Global Warming is Socialist Propaganda

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  1. Nickny79 profile image66
    Nickny79posted 15 years ago

    Mississippi and Lousiana get snow: … 1200988198

    So much for global warming.  I bet Al Gore was scheduled to give a speech in New Orleans.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I think you want the political or religion forum.

      Demonstrating the fact that you do not understand the difference between climate change and weather is not going to convince any one of anything.

      1. Sufidreamer profile image80
        Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Global Warming is happening - the only question is whether it is a natural process or influenced by man. The problem is that there is so much pseudo-science, on both sides of the debate, that research is inconclusive.

        Don't see where Socialists come into this - Capitalist corporations jumped upon the bandwagon and now it is a multi-billion dollar industry. Oil companies, such as Exxon and BP, boast Green credentials in their advertising - they are hardly paragons of Socialism.

        1. t.keeley profile image79
          t.keeleyposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          "Dittofication", to quote our current president, though I doubt he agrees with you....

          Hell I studied this crap in school, the real stuff, and while there are two sides to the debate, a LOT of it has come from the industrial revolution and following. Majority of it comes from underdeveloped countries trying to use the same mode of growth the UK and USA did a hundred years ago. China, for example, was the highest polluting country in the last ten years according to most reports.

          Socialism would actually help to fix the problem, actually, since many countries would become (if the type of socialism was anti-globalism) self sufficient and [hopefully] the government(s) would return to a more environmentally healthy state of being. It's idealistic, but capitalism is the major cause of our current problem economically. There is NO ideal form of government, they all suck, and in the end it's the individual's responsibility to contribute and make the world a much better place.

          1. Sufidreamer profile image80
            Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Very true Mr Keeley - there will always be winners and losers. Democratic Socialism worked OK in Europe over the past fifty years or so, but an aging population is changing things rapidly. The world is changing too quickly and it is difficult to keep up

            Maybe politicians and lawyers should be 'invited' for a swim whilst wearing concrete socks. wink

            1. t.keeley profile image79
              t.keeleyposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              I guess I'm a bit disillusioned with any sort of political scheme. Government is by nature an evil entity, selfishly motivated and driven to fulfill what meets its end properously. Sort of like how Congress just gave themselves raises in a starving economy where people like me are just fighting to eat...

              1. Misha profile image63
                Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                Welcome to the cynic's club smile

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                Zarm Nefilinposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                I am with you bro, I am so with you.  Didn't our founding fathers say as much?

  2. mdvaldosta profile image60
    mdvaldostaposted 15 years ago

    I believe firmly that global warming is a natural, cyclinical process (remember the ice age). I've watched and read some interesting programs, this cycle has probably happened hundreds or thousands of times in the past. Now, with that being said, I do think it's quite likely that we're contributing to the process or starting it early. I have no doubt that we're making it worse with the carbon we're dumping into the atmosphere.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That is my opinion too, but finding good quality information is difficult.

      The problem is that environmentalists and the oil lobby are both guilty of producing research that produces the answers that they want. The bulk of the research is shoddy and does not follow scientific procedure. It is designed to make newspaper headlines and suit hidden agendas.

    2. ngureco profile image81
      ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      It is easy to understand and to agree agreeably with the following:

      (a)That carbon dioxide gasses such as chlorofluorocarbons and halons traps heat in the earth’s atmosphere by imposing positive radiation forces/blocking of heat that would have escaped into “space” back to the earth.

      (b)You and I are pumping more and more carbon gasses into the Earth's atmosphere every year.

      (c) Every year the earth is getting hotter and ice fields are disappearing, all increasingly in line with the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. The rise in global mean temperature is currently 0.7˚C.  0.7˚C rise in mean temperature may not look significant but it is significant. If you increase the temperature of waters of all the oceans and seas by 0.7˚C every ten years, the water will expand and that expansion is translating to so much water that many coastlines and low Islands will be no more.

      (d)That basically the weather is mainly determined by sun, land mass and water mass. Increase the water mass by expansion which then reduces the land mass keeping the sun constant and the whole global weather equation is changed for worse or better. This messed weather equation is showing Climate Change and Global Warming is now a Reality.

      Climate Change and Global Warming is not a question of Socialist Propaganda. What happened is that there is a price to be paid to provide sufficient and enough heat sinks to accommodate the excess heat being trapped by carbon dioxide. China, India and other developing countries were to “benefit” whilst Europe and USA were to pay a little more because they are industrialized and are producing more carbon dioxide.

      This seems not to have amused the ruling class in USA and no wonder the excuses of Socialist Propaganda whilst they buried their heads in the sand ignoring the real reasons. But then on the other hand there are wise Americans like Al Gore et all and when you look at the campaigns they are doing on Climate Change and Global Warming, you just admire them and the people of America.

      And yes, there are no lessons you can teach Mother Nature.

      Barclays Bank of UK estimates that Trade in Carbon Credit is soon becoming World’s Biggest Commodity Market with Futures and Options and will be worthy trillions of dollars per year. Chicago Climate Exchange of USA is now one of the few exchanges providing spot market in carbon credit allowances as well as futures and futures' options to help discover market prices of carbon credit and maintain liquidity.

      When you look at the Trading Exchanges in the US, resources and the know-how they have, you’ll agree agreeably that they are miles ahead of the rest of the world - it’s like trying to compare day and night. That’s where the money is for US.

      Interestingly what started like a bitter pill for US is now looking like a better pill. It will soon become mandatory that each country will have to swallow the pill of Climate Change and Global Warming, whether they like it or not.

      1. Nickny79 profile image66
        Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, being a part of the American ruling class myself, I find it very unamusing this Global Warming stuff.  Two issues: 

        1.  As for item (c):  The actual rise in "mean" global temperatures, assuming such a measure is even possible, is HIGHLY disputed and is susceptible to exaggeration by the socialist scientists who earn their living from socialist breeding holes that we, in common parlance, call "centers of higher learning."

        2.  As for item (a) and (b),  assuming arguendo there is in fact an actual measurable rise in temperatures, you seem to think that because there is a correlation between an alleged rise in temperatures and our increased carbon emissions, there is a CAUSAL CONNECTION between this rise in temperatures and our carbon emissions. 

        Conclusion:   You are wrong, not such causal connection can be shown, and therefore you should be banished to Guatanamo with the Islamic terrorists.  You CANNOT demonstrate, by a preponderence of the evidence, that the OUR carbon emissions are the proximate cause of any rise in temperature.  And if you can demostrate the causal connection, please tell China and India to stop burning stuff first!

        1. ngureco profile image81
          ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Dear Nickny79,

          What is it I did wrong to you to deserve being banished to Guatanamo with the Islamic terrorists?

          I think you are being unfair to me.

          1. Paraglider profile image88
            Paragliderposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            What did you do wrong? You disagreed with 'One Who Knows'  I wouldn't worry about it smile

            Have a good New Year!

          2. Nickny79 profile image66
            Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

            You are hereby pardoned.

            1. ngureco profile image81
              ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Thank you.

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            Zarm Nefilinposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            In all seriousness what do you think would happen if the "ruling class" that you allegedly belong to started banishing people to Guatanamo that didn't cowtow to your type of paranoid "socialists-are-out-to-get-everybody" type of ideology?

            It's just a simple question and one I think you should take the time to answer, as I think you might have found better company with Heir Hitler 60 something years ago.  The only real differences between them and what they did then and what you are espousing now is that Communism and Judaism were the "threat" then and now it's Socialism and Islam. 

            Here comes the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss.

            1. Paraglider profile image88
              Paragliderposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Communism, Judaism and also Romany. What harm were the Romanies ever doing to anyone? As always, the threats were imaginary. It was all about hatred.

  3. Scott Mandrake profile image60
    Scott Mandrakeposted 15 years ago

    As always, finding credible information is difficult and most rely on CNN for their news.  Its not really hard to imagine that there are socialists and capitalists on either side of the global warming issue, trying to extract every vote, every dime and every ear that will listen to promote their personal causes.  The real contention is not whether global warming is happening. Only an ignorant fool would argue that it isn't. The problem we are having is when we try to explore the hows and whys of global warming. 

    This reminds me very much of a cartoon I saw in playboy once. It depicted a bunch of scholars in Atlantis, debating whether or not their fair city could sink into the ocean, as the water swirled and eddied around their knees.

    Instead of debating if global warming is happening, why its happening and who's bloody fault it is, perhaps we should be taking the stance of the good boy scout and preparing for the worst.  Far from being a doomsayer in the chicken little sense, let us consider closely  the possibilities, and plan accordingly.

    Reason will prevail


    1. kerryg profile image85
      kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      This is what I find difficult to understand about deniers. Maybe you don't believe in AGW, but it obviously makes sense to break our dependence on foreign oil so we stop funding regimes and individuals who hate us and sponsor terrorism against us.

      And it makes just as much sense to break our dependence on fossil fuels in general. First of all, fossil fuels contribute to plenty of other pollution problems that are contributing to rising rates of asthma and other health problems. Secondly, America doesn't physically have enough fossil fuel reserves to meet our demand, even if we tapped into reserves that are currently unexploited thanks to environmental or economic concerns.

      However, we do have some of the finest wind, solar, geothermal, etc. resources in the entire world, so why on earth WOULDN'T we want to take advantage of those and, in the process, create a whole bunch of new jobs that literally CANNOT be outsourced? Complain about AGW all you want, but its goal of converting to alternative energy makes more sense for America than almost any other country in the world and it genuinely baffles me that there are still objections from anyone who's not directly in the pockets of the oil companies.

  4. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    Those of you who think there is no good quality information should take a look at this blog:

    There are some extremely good links on it to extremely reputable science.

  5. Uninvited Writer profile image80
    Uninvited Writerposted 15 years ago

    But tell me...what do they have to gain by promoting this "propaganda"? I have no doubt it is real.

    1. Misha profile image63
      Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Money, as always big_smile

      Remember Y2K? wink

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
        Uninvited Writerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        But, like kerry says, why not? It will benefit us all in the long run.

