The Answer is Blowing in the WInd
Already we have about half an inch and it was all I could do to coax my elderly lab out the door, down the steps a bit down the driveway to pee in the winter grasses. A friend in Scotland, a physicist, poo poos all this global warming. After, what can I know, being an artist?
Well, in the Feb. 4, Science News, James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York was quoted saying on Jan 24 that the global average temperature rise of .06C in the past 30 years, .08C in the past century, does correlate with the rapid growth of emission concentrations and is consistent with climate modelling. In the same issue, the Jan. 28, Geophysical Research Letters, explained how warming global waters had been slowed in their effects by polluting aerosol concentrations but as aerosol use has declined, the pace of ocean currents driven by warm surface water and salinity will slow and models predict, on the basis of data going back to 1860, this will all slow the global circulation patterns that determine weather. By 2040, thermaline curculation will reduce warm water in the Northern Atlantic by 20%. But hey, that is just models & American scientists and by 2040 my Scottish friend & I will both be dead so why worry?
Meanwhile, the air out my office window is a gratifying white, the wind is telling me something I am straining to hear, I can no longer see the shoreline and on Face the Nation, Condaleeza Rice was speaking very reasonably about how the United States will deal with insanity loose in the world before Howard Dean came on to be told that any other agenda besides that of the Republicans may be trivial. His old-fashioned premise is that it’s against the law to lie and commit treason, both of which this administration has apparently done. The reporters seem to be implying that it is bad to be angry about such matters. People do not like anger. That is true. They do not. But I also do not like seeing the book, 1984, written in 1948, become reality; not only ho hum normal but insufficient in that vision to how quickly all restraints on greed and hubris can overwhelm civilization, let alone the global environment.
http://www.wonkette.com/> links us to <http://iraqyouknow.cf.huffingtonpost.com/>, where we can all watch an entertaining musical of life in Iraq. What neither does mention is how that relates to dying seals and lobsters. What I never understood was why Kerry didn’t carry the ball on the relationship between economic prosperity and environmental restoration? Altho the truth may set us all free, we DO need a road map out of this cesspool of blood, oil and fear besides telling people what most of us already know, that control of this world is now in the hands of madmen with unprecedented opportunity to spoil all our days, let alone polar bear health. But hey, I am just an artist. And maybe not enuf people have noticed yet that there are a few disconnects here.
There is the beginning of a road map. I thought Kerry had one part. It might have helped New Orleans. Why did he throw it away? Is fear sexier? Probably.
We have quite a few hours to go on this weather advisory and now the Danish Prime Minister is reporting on CNN, that the offending cartoonist, whose exploding turban has ignited global rage and a gleeful contest to parody the Holocaust, courtesy of Iran, is on indefinite leave of absence. Furthermore, he opines that freedom of speech is sacred. Is there not some connection between that and truth? Does this not have something to do with facts and do not facts have something to do with transparency, observation, thought, analysis, education?
Wolf Blitzer is segueing to Katrina and New Orleans. Ah, I grow hysterical and self-righteous with fear and frustration and will quit here as the wind picks up volume out my window.