Monday, July 11, 2011

Global warming made visible

Something I stumbled upon the other day which made global warming a little bit more real. Now before you say that either I am just another gullible dupe who has fallen for an elaborate fraud by rogue scientists in league with the U.N. and tyrannical governments to take over the free world and take away all of our money and property, or worse, in league with them..., I'll just have to give you my word that if there actually is such a nefarious conspiracy, I have absolutely no part of it and that if there is such a global plot, I would be outraged as many of you already are, assuming that it is fraudulent science.

If I were to go halfway with you, that the U.N. is plotting some kind of world government tyranny, I would happily risk it assuming that global warming is real. Understand me correctly though, I would never be in favour of such a government, and I would take up arms against the U.N. if it should come to that, but I think that it would be folly on their part to even try. How COULD the U.N. enforce its will on everyone in the world? How much manpower, air and naval power does it have? Certainly it has more military strength than the Vatican, but can you really imagine a Blue Helmet invasion of any country? Does the U.N. have the resources to make its own artillery? I am inclined to answer no to all of these questions, because the U.N. as it stands is pretty weak right now.

It has always seemed to lack an executive function, even if it were to get a lot more prestige, it would still be limited in its ability to enforce its will on most nations because of the perpetual stalemate of the five members of the permanent Security Council. So I may be a gullible dupe for believing this and not believing that, but if serious attempts to slow down or reverse global warming turn out to be based on widespread fraud, such mistakes can be reversed with relative ease and quickness. If it turns out that the science is right and we do not act, such mistakes could take millenia or longer to correct.

So anyway, the page that I was referring to in the beginning contains something called a "Climate Time Machine". It has a map of the entire Earth with four boxes at the bottom which enable the user to move through the months/years of colour-coded measurements of things like carbon emissions and global temperatures since they started measuring the latter in the late 19th century. To me, it illustrates the difference between weather and climate, but go ahead and start picking it apart. Feel free to send me proof that it is all wrong, I'm liable to believe anything.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

You have to see this

Just something I found in Saturday's Chronicle-Herald about an autistic artist. Inspiring, no?

Did anyone catch that repeat of "The Hour" on Friday night?

The "special guest" on that episode (originally broadcast in May I believe) was none other than Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt. I cannot say that I have ever been a fan of his, I have never had a look in any of his magazines, but I think that all I've had in common with him is the belief in free speech. After watching that interview, I would like to say that we have less in common than I thought. At first, he did seem to have an awakening of conscience in regard to some of his earlier depictions of rape and cartoons about child molesters, but it was around the end of the interview when Sarah Palin was brought up, and he started trashing her as you would expect, but it was about her decision not to abort her youngest son Trig, who has Down's Syndrome.

He would go on at length about how handicapped children are such a drain on our financial resources! I'm pretty sure that I heard some gasps and groans in the audience, and at this point, I would like to give George Stroumboulopoulos some props for countering that offensive argument by saying that everyone has something to contribute no matter what they look like or what their handicaps are. Again I do not recall the exact words spoken, and the interview on the CBC website cut that last bit out of the interview (no link).

So, should we be angry about this? However one may feel about abortion in general, if it were anyone but Larry Flynt, there would be a media firestorm, people would call for a boycott of whatever it is he's selling. But since this is a famous smut peddler, it just slipped under the media's radar. And you know what, it should have. He is just not worth the time and energy to be mad at, we should all just shun him, and let him crawl back into the sewer.

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