2010 is here!

Hey there everyone. Welcome to the New Year! Despite all the conspiracies, the world hasn’t ended…I guess we have to wait until 2012.

The site has been neglected for quite a few months due to big changes going on in my life. My goal is to get back to doing blog updates with interesting stories and funny pictures as I come across them, just not as often as I used to.

Please feel open to leave comments and suggestions! Unless you are blatantly racist, a spammer, or threatening, I approve all comments…

This winter has been a warm, wet one on the West Coast. In fact all over the globe weather is not normal…Britain is frozen, Australia has had the highest temperatures on record, and yet there still is plenty of denial of global warming.

Here is a nice Global Warming Archive site for you to check out…

http://ruby.fgcu.edu/courses/twimberley/EnviroPhilo/ResourcesGlobalWarm.html

I just read this article on Rape Victims Vs. Prison Rape Victims. I think the ad campaign is bang on…Rape is horrible, whether you are a victims inside or outside of prison…It is sick that people joke about what happens in prisons. The Sexist

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Global Warming is Real. Deal with it…

There are some vocal sceptics out there that say that global warming is not man made. I find that the majority of these opinions are brought forth by right wing think tanks, and corporate sponsored ‘researchers’. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of these sponsors are oil companies!

Here is a graph showing temperature flucuations for the last 120 years.
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Over at Scientific American, comes the question, “Is global warming a myth?”

…U.S. National Academy of Sciences declared in 2005 that “greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise,” adding that “the scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action.” Other leading U.S. scientific bodies, including the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union have issued concurring statements—placing the blame squarely on humans’ shoulders…

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Over at Science Centric is a bit more research to add to the mountain of evidence that global warming is being influenced by humans. This is a study about drought in Mexico.

…Droughts come and go, but the researchers believe that this drought in particular may have a human-generated component on both a regional and global scale…

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The Huffington Post has an article about Obama’s new science advisor John Holdren, who wants to shoot ‘pollution particles’ into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays. Crazy? Who am I to judge?

The real reason there has been a pronounced increase in global temperatures? A steady decline of Pirates…

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What are your thoughts? Do you think humans are wrecking the planet? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear your opinion!

Carbon Credits are Bullshit!

Here we go again! Penn & Teller have done up a new video all about the new fad pushed by Al Gore. Carbon credits. I have never bought into this. And, apparently neither do Penn & Teller. Give yourself around 30 minutes and watch all 3 episodes. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

You can now stop feeling so guilty, and quit buying all those useless carbon credits! You are just making someone else rich…

And while you are at it, here is a link to my article on why recycling is not so good for the environment!

Science, Politics, and Religion, oh my!

I found this great article on the top 5 reasons evolution and global warming nay-sayers don’t get science. It is well written, and there is even a rebuttal by an intelligent design proponent for you to see what creationists “argue” is fact. Once again, a poor understanding of the scientific method…

All too often we are “treated” to yet another story about some ’study’ that has definitively refuted Evolution or Anthropogenic Climate Change. Generally the mere claim tells you with 99.99% certainty that the ’study’ is wrong or grossly misrepresented. The very idea that a single study could disprove either is improbable in the extreme…

Click here for more… Evolution / Global Warming Deniers just don’t get it « Greenfyre’s

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Will the thawing glaciers ruin your waterfront home?

If you live close to the ocean, you may want to start getting stilts placed under your foundation! With the glaciers of Greenland thawing now, scientists are raising the possibility that the oceans will rise 7 meters(or 20 feet for you imperial storm troopers).

That would cause some big problems in major cities around the world! If that happens, then maybe the corporate backed governments would actually do something about global warming. Probably not! Having read about Gross Domestic Product(GDP), corporations will make a killing of the disaster. Disaster and tragedy are Capitalism’s best friends! So, keep up the melting!

[From A Deep Thaw: How Much Will Vanishing Glaciers Raise Sea Levels?: Scientific American]

I’ll be back to you in a week! I hope that some of my bloggers can add something while I’m gone!
I am also going to be changing the theme of the site once I get back. I am getting some work done on a new logo, and favicon. If you have a favorite wordpress theme that you think will fit with the site’s concept of “silence sucks, speak your mind”, then send me an e-mail. You can find it on the Contact page!, or just click this link! larrinski

Global Warming 101

I think it is important to continue learning for life. I am always reading RSS feeds on tons of topics. Whether I am learning anything important is up for debate…And I have been accused of being addicted to my computer. I will work on that 😉

One topic that gets a lot of attention in the media is Global Warming. Below is a nice site dedicated to the topic and many different formats to choose from…Check it out!

[From Global Warming 101 – Basics about Global Warming – National Wildlife Federation]

It has been a slow week in the news so far, so I will finish with the latest comic from cectic.com.

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Dinosaurs had it rough

Dinosaurs were said to have slowly died after a pretty large asteroid hit the earth. It seems that a recent bit of work on the subject has determined that the asteroid may have been half the size than originally thought. A paltry 4-6 kilometers across…I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty damn big!!!

[From “Dino Killer” Asteroid Was Half the Size Predicted?]

Another thing that appartently occurred during the Cretaceous era, was that there wasn’t a lot of cloud cover to protect the atmosphere, and reflect the sun’s energy. Temperatures rose dramatically, and it is suggested that it effected plant growth, and the whole food chain. The researchers are paticularly interested in the effects of green house gases, so we can try to fix our current global warming crisis.

[From Lack of Clouds Amplified Dino-Era Warming, Study Says]

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On the other end of the spectrum was the year 1600. An eruption of a Peruvian volcano may have cooled the earth and created grave conditions for crops, with frost and famine killing plants, and may have created great social unrest.

[From “The volcano that changed the world”]

Today seems to be a busy day on the science front!

When I was a kid, I would lie on the porch at night with my sister and stare up at the stars. We would try to wrap our heads around the vastness of the universe. That it went on forever. Or does it? The Big Bang theory is kind of hard to understand, but if you have ever asked “what happened before the Big Bang”, then here is a neat story. My only question about this article, is where do you come up with the math to recreate the Big Bang and before?

[From “Did pre-big bang universe leave its mark on the sky?”]