        1. Misha profile image63
          Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Because resources are always limited smile
          If we spend them on imaginary goals, we don't have anything left for the real ones...

          1. kerryg profile image85
            kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            But how is reducing dependence on foreign oil an imaginary goal? Or exchanging dependence on a limited resource for dependence on a renewable one?

            These seem like common sense to me.

            1. Mark Knowles profile image58
              Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Common sense says that the current situation will continue as long as the governments/oil companies/big business/ can extract maximum money and influence.

              And you are being very insular. This is a world-wide thing. You think British Petroleum (BP)  is interested in getting America off foreign oil dependency?

              And what do you think would happen if the Middle East's primary source of income was cut off?

              1. kerryg profile image85
                kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                Certainly not arguing that. But I think it's long past time we should tell them to go **** themselves.

                Yes, I am. Liberal patriots do exist, believe it or not.

                But because I do believe in AGW and because America is (for now, at least) the worst offender re: carbon emissions, I also think that this is a very clear case of what's good for America being good for the world.

                Additionally, I think if America seriously pursued alternative energy, the developing world would be more likely to follow suit, because it would encourage a much more rapid development of cost-effective technology, because they have to sell to us, and because they could no longer count on us to drag our feet and force the world to focus on us while they continue practices that are proportionally worse.

                I think the more we interfere over there, the more excuses they have to hate us and each other. It sounds really callous, but if they're going to bomb each other into glass, I'd rather they just did it and left us out of it. If we didn't depend on their oil, it would be much easier for us to stay out of it.

                I would much rather my tax dollars went to supporting better education, especially for girls, and health care in the Middle East than military interventions, coups, and fundamentalist sheikhs. You can't build self-sustaining democracy without a foundation of educated people, and more fool Bush for trying.

                1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
                  Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                  kerryg's on the right track!

                  1. Sufidreamer profile image80
                    Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    It makes sense on an individual level, too. We are in the process of buying a solar water heating system. In five years, it will pay for itself. We currently spend 300 Euros every year on wood for heating our water. The solar system costs 1500 Euros.

                    This is why I cannot understand people clinging to oil but complaining about having less money. The solutions are there.

                2. Mark Knowles profile image58
                  Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                  You are preaching to the choir kerryg.

                  I do not own a car and walk everywhere for almost everything I need. I do not fly, I do not buy newspapers, I recycle everything I can.

                  But you seem to think that no Americans have a vested interest in the Middle East's economy.

                  What car do you drive?

                  1. kerryg profile image85
                    kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    I know, but tl;dr, sadly, is what I do best. tongue

                    You live in France and I live in Nebraska, so by definition you will win any game of Greener Than Thou. But be careful about making assumptions. I've only had my license for two years, drive an inherited junker from my b-i-l mainly to go to the grocery store and library, and go through about a tank a month, so although you are, indeed, Green Than I, I do pretty well for living in an area with no public transportation, a severe problem with sprawl, and a singular lack of sidewalks and walking trails.

                    I'm apparently missing your point. I didn't say we had no interest in the Middle East's economy, I said dependence on their oil was contrary to US interests, and global ones as well, in light of AGW and Islamic terrorism. I don't have any issue with investment in other sectors of their economy (among other things, they've got some pretty excellent solar and wind resources too, from my understanding) as long as it's done in a way that doesn't give them leverage over us. Right now, they've got the leverage, which is bad for a whole host of reasons I doubt I need to explain.

  6. TheMoneyGuy profile image68
    TheMoneyGuyposted 15 years ago

    Environmentalist and Oil Corporations are one and the same and get their money from the same source; they just don't know it at least the worker bees don't.

    All alternate energy modes are owned outright or through holdings corps, or sponsored by the big energy companies.  As long as the debate rolls and interest is high they are able to maximize profits on both sides of the transaction. (Al Gore didn’t big into the movement until he was thoroughly invested in Alternate Energy to ensure he gets max return on his investment remember. “Always follow the rich white guy!”

    Think of Ford and WWII, not only did they supply both sides of the war, but sued the United States for damages to their plants in Germany.(They didn’t win as much as they asked for, but they won their case.)

    Divide and Sell is the oldest best profit maker in the book.  We only know of Global Warming for this reason.  Otherwise, there would have been no reason to put it in the news.  This is business and politics for sure, but so is science.


  7. Amanda Severn profile image94
    Amanda Severnposted 15 years ago

    Mark, surely the rapidly stagnating Global Economy is already slowing the necessity for Middle Eastern oil? Hence the recent fall in oil prices?

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    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    While it is true that every country has hand in the downfall of our enviornment.  China has in the last few years managed to surpass the United States, as was previously the country accountable for most of the pollution, in it's carbon emmissions. 

    America is number one in our consumption of plastic, next in line being Europe.

    When I was at the Museum of Natural History in San Diego a couple months ago, I found that America rules the roost in water waste on average American uses apx. 430, Europeans 260 gallons of water a day while in Africa they manage with less then 2 gallons a day.

    I, myself conserve as much as I can, and for the better part of my life, even when I did have a car, always chose to walk but damn me to Hell for being spoiled because even though I conserve, African's put me to shame. 

    So I am displeased with most of the countries because we sit pretty and comfortable, even though some will still complain, while other have nothing. 

    PS. I would double check the accuracy of my stats because they are off the top of my head but it is something like that.  smile

  9. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    Oh, and here is a prettier graph. That help?

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      sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      the temperature of the Earth has a direct corralation to how cold the next ice age will be.  Brrrr!!!!

      Better go and get those polar bears skins right now if you want to stay warm next winter. lol.

  10. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 15 years ago

    It's a bubble Mark, it's just about to busrt, and all you worries will evaporate with it lol

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Care to back that up with anything?

      Although, if you take it as a bubble, the next logical step is an increase in burning fossil fuels, and another, sharper rise in temperatures, followed by a catastrophic event that triggers the burst.  smile

      Not that I am worried about it, it is going to happen and therefore not worth worrying about.

      But, like all other bubbles, there is an opportunity to prevent it.

      1. Misha profile image63
        Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        No, I am just kidding around big_smile

  11. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago


    I do accept that the chart you posted shows a temperature increase over last 100 years or so.

    I don't accept the BS about global warming and linking it to human behavior. Stating this is not enough, you have to prove this link. Which is an impossible task, considering the amount of reliable data available.

    Did you ever notice that day is normally hotter than night? Summer hotter than winter?

    Nature always works in cycles, and you know that probably better than me. What makes you thinking this is not just yet another, say 500 years long, cycle that we are witnessing now? Use Occam's razor please, would you? big_smile

    1. Nickny79 profile image66
      Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Well said.  The left claims to be free-thinking, and yet they are the most adamantly dogmatic and dismissive.  All dissenters are ignorant, gun-wielding, religious zealots.

    2. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Occam's razor? OK - Global temperatures are rising.

      What is the most logical, simplest reason for that?

      We have no evidence that there is a cyclical temperature cycle that causes this.

      We are burning more and more fossil fuels all the time, and have been since we discovered them.

      The simplest answer is that burning fossil fuels on this level causes the temperatures to rise.

      Simple common sense actually, but let's try a scientific experiment:

      Sit in your car in a locked garage and leave the engine running and see if you get hotter.

      Let me know how you get on with that lol

      1. Nickny79 profile image66
        Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

        1.  The simplest answer is that temperatures fluctuate by nature regardless of human activity.
        2.  Your experiment is deceptive and distinguishable from the fashionable global warming argument because your scenario assumes there would only be two dispostive factors in the rise in heat, to wit, a running engine and locked garage.  Global fluctuations in temperature have innumerable factors that defy measurement with human activity being but one of many.

        Consider this scenario:  Suppose you sat in your closed off garage with the engine running, but also the following factors were added:  1. it's the height of summer and the sun is beating directly on the roof of the garage; 2. there is a furnace in the garage; 3.  the garage is insulated; 4.  pipes with hot water run through the garage; 5.  the thermostat in the garage is broken and the heat is on full blast; 6. little Tommy is burning the recyclable newspaper stack in the corner of the garage.

        Now what is causing the garage to heat up?  If you only focus on the car, and measure only what the car is doing, OF COURSE you will say the car is heating the garage.  That's the very line of thought enviro-marxists use, but of course the pepper it up with glossy charts and fancy PhD's.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Well, that is the most coherent argument you have put forward so far. So let us try the experiment again.

          Sit in your car in an insulated garage with the engine running, the furnace lit, hot water running through the pipes the heating on, and newspapers burning,

          Two questions here -

          1. Which of these is not under your control and

          2. Does it really matter which one kills you?

          1. Nickny79 profile image66
            Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

            On a global scale, most of the factors both human and natural are beyond our control--assuming we could even know all the factors and I content we can't.

            It only matters, if you don't believe in baby Jesus.  wink

            1. Mark Knowles profile image58
              Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Individually, they may be beyond our control, perhaps. But collectively we can make a difference.

              Baby Jesus has no place in a science discussion. One forum up for irrational beliefs please. wink

              1. Nickny79 profile image66
                Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

                Cool, when you get China signed on, let me know.

                1. Mark Knowles profile image58
                  Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                  That is easy - Stop buying all your plastic crap from China wink Then they won't need to make any any more.......

                  1. Nickny79 profile image66
                    Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    An thus we come full circle.  "stop buying"--Socialism at its finest.  Everyone must stop their lives for a few peguins and a few fearing-mondering politicians.

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          sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          - you are ignorant!  Ignoring what you can see in front of your face qualifies as ignorance.  If you cannot see that the amount of fuels burned since man discovered them and how they correlate to the accelerated temperature change, then you are just being ignorant. 

          The human activity created the "garage".  Yes, one massive volcanic explosion such as Vesuvious (however you spell it) produces more carbon into the air than all of human existence, however the addition of human activity by cutting down our trees that recycle our air and burning of them as well as other carbon emmitting "things" increases, accelerates and traps more of the heat on Earth with no escape and there are no trees left to recycle the carbon.  Of course you understand it, but ignore it. 

