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Global Warming: a Booster for Alarmists' Careers

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

Ancients Worshiped the Sun---We Started Fearing It.
Ancients Worshiped the Sun---We Started Fearing It.

Those Macabre Story Tellers

In every aspect of life, whether private, social, or global, there are always enough alarmists to irritate those poor folks who are easy to scare or to piss-off. Technically, they are individuals with a hyperactive fight/flight survival mechanism, and as such an ideal breed for spreading a garden variety of doomsday myths by one or another kind of profiteers.

We don't even have to go into a topic of a global significance to recognize this unholy marriage of alarmists and their gullible customers. For example, take the field of nutrition. How important is it to our survival? It's crucial, right?

And yet, those "top scientists" of equal credentials, facing exactly the same lab evidence can't make up their minds over what is the right kind, amount, and combination of nutrients for our optimal wellbeing.

Think about it. If they can't agree over such an important aspect of our survival, why should we expect them to agree over something that only in a long run could, or could not make our precious asses go extinct from this planet? Why should we ever believe them when they can't come up with a unanimous decision over any issue?

Namely, since there is no one of the highest and undisputable authority to take the role of a referee in this crazy battle of academic outsmarting, everything drops on a level of an intellectual preference---with the truth remaining up for grabs.

And, it wouldn't even bother the populace if it was one of those quiet academic theorizing bouts, but they want an audience of the global proportion, they want the legislators to join their camps. In the tradition of political careerists, they want to include us to cheer and to condemn, and so fight for their academic prominence.

Global warming is just another in the series of boogie-men, after the breakfast of eggs and bacon---which got debunked later on by the same Grand Poobahs of Nutrition; after weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; after too many of them to mention here.

Why Not Blame Cows As Well.
Why Not Blame Cows As Well.

When Even Cows Share the Blame

When humans are not sure about something, they resort to beliefs, because believing feels like the closest surrogate to knowing. Unfortunately, believing also generates a lot of emotionally charged material, as it is the case in politics and religion.

And, when you look closely at every big belief ever created, you can't but notice that it was targeting people's existential fear. Propagators of Republican or Democratic party, or of any religious denomination always push a story of a possible doom---"if we don't accept their teaching and agenda".

So it is with the pushers of the global warming theory---and I hope people have reserved enough objectivity in their thinking to accept how all that is still merely a theory. A theory with "evidence" which only states the fact about the variable nature of the global temperature---not about the cause of it.

The opposite camp of disbelievers is contending that there is no evidence that CO2 emitted by burning the fossil fuel is responsible for those variables. Mind you, historical records are clearly showing that there have been periods of more pronounced heating, possibly caused by the sun's flare-ups, at times when hardly any cars were to be seen anywhere.

By the way, even poor cows should be excused for expelling their gases---isn't that enough that we steal their milk and we eat them, we also have the nerve to prosecute them for their farting and so contributing to the ozone holes. Who else but humans!

Scaring people is easy when you come from a high platform of an authority. Take for example the scare about smoking. While it's true that many smokers also develop cancers and die young, there could be some unsuspected factor at play, for example a bad stress management which in combination with cigarettes results with a cancer.

But then, if it's really doing so much harm, why is it that many smokers outlive many so called health-nuts who eat by the book? Could it be, again, because this high stress over "proper eating" drives the body crazy?

I have read enough literature about the bad effects of meat to scare every meat-eater; and enough literature against vegetarian and vegan eating to scare those folks as well. But I am not an expert at anything, so don't worry, I won't even try scaring you.

I am here to tell you something completely opposite---don't get scared so easily by what those of some credentials are telling you. Indeed, you don't have to be a cheerleader on their parade.

Let's Not Take Either Ourselves or Earth Too Seriously
Let's Not Take Either Ourselves or Earth Too Seriously

Not So Likely to Go Extinct

Let me remind you---not lecturing here---that the life span these days extends by about a third over that one from times when there was hardly any excess CO2 in the atmosphere.

Think of those blessed "healthy times" when food was natural with no GMO, oceans were clean with no plastic bottles and toxic waste, and you could even inhale that aromatic air with no smog---and then you would be old at the age of 50.

