The Tipping Point

The Washington Post is running an article called

Warming debate shifts to ‘tipping point’

Some scientists worry it’s too late to reverse climate change

In this article, they take the leap of faith that scientists have concluded that global warming has been accepted, so what’s the next step?  This leads to “the tipping point”.  At that point three things could potentially occur:

  1. widespread coral bleaching that could damage the world’s fisheries within three decades
  2. sea level rise by the end of the century that would take tens of thousands of years to reverse
  3. within 200 years, a shutdown of the ocean current that moderates temperatures in northern Europe

Now, my gripe with the global warming argument politically has been that the world expects the US to carry the brunt of fixing it.  I can see some merit to that argument, we have the most money.  However, if the US fixes everything that’s wrong here, there’s nothing to stop China and other developing countries from abusing the ecology in much worse ways than the US is now.  There are some obvious things the entire world could be doing now, but they are a tough economic pill to swallow.  Until I’m expected to swallow that pill, I want to know that it’s not in vain. When I see China doing the things they need to be doing to thwart “the tipping point” and Brazil stops destroying their rain forests, I’ll be a lot more agreeable to reacting to what so far has been an unproven theory.  Just because we’ve had a couple of warm years does not prove the Earth is heading for an ecological meltdown.  The things that have been thrown at me as proof, such as hurricanes, have in reality been shown to be returning to normal levels of previous years that they don’t include in their message.  When the global warmists start putting what is happening now in perspective to the entire picture instead of nitpicking the facts they want to use, then I’ll be more receptive.

Note to the Washington Post, I don’t think global warming on the scale they’re describing has been accepted.  Referring to “some scientists” and then assuming it’s generally accepted is misleading.  And, that’s primarily what’s undermining the entire argument they are pushing.

The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave

For the 57th straight year, a mystery man paid tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by placing roses and a bottle of cognac on the writer’s grave to mark his birthday.

This guy is doing a cool thing.  Now, apparently from the story, a few people tried to mess the whole thing up by trying to figure out who the guy is.  Clue here, OK?  Some things just aren’t worth knowing, especially if it messes up a cool thing.  Don’t mess it up.  SOME people know who the guy is and don’t feel it’s worth messing with either. So, let’s do the tasteful thing and let the guy show his private appreciation for Edgar Allan Poe.  It really doesn’t mean anything if the whole knows who the guy is.  OK?



Editor’s Update, May 18, 2017: Presumably, the “Toaster” died around 1993. Some effort was made to continue the tradition until approximately 2009, the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth. Since 2009, no cognac or roses have been left. That’s a shame.

Emo Phillips

Last night was Mrs. Moon’s 29th birthday again. A sort of tradition has been that we go to a comedy show for her big event. This year they had some guy I didn’t know scheduled. However, he cancelled a few days before the show. That was fine by me, his replacement was Emo Philips. Now, I’ve always liked Emo OK. But, I’m here to tell ya folks, Emo is funnier than hell in person. I had heard some of the material before, but when he ad libbed and bantered with the audience, it was a riot! If you ever get the chance, you need to see Emo. Definitely a three thumbs up show!

2005 Hottest Year “on record”?

OK, here’s today’s overwhelming headline:

2005 Was the Hottest Year on Record

And, here’s the meat:

Gulthek writes As predicted, 2005 was the hottest year since accurate temperature recording began in the late 1800s. This news is all the more interesting because 2005 was not an “El Niño” year like 1998, the previous record holder.”

