive Forecast Study Confirms AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy with #1 Ranking
September 05, 2017; 1:20 PM
https://www.accuweather.com/en/press/69327221

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 07:47 PM

14. Myers has a Bachelors degree in business administration and economics

and a law degree. He is a business man not a meteorologist or someone with an extensive education or background in weather and climate disciplines.

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