          The temperature increase of the Earth is not what were are worried about,  humans can handle a gradual increase in temperature, it's the ice age that is concerning.  The 1 degree is enough to melt the polar ice caps, which has been seen in the past, how fast they are melting is alarming. 

          I am sure Mark can find some videos for you to show you in reality how fast the ice bergs in places such as South America, (there are ice caps in south america incase you didn't know) in just the last 10 years and faster as the years pass by. 

          The shift is too drastic for humans to keep up with.  The damage is irreversable but if you are hoping for worse, then keep doing what you are doing but if you want some hope, then stop!

          again, you don't get it, the heat wont kill you, the carbon monoxide will.  To sit in your car while the garage heats up because you want to prove you can handle the heat is bloody stupid.  When you finally figure out that something else is killing you, you just may not have what it takes to get out of your car and open the garage door to let it out.  tongue

          not the point.  how fast it heats up is.  The addition of the car makes the temeprature rise faster.

  12. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago

    Thank you for the giggles Mark big_smile

    Now, can you answer seriously?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That was serious. smile

      Actually I am not going to argue that it is not cyclical. You just have one part of the cycle missing and are prepared to take a leap of faith to do so. That is the trouble with believing irrational beliefs such as god. It negates the possibility of coming to a conclusion in any other way.

      Here is the cycle -

      Humans evolve
      Humans discover fossil fuels
      Humans discover burning fossil fuels provides energy
      Humans burn fossil fuels
      Global temperatures rise
      Global temperatures reach a point where human life cannot be supported
      Humans die out
      Humans stop burning fossil fuels
      Temperatures drop

      Cycle complete. sad

      1. Milla Mahno profile image60
        Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Nice cycle. smile  A bit longer than than I was suggesting, even if you accept 6000 years as humanity age big_smile
        You are making assumption here that burning fossil fuels causes temperature rise. It is not proven smile

        Now, coming back to the post you claimed was serious. I can't really take it seriously. Give it a thought, I know you can.

        We have no evidence that there is a cyclical temperature cycle that causes this.
        Absolutely. We have no evidence to the contrary, too. However, we do have scientific evidence that nature in general and temperatures in particular change in cycles. Even on your chart you can see a dozen year long cycles revealed. It is much more logical to assume that longer cycles exist, than that they are not. So, to come up with a natural expalnation for this phenomenon, we need only one assumption: there exists a longer temperature cycle.

        We are burning more and more fossil fuels all the time, and have been since we discovered them.
        No question about that smile

        The simplest answer is that burning fossil fuels on this level causes the temperatures to rise.
        This is an assumption build on a series of underlying assumptions. You are assuming there exists a threshold in Earth's heat dissipation abilities. Which is not unreasonable at all, but it is still an asumption. And you are assuming that mentioned threshold is triggered already. Quite an assumption I would say. You will need a heap of complicated calculations with their own assumptions to support this assumption, because you are talking exact numbers here smile

        Sit in your car in a locked garage and leave the engine running and see if you get hotter.
        There is no evidence that termal characteristics of a closed room are identical to termal charcteristics of Earth. Yet one more assumption big_smile

        So, the bootom line:

        My hypothesis - one reasonable and simple assumption
        Your hypothesis - a series of assumptions dealing with complex calculations and more assumptions

        Talking about razor big_smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          No - your hypothesis ignores several vital factors. And make some pretty big assumptions also. 

          How long have we been burning fossil fuels?

          You are assuming that there is no threshold on earth's heat dissipation.

          You are assuming that because there are cycles in the short term, there are also cycles in the long term, even though the evidence shows an upward trend.

          And this is supposed to be a scientific forum, so we can forget about the stupid beliefs that some how manage to justify your poor behavior towards others. I know, it is the christian way but let's try and stick to facts.

          And any time you would care to provide the scientific evidence for any of your beliefs, feel free. smile

          1. Sufidreamer profile image80
            Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            No it isn't. Difficult to say either way - you accuse others of weak science but make a very unscientific leap.

            Occam's Razor is not a recognized scientific method and leads to fallacious assumptions.

            1. Milla Mahno profile image60
              Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Hi Sufi smile

              I don't think I am accusing anybody in anything, I am just not accepting what has been presented as a conclusive evidence, and trying to explain why I am doing so

              I am not a scientist, I am just a girl, ya know wink

              Tell me why it is not logical? Please...

              1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
                Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                It's not logical because climate is determined by two types of factors--1. Natural factors beyond man[s control such as sun spots, meteorites volcano eruptions and the like; and 2. Man made or anthropomorphic factors which began to become significant due to population increases and the industrial revolution which resulted in increasing emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The warming effect of greenhouse gases has been measured, well documented and widely accepted by scientists around the world.  However, increasing levels of greenhouse gases will not necessarily result in global warming. Their effect could be counter-balanced by natural cooling events over which we have no control. Or the warming effect of greenhouse gases could be ACCENTUATED by natural events or cycles. However, "cycles" may not be the best choice of words because it implies that climate change is more regular and predictable than it has been historically.

                Anyway, global climate change is not an either/or matter--either natural cycles or greenhouse gases. The climate at any given time is the product of both factors only one of which we can have control over. Scientists tell us that we will soon reach the tipping point on greenhouse gases beyond which it will be difficult or impossible to avert significant and very disruptive global warming. In my opinion and that of most scientists the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions is URGENT.

                1. Milla Mahno profile image60
                  Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                  Sorry Mr Deeds, I was not too clear in my question smile

                  I was actually asking what is not logical about assuming that long term temp cycles do exist.

                  And sorry again, I don't buy your "tipping point". You know, creating a sense of URGENCY is a standard marketing trick, very effective  - not on me, though big_smile

                  1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
                    Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    The "tipping point" idea is not mine. This is what the best climate scientists in the world are telling us. And historic cold and warm periods are have not occurred in regular, predictable "cycles." "Changes" is a better choice of words to describe what has happened to global  temperatures in the past and likely in the future. These changes are unpredictable and beyond our control. We can and should control greenhouse gas emissions. The science is clear. The problem is more one of education and world diplomacy. It's not clear to me what the source of your doubts about this is. Perhaps you could tell us whether you base this on intuition or or scientific sources.

                  2. Sufidreamer profile image80
                    Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    Thanks to Ralph, Lita, Kerry et al. for the good points!

                    Definitely not 'just a girl!' smile

                    You are not fooling anybody with the 'Lindsey Lohan' thing - you make some very reasonable and well thought out points. No problem with that - it is the implication by some, that all scientists are raving Marxists wanting to bring down the US economy, that I do not like. Most research scientists are poorly paid and on short-term contracts. They are too busy making ends meet to bother with a political agenda.

                    The point is that no assumption can be correct, not just yours - all that we can do is gather evidence and try to make the best model to predict what is likely to happen. This is not weak science - modelling is essential in many fields of science to try to predict trends. Doctors use it to predict the spread of a disease, meteorologists to forecast the weather and economists try to gauge economic patterns (some predicted the crash, but nobody listened!). The model used for predicting future trends in global warming and long term climate change appears to be pretty good. Going back to Lita's point, this is why I do not like Al Gore - he manipulates the whole thing and the genuine research is lost.

                    Unfortunately, the green movement has become an industry. A lot of research is funded by oil companies or environmental movements, and is compromised; Dubya's funding tended to go to scientists supporting the nay lobby. The whole thing is a quagmire of propaganda and BS - the advertising men dictate the whole course of research. In this, our views are not too far apart.

                    However, I understand how to pick through the poor research - that is my job. From the research that I have looked at, I agree with the IPCC's finding that there is a 90% chance that the rate of Global Warming has been increased by human sourced carbon dioxide emissions. 90% is not the magic '95%' required for scientifically accepted 'proof,' but is pretty close. That is why I believe in erring on the side of caution. The other good posters on here have added other points - that reducing dependence upon fossil fuels and cleaning the environment is a good thing. I live in a beautiful area of the world and would like to keep it that way - if I came and emptied my trash-can in your backyard, I think that you would be pissed off.

                    The political thing is another matter. Politicians seek any excuse to tax us. Oil companies now portray themselves as 'Green and Cuddly.' That is for you to sort out politically rather than trying to blame science. Take the Toyota Prius, loved by Hollywood. It is the biggest scam going, and you are better off buying a small, economic car for getting stuck in gridlock. Advertisers are the real problem here, and I have little time for marketing executives who play on fear.

                    Finally, as I pointed out on the other thread, it makes economic sense to go green. To heat our water costs 300 Euros per year, using wood. A solar water heater costs 1500 Euros and will pay for itself in 5 years. Not 'socialist,' just common sense!

                    Hope that makes sense - have not had enough coffee, so everything is a little fuzzy! smile

                    Just read the tipping point bit - looking from the oceanography side, if global warming continues, it will affect the underlying currents adversely. This is not a good thing. Using the argument that advertisers use urgency, so it must be a conspiracy, is a little short-sighted. Pick through the adverts and there are some worrying underlying trends.

          2. Milla Mahno profile image60
            Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Oh my!

            OK, let's go one by one

            What exactly several factors my hypothesis ignores? Please list, I will discuss smile

            I don't know exactly how long we have been doing this, you don't know either. 1,000? 10,000? 100,000? What difference does it make?

            No, I am not assuming anything in that regard. You are assuming there is a threshold. It is exactly like with believers and atheists, remember? If you assume something exists, prove it smile

            Yes, I am assuming this. Don't see anything wrong with assumptions, you are using the same method. Oh, I am surprised I have to explain this, but cycles consist of trends. Trend up - trend down - trend up - trend down, ad infinitum, you know. Also, my assumption is based not only on short term temp cycles. All nature is cyclical, are you going to argue with this? Temp cycles exist in all timeframes, remember periodically coming ice ages? Not that wiki can serve as an authoritative source, but just to illustrate the point:

            Here you are making an absolutely ungrounded assumption about my beliefs. I am not a Christian, and I do not belong to any formal religion. Also, would appreciate any example of my poor behavior so I can correct it, my apologies in advance smile

            And finally, you are asking me yet another time to prove that something does not exist. On religious forums you firmly established the rule that proof burden is on the side of a believer. You believe human caused global warming exists, not me - so I don't have to prove anything, you know. Or is it different on scientific forum and this rule does not apply? big_smile

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              sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              OMG Milla, the graph you show proves that there were time periods when "only the Earth" was responsible for the global warming.

