I am learning how to use my new chromebook….slowly.
Loving Florida and its warm weather.
For those of you who share my anti-establishment, left wing, tree loving, environmental views, here is a fantastic link you need to watchttp://www.nextworldtv.com/page/26128.htmlh.
I am learning how to use my new chromebook….slowly.
Biking, swimming and playing tennis. Wow! Can it get any better?!
Miss the mountains and my friends.
Just wanted all three or four of my readers to know that I am alive and well. Playing tennis with Sue daily, riding my bike, (got lost yesterday) and sun bathing when ever I get a chance. Computer has died so I have not been able to write any blogs. I have a new chrome book and will begin wasting your time in short order. Anyway, I hope you all survived the snow and hopefully it is melting fast. On Monday we will continue our migration south to Clearwarter Florida.
Let’s make this simple. For our purposes, earth is a very large spaceship with many rooms. Correspondingly the sun is like a large gas furnace that can put out many gazillions of BTUs. If one part of the spaceship is too cold, then another part of the spaceship is going to be too hot. If one part of the globe is getting too much rain, then another may be experiencing a drought. Our metaphorical rooms we are in here on the east coast are currently colder than most artic regions, and accordingly, there is another place on the globe that is much hotter than normal.
All this said, the real lunacy here is that some individuals still choose to ignore the indisputable scientific research so as to take this current weather aberration as proof that global warming (which should be called global climate change) does not exist. Let’s look at the chart of earth’s temperature over the last 100 years.
As you can see from the chart, the temperature of earth has risen almost 1 degree Celsius (1.8 F) over the last 100+ years. Some people believe that this is a result of natural forces. One can not totally dismiss this idea unless one studies long-term temperature changes on our planet. With the removal of natural disasters such as volcanos, earthquakes and asteroids from the data, earth’s temperature generally changes very little over long periods of time. ‘By long periods of time’, I mean thousands of years. Most scientist believe these changes are a consequence of fluctuation or pulsations in the sun’s energy output.
Our current situation is in no way similar to the standard temperature variations that the earth has endured. For the entire earth’s temperature to rise almost 2 degrees F in 100 years is unprecedented. Even if one could find any increase in the ancient temperature data, that does show an unexplainable hike in the earths temperature similar to what we are experiencing today, this does not take into account the CO2 that we are pouring into the atmosphere in-ever increasing amounts. Everyone knows that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which traps the sun energy in the atmosphere, not allowing the natural release of energy into space, much like a very large piece of insulation that only allows energy in but not out.
As a species some of us will survive global climate change. We may have to move New York City and many other large cities inland, New Orleans will be a great scuba diving venue and weather patterns will of course change in ways we can only imagine. The ocean has already risen 1/2 foot and ice caps are melting faster than anyone predicted. Deserts will become oases and jungles will become deserts, but we are very adaptable and many of us will survive.
One last point I need to address: the concept of global dimming, a concept which very few have heard of. For the last 50+ years scientists have been conducting a simple experiment around the world. They use a large shallow metal pan and place water in it to measure the rate of evaporation, which indirectly corresponds to the amount of solar energy that reaches the ground. Over that time, it was determined that there has been a decrease in the energy reaching the earth’s surface, until 1990, when aerosols were banned worldwide. At that point in time global dimming slowly changed to what is called, global brightening. Global brightening is when more of the energy from the sun is absorbed by the earth, rather than is reflected back into space. A proposed explanation for the early decreased in solar gain is the increase in particulate matter in the atmosphere from to cars and smokestacks. In more recent times there has been a reversal in this trend as a result of fewer car and smokestack emissions, thus allowing more energy to reach the ground. Now for those of you with a nimble mind, consider the consequences of the more recent increased solar gain and increased greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Oddly enough, we may have been slowing global climate change until 1990; this being due to the fact we were dumping so much particulate matter into the air! More recently, as we continue to clean up the air, we may actually see an accelerated rise in global temperatures. And this corresponds to what the world is seeing, the ever-increasing destruction of our polar caps and rise of the ocean.
So there you have it: global climate change in a few short paragraphs! It is happening and will continue to happen and we will have to learn to accept whatever an angry Mother Nature chooses to throw our way. Current calculations say that even if we were to stop putting CO2 in the atmosphere today, it would take many years for the earth’s weather system to return to something similar to what currently exists. Meanwhile, storm and rain patterns will be altered, ocean temperatures will increase and we will be like children on a scary ride at the amusement park, always wondering what is around the next corner.
There is one doom’s day scenario that people need to know about now. There is an extremely large mass of frozen methane (methane Hydrate) at the bottom of many of our oceans. If oceans temperatures continue to rises, these large deposits will begin to melt, and that folks, will be the end of the world as we know it! The oceans will turn red and the air will become poisonous and flammable. As I stated, this could be brought on by the warming of earth’s oceans, which is exactly what we are doing. Maybe we better get busy terraforming Mars just in case!
