Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ya think?


Let's all deny global warming together, shall we? Less said, soonest mended, and what you don't know won't hurt you.

If you need a good reason to avoid Patch, then how about this: I have a new piece up on Patch.

See? A word to the wise. It never fails.

25 comments:

Carolynn said...

Brilliantly written. Love your article. I hate to be the downer at the party, but it seems to me that it always boils down to money. If there's money to be made, then to hell with the consequences. To our own detriment. I love Mother Nature, but she has a nasty temper when pushed into a corner...

Tony Van Helsing said...

I'm not sure what a patch is but enjoyed the article. Regarding our ability to ignore the dangers, unfortunately we are spoilt children who don't want to lose the comforts we have and prefer blissful ignorance to hard truth. It's interesting how the media always has to bring on a scientist who doesn't believe in global warming to counteract one that does. This gives the wrong impression that there is an equal divide in the scientific community when in fact the vast majority know there is a threat.

Trish said...

did the other side of the bumper of that Ford have a Nixon sticker on it? if so, I know whom that vehicle used to belong to when it was vastly newer.

am sure there are plenty who are ticked over the article. then again there are plenty who toe the line of "listen to X, it is easier than thinking for yourself" and fill in the blank as to whom X is. Just wish more people would try to actually logically think things thru and realize there are consequences to all our actions.

Anonymous said...

Hee-hee. Wait for the fall-out.

GG

Bellis said...

It's a really well-written article, and I like the way you start with the rattlesnake. Ten years ago, I was a global warming skeptic, believe it or not. I reckoned that a few large volcanic explosion would cool the earth down again. Then I started attending public lectures at Caltech and JPL, got to know the facts, and have completely changed my mind. I wish the media here could make programs about these issues, but it's all about the ratings and no-one wants to watch programs that make them uncomfortable.

dbdubya said...

Unfortunately, politics have taken over much of the debate. I don't know who to believe or how much of a threat climate change is, but it only seems logical that anything that spurs more research and technology that reduces our dependence on foreign oil can only be good for all of us.

anonymos2 said...

The question is do you think the rattle snake will survive the man (and of course the women) due to their behavior.

They certainly have survived other specimens through the evolution history.

Marjie said...

That doesn't look like the toy of a winner to me.

I don't think the global warming question is as easy as everyone makes it out to be. Exhibit A: Greenland, 1100 years ago or so. Global warming and global cooling are a cycle, and any change in action on the planet changes everything. See also Mississippi flooding 6 months ago and Susquehanna River flooding (here) 6 days ago. Now they're questioning the wisdom of levees.

So my pea sized brain hurts now. I think I'll go bask in the sunshine for a few minutes, and enjoy my global warming.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

This is how I get around having to read reams of info with my "average" intelligence. I ask my sister at the "world famous" San Diego Zoo. She knows lots of smart people and has an inside track with biospherer's/save the ocean/save this /save that, and on and on and on. Word is Yes. I believe her.

I'd put this comment on the Patch article but I wouldn't want to loose credibility with the bike crowd.

Shell Sherree said...

A great Patch piece, KB.

Even if there isn't universal agreement that global warming exists, I don't understand why we can't be happy to clean up our act regardless. Why not reduce emissions and pollution, get serious about genuinely clean energy, cutting down on excess consumerism, waste and plastics... seems like common sense to me.

Kaori said...

I don't think there's every been a year like this one where I've felt the impact of global warming. That said...I really HATE snakes!

Katie said...

Great patch article (especially since it didn't involve an altercation with the rattle snake). I agree that we should listen to the scientists, who really are working hard on this issue. Here's a short video from a scientist that explains things rather well: my smart climatologist cousin

Even if it doesn't change anything, I'm still going to use my canvas Trader Joe's bags though.

altadenahiker said...

Hah, looks like Kaori would never forgive me, Katie.

One of the brilliant Fox radio guys really did say that, save wrapping your lips around the tailpipe of a car, auto emissions posed no threat to human health or the environment. And people called in to express violent agreement.

Trish said...

Faux radio....Faux?!?!?! omg! nooo!

I've got better things to wrap my lips around. sheesh.

Petrea Burchard said...

Great piece, Karin. I am constantly amazed at our human ability to rationalize our own demise.

TheChieftess said...

The earth has warmed before...to the detriment of the late species of dinosaurs...then it cooled so much there was ice pretty much everywhere...Mother Nature is in control...we just won't admit it...

Shrinky said...

We can't keep plugging our fingers in our ears and yelling, "Lalalala", as we prefer to do. I fear the legacy we leave is almost too far gone to salvage, and nay-sayer's such as that apology for a scientist there, well he scares the hell out of me!

Petrea Burchard said...

We won't kill the planet. The planet will be fine. We'll only manage to kill the things that sustain us--air, etc.

Jeff said...

:)
I'll return that toy, thank you.
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Your article is preaching to my choir but I enjoyed it:

"Turning back the dial on more luxurious creature comforts isn’t, well, comfortable. Ergo, as a concept, dealing with climate change has an image problem from the get-go. Not everyone wants to invite the implications to their party."

Some people find it easier to be in denial....

anonymos2 said...

Funny car to this topic. It’s not constructed to save the world; I mean it’s not a fuel saver.
Good to see it’s dusted down and have been parked for a while.

Wv: parbon - sounds like a french word to me.

altadenahiker said...

Preaching to the choir conserves my energy.

MG said...

Enjoy the new organic gauze curtains I've put up over the picture window in our stateroom on the Titanic.


WV: jailitin

Myra bought a Tupperware jailitin mold for her 3 Strikes Snakeskin Ambrosia Salad.

Banjo52 said...

The attitude on the bumper still surprises me as a fairly normal thing these days. I'm so naive that I thought the 60s rid us of all that. Well, for a long time I did.

Banjo52 said...

At Patch, I like your idea of the rattler as a metaphor for all of nature's warnings. Again, I'm just stupefied at some of the thinking and commentary out there.

altadenahiker said...

Hey Banjo, if you visited Patch this afternoon, bet you were impressed by a few of the 2nd amendment enthusiastists who were deeply disturbed they may not be able to wear their guns and holsters in public places.

Yup, that makes me feel safe. Someone packing at the ARCO station.