Yes, there is no question about our polluting, but even though at a slow pace, authorities are doing something about it. It's not exactly that our precious asses are about to go extinct overnight, like it is with so many other species. Hey, we are still surviving, so let's give a chance to those slow decision makers.

No, it's not so easy to extinguish the flame of our breed. As long as there are enough amorous Chinese and Indians to produce another future polluter every fraction of a second---we are safe. The more---the merrier, they probably say. And not that the rest of the world is going sterile either; babies don't even have to be planned, they usually "happen" as an accident anyway, so--- "Let there be light...and let there be humans!"

Really we shouldn't get scared so easily by those alarmists. Has it ever dawned on you how anybody with some skill or academic credential is contemplating about a market for their services and expertise?

So, maybe they got smart enough to have noticed how the oldest profession on earth---no, I don't mean prostitution---but religion, has survived through millennia by simply playing on human existential fear. "Die---or survive death in heavens"---sounds attractive enough even to me who has no such ambitions.

Fear is the strongest of all emotions---forget about love. You want a proof? You can never fall in love in a fraction of a second, possibly soiling your underwear from its intensity---like fear can do it to you.

Thus, I can talk to you sweetly till the cows come home about the planet easily surviving all our assaults because it has been through much, much harder times, and we shouldn't flatter ourselves that we are hurting it.

But what can I possibly achieve, because so many folks have wired it into their brains that global warming is happening and we are all doomed.

Warmth...Never Enough of It, Especially the One in Our Hearts
Warmth...Never Enough of It, Especially the One in Our Hearts

Walking on the Sunny Side of the Street

By now maybe at least some of you started buying this notion about people being easy prey to those alarmists who are building their careers on human fear. Now, let us not neglect the other side of that survival coin---aggression.

After the mainstream media has made almost everyone's fight/flight mechanism hyperactive with as many boogie-men as they could think of---especially in the political arena---we got predisposed to crave those to hate.

So, let's have enough enemies to hate---be it political, religious, racial, or those referring to gender...even bosses, mothers-in-law, and neighbor's dogs will do.

In the absence of anyone out there to hate, we can always hate ourselves; and mind you, you would be surprised how much self-hate is actually generating that outward hate. We like to exteriorize our inner conflicts. So we suspect others when we don't trust ourselves, and hey---"Misery always looks for company".

Thus, while we are busy agonizing over what global warming proponents are telling us, we just flip the coin and there we go looking for a fight with those who don't believe in global warming. Aren't we cute, who wouldn't love us?

When I look at the Questions & Answers of the Hub Pages, I get truly amused by seeing always the same individuals coming up with negativities. It's hardly possible to squeeze an optimistic outlook out of them. They often remind me of that ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's grouchy puppet named "Walter". No matter what the topic, Walter will always have something bad to say about it.

Well, folks, I have tried my best, or close to it, to make the whole issue of the global warming ridiculous, and its propagators transparent in their covert drive to make a name for themselves on the culture market.

So, come on, let's try to walk on the sunny side of the street---lots of room there, it's almost empty. Your doctor will congratulate you on your robust health as well, as the result of your not believing any negative crap you hear.

My doc never has a chance to congratulate me at this age of 72, because he never sees me. I don't feel the earth becoming any "warmer", even though I keep walking on the sunny side of the street---or maybe because of it.

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 weeks ago from upstate, NY

      The truth is often hard to come by when it comes to scientific issues. Even peer reviewed scientific journals have been fudged to acquire additional government grants and personal recognition.

      It's dangerous to have people of the same political persuasion controlling government bureau's, academia and the media. In the case of global warming this seem's to be the case. And since there isn't a lot of risk to cite phony data, more keeps coming.

      So the best way to get to the bottom of things is to do the hard work of finding actual hard facts from peer reviewed scientific studies and not get second hand information. And hope that at least the majority of scientific studies haven't been tampered with.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Eleanore---Have it your way. So glaciers are melting, which could mean only a slight shift in the axis of Earth, or an increased wobbling, or anything else-natural which we don't know about.

