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I’ve been on something of a hiatus from reading much news or surfing the internet for random daily tidbits of either hilarity or outrage for about a week since I’ve been bumming off somebody else’s data connection in a bit of a backwoods area with barely reliable service. So I’ve been blissfully unaware of any stupidity that has happened in the last week.

Fast forward to today when I heard there was an earthquake in Virginia and I decided I just had to read about it and found out that there really wasn’t much to get all worked up over. Even the West Coast has been mercilessly mocking the East Coast for their inability to get even basic earthquake safety right by ordering everybody into the streets – presumably to cushion any falling objects – as opposed to telling them to get under something until the ground stopped moving (hooray for government intelligence and efficiency!) Nothing particularly interesting there. Then I ran across this link and I just knew I had to make some comments about it.

First off, just so we’re abundantly clear on where I stand, I believe in God. So from this moment forward I don’t want to hear one word about my belief in God after that article. Not one. Because nothing about my belief in God anywhere near approaches the sheer lunacy embraced by the people who wrote this “study”. I believe in a God of science, who is bound by – as well as rules by – the natural laws of the universe. And no, that’s not a ridiculous statement. Humanity is making new discoveries in science daily and at this point can only theorize about anything, much less declare absolute natural law since every time we turn around there’s some new contradiction to what we once thought was absolute. I find it ludicrous to assume that just because we don’t know shit about natural law – for the love of God we don’t even know shit about most of the planet because the water is too deep – nobody else in the universe could either. Unless it’s aliens of course. Because it’s so much more rational to believe in aliens that are concerned about global warming here of all places rather than to believe in a God that actually has a reason to be interested in a planet in some cosmic backwater.

Think about it. As a species we’ve know about gravity since Newton got bonked on the head with an apple and it’s still classified as a theory – not a law, a theory – because it is not a universal constant and we still can’t figure out the way it changes based on variables we haven’t even discovered or just flat out can’t prove. So at this point I think it’s pretty safe to say I have a much firmer grasp on reality than the loons who are thinking that some alien race will descend on the earth to kill us all in order to save a little ball of dirt flying around a third rate star in a far-flung section of an arm in the Milky Way Galaxy. Pardon me while at this moment I revel in the fact that people (some of whom work for NASA, mind you) who would call me bat-shit crazy for believing in some “invisible floating man” (which nowhere near approximates my belief, but whatever they have to believe to make them feel superior to God-believing whack-doodles) can in all seriousness call for us to “limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems” based on their belief that it’s possible that aliens might detect our greenhouse emissions and decide to invade as a preventative measure to protect a podunk planet in a completely normal spiral galaxy in an infinite universe. Well, I’m certainly sounding more sane by the minute.

What it’s sounding like is that not only are we supposed to kick an already downed economy because of global warming climate change whatever-the-hell-it’s-called-now (I can’t keep up with the constant goalpost shifting), we’re supposed to add insult to injury by kicking it in the balls on the off chance that some alien race of Greenpeace activists is scrutinizing the cosmos for any hint of abnormally high or low temperatures on balls of molten rock that constantly change temperature. Man, if there really are aliens out there watching they must have been spending most of Earth’s history baked out of their minds (what, I’m supposed to believe they’re all eco-conscious and not raging hippies?) to miss all the warming and cooling trends this planet has gone through; or hey, maybe that’s why the dinosaurs really died; they were warming up the world so much as they expanded the aliens decided they had to go. Hmmm.

I really have to wonder at this point if these people watched The Day the Earth Stood Still (the new one filled with the PC bullshit) or Knowing one too many times and decided – not for the first time – that Hollywood is a great place from which to get civilization-altering policy ideas. Because you can’t go wrong getting advice from people who can’t even run their own lives without slamming into the occasional tree while blitzed on a substance made to alter one’s sense of reality. /sarc

And I’m the nutball? Please.

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I’ve had many debates with people who are perfectly willing to put all their faith in only some scientists while completely ignoring what other scientists say in regards to global warming climate change. Hey, everybody’s free to their own opinion, so who they choose to believe or not is a testament to how free we are. Unfortunately, when those people decide their opinions are somehow more equal than somebody who has the exact opposite opinion – or even just wants to approach the whole thing with a little more caution and level-headedness than the population of Pompeii when Vesuvius went up – that’s where a problem is created.

I’m all for science. The methodology inherent in proving or disproving theories is music to my analytical nature, but it starts to sound more like a three-year-old banging on a piano when leading scientists don’t even bother to fact check each other’s work. And, people being people, there are scientists who actually fabricate research (case in point: Hwang Woo-Suk, a leading stem cell researcher who became the shame of South Korea when it was found his claims of cloning human stem cells were nothing more than lies).

Unfortunately, when it comes to global warming climate change, any dissent is hurriedly shouted down and the dissenter discredited. It’s OK to question anything else, just not that. It’s a sad, sad day in science when one can’t disagree with a theory or hypothesis without being labeled a heretic. I always thought science was supposed to be the search for ultimate truth. Silly me.

In any case, I’ve been watching this video, which handily refutes the sacred cows of global warming climate change. It runs about one hour and 20 minutes so you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time before you actually sit down to watch it. I tried to embed it, but I don’t think WordPress likes Google Video much.

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