Archive for May, 2014

The Hoax Heats Up

20 May 2014

Despite a depressing stream of news stories on melting glaciers and such, I continue to find people still spewing about the climate change “hoax.” Since almost all of these–actually ALL the ones I’ve read–fail to provide links or lists of the resources that provide them with their information, I thought I’d offer one resource I just read.

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center published “Global Analysis – April 2014”

Global Highlights

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for April 2014 tied with 2010 as the highest on record for the month, at 0.77°C (1.39°F) above the 20th century average of 13.7°C (56.7°F).
The global land surface temperature was 1.35°C (2.43°F) above the 20th century average of 8.1°C (46.5°F), marking the third warmest April on record. For the ocean, the April global sea surface temperature was 0.55°C (0.99°F) above the 20th century average of 16.0°C (60.9°F), also the third highest for April on record.
The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January–April period (year-to-date) was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 12.6°C (54.8°F), the sixth warmest such period on record.

Of course, these are just statistics from a world that is conspiring against you, loyal denier. I’m sure you’re right. It’s a hoax. Everything is.



Our Gift to the Future

12 May 2014

Those alive today are leaving behind a legacy of overuse, misuse, and uselessness mixed with a huge dose of denial and self-centeredness. Those born a generation or so down the line will pay for it in ways I do not wish to imagine.

“Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans as Antarctic Ice Melts”


Do Unto Others

12 May 2014

At least it’s not only Americans who tend toward turning a blind eye.

“A Man Falls Down And Cries For Help Twice. The Second Time, My Jaw Drops.”

Overall though, people still don’t top this dog’s actions.


The Road to Energy Independence or Another Road to Nowhere?

10 May 2014

I want to believe.

“Solar Panels Could Replace Roads”

Besides, our nation’s road need so much repair anyway–


Darwin, Darwin, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?

9 May 2014

Cliven Bundy. Welfare rancher. This man has fourteen children. FOURTEEN!

“The Next Cliven Bundy Showdown”

Perhaps I’ll stop reading the news for a few days and pretend I live in a sane world.


Context: One More Thing American News Sources Fail to Provide

9 May 2014

The Solyndra bankruptcy didn’t get much attention from me, but this story providing fuller context for the structure of the Solyndra loan sure did.

“Media Ignore Bloomberg Report Undermining Their Solyndra Hype: ‘The Focus on Solyndra Is Not Proportional to Its Impact”

I don’t even remember hearing or reading that it was tiny part of the Department of Energy’s 1705 loan guarantee program.

Not happy, getting less happy by the minute/


Wage Inequality: The American Mirage

5 May 2014

Robert Reich’s “The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality’ sums up the situation quite nicely. Yet I still hear people spouting these ineluctable bromides, these straight up lies.

When Henry Ford started the first production line, he “overpaid” his employees because he said he wanted them to be able to buy one of his Model Ts. Since a number of American corporations no longer care if Americans can buy food or anything else, these “people” do not favor paying Americans a living wage. One of the hazards of being a “mature market” is being ignored. discounted, and forgotten. Onward, capitalism! Find new suckers–ah–customers.

Each day the American Dream comes closer to being the American Mirage.