One of the standard arguments of those who claim to have evidence that global warming is a hoax--or evil conspiracy or even a plot by nefarious forces trying to control the planet--is that the earth is, in fact getting cooler. That all began as a specious use of data since 1998, still the hottest year on record, and then skewing the data so that 1998 is the peak and it's not beeen that hot since, ergo it's cooling. Except that you and I have lived through nearly allthe hottest years on record. And the oceans just set another record for high temps. NOAA reports that oceanic surface temps this summer, June-August, were a full degree higher than the average. Isn't that a cool stat? For this bit of marine data you can't even use the lovely deniers' argument that the measurements are skewed because the thermometers are all placed nefariously near heat gathering roofs. Of course the Pacific's El Nino is part of this summer delightful heat record. Sunscreen anyone? Not to miss a chance to warn, NOAA claims many land masses are also quite hot this summer with New Zealand and Australia recording their hottest August ever. Broiled kangaroo, anyone?