      I watched a video about a scientific presentation at American Congress where it was clearly said that those reliable weather satellites have NOT detected any rise in global temperature in last 18 years.

      Now please don't take it as an insult when I say that I am more inclined to believe that report than your interpretation of the climatic variations which have so far been normal phenomenon dating back to times when there was absolutely no pollution.

      I am not "blindly in denial" which would make me stupid and stubborn. Sorry, but I am simply not buying a theory for which there is so much pro and contra coming from much smarter people than you or myself.

      When I want to know why my car is malfunctioning, I don't take it to a chiropractor---likewise, I choose to believe proper professionals, or keep an open mind until there is undisputable evidence one way or another.

      Until then, please, don't try to convince me---just stay convinced. Friends.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 7 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      The propensity for denial when money is behind the denials these days will come back to haunt. Sooner than later. 900 scientists, some from the Universities in Canada, all agree that there is measurable danger from global warning. Yet, you have a commentary from those who live in denial.

      So, let me give one factual example from a Canadian friend who lives in Alberta. Alberta, for those who have never visited this province, is stunning and beautiful and the Canadian Rockies are everywhere.

      This friend was born in Calgary in 1942. When I visited Alberta and BC for 9 days in August 2000, we were driving along the central highway from Calgary to Sundre. I had never seen snow capped mountains. As we passed out of Calgary, there they were.

      My Canadian friend was rather amused at my delight at seeing this sight. But he remarked, "The sad thing is that when I was a child growing up here, the Rockies had snow all year and not just on the tops."

      By the time we reached Canmore and Lake Louise, where the glacial fields are, he said, "It took less than 2 decades for the increase in climate to melt the glaciers." FACT.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Eleanore---I will leave your arguments to those OTHER "900 top scientists" who might find them invalid, but, what caught my attention was you attitude of going a little PERSONAL by calling people of different opinion as having a "mental problem with reality".

      This part I will leave to other readers to decide how civil it is ( or even mentally sound) to call others names just because they "have the audacity" not to think like we do.

      That's the general problem with democracy these days---people having too high opinion of themselves, which doesn't allow others to think differently. Is there anything like "intellectual freedom" in their vocabulary? I am beginning to doubt it.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 7 weeks ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      I worked for environmental engineering for nearly 25 years. It is a patent distortion of truth to say global warming is not a fact.

      Global warming is caused by CO2 which in 2009 was declared to be hazardous to health in exceedant levels. It is also caused by hydrogen and carbon found in oil. Crude oil also has several other highly carcinogenic pollutants that under scientific study prove to increase temperatures.

      When the anti global warming people whine and cry about how terrible we "alarmists" are, I'll be the first to remind them when NJ is located in the state of KS for all the flooding as sea levels rise from melting ice, that they were the ones who denied truth and facts any scientist not paid to be biased would tell you.

      The truth about global warming is that it can and does alter the normal atmospheric temperatures higher than they SHOULD be. This is proven over and over again by the huge icebergs the size of TX melting into the Atlantic that ends up along the US East coast and causes flooding. What else melts ice if not higher temperatures? Then, there's the matter of the Australian scientists who have blamed higher sea temperatures on the huge loss of coral in the Great Barrier reef.

      I find men who refuse to accept scientific facts by over 900 top US scientists from Harvard, MIT and Yale to be men who simply have a mental problem with truth.

      In the last 10 years, my state, NJ has seen more floods than ever in history. Are we to assume mental icebergs just dodge the East Coast? Get real.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Catherine---I couldn't agree with you more, and those things you are saying about the rich and influential holding us back with their interests of greed is a great point which I could have easily used in my article.

      This is where democracy has from ever failed miserably. While we are led to believe in the interests of the majority being the priority in government's attention, it turns out to be a joke, as they need that "majority" only at the election time. From that point on---it's the rule of the rich.

      Thanks for your interesting comment.

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      Catherine Mostly 7 weeks ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      I personally don't believe in global warming; but I also think it is high-time to update industries that pollute our world in various ways. All of this arguing seems to be about that as much as fighting over the science.

