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.
O/T One of the lead stories on AOL this A.M. was this jewel.
"Rising Seas Threaten to Destroy U.S. Beaches
By Andrea Thompson
Posted: 2007-06-22 22:07:00
(June 22) - You may have to kiss that summer trip to the beach goodbye *later this century*, thanks to rising sea levels and more intense tropical storms, scientists predict.
The storied continued , I think because after I hit the "later this century"..well my interest just fell away...see later this century #1 I'll be dead #2 a list as long as the NYC telephone book could be compiled to enumerate the things that will happen.
Anyway for those of you who are around "later this century", which I grant you could be tomorrow I wish you well.
It will be very interesting to see this graph again in five years as we continue to:
1. Outsource jobs to India, thus growing their middle class who will abandon the bicycle and scooter for an auto.
2. China continues it's version of Stalin circa 1930 and the Ukraine by raping the hinterland farmers and growing the Chinese coast into an international manufacturing nexus, all requiring more gas, not only to run the equipment but the Chinese new car owner
3.Our purity/religion on NOT drilling offshore Florida or a tiny speck in the Anwar..
4. Lithium-ion batteries many help us but the Indians and Chinese are taking the proven fast track to wealth, a path we honed...masssive use of oil and coal
5. With well over a billion Chinese and a billion Indians resources for energy are going to get scarce on a trajectory a good deal steeper than the current graph.
6. Can we all say Malthusian solution to this conundrum ?
7. In fact a damn good case could be made for not trying to find a cure for the bird flu.
Gosh did ya ever think we'd have so many perfecy storms all at once? Amnesty,oil....where's Arlo Guthrie?