              Now couple what the Earth can do and what we have added to it, however significant or insignificant it may be.

              Given the "data" from the graphs from you and Mark, what is still shining through is that the next ice period is going to be a doozie!  smile

              If anything at all whether you believe it is purley nature and man had no fault in it or not, consider when it does come around.  What will we use for heat?  What will we eat?  What work will there be? 

              Solar shingles or systems wont be of any use either. sad

              1. Milla Mahno profile image60
                Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                Take it easy Sis!

                We personally are not going to live through the next ice age in our current bodies, so we'll worry when we get there wink

                Oh, and I am not saying that man had no fault in anyting, far from that - I think we definitely are the nastiest occupants over here, by far. I just don't see any conclusive evidence that our misbehavior somehow affected the global temperature trend, that's it smile

  13. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 15 years ago

    "Sit in your car in a locked garage and leave the engine running and see if you get hotter."
    'Shadow of a Doubt' (1943) Alfred Hitchcock

  14. TheMoneyGuy profile image68
    TheMoneyGuyposted 15 years ago

    Back on the West Coast now,

    I see you all have been busy.


  15. ngureco profile image81
    ngurecoposted 15 years ago

    There are two types of driving forces to change climate:

    1. Natural Driving Forces
    2. Man Made Driving Forces

    Natural Drivers are due to the variation of the orbital distance of the Earth from the Sun which leads to the cold glacial and warm inter-glacial periods. Each period lasts approximately 100,000 years which is a slow change and we humans do not easily notice it. Natural Driving Forces also include sun's activity which is a solar cycle of 22 years. There is not much we can do about these Natural Driving Forces.

    Man Made Driving Forces include Greenhouse gases released to atmosphere by man which impose positive radiation forces which lead to global warming.

    It would not be right to try using Natural Driving Forces to confuse that there are no Man Made Driving Forces when the two are very different.

    A global mean temperature change due to Natural Driving Forces for a period of ten years is less than 0.01˚C. When you have a mean global temperature change of 0.7˚C for a period of ten years, then you have reason enough to investigate why. And the reason is because of Man Made Driving Forces.

    Mother Nature is getting out of Balance and that is the reason why you and I have to take action on Climate Change and Global Warming. Take action now.

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image66
      Ralph Deedsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Very true. Good analysis. I hadn't read your comment when I posted mine below. We are on the same wavelength.

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    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    I only have a minute here...  But why do you hate Gore?  Are his assumptions fallacious from a scientific standpoint? (Other than egoism & money and yeah, yeah, all that.)

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lita, hope that you are well.

      He uses weak science and twists facts - this does more damage than good. I accuse many of the deniers of using weak science; in the interests of balance, that works both ways. I sat through a quarter of his film and then walked out in disgust.

      On a personal note - I really do detest his wife!

  17. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 15 years ago
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    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    I felt like going on anyways...

    turn off the lights when you aren't using them.  This goes especially for business and buildings that close for the night but for some reason, due to the possibility of theft, leave the lights on.

    not water the grass when it is raining and when there is not need to water a perfectly wet lawn.

    unplug things that are not in use and have never been in use.

    bring your won coffee mug to the ever so trendy Starbucks

    wash your dishes by hand, or use the dishwasher when it is full

    take shorter showers, and for some, there is no need to take 3-4 showers a day just because you are hot or cold, maybe a good dip in the lake or ocean will do just fine, or pants and a sweater. 

    buy a water filter at least instead of buying gallons and gallons a month for drinking water. Good God, boil it even! 

    take a reusable shopping bag with you to the grocery store

    buy food in moderation, not so much at one time that ultimately the food gets wasted.  I am sure that Starvin Marvin from famine stricken Africa would have loved to consume that good you so arrogantly threw out because, know why.

    spend more time getting some exercise instead of paying doctors to remove the fat from your body or buying into miracle scams that promise to help you lose weight.  FYI (and I know there are those out there who do have a genuine problem with weight no matter what they do) stop eating so friggin much and laying on your fat behinds while bitching about why McDonalds made you sick.

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    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    Regardless of the 'science' presented on both sides, doesn't it make sense for an intelligent species to err on the side of caution?

    And does it have to be, Oh, the next ice age killed us, that's nature, or, Oh, we used fossil fuels and we can't change, were all dead?

    Maybe we figure it out and keep on living?

    Not using fossil fuels makes sense anyway--considering obesity (caused in part, by excessive use of automobiles), the destruction of the environment (name any number of examples can be made here), the fact that these fuels are not renewable & that many renewable energy sources exist (wind, biodiesel, water, sun, etc.).

    Besides the fact that they are often just plain evil (hence wanting to 'just keep what they got' like kindergartners in a play box hogging the buckets and shovel), the right wing 'ohhhh my prosperity, ohhh the horror' types are usually stupid to boot.  How much more 'prosperity' is truly to be had by developing these new technologies?  Do they ever think in this direction?  One wonders if they ever think--or just worry like animals about obtaining/losing personal power and maintaining sensate pleasures for themselves.

    There!  Got that out.  smile

    1. countrywomen profile image61
      countrywomenposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree with you that we can certainly err on the side of caution. We need to reduce our carbon footprint (by walk, bike or public transportation), reuse the paper cups/bottles, recycle whenever possible, reduce or shutdown electric/electronic appliances/equipments when not in use (includes TV/Computer and others), reduce water wastage, better use of heating(only switch on when required instead of leaving it on all the time), and making other small life style choices to make lesser negative impact on this beautiful planet of ours.

      On a lighter note it maybe a while before moon or mars can be made habitable in the near future lol

  20. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 15 years ago

    Global warming is neither socialist or any other kind of propoganda.

    It's a well known fact that the rise in the global temperature is related to the number of pirates in the world.

    I'm happy to report that as the number of pirates in the world are increasing, that soon we will see a corresponding fall in the global temperature.

    And if you are looking for a better religion to follow, you'll be welcome the the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
    Go to and be touched by his noodly appendage.


    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Eric, you are my hero!!!!

      I'll join FSM tomorrow, and right after Xmas will fly to Somalia big_smile

      Mark, will you join Somalia pirates in their noble mission? Eric's chart proves this is THE method to stop Global Warming!

      1. Mark Knowles profile image58
        Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this


        Of course. Eric is my hero too. He was gently pointing out that your religious beliefs are all you are listening to here.

        Using your "razor," you have decided not only that there MUST be cycles in temperature changes, 'cause..... Well, because there must be. It gets colder at night and warmer in the day, cooler in winter, warmer in summer - therefore there must be a bigger cycle that we haven't seen yet.

        But also - you know where the cycle will stop and know also that we will survive the high point.

        Not only that, but you are certain that burning billions of barrels of oil, cutting down trees willy-nilly, over fishing the seas to extinction and dumping toxic waste all over the planet has no effect on this cycle that you know is happening.

        My what a clever girl you are. And you said you were "just" a girl. lol

        Did god tell you ?

        Because that is your Occam's razor answer for how we came to be here. And let's face it - you think human kind is 6,000 years old..... lol

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      Leta Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, I'm down with Ramen!  smile

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    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    Yah, CW--
    Lol, I'm telling everybody to see Wall-e.  What was a cute cartoon for some came across actually quite sad to me!  ....oh, and then follow it up by seeing Artificial Intelligence (AE, the movie) and tell me what conclusions you come to!  We've created our replacements!

    smile I'm just joking, really.  Honestly, I believe, if we can visualize these things first (and we are), then we overcome our idiocy.

    Plain out, now, seriously, isn't using the cycles of nature for renewable sources--imitating what is there in nature--a more elegant solution, one that will build those lovely prosperous capitalist futures AND keep people in jobs, and make sure more people around the world are comfortable, too?

    1. countrywomen profile image61
      countrywomenposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Lita- I saw Wall-E and was aghast that due to over dependence on robots sometimes we can be controlled and also become so unhealthy that we can't even walk. I haven't seen AE but honestly the conclusions must be similar.
      I agree lots of new jobs can be created with the "Go Green" theme. But I don't know why so much is being said about capitalism or socialism when it is neither but a question of being concerned for our environment. We are seeing some symptoms like unseasonal rainfalls , hurricanes and so on across the world. We just have to be more careful of our resources and environment since not being careful enough isn't an option. big_smile

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    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    Now that is an interesting chart.

    I find that "deforestation" without "reforestation" is...well...umm.. I have no words to describe what I feel about that, then again I am one of those people who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and fell in love with trees when I was a kid.  sad

    I was telling CWB (Cold War Baby) the other day a little personal story about the trees.

    Firstly, growing up I was taught to be respectful of the things in nature, my dad is a nature loving nut, and my mom was and is always conservative.

    So in middle school we did the Arbor Day day thing and they bought for us all these baby trees for us to go plant.  So we all got a tree and went out to plant them and I was so proud of us for giving back to the Earth and I thought for sure I was helping to make a difference.

    Then a couple weeks went by, everyday I would stop by "my" tree and see how it was doing until one day it was gone.

    When I asked the teachers whey the trees were gone, they told us that "    " said we had planted the trees on government property without their permission and needed to have a permit and pay for the use of the land. sad

    Till this day I am sad about it and so propganda, socialist, or whatever does exist and the do care more about the money then the Earth.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      We are hoping to plant a couple more olive trees in the spring, so we shall name one Sandra smile

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        sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        OMG!  I think I want to cry.  smile  Thank you.  smile smile smile

        1. Sufidreamer profile image80
          Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          No worries smile

          A hub about olive trees should be coming in the spring, with some pictures, so watch this space. Only twenty years before they produce olives!

