But FIRST, the OTHER stuff. As the supply of OTHER stuff seems endless and it’s impossible to list here, let me begin this week’s entry with a gem that I read this past week or so.
It seems that a letter writer to The News Journal editor is “… sick and tired of people blaming the ‘bogus’ claim of climate change on carbon dioxide…” She does not categorize carbon dioxide as a GREENHOUSE gas. Of course, I’m paraphrasing here, so it’s better that you click here and read the letter for yourselves.
But a word of caution is in order here. The News Journal, for you readers who do not live in the 48th largest state in the nation, is the “premier” publication for all of us Delawareans (um, mainly because it has virtually NO instate competition worth mentioning).
But for some inexplicable reason several months ago, the powers that be at that publication decided to begin charging for access to its web site: Delawareonline.
If you click on the hyperlink, you’re likely to wonder why. There’s nothing remarkable about the site; just as there isn’t anything remarkable about ANY newspaper web site.
However, they do grant free access to a few articles before they POP-UP to demand that you PAY-UP.
Anyway, Abraham Lincoln, having guided the nation through its civil war, has often been quoted as having said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.”
The quote makes Mr. Lincoln seem almost psychic… as though he had this particular letter writer in mind—Barbara Pyle of Newark, Delaware. And to this, let me add my personal observations about her opinion.
First, a GREENHOUSE gas is ANY gas that traps heat in our planet’s life-providing atmosphere. Several make the list, notably among them are methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and YES, carbon dioxide.
And Barbara, I’m sure you’ve heard of WATER VAPOR. This, too, under the proper conditions can be a GREENHOUSE GAS!
Second, the topics of CLIMATE CHANGE and its little brother, GLOBAL WARMING, remain so polarizing simply because a handful of Bible-toting, scientifically clueless congressional braying morons get the lion’s share of the press.
Add to this that a plethora of ordinary people who, instead of attempting to grasp even a fundamental knowledge of scientific concepts, chooses instead to pass along the perpetual babblings of cable TV and “issue-oriented” talk radio broadcast idiots as their personal opinions on scientific reality.
In its simplest form, there is a technical term for INTUITION: a GUESS! Intuitive logic isn’t ALWAYS wrong, but in matters of science, it’s MOSTLY wrong, even when the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity continue leading herds of their human sheep to believe otherwise.
Sooner or later, we’re smacked between our eyes by a two-by-four of counter-intuitive REALITY. And the longer we taunt her, the greater the likelihood that Mother Nature will force us to watch as our perfectly good pseudo-scientific hypotheses, based entirely on emotionally charged wishful thinking, get blown to smithereens by a single hollow-headed bullet scientific FACT.
That the human race is still around is not a tribute to our shrewdness in “fooling” Mother Nature; it’s a testimonial to the fact that we’ve—to this point in our evolution—lacked the technological capability to seriously mock HER rules.
But that’s all changed dramatically over the past 300-years. And if we don’t soon recognize our carelessness for the folly it is, she’s going to prove once and for all that it’s DEFINITELY not nice to try and “fool Mother Nature.”
Only by that point, humans, in ALL of our self-declared wisdom, will be well on our no return journey down the bottomless drain of evolutionary extinction; which now brings me to the “sheepherders” part of this post.
“Issue-oriented Radio/TV Talk-show Host,” as it currently applies to politics, science, and religion, is just another name for “Electronic Sheep Herder.” And the fundamental difference between the human sheep these idiots herd and real sheep is that real sheep have a much higher collective IQ.
Have a great week and try to stay COOL!