      This is essentially an energy 'cold war' between the industries old, rich pollutors and people who want to bring in new cleaner & sustainable technology - with 'the rich' REFUSING to do so because its too expensive.

      With all the weird weather that has been going on in our world, its not like 'global warming' was such a ridiculous conclusion to come to; and gosh it could be a catalyst to improvement - IF we just stop fighting about it and NOT allow the rich to continue to rule our world.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Readmikenow---I am much inclined to agree with you. Besides, people are constantly confusing global warming with climate change. No one is denying that climate is changing, because that's something it does all the time, and in certain periods it may bring some nasty weather with crazy temperatures. But general global temperature hasn't gone up, and there is absolutely no scientific evidence that humans are causing climatic changes with their polluting.

      Polluting is the third player in all this, and people keep associating it to climatic changes. It would be great if we showed more willingness and effort to keep our planet clean, but pollution is not a threat to our survival. There is something like biological adaptability, and humans have adapted to much of that crap---judging by our longer life span.

      It's the stress that kills, human stupidity that kills. Miners and others on filthy jobs live relatively long lives despite being exposed to their occupational crap. People are panicking needlessly. So much brainwashing is going on.

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      Readmikenow 7 weeks ago

      One of the biggest problems is that much of climate change data is false. It has become an industry. Scientists are trying to provide the government with the data they want to they can keep getting government grants. False data is a big problem when it comes to taking global warming seriously. A former NOAA scientist confirmed his colleagues falsified data.

      https://science.house.gov/news/press-releases/form...

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Joan---I acknowledge that your strong convictions don't let you agree with me. It's all right; people happen to be of different minds, and it doesn't bother me at all that you believe in the global warming.

      I hope it doesn't bother you that I think how nothing like that cataclysmic stuff will happen to Bangladesh, and there won't be any such massive migration. On the contrary, I think that the current migration turned out to be a bad experiment and Europe will go more careful with future refuge policies.

      And listen, I don't mind one bit if I am wrong, I am simply in a habit of using my own mind about everything. I express it in my articles, and you feel free to express yours.

      I don't think you have any reason to worry about the future of your two kids---at least not for the reasons that you mentioned. But again---only my opinion.

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      JoanCA 7 weeks ago

      Temperatures are rising faster than they should be though. And it's going to have serious consequences. I have two young children and the biggest fear I have is what's going to happen when tens of millions of climate refugees start trying to cross into Western countries. The Syrian refugee crisis has been hugely destabilizing to Europe. And that's going to be nothing compared to what happens when large portions of heavily populated low lying countries like Bangladesh end up under water. I feeling like no one is being alarmist enough about this issue.

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      Vladimir Karas 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Joan---It's great; you are DOING something to ease those problems, not just complaining about them. If everybody was DOING a little part and not merely badmouthing politicians, we would have a clean planet.

      However, here we are only talking about cleanliness, not about the global warming. Temperatures are not changing that drastically, and all scientists are in agreement that they could be exactly as they are even without any CO2 in the air.

      Yes, there are floods and crazy weather, but there are records of periods like that even when there was no significant pollution.

      However, I certainly won't try to convert you into a disbeliever; I respect your opinion Joan, just as I respect mine.

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      JoanCA 7 weeks ago

      Global warming causes real problems though. It increases pollen production, which makes allergies worse. I used to be able to get by on one allergy medication. In the last few years, I've needed two. I'm worried if things get worse, I'll need to up that to three. That's not something to celebrate. I talked to a woman recently who was from Ireland. She said her town in Ireland has experienced severe flooding twice in 10 years. Many businesses were shut down for several weeks due to flood damage. The town hadn't experienced any floods in living memory prior to that. Flooding in areas that never used to flood is going to be massively expensive.

      I get that a lot of people want to stay in denial because they don't want to change their lifestyles. But refusing to make changes hurts us in other ways. And clean energy brings so many benefits. I got solar panels on my house, so I get $10 electricity bills. I mostly drive an electric car and save a ton on gas. And clean energy is a big job creator. So those lifestyle changes aren't even restrictive. They can actually be beneficial to us financially and in other ways.