  23. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago

    Mr Knowles,
    Did you actually bother to read my reply to you before responding? You are talking to somebody else not me, you know big_smile

    Here it is, for your convenience:

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      If you are not a christian, I deeply apologize for suggesting you are. This is a mortal insult as far as I am concerned, so -  Sorry. From all the comments you had left about humankind being 6,000 years old, I made that assumption.

      Plus all the other deniers I have encountered (with the exception of your good friend Misha) have been christians.

      Seeing as you are Ukrainian/Filipino - I also took that as an indicator. Every Filipino I have known was strong Roman Catholic and the few Ukrainians I have known were Orthodox Christians.

      My mistake. And the bad behavior comment was aimed at christians as a group, although I don't really see any difference between all the major one god religions. 

      Please let me know what you do believe so I can make appropriate fun of you, unless you are an atheist (and I don't mean communist) big_smile

      OK, Proof , and disabusing you of the notion that we are not having an effect on climate, which is basically what you are saying. You are also saying that there are cyclical patterns in nature. You are also saying that the best assumption is that there is no limit to the amount of heat the earth can dissipate and this is the most logical conclusion. Plus you do not know when we started burning fossil fuels in any quantity, and feel that this does not matter. That is several separate issues.  Lets deal with each one separately -


      Yes, there are cycles in nature. You have mentioned a few. Day/night, summer/winter, etc

      These cyclical patterns always end in the death of whatever is being cycled out to allow something else to be cycled in. As will this pattern you are describing.  Let us start with since records began. Around 1880. This is s graphical representation of global temperature as measured since that time. I do not have any measurements from before this time, so I will have to work from this.

      This data is collected by nasa, and I don't think we can accuse them of being socialists smile

      So, we both agree that temperatures have been rising for this time period, and we can both see that there are "cycles" within this graph, where the cycle completes, and temperatures start to drop, and then rise again. Nevertheless the overall trend is upwards.

      Now, you are assuming that this trend will stop and we will start down again. That may be the case, but where do you think it will stop? And this is crucial. Do you think we will survive this point? Of course you do. Why?

      I see no reason why it would stop. And neither do the world's governments and the bulk of the world's scientists.

      Also, it is a reasonable assumption that this graph does not show the same thing if we ran it backwards, because if it did, we would have been in an extended ice age for quite some time and in fact temperatures were relatively steady as best we can ascertain for the last 12,000 years and the increase has only been seen in the 20th century, before which time it was considerably colder, but no where near enough to suggest that this graph continues the trend downwards as we go back. 

      Coincidentally, we did not start burning fossil fuels in great quantity until 1859 when oil was discovered in Pennsylvania. Yes, we burned the odd bit of coal, but this was the start, and our fuel consumption has been steadily increasing since that time.

      No connection as far as you are concerned.? This current upward trend did not start until almost the exact year we started burning oil. Yet you assume there is no connection. OK, next. Not conclusive proof, I know, but a strong coincidence.

      Sorry, but I am going to use a few quotes rather than my own words for the next bit. Others have already made these arguments smile

      The Earth's climate is complex and influenced by many things - particularly changes in the Earth's orbit in relation to the Sun, which has driven the cycles of ice ages in the past, as well as volcanic eruptions and variations in the energy being emitted from the Sun. But even when we take all these factors into account, we cannot explain the temperature rises that we have seen over the last 100 years both on land and in the oceans - for example, eleven of the last twelve years have been the hottest since records started in 1850.

      So what is causing this increase in average global temperature? The natural greenhouse gas effect keeps the Earth around 30°C warmer than it would otherwise be and, without it, the Earth would be extremely cold. It works because greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, but mostly water vapour, act like a blanket around the Earth. These gases allow the Sun's rays to reach the Earth's surface but hinder the heat they create from escaping back into space. Indeed, the ability of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to trap heat in this way has been understood for nearly 200 years and is regarded as firmly established science.

      Any increases in the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere mean that more heat is trapped and global temperatures increase - an effect known as 'global warming'. We know from looking at gases found trapped in cores of polar ice that the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now 35 per cent greater than they have been for at least the last 650,000 years. From the radioactivity and chemical composition of the gas we know that this is mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels, as well as the production of cement and the widespread burning of the world's forests.  The increase in global temperature is consistent with what science tells us we should expect when the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase in the way that they have.

      It has been alleged that the increased level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is due to emissions from volcanoes, but these account for less than one per cent of the emissions due to human activities."

      Much like the theory of evolution, lol, the theory of climate change is the best reason we currently have for the temperature changes we are witnessing. No better theory has presented itself. If you are really interested in more information - go here … 0&f=84

      I am not going to argue that there have not been climate changes in the past, but nothing like the rapid changes we see now and have been seeing for the last 100 years.

      The earth has a limit of heat dissipation or not

      Not going to blind you with science. You assume there is no limit. I assume there is a limit.

      If you can name me one single, solitary anything that has no boundaries or limits, I will change my tune. I assume the earth has limits because I do not know of any single other thing that doesn't. Everything is finite. Everything has limits. Even the universe I think lol Never really understood that. But still - name me one other thing that has no limits and I could be persuaded that you have a valid reason for thinking this. Otherwise this is a pure leap of faith on your part.

      1. Milla Mahno profile image60
        Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        OK, here you go...

        No problem, just try to read what I post - I never said that big_smile

        What? yikes Misha is not your friend any more? yikes

        I believe that people are hypocritical  big_smile

        No, I am saying that our effect on climate is well within the system tolerance levels.

        I am not saying this either - see detailed responce below smile

        In any quantity - does not matter, and I don't know, correct.

        It will stop eventually. All things come to an end, even uptrends. Anybody who thinks they are not is fooling themselves, like in a housing bubble big_smile However, I never said I know when and at what level it will end. Neither I said anything about us surviving "this point".

        I don't think this assumption is reasonable, by your own terms. You deny that trend may eventually stop upwards, but assume it will stop downwards. Where is the logic? Also, take a second look at the chart I posted - there were quite a few wild temperature fluctuations during the last several million years. I can hardly attribute them to human activity big_smile

        How do you know it did not? All the data you presented coincidentally start at the exact moment of us starting burning fossil fuels in noticable quantities. You did not present any data for the preceding period. Why? big_smile

        This goes off our initial set of questions, so let's finish with them first, or our posts will get to absolutely unreadable length smile

        I am more interested in entertainment, and it is boring over there wink

        I think the chart I posted proves otherwise. Here is yet another chart made from the same data, for the last 400,000 years, which gives a better idea of the speed of the changes in the past:

        You did not read what I wrote again. I said this is a reasonable assumption. What is unreasonable, is to expect be so tight, that it is triggered by a measly addition of 0.01% - which is about how much energy in all forms humanity consumes in comparison to how much Earth absorbes from the Sun.

        Oh, sure, there are quite a few things that don't have a limit. Numbers. Time. Universe. Just to name a few. Oh, and stupidity, too! Change your tune tongue

        1. Sufidreamer profile image80
          Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Nice chart, Milla

          The problem is the here and now - the Earth's temperature has fluctuated for millions of years. It will continue to do so long after humanity finally self-destructs. The problem is the speed of the change and how it will affect life now. 

          Mind you, noting the TMG's idea about overpopulation, that might not be such a bad thing! smile

          1. Milla Mahno profile image60
            Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Hi Sufi,

            I am pretty much sure it is not the first time Earth is experiencing such swift changes. Look at the zoom in I made from the same Vostok data, about 130,000 years back:


            Does it ring any bell? big_smile

            PS Still thinking on my reply to your previous post smile

        2. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Ah, semantics and metaphysics. Nice big_smile

          That will win out every time. You sure you are not a christian? lol

          Although you managed to avoid answering every single one of my earlier questions, and pulling figures such as 0.01% out of your backside does not really help, because if you had looked at any of the links I left, or any of the other information offered by the others, you would see that the problem is not merely a matter of energy consumption, it is a matter of hazardous by-products and various other factors.

          Care to translate that figure into dangerous toxins released into the biosphere instead?

          Did you actually visit any of the links?

          Having watched us bump up against limits all over the world, when the accepted view was that we would never reach those limits, I think you are being deliberately naive. Not sure why, but that is your choice.

          I have seen too many instances where we felt there was a far bigger capacity for the planet to cope than there turned out to be, I think my assessment, albeit to a certain extent, subjective, is a far more realistic one than yours.

          As far as the burden of proof here, there is only one way I can conclusively prove to you that you are wrong. smile

          1. Milla Mahno profile image60
            Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Well, it's not exactly my backside. From the Wiki ( ), the approximate amount of energy our planet absobes from the Sun is 3,850,000 EJ per year. Humanity consumes about 487 EJ in all forms, including fossil fuels. Do your math, and you will see that the total energy use by humanity is a whopping 0.013% of the energy our planet absorbes from the Sun. Sorry, I rounded it down to 0.01%. big_smile

            I hoped you could do better... sad

            1. Mark Knowles profile image58
              Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Really? There is only one way to conclusively prove it. lol

              Which I guess means you do not understand what that means.....

              So sorry - you also seem to think that it is merely a matter of energy consumption. I guess you did not read any of the other information or links I and others left either. lol

              You have already decided smile

              A leap of faith no less.......

              1. ngureco profile image81
                ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                The Greenhouse Effect


              2. Mark Knowles profile image58
                Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                OK, I am prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt. Rather than being deliberately obtuse, you are just being lazy. smile  It is easier for you to say, well, if it is just a matter of energy consumption, we have another 98.87% to go before we catch up with th sun's energy output, therefore we are fine. It will be ages before we get there lol

                Of course, you are somehow missing the point, but still.....

                This is how it works -

                Greenhouse gases are a vital part of keeping the sun's radiation inside our biosphere. Many of these are naturally occurring gases (but not all) and they include but are not limited to:

                water vapor
                carbon dioxide
                nitrous oxide
                nitrous oxide
                sulfur hexafluoride
                synthetic halocarbons

                These gases absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range, and serve to keep the planet warm. This is a simplistic way of looking at it -


                Basically, greenhouse gases allow radiation to heat the earth by trapping that heat within the atmosphere.

