Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Worst Global Warming EVAH!!!!
9. Damn global warming n/tOn DU, it's a given.
43. GW >>>>> widespread climate change/destabilization >>>>>
recordbreaking weather of all sorts: highs and lows, drought and flood.
But I think you knew that.
34. Way to go, Bush!There were some very bad freezes in CA in the 1940s (see this article for first paragraph reference), but DU's collective mind dismisses that as irrelevant. There were also a series of hard southern freezes and bad ice storms when I was a kid (1970's). Back then the NY Times got all excited about the next Ice Age, but I suppose now the same weather is proof of Global Warming. Since I like it a bit warmer, here's hoping that the oncoming Global Warming looks about like the Ice Age of my young adulthood did. Thank heavens that I have the NY Times to explain to me which it is, because I really can't tell the difference by myself.
I'm glad the DU'rs are enjoying the weather, because they've had a rough time lately. For instance, this one person turned on the news and received a fearful shock when the newscaster was wearing a cross, especially considering the newscaster's past bias crime (referring to the "Democrat party"):
41. Not an easy question because everyone wants to support freedom of expression.? I doubt very much that wearing a cross is a political statement to most people! Apparently DU has also formed a consensus that "Democrat party" is a slur. Why? I always considered it a sloppy usage.
But the bottom line to me is that the cross has now become a political statement. It is not just an expression of Christianity--it is undeniably linked with conservative politics. The Christian cross now symbolizes a whole body of narrow thinking that many of us have come to reject, similar to the Confederate flag in that sense. The cross as a religious symbol has been abused--used for gaining political power and starting wars--not something Jesus would have gone along with.
So for that reason, a newscaster should not wear one. Nor should a teacher in public schools, and people in public service jobs should also be discreet with it. I don't think anyone objects to a small cross worn on a chain. But if it is big enough to be the first thing you notice, it's become a display of one's political affiliations. It's just not smart to risk offending a lot of viewers when you are in a "neutral" capacity in your job.
Regardless of whether the current weather is a sign of a new Ice Age or Global Warming or just Same Old Same Old, I think this chimp has the right answer. Everything does seem better if you just tidy up and have a snack, even if you have to break out of the Little Rock zoo to do so:
As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took a swig from bottles she managed to open.The zookeepers claimed that it's because Judy was a house pet in an earlier life. I think Judy found the zookeepers' kitchen lacking in hygiene, so she decided to clean it up before eating! Maybe the handles of the freezer and the refrigerator were just to gross for a refined person like Judy to touch?
Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. ... Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.
It took a couple of tries, but the zoo sedated the chimp, who fell asleep on top of the refrigerator with half a loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread she had pulled out of the freezer.
Have you noticed that anecdotal evidence showing no such thing as global warming is being used as evidence for global warming?
In the good old days we just worried about real pollution; now we should feel guilty for exhaling CO2.
I predict that all bad weather will be blamed on GW (and GWB!) for a while. Then someone cool will start to poke fun at the apocalyptics and we will all realize that it's just Y2Kyoto and feel embarassed that we got sucked in so badly. At least, such is my hope for mankind.
Nature gods usually are. They personify NATURE, completely indifferent to whether we live or die. Nature can bless you with a bumper crop one year, then starve you to death with a drought or insect plague the next.
"MOTHER GAIA WUVS US!" just about the same way as an unpredictable alcoholic/psychotic/sociopathic Mommy Dearest.
After 2000 years, we have forgotten what the Old Gods of nature were REALLY like.
The Headless Unicorn Guy
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