We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here at Maggie's, we don't understand why people do not pray for some global warming. The Medieval Warming, and the Roman-era warming - both now reversed by historic cooling - were excellent for civilization. Mostly, we worry about the effects of the next Ice Age on our property values. A mile-deep glacier on top of my house would have a negative effect, and another Ice Age is a certainty.
That's Conference of the Parties. What's encouraging is that I didn't see it mentioned on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, CBS News or USA Today, just the MSNBC link above, and it was buried down in the middle of the page, right next to the latest Justin Bieber update.
My favorite quote:
As the world's poorest continent, Africa is also the most vulnerable to the extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels brought by climate change.
In case you don't know your geography, the entire continent of Africa is actually 35 feet below sea level and if just one of those dikes bursts because of increasing ocean levels, the whole place will turn into a massive lake. On the other hand, water skiing equipment rentals will skyrocket, so I suppose it all balances out.
As with the last 2,136 climate conferences, China will be the one to save the day by politely telling the conferees to go frig themselves.
And another telling quote:
Ideas on the table include a carbon surcharge on international shipping and on air tickets, and a levy on international financial transactions — sometimes called a Robin Hood tax.
Robin Hood, of course, stole from the rich, but I suppose the irony is lost on the conference, much like their usage of the acronym COP.
Personally, I can't wait for global warming to get here. It was so blisteringly, bitingly cold here in the Keys this morning (76) that I actually had to put on a t-shirt. Brr-rr-rrr!
I feel sorry for you people down in the Dry Tortugas. Firstly, I had to spend a month in a dry county in Texas once and what a pain having to get into my car every time I wanted a beer.
Second, no excuse to wear Pendleton wool shirts (red plaid matches my hair).
Third, a hearty appetite is just a necessity to stoke a active metabolism.
And last, when Global Warming gets here, I'll have the palm trees and you'll have the tsetse flies.
It all doesn't matter anymore. Climategate, sealevelrisegate, whatever gate it just doesn't matter.
The idealogical purists are in charge and nothing, no evidence of fraud, absence of actual fact affirming data - nothing will stop them from controlling the universe and, by extension, you.
Whole industries are being built and huge mounds of money are waiting to be made on the backs of the proletariat in the name of the enviroment - at least in the West. We've been had by our politicians, our industrial leadership, our financial institutions and now by the Gaia zealots who run the European and American ecological and environmental establishments.
Fortunately, and as in most things, economic pressures will finally collapse the various schemes and return the systems to some kind of normalcy. The bad part is that it is bound to take some of the economic system with it, but that may be the price we have to pay to get rid of these twits or at least marginalize them.
Ben - Even though I'll hate you for the rest of time for daring to dis my one and only recipes post, that was a fun video. As a small side note, Arabs don't trill their 'r's like that. The part where he held up the words on small placards as he was singing them was a reference to Dylan doing that for some song, the link to which died years ago, alas.
Buddy - Actually, that vid makes a pretty good point. Why all the fuss with the Jews killing Christ when he was back on the scene 3 days later? Sounds a little overblown to me.
--ecktually, Mariah is miss informed --but insouciante, so natch you slavishly followed, but as you know twas the Roman govt court in the persdon of Pontius Pilate who kilt the troublemaking rabbi. Tho the four gospels all tell of the Joeseph Caiaphas (think John Kerry) council turning Jesus over to the Roman court, it was Pilate who condemned the losing party of what could've stayed just another episode of bureaucrat vs rebel politics. A Kerry type and an Obama type do something characteristically odious & foul in protection of their besmirched positions, and for 100 generations the descendants of every Joe and Jane Sixpack in all 57 states get the blowback!
l ... My husband and I have been following the course of this great con game since before 1991, by newsletters from real climate scientists, by studies done by Fred Singer and other scientists, by following the course of various supposed 'scientific' studies of polar bears and their life cycle. He has written about the life cycle of polar bears in a number of books, observed polar bear relationships in Canada, traveled to Russia to observe polar bear denning rituals on Wrangle Island in Russia. I would place his knowledge up against yours. No contest. Polar bear scientists have tracked polar bears through tagging and found that a mother polar bear can swim five hundred miles without making landfall. Or even breathing hard.
Carbon dioxide, which you seem to hate so much, is an essential gas, a fertilizer for all green plants, from redwoods to orchids and other flowers to grasses and other plants like wheat and corn. It's not a pollutant, and I promise you that if you and your buddies eliminated CO2 from our globe, which Thank God you can't, you'd be living in a sandbox for the rest of your short life.
Bird Dog and Dr. Mercury ... You seem to have eliminated the querulous posts from "Zachrael", so my post above doesn't make much sense. I certainly hope that those who read Zachrael's complaints will remember enough of them to make sense of mine. Please don't bring Zach back just for me. He represents the vast group of uneducated folks who need to feel important somehow, and settle on insulting others to give themselves a thrill.