                Concentrations of naturally occurring gases have been almost constant through the pre-industrial holocene. And I know you are a big fan of wikipedia, so this is the graph proving this -


                The obvious conclusion from this is that any temperature changes we have been able to measure in the past, were in no way related to the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

                Since about 1800, man has begun to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Anthropogenic gases are increasing, and have overtaken the planet's natural ability to disperse them through natural sinks. We have reached a limit.

                The main sources of anthropogenic greenhouse gases are :

                burning fossil fuels
                livestock enteric fermentation and manure management
                use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in refrigeration systems
                use of CFCs and halons in fire suppression systems and manufacturing processes.
                agricultural activities

                CO2 sources -

                Solid fuels (e.g. coal): 35%
                Liquid fuels (e.g. gasoline): 36%
                Gaseous fuels (e.g. natural gas): 20%
                Flaring gas industrially and at wells: <1%
                Cement production: 3%
                Non-fuel hydrocarbons: <1%
                The "international bunkers" of shipping and air transport 4%

                Water vapor is interesting, because the warmer the planet becomes, the greater concentration it is possible to hold in the atmosphere. So, whilst we are not producing any water vapor, by producing all the others we are contributing to the amount of vapor indirectly.

                So, by outputting greenhouse gases, we are affecting the amount of energy radiated or kept within the biospere.

                Nothing to do with the amount of energy we consume. More about how we produce it.  This is a graph showing where those gases are emitted per capita big_smile

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                This is what is causing the earth to warm up at this time. Not a natural cycle.


  24. TheMoneyGuy profile image68
    TheMoneyGuyposted 15 years ago

    The real problem is this,

    Here on HubPages I have managed to come across a particular brilliant and well read group of people that have the ability to think. (With the exception of a few whom we all know)

    The real problem is this, even here in this group we are arguing and bringing point after point over something that is a threat in the far future whether man made or not.  We argue because we are taught to argue.

    We see things as right or wrong, left or right, good and evil. 

    It is the same old divide and conquer tactic, which we down on the bottom entertain our precious few hours, without ever conceding that one way or the other we have no effect on the true outcome.

    As far as cooling the earth that problem was solved a long time ago, geosynchronous reflectors at the appropriate distance will lower the radiation to hit earth and maintain her thermal equilibrium.  It isn't about that it is about controversy.  We as humans have already survived that which can be thrown at us. 

    That is not the point, the wealthy want to keep as many alive as possible to continue the mass exploitation.  And that consumption is what will kill us, not the fossil fuels or any other campy crap that keeps us from using our practical brain, but as more of us occupy the  land the ability to feed ourselves will exhaust, and a lot faster than most realize.  Without, something catastrophic left alone we will continue to grow population at a logarithmic rate.  We can not sustain that and that will happen long before the earth cools the next degree.

    The only real solution is a dramatic population reduction and the end of this slavery we now exist in.

    None here or any where can or will accept that solution as your brain has been molded at an early age to not accept that as the solution.  The church exists in and with the State and the Corporation to perpetuate the lie of what we call humanity and compassion.

    It is convoluted purposefully to prevent the logical conclusion that the system currently exists must be evolved to something new.

    The other fallacy is that it has evolved from something, but I argue there has been no proof of Ideological evolution since we have identified ourselves as species.  We are and have always existed as the slaves that we are.

    As long as you and I continue in such debates and allow others to control our thoughts we will always argue and show this tradition to our children and their children and globally warm or not we will have sentenced them all to a life of servitude.

    With that I will go back to my reading and check in again in a day or two. 

    Fraternally Yours

  25. Nickny79 profile image66
    Nickny79posted 15 years ago

    Wow, I've created a monster with this thread.  Don't you people have anything better to do?  I'm sure there is a tree out there that needs a hug.

  26. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    You make some good points.  I like how you think--that's why I became your fan!

    Warren Buffett also supports broad population control as one of his only personal charities (of course he gives mega money to others who deal with other things, such as the Gates Foundation).  Interestingly, he is one of a few liberal-leaning truly wealthy.  Soros is another.  They both supported Obama (Soros, I believe, in more ways than we 'mortals' may know).  Very interesting....

    I think though, in regards to your comments, one has to be careful to get toooo cynical,and too much about conspiracy.  Last time I checked, everyone puts on pants the same way, and everybody has gotta die--  Meaning, we are ALL too human--that includes the wealthy, 'ruling,' power class.  And human institutions have come about as the result of many human drives--not all of them are about control or wealth.

    I do agree that one of the control mechanisms of those interested in power is to drive controversy among the ants...  I started to talk to Misha about the conflict in the former USSR between Georgia and Russia--absolutely that is about the powers of be driving ethnic conflict and stoking nationalist sentiment--ancient nationalist sentiment.  The Georgians (and if this makes it better--less seemingly biased--my ex was Georgian) are too blinded with the old fact that they've had to fight off umpteen invaders of their country over centuries, and the promises of conservative actors in the west (McCain) to 'help' them in some old school war mongering way against the 'evil empire.'  Thank God (or the noodle monster--or whatever you conceive God to be or not be--I have no issue w/ that--ANOTHER stoked point of contention among us... As long as you're intelligent, you are OK with me.) he never made it to office, or absolutely I believe we'd all be dead sooner rather than later.

    The dialectic method, however, I believe is how we as a species achieved anything (I am one who believes words ARE thoughts)--so it cannot be discounted, even if perhaps it is a slow process.  Hate to sound elitist, but I keep my discussion to those I think can handle it, and who make real contributions.  Others--  Wish them well personally, but I don't have the energy.

    I'd like to know what you know/think of geosynchronous reflectors, as I perceive you to be our resident 'real scientist.'  smile

    You created a good thing!  Much more useful/interesting, in the long run, than attracting bimbo-ettes.  I sure hope you don't live in such a cartoon universe and are doing some marketing here.  (Why waste a good English degree????!)  smile

    1. TheMoneyGuy profile image68
      TheMoneyGuyposted 15 years agoin reply to this


      I hear you and respect your opinions immensely, however on the cynical part.  I spent my entire adult life until about three years ago in the military.  I made a little goal when I first come in that I would be the youngest person ever to achieve the highest pay grade.  I missed my goal by about 4.  Many would argue that it was a great accomplishment.  I received many accolades to be sure.  However, once you’re at the top something weird happens you start understanding how things work.  Not how you thought they worked not how you believed they should work, but how it actually happens and the people and the mechanisms behind it.

      You face a simple decision at this point, you can stay and finish your time and collect your check.  The choice 99.9% of people in this position make (only 1% of all the people that enter the service will achieve this rank so were not talking about a lot of folks) or you can say no and leave.  You would think it would be easy to make such an obvious moral choice, but it is not.  In fact you are not allowed to leave on your on terms like that, you will face massive amounts of scrutiny and ridicule and general inability to understand how you can leave all that money on the table.  But, at the end of the day I would say all of this will be gone and there will still be me and this silly Mirror I look at every morning.  So you would think I would have learned my lesson right.

      Well no, I got out after 16 years just 4 from the big prize, and I was always into and interested in Finance and Money so my first civilian Job was at AIG (They are a preferred military employer, I learned that means they like people trained not to question).  Easily the second most corrupt organization in the world after Government, in fact they were so in bed with the Governments of the world.  It is no wonder they will have unfettered access to our collective monies from tax payer bailouts.  Anyway I quit those folks as well, struck out on my own only to find out exactly how stacked that system is as well.  I was successful and sold my company for a nice penny and now I do what I enjoy Science and Engineering and I do it to finish off my last little bits of what I want to retire with. 

      So it is very hard not to be a cynic, when you know the people on the TV and know exactly what their true character is.  Though enlightened thought such as yours does comfort me and it does in fact give me little glimmers of hope that maybe just maybe something might change.  And if those agents of change need or want me I am there for them with my brains and less than humane skill sets.

      As for Warren Buffet he is the newly rich class and though he has remained relatively uncorrupted, his company will live on after he dies and lots of ambitious men will use it as their ladder in life.


  27. crazyhorsesghost profile image70
    crazyhorsesghostposted 15 years ago … 21493.html

    The people on these islands might not agree. I remember the winters in my area being much warmer when I was a child all those years ago. I know that then we had snow sometimes in winter which is rare here now. So something has changed.

    1. ngureco profile image81
      ngurecoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, "the Global Warming and by extension Climate Change is causing thermal expansion of sea and ocean waters, and a meltdown of glaciers. That is leading to seas rising by up to 7 metres. This could be devastating to countries such as Bangladesh, India, Vietnam and China. The tiny nations of the Pacific, where some of the world's lowest-lying islands are situated, would be the first to be swamped - particularly vulnerable are Kiribati, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and parts of Papua New Guinea”.

  28. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago

    Mark, quick question, so I can prepare a better reply to you smile

    How exactly do you think fossil fuels burning affects global temps? What is the mechanism of this influence? I re-read your posts from the start, and my understanding is you think that the heat produced by burning directly affects global temps, right? We are just literaly heating the Earth, adding to what it receives from the Sun, right? Like in your example with a car in a garage? Thanks.

    PS, Oh, btw I forgot to tell you I don't buy fries in McDonalds anymore smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Good. smile

      No, that is not the mechanism. I will reply after you have answered my questions. smile

      And the point with the car was that you would not lock yourself in an enclosed space and leave your car running.

      Why not?

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      sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Oh Milla, you old hag!  I love you.  You must be messing around with Mark to say something like that, right? 

      You know that the "blanket" of soot from, let's see the dinorsaurs (just to be simple) from the "meteor" or "volcano" (which ever theory tickles your fancy) sent all the sediment up in the air as well as all the carbon (mostly invisable) into the air, sheilding the Earth from the sun, which is what created the ice age and the next era.

      The same with burning fuel.  The temperature of the literal burning is so slight and disapates, like cigarette smoking outside.  It is concentrated at first but then it splits up until you can't see it anymore, but it didn't disapears.  smile  This is logic I am sure you can understand.