Of course they give all kinds of charts and graphs to support the “as predicted”:

 

However, note the “since accurate temperature recording began in the late 1800’s” part.  What that does is eliminate periods of the Earth when this was the norm:

Now, in those days, the average atmospheric temperatures were about 18 to 54 degrees warmer than they are now.  And, there is no evidence whatsoever that El Nino’s existed at all at that time.  Most likely they didn’t.  That was 251 million years ago.  Now, the point I’m getting at is although “accurate temperature recording began in the late 1800’s” things have warmed up, the period of time between the late 1800’s and now is totally an insignificant period of time in regards to the Earth’s history.  Think about this way, I have graphed the relative amount of data the we have to work with (post 1800’s), against the data we’re not allowing to be “reliable”.  The “reliable” data is in red:

I couldn’t make the red part any smaller or it was impossible to see.  In fact, most of you won’t even see the red, it’s off the screen.  It’s certainly an insignificant period of time to come to the radical conclusions global warming activists are coming to in order to “save the planet”.

Now, about 251 million years ago, things got pretty bad here on Earth.  But, you know what?  The planet kept right on going. The question is not whether we’re destroying Earth or not.  Earth will keep on keeping on.  The question is how will Man survive in changing environments.  And, whether we burn gasoline or hydrogen, the environment WILL change.  Don’t tell me the sky’s falling because of that changing environment.  Tell me how I can survive.

The Good Wife’s Guide

This picture and article supposedly appeared in the May 13, 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly.  I have reproduced it a little so that it’s easier to read:

  • Have dinner ready.  Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned for his needs.  Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal ( especially his favorite dish ) is part of the warm welcome needed.
  • Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.  He has just been with a lot of work weary people.
  • Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him.  His boring day may need a lift and one of yours duties is to provide it.
  • Clear away the clutter.  Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
  • Gather up schoolbooks, toys, etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.
  • Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by.  Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.  After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.
  • Prepare the children.  Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes.  They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.  Minimise all noise.  At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
  • Be happy to see him.
  • Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
  • Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
  • Make the evening his.  Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.  Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
  • Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
  • Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.
  • Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night.  Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
  • Make him comfortable.  Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom.  Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
  • Arrange his pillow and off to take off his shoes.  Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
  • Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity.  Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.  You have no right to question him.
  • A good wife always knows her place.

That article was released in 1955, this is what happened following it:

1955 2.30%
1957 2.20%
1960 2.20%
1965 2.50%
1970 3.50%
1971 3.70%
1972 4.00%
1973 4.30%
1974 4.60%
1975 4.80%
1976 5.00%
1977 5.00%
1978 5.10%
1979 5.30%
1980 5.20%
1981 5.30%
1982 5.10%
1983 5.00%
1984 5.00%
1985 5.00%
1986 4.90%
1987 4.80%
1988 4.80%
1989 4.70%
1990 4.70%
1991 4.70%
1992 4.80%
1993 4.60%
1994 4.60%
1995 4.40%
1996 4.30%
1997 4.30%
1998 4.20%
1999 4.10%
2000 4.20%
2001 4.00%
2002 3.90%
2003 3.80%
2004 3.70%
2005 3.60%
2006 3.70%
2007 3.60%
2008 3.50%
2009 3.50%
2010 3.60%
2011 3.60%
2012 3.40%

The divorce rate went up to never go back again.  Coincidence?

MPAA Getting sued for Copyright Infringement?

Now, you gotta understand, the MPAA, The Motion Picture Association of America, is one of those organizations running around suing everyone for downloading and/or making backups of their own movies.  Sharing a movie is stealing after all.  So, what is their internal stance on unlicensed copies of movies?

This Film Is Not Yet Rated looks at the motion picture ratings system created and run by the MPAA. Director Kirby Dick submitted the film for rating in November. After receiving the movie, the MPAA subsequently made copies without Dick’s permission. Dick had specifically requested in an e-mail that the MPAA not make copies of the movie. The MPAA responded by saying that “the confidentiality of your film is our first priority.”

Dick later learned that the MPAA made copies of the film to distribute them to its employees, despite the MPAA’s stance on unauthorized copying. Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of hypocrisy in the morning-apparently the prohibition against copying films without the copyright owner’s consent doesn’t apply to the MPAA. A lawyer for the MPAA justified the organization’s apparent hypocrisy by saying that Dick had invaded the privacy of some MPAA staffers, which justified the MPAA’s actions.