I think it was in 1974 that I was playing guitar with a group called the GOOBER PEAS who sounded a lot like the KINGSTON TRIO. When time and money allowed, we would attend concerts of folk singers we enjoyed. Somehow we got tickets to Constitution Hall in Washington, DC to hear a group of folk musicians, including Pete Seeger, John Hartford, Don Mclean and several other big-time folk performers. The concert was staged to raise money to begin cleaning up the Potomac River, and since Pete was heavily involved in the clean up of the Hudson Bay, it seemed appropriate that he be there.
I had never seen the tall, lean Pete Seeger in concert but I must say he was mesmerizing. His relaxed, peaceful manner seemed to flood the auditorium with gentle kindness. He was the star of the show even though I believe being the star was never a feeling he strived for. At half time, my buddies Joe and John, said they had something to do and would be right back. I sat there alone recapping the first half of the show and enjoying the grand environment of Constitution Hall. Before the show began, my buddies returned to their seats with a smug look which told me they were up to something. Little did I know that they had gone back stage to played a song for Pete, John and Don that I had written. As the crowd settled into their seats in anticipation of the second half of the show, the musicians returned to the stage. Pete went to the mic, waited patiently for the crowd to settle down and then announced that he had been given a song during the break to use as the ‘clean up the Chesapeake Bay’ theme song. I thought that was such a cool thing to happen, but to my surprise, it was my song! I looked over at Joe and John who were smiling ear-to-ear and realized where they had gone during the intermission. Then, from the stage came my simple little song, sung by the entire group! That moment will live with me until I no longer breath.
It,s going down the river to the next place
It,s going down the river to the next beach
It,s going down the river
Down the river, down
The folks upstream think they got it good
they throw their trash in the river and its understood
It’s going down the river
Down the river, down
Now the folks upstream, they forgot one thing
There’s the folks upstream
Singing the same thing
It’s going down the river, down
I have often wondered why the human male so thoroughly enjoys the act of intentional farting. I can visualize a group of cave dwellers sitting around the fire under a star-lit sky, roaring loudly at the release of gas by one of their buddies. There is no doubt that there is a certain pleasure from the sudden release of gases and amusement when someone else fills the air with sound. As a male, I admit that I have often engaged in the act of ‘flatulation’ and I must say there is a primal enjoyment to be had. There are few of us who can keep from broadly smiling when exposed to an unexpected fart. For this reason, farts are a standard low-brow kind of comedy in all forms of communication.
I have noticed that young people’s farts seem to be more socially accepted than old people’s. When a young man does it, it is seen as a expression of manly virility, but when an old guy farts, it is greeted with sighs of disgust; add to this, society totally frowns on women who flatulate. I could count on one hand in my 64 years the times I have heard a women fart!
Now, I am not a ‘flatuologist’, but there seems to be a lot of inconsistencies on how our society deals with this issue. After all, the act of releasing gas is simply a natural process of the digestive system, nothing more; yet, farts are omnipresent in our literature, our comedy and our daily lives.
So the next time you feel the urge to fart, think of the deeply intellectual discussion that you are currently engaged in. And oh, by the way, I am still confused as to why women do not fart more often, but that will remain for me, one of life’s mysteries….!
I have been retired for almost 8 years and have to say life is great. I work occasionally but never to the point of not enjoying what I am doing, exercise on a regular basis, watch TV and read when I want to. In other words, unlike the second part of my life when I worked for someone else, I decide when and what to do as part of the ‘I’ generation!
Being a realist, I know that society will only function when everyone does his part, much like a giant bee hive with worker bees and the queen. In order for our giant, complex industrial machine and its workers to continue functioning, we must all play our roles. A portion of our lives is given to society in exchange for a salary. Hopefully, the job we choose (or are given) brings us fulfillment and joy. However, many times this is not the case. I know many people who loathe going to work and accordingly live only for the weekends. On the other hand, I was lucky enough to find an enjoyable career and was somewhat competent at it.
For me, retirement was an easy transition because I have always been self-motivated and have more hobbies and projects than I care to count. Predictably, retirement was easy. Many of my friends who are approaching retirement express fear at the notion of having so much FREE time. Having had someone else dictate to them when and where they spend their FREE time for so many years, they find themselves unable to entertain themselves! If you take a careful look at the way we raise our children, it seems as though we are conditioning them to be reliant on someone else to map out their days. During my childhood, there were some organized sports but not like today’s world of year-around activities to keep the children occupied throughout the year. The old adage that, the idle mind is the devil’s workplace, seems to be the motivation for this barrage of activities. Returning to the issue of retirement, maybe our childhood may be seen as training for retirement. Could the difference between today’s generation and previous generations be that in the past they repeatedly made their own decisions on how they used their time; whereas, we allow someone else to decide how we spend our time in exchange for money to buy goods. If this is true, when we do retire we will likely need to relearn, just like a child, how to entertain ourselves! Most retired people I meet seem to do well with this change in lifestyle, although some simply fade into inactivity when left to their own devices. I can remember so many times when I was working that an activity arose and I had to say, “I can’t go.” Now, I choose to enjoy every moment the way I want to. I have grown tired of hearing the word, ‘retirement,’ because it does not describe my life. I simple have changed paths: work when I want, play when I want and relax when I want.