      The same happens with burning wood, or fossible fuels or when a cow poops.  The gases and sedements get trapped.  They are concentrated for a little while until they are evenly distributed, like the cigarette. 

      What you, I think, don't understand is that the natural way of the Earth has been altered and the addition of human consumption has slowed down the rate of disapation.  Thus this "invisable" blanket is trapping the heat on the Earth. 

      So another stupid Sandy annalogy is this.  When you wrap yourself up in a sheet when you go to bed, you are able to trap some of the heat, and the fine holes in the threads is enough to let some of the heat go so you don't get too hot.

      Now toss on another blanket, it starts to become hotter so you have to remove one of the blankets to get some relief etc... now, if you do pay attention to the less obvious details, you would have noticed that when you remove the sheet, your body temperate adjust pertty fast to it's normal temperature. (superficial)

      But when you are using a thick blanket, when you remove the sheets you body feels a sudden shock, (the cold) and it takes your body a little bit longer to adjust.  (while not internal body temperature, but superficial body temp.)
      So in this annalogy, pretend you are the Earth and the "greenhouse gases" is the blanket.

      1. Milla Mahno profile image60
        Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Hi sis, love ya too smile

        Go re-read Marks posts, and you will see that he was trying to sell us that burning fossil fuels literally heats the Earth big_smile

        And your analogies are not stupid at all sis, the blanket one is perfect - the question is how thick exactly this second blanket is? And, if it even thick enough to make a difference, will your body heat itself to the self-ignition point, or some natural regulation mechnism will prevent it from that? wink

  29. Mark Knowles profile image58
    Mark Knowlesposted 15 years ago

    "Any man who is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart.
    Any man who is still a socialist at age 40 has no head."

    Georges Clemenceau


    1. Nickny79 profile image66
      Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Sir Winston is rolling in his grave.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image58
        Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, there is a lot of argument as to who said it first, but I think it was Clemenceau.

    2. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Still 5 years to go, then. smile

      I have been a little busy, so have just had a skim through.

      Lita - Thanks for the vote of confidence - I have a feeling that ngureco knows a lot about the subject, too. smile

      I read a little about geosynchronous mirrors in New Scientist, a few years ago, but not much since. If TMG is happy with the engineering side, then that is good enough for me. Whether it would work - I will need to dig out some information!

      TMG - I did not climb anywhere near as high, but saw enough cynicism and lies in the retail industry to turn away. After being stabbed in the back again, it was time to follow the dream of a new life in the mountains. Hope the Mexico thing works out for you. Not quite so sure about the arguing thing - I love a good debate, although I am probably absorbing the Greek mentality. On that note, the recent unrest here supports your point about how governments/business fear a united population. This is not going to go away any time soon.

      Milla - Asking for a quick explanation of the exact processes behind global warming is difficult - I may attempt a hub, when I have some time, but pretty busy for the next few days.

      Good idea - the Greeks regularly hug their olive trees, believing that it gives them a better crop. It stems back to the Ancient Greek belief that each tree contained a beautiful female dryad spirit. Maybe you should try it - it might be the nearest you get to hugging a woman outside of your imagination. wink

      1. Nickny79 profile image66
        Nickny79posted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Funny, I study a lot of ancient Greek history...but I thought when Greek men embraced olive trees they thought it contained the spirit of a beautiful little boy...or maybe, it was just that they "embraced" the boys when they were under the tree.

        1. Sufidreamer profile image80
          Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Who knows? You would have to ask the Greek men about that one. It appears that some parts of Ancient Greek history attracted you more than others.

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    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    smile  I hear you, I hear you....  What is a little funny about Hubpage forums is that people assume certain things about people just based on (?) prototypes they've encountered or something (?) IE, socialism, religiosity, etc.   It's a little silly--and that IS part of what is keeping people unfree (because that is what we are talking about at the heart of it, yes?)

    I believe we are actually about the same age, for one--I may be a little older than you.  So the uncynical young women thing doesn't wash, lol! (BTW, you are not that OLD, omg) Furthermore, can't say I define myself as a socialist (although I do see some good in that 'ism')--I read a lot of Chomsky (a very aware but uncynical intellectual-I highly recommend his writing because he also thinks way outside the box and can back everything up with the thoroughness of a scholar) and probably best describe my beliefs as aligning to his.  In short--yeah, I know how things 'work'.  I've been through quite a few episodes in my own experience where I got the picture quite clearly (try the advertising world in NYC after 9/11.)  I've also been through quite a few episodes where I saw light.  So I wanna say that I hope I come from a somewhat enlightened and not naive perspective...  I believe being far too cynical is a crutch or a delusion in itself (another hubber I recommend reading--especially his comments--is vitaeb.  He has a very succinct way of expressing himself concerning dualisms.)

    So, what, you were a Brigadier General when in the army?  smile  My partner (older than you--he built Gitmo) was in for 10 years, and also walked away...  There are many who know money in servitude ain't freedom.  He owns his own company now....and suffice it to say, we've gone through here what I think most would deem the eye of corruption...and come out the other side.  Trust me, he was overly cynical too with good reason.

    Just the fact that YOU are still around and still offering to help good and 'small' people is proof in itself that hope exists.

  31. kerryg profile image85
    kerrygposted 15 years ago

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      Leta Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      hahaa!  smile

  32. aka-dj profile image64
    aka-djposted 15 years ago

    No matter what ones opinions are, generally speaking, I believe we are in trouble. If we do nothing, we will (as a species) suffer. If we take any (drastic) action, many will suffer. The human population is reaching unsustainability, with current trends continuing.
    There is a solution, but (He) does not beling in this forum (by popular complaint). big_smile

  33. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 15 years ago

    "There is a solution, but (He) does not beling in this forum" The world is overpopulated with people and needs to be depopulated. My opinion has always been let God do it, cause I sure wouldn't want to.

    1. aka-dj profile image64
      aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Sad to say, but I have read years ago, that organisations already exist with this very purpose in mind! Wouldn't surprise meone bit, if some of their strategies are already at work, beind the scenes. (Callit conspiracy theory, I don't know, but . . . . ) Thed truth is out there, somewhere.

    2. kerryg profile image85
      kerrygposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      But God's chosen methods of population control have never been anything but extremely unpleasant for everybody involved. Even the "saved" people lost their homes and friends and family and who knows what else.

      I'd vote for better education and birth control access any day!

      1. aka-dj profile image64
        aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        As a believer, I hold the view that children under the age of understanding, automatically go to Heaven if they die. This would include the conceived, and unborn. So logically(?) I should hold to the pro-choice view, but I don't. And most believers are the same.
        The reality of life is that all shall die. (period). I just don't believe my death, (or yours, or anyones) should be determined by another human being.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, this would be a major hijacking of the thread.

          Please try and keep your ridiculous beliefs up one forum smile

          Thank you.

          1. aka-dj profile image64
            aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            I know, I know ! ! !
            What's your thoughts on (secret) population control advocates?

            1. Mark Knowles profile image58
              Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

              Start a new thread in the appropriate forum and I will join in. I have all sorts of theories lol

              1. aka-dj profile image64
                aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                Where? Arts?Entertainment? Business,perhaps? They each seem appropriate in one way or another. hmm
                Ah, Politics?

                1. Mark Knowles profile image58
                  Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                  Maybe we should ask for a new forum -

                  "Conspiracy Theories."

                  Probably be the most popular one yet big_smile

                  1. aka-dj profile image64
                    aka-djposted 15 years agoin reply to this

                    I don't know how. I will let you do it. Besides, I have to go. CUL8R

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        Leta Sposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        I am of the 'belief' that for a species blessed with free-will, the Spag. Monster or Allah or Jehovah or whoever, will help those who help themselves.  smile

  34. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 15 years ago

    I believe the film '12 Monkeys' Terry Gilliam, covers the depopulation by virus thing. That would be arts and entertainment.

  35. Scott Mandrake profile image60
    Scott Mandrakeposted 15 years ago

    Join me here for more talk about population issues.  Many thanks


  36. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 15 years ago

    @ Milla.
    Watch out.
    Methinks Mr. Knowles is trying to chat you up. cool
    Eric G.

    Yes my sister, the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has the answer to everything.

    @everyone quoting Wikipedia to back up their arguments:
    It's dangerous to treat it as an authoritative reference.

    @ everyone else:
    skimming through all this made my brain hurt.
    Especially the long, long slabs of quoted text with a line or two at the bottom which was the comment.

    In the interests of conservation of electrons, please don't requote the entire post.

    And yes, there is a shortage of electrons in the world.


    I read it on Wikipedia. yikes

    Eric G.

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Aww, thank you Eric, I will not let him smile

  37. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago

    Thank you Mr Knowles, finally you managed to put together a more or less coherent post! I would just ignore the previous one, OK? I drafted a responce to it, but it lost its actuality already smile

    So, let's see what you got there as a conclusive evidence of catastrophic global warming.

    If anybody is being lazy on this thread, it is not me Mr Knowles, this is an unjust judgement.

    Not sure where you get this 98.87% number. It is rather 99.987%. Typo? Probably. But rather coincidentally makes us specs of dust feel about 100 times more important. And gives us 100 times less time to fix our problems, too. Sense of URGENCY, I understand. Did you come here from marketing? MLM even may be? They love that kind of stuff big_smile

    I will just ignore that, like all your other obvious attempts to push my buttons. Just wanted to let you know that I see them and appreciate them for what they are smile

    Nice pic Mr Knowles. Not terribly accurate though, because one arrow is missing. I took a liberty to edit this pic a bit to better resemble the real process. Take a look.

    Arrow #5 represents about 30% of solar radiation our planet reflects, before absorbing.

    Now, I wouldn't say that gases main servitude is to keep the planet warm. I would agrue their main purpose in that sense is to keep the temps more uniform during day/night cycles. Without them our days would have been way hotter, and nights unbearably colder. To the point that life would not have been possible at all. They reflect a part of energy up into the space during the day, and down to the Earth during the night. I think such a description gives better understanding of their role.

