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.
Psychiatry has seen its share of damagingly-erroneous fads over the years: multiple personality, satanism, "recovered memories." It's important to learn from such fads and errors, not to hide them in embarrassment.
Every branch of medicine, and of science in general, experiences erroneous fads and false enthusiasms. Only a few years ago, the climate scientists were going nuts about global cooling, and soon, perhaps, they will do so again.
I seriously doubt they will start on the global cooling bandwagon again.
They've painted themselves into too much of a corner with the global warming hoax. That one was so successful large numbers of people actually believed it, and to the point where it became a religious belief.
If they now backpedal and start on global cooling again, they'll be crucified as heretics by their own congregations.
No, instead they'll continue on the mantra that "lower temperatures are the result of global warming" that's been becoming more and more popular over the last several years.
IOW the world is getting dramatically warmer, and that's causing the colder weather that you're experiencing.
And yes, hundreds of millions of people have been so brainwashed into thinking that anyone claiming anything is caused by global warming must be right that they actually buy into that one as well, hook line and sinker.
It's like, even if global warming were going to happen and even if the sea levels rose by, let's say 30 feet or so; so what? We drown a few islands someplace and maybe lose a state or two. But, what do we gain? We gain a verdant Greenland, a huge piece of land to develop and exploit. We gain a fertile Siberia, potential granary to the world. We gain a livable Antarctica, a new place to fight over for it's many riches. Canada becomes livable. Deserts are turned into seas and other keen things happen. So you see, there are other things you can do with 'end-of-the-world' type political propaganda. Like turning it on it's head and making it smile. You are so welcome.
Well, there would be downsides, with so much of the world's population living on coast. We'd have less land in general, and the amount of infrastructure it would take to move LA or NYC would be enormous. Still, point taken. Canada has enormous fresh water resources, for example, and the taiga is still effectively limitless.
More generally, would a rise of 3 feet - very much on the high end of even catastrophic estimates for the next century - cause young people to cease falling in love? Would wine cease to gladden? Would the writing of music stop and friendship cease to be? We reflexively think that we should care about posterity because of children and grandchildren, but when we really think it out, what is our basis for caring about people, even our own direct descendants, 200 years out? We have been taught to regard it as selfish not to think of them, but a few moments' thought will reveal that this is not so. We might not even like those people. Even the Americans. Even our own great-greats. I look at my forebears of 1814 and consider myself and my cousins. I don't think the former would like the latter very much. If they have not preserved in their culture what we consider important in ours, screw 'em. The mere perpetuation of animals that look like us interests me not at all.
And after reading Out of the Silent Planet, I am deeply suspicious of those who believe that their goals are directed to posterity, when they are in fact directed only a few decades out, and more selfish even than I.