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On Blizzards and Global Warming

by ranfuchs (writer), CT, USA, February 15, 2010

The recent blizzards in the US do not make the risk of climate change less real

It was a few years ago that scientists predicted that global warming will lead to increased storms, blizzards, and drastic cooling of some areas. So the recent blizzards in the US are of no surprise to these scientists.

However, it seems that the name ‘Global Warming’ is quite misleading, because every time someone experiences a cold day, they question if global warming is really happening. What global warming means is an overall heating of the planet that will cause massive disruptions to local climate patterns: heat waves, draughts, cyclones and blizzards are all part of the forecast. So although the choice of terminology might be poor, the threat is real.

The recent blizzard in the US has demonstrated a critical point – our society is not prepared to deal with changes of weather patterns. Let’s face it, the recent ‘horrendous’ blizzard, as described by the media, was nothing but a minor variation of the ‘normal’ weather pattern of the region, and yet, the social turmoil and the financial loss have been significant.

This should have been a slap in the face to all those who feel that we, human, with our modern technology are above nature. This should have been a wakeup call that our society and economy are not ready to deal with the smallest of weather changes. This should have also given us a hint of how bad things can become. It should have made us humble, but it hasn’t. A slap in the face doesn’t seem to be enough to wake us up. Are we ready for the knockout?

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By ranfuchs on February 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

Once Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a fluttering butterfly. What fun he had, doing as he pleased! He did not know he was Zhou. Suddenly he woke up and found himself to be Zhou. He did not know whether Zhou had dreamed he was a butterfly or a butterfly had dreamed he was Zhou

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By ranfuchs on February 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

It wasn't me, it was Zhuang Zhou. I am only the messenger

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By antivigilante on March 10, 2010 at 04:09 am

I object to both the Global and the Warming.

Global says blob, amorphous everything which is meaningless nothing, macrostatistics drowning out microreality. Pompous. Self righteous. Centralized. New Agy. Infuriating dismissive ignorant GENERALITY. Paranoid fear of multiplicity.

Warming says up and only up, melting and more melting, stable behavior, simple push button reality, quiet creaking sinking. Linear.

For years I complained that the propagated story in media of global + warming was such an affront to the intelligence anyone who had ever heard of feedback loops and life giving chaotic systems that it made me livid to watch cocky conservatives deny our local effect on the world and opportunistic liberals taking adventage of everyone's adult age insecurities (am I responsible enough, am I fair enough, am I forward looking enough, am I cynical enough).

And boy did the two headed one party beast eat at itself. Liberals pushed arrogant laws regarding CFLs (LEDs blow CFLs out of the water and contain no mercury). Conservatives started sinking into a mindset prior to paper or plastic.

What's especially suspicious is the fact that anybody who's seen a Slinky for crying out loud knows that chaotic systems do not simply go up or down. They go nuts.

I've been screaming about Global Weirding and all the media ever does say is Warming. Incidentally, the wirding seems to be quite knowledgeable about our species. Moisture was taken from low population areas up north and dumped as snow in highly populated areas down south. Snow reflects light. An anti solar excitement contingency feature, perhaps?

The spasmodic emergency rhetoric combined with scams that will make Madoff look like a beggar just made my blood boil. And as a side effect, the notion that the Earth has failsafe features never crossed people's minds.

Climate change is always on. Our failure to clean up after ourselves is the problem. Not high population. Not industry. Heck everywhere you can't find decent help, you migh as well switch sides.

And stop blaming Joe Sixpack for the actions of Joe Billionaire. Transporting goods overseas on water due to out sourcing causes more CO2.

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