    No, I am not a big fan of wiki, but it has its uses. You use it legitimately. Now, did you make another set of typos? big_smile
    The chart you are displaying clearly shows CO2 NOT being constant throughout this time period. Unless your definition of almost constant includes 40% variations. Also, the chart clearly indicated that there is a correlation between CO2 and temps. So, I am at a loss  - what were you trying to say here exactly?

    This is a statement. Where is the proof of hitting the limit?

    You forgot one source though - human breathing big_smile

    Can you enlighten me, does water vapors reflecting capacity depend on absolute or relative humidity? And yes, we are producing water vapors - in our breath.

    Hard to agrue with that one. Just not sure how much a spec of dust can affect it.

    Umm, nice pic, but what exactly it is supposed to illustrate? That Canada puts up more crap per capita than USA?

    Sorry Mr Knowles, you did not prove anything. You need to try harder if you want to convert me to your religion. I know you can - remember fries? smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this


      Like I said, there is only one way to prove it conclusively. Don't worry, we will get there. Not likely to be in our lifetimes, but we will get there......

      But happy polluting big_smile  Wouldn't like you to have to give up any more than McDonald's fries now would we.

      As to your other point about doing what you are told lol

      You are doing what you have been told to do right now -

      Consume, consume, consume. And fight for your right to do so lol

      1. Milla Mahno profile image60
        Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Should I understand this rant as Mr Knowles himself does not consume? He is always naked, lives in the ground hole and eats insects that he can catch, and an occasional rabbit, right? lol

        I am just wondering how he is getting access to the Internet, though tongue

        Still, it seems he does pollute despite his best effort. Producing CO2 24/7, coupled with water vapor and occasional burst of methan big_smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image58
          Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this


          When I get to ranting you will know...... I usually reach for that when meaningful dialog, scientific facts and reasonable arguments have failed. wink Of course I consume. But I try and limit that consumption.

          I even persuaded a friend to stop eating McDonald's french fries once. wink

          1. Milla Mahno profile image60
            Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

            Oh yeah, I can confirm big_smile

            And Sandy is right -  I love your pics guys! smile

  38. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    Whatever!  Praise tree huggers and global warming cautioneers because there more people there are who can hear a good cautionary call are the ones who will enevitably make it possible for those of you who seem to take it all for granted.

    Cheers!  Socialist propaganda, yes it is.  Milla, just keep telling yourself whatever you want to so that you may never feel guilty.  Your right, it is not your fault, it's the global warming conspirators who are making life hard right now.

    Sometimes you ignorance does really get on my nerves and all this time I thought you were so zen and smart but now I am realizing that you are just like them.  sad

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I love you, Sis smile

  39. Scott Mandrake profile image60
    Scott Mandrakeposted 15 years ago

    Ouch, retract your claws for a moment.  You praise zen then bash opinion, however slanted.  Please remember we are here to discuss, not belittle. 

    I think the only grudge being held here by the "socialists" is the word propaganda.  It has such a dirty stigma that is hard to overcome.  Personally, as unbiased as I am <insert cruel chuckle here>  I would imagine that any "socialist" willing to fight for their cause would be proud of their position on this issue.  Instead, I see a lot of defensiveness on either side. 

    Though we are not all friends here, we can at least be civil antagonists smile

    Green party FTW


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      sandra rinckposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Just wanted to say Milla is my good friend, we talk to each other like that all the time.  smile  It's our thing.

    2. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      A little defensive, perhaps, but a lot of the problem is the definition of the word Socialist, which makes me wary of getting into a debate about the subject.

      If a European asks me if I am Socialist, then yes, because it means left of centre. I believe that some basic human rights, such as healthcare, education and water should be funded through taxation and nationalisation. No more, no less.

      If an American asks, I say no, because they seem to assume that I want to take over the world with Marxist ideology and eat babies. Only a perception based upon a few observations, but when Obama is called a Socialist as an insult, most Europeans scratch their heads. To most of us, he would be classed as right of centre, like Clinton.

      I want to look at GW scientifically rather than rant about political beliefs. Divided by a common language and all that. smile

      Therein lies the problem - Everybody knows what the Greens stand for, but Socialism is unclear.

  40. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    Yah, Ladies & MK-  What Scott said.  !

    There actually IS evidence on both sides to support both takes.  Sufi is right on this.  One of the few legit. scientific supporters of Milla's side teaches at Northern AZ Univ.  here in Flagstaff.  Seriously, he's featured in many magazines--I'll bet the scientific among us knows who he is  (tho the name escapes me at this time) He is, however, a good environmentalist for other reasons.

    I really got sick of reading all the suppper long threads, but I think the real thing to ask is why this question is couched in with 'socialist' and 'propaganda' here?  I seriously don't think Milla believes that?

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Sure Lita,

      Did I ever say any of those?

      I don't have any problem with Global Warming as a hypothesis and can discuss it from the every angle when in the mood for such discussions. It is a viable hypothesis and worth considering, no question about this.

      But when the government starts spending my tax money based on that, and people start telling me how I should live my life based on that - they better have a conclusive proof, which they don't.

      That is what annoys the hell out of me about GW.

  41. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    Yeah, I didn't think you did--was just putting that out there so others could see (cuz sometimes they don't).

    And actually, here in AZ, tax $$ are going to this prof. who is part of the university and who doesn't believe in global warming.  You know, also, in NYC, it is the law to recycle everything?  And it isn't about global warning, it's for other reasons...

    Anyway, yeah--  I think MK Looooves to win fights.

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that smile
      I think the good portion of Mark's  - ummm - drive was because he thought I did big_smile

      And I don't mind him winning the fight at all - if he brings a conclusive proof to the table, I am all his...

      Anyway, night everybody.

  42. Milla Mahno profile image60
    Milla Mahnoposted 15 years ago

    Hi Sufi

    Here is my reply, finally.

    Aww, thanks!

    Then I am safe smile

    Here is the first question - how can one say that the long term model is good? Long term model needs long term to be tested, right? Did anybody test global warming model on a real life catastrophic global warming? Obviously not.

    Erring on the side of caution is good when your resources are unrestricted. When they are limited, you have to pick and choose, and this is how we operate. So no, I don't buy erring on the side of caution. Spending resources on confirmed targets is more beneficial in the long run.

    Definitely not always. Going green makes a lot of other senses, but rarely makes economic sense - otherwise everybody would have been dark green by now smile

    No, not conspiracy, I don't buy those. Just marketing, exactly the one you mentioned yourself smile

  43. Sufidreamer profile image80
    Sufidreamerposted 15 years ago

    Hi Milla,

    Going to try and avoid using too many quotes!

    Which is why we are arguing - if catastrophic global warming had occurred, then the debate is moot! Models are not perfect, which is why I am always careful never to say 'definitely' or 'truth.' However, we use models for predicting weather, and they are pretty good. The problem, as you say, is that politicians have messed things up. Long before the propaganda started, the Scandinavian countries and Germany quietly went about installing green technologies. Recycling and renewable energy are all profitable there, so there is economic potential in green products. As you say, it is about targeting resources, and the Prius is an example of marketing power masquerading as environmental technology. Now that the lunatics have taken over the asylum, who knows which way things will go? Advertising, not science, is the problem. When I see Exxon producing booklets about how green they are, there is something wrong.

    For example, the World Bank and IMF have a habit of going for the 'Big' projects. They give developing countries millions to build big dams; a fraction of that money would give home-owners the means to generate their own electricity and heat water. The problem is mixing macro and micro economics - the local fish-farmer built himself a water wheel, and saves hundreds of Euros in electricity. On a micro-scale, there is sense in turning green. On a macro-scale, there is too much greed and corruption, so whatever happens, the few will be making money. Sideshow Bob, initially, claimed that Global Warming was Socialist propaganda - the evidence seems to show the opposite, and that big business is forcing change.

    Anyway, hope that makes sense smile

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Sufi,

      Sure it does smile I think we are pretty much on the same page with you. Except that I'm not too familiar with the World Bank/IMF, but I can ask Misha, he worked there. smile

  44. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 15 years ago

    A city park is socialist (left). It is funded by the community as whole and is free for all to use. Or the property might be privately owned (right), meaning it is owned by a few, as homes and buisness, Europe tends to be conservative, since they preserve the centuries of historical property (socialist). America is progressive, since they will destroy just about anything if it can be used to make a profit (capitalist).

  45. profile image0
    Leta Sposted 15 years ago

    LOL, Milla...  I was going off line, but lol!

    1. Milla Mahno profile image60
      Milla Mahnoposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      That was the plan Lita lol

  46. Eric Graudins profile image60
    Eric Graudinsposted 15 years ago

    Well done Milla,
    Nice Shootin'

    It's good for Mark to get slapped down like a dunny seat once in a while.

    But the neighbourhood cats are gunna be in for a kicking methinks. lol lol

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Never did like cats, they produce too much methane ...... big_smile

  47. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 15 years ago

    LOL Guys, you cracked me up really smile Nice fight, I always enjoy a good argument big_smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Nice avatar Misha smile

      1. Misha profile image63
        Mishaposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        Yours is pretty good, too big_smile

  48. Sufidreamer profile image80
    Sufidreamerposted 15 years ago

    I now have a horrible image in my mind that I cannot get rid of sad

    1. Mark Knowles profile image58
      Mark Knowlesposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Don't knock it 'till you've tried it lol

  49. profile image0
    sandra rinckposted 15 years ago

    OMG!!!!  Nice pics boys!  rotflmfao.  smile

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    CRANTELListheNAMEposted 15 years ago

    Snow on continents very clearly demonstrates global warming.  When the polar caps melt, it leaves more surface of area of water in the oceans for the sun and heat to evaporate.  This gas is pushed over continents in clouds and is released as precipitation.  It would fall as rain, but because the area which it is released is below freezing, it falls as snow.  This explains why certain areas that don't normally receive snow are getting large amounts of it, and why other areas are receiving record amounts of snow.  Rethink scientific processes before you assume facts that aren't as true as you may think.

    1. Sufidreamer profile image80
      Sufidreamerposted 15 years agoin reply to this



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