Hell hath frozen over

Because for once I think Obama did a great job.

A lot of people are criticizing the president over the Syrian conflict and they state that he has no nerve and he will not do what “American needs to do” as if bombing some despot in a third world is what America should be doing.  Now granted, doing nothing like he has is sometimes the best course of action.  And in so doing nothing, the president has accomplished the following:

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The huge contradiction

The Holocene Climate Optimum was a period of time 8000-5000 years BP (before present) where temperatures were from 1 to 2 degrees C warmer than today is.  Even after all of the “unprecedented warming” that we have seen in the last 100 years we are still cooler than the height of this time period.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_climatic_optimum

So the obvious question is: Why is this time period called the Climate Optimum when it was up to 2 degrees warmer than today AND we are also told by the same climate scientists that 2 degrees of warming would result in catastrophe?

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The next Four Years

 

Most people have reconciled with the fact that Obama will be president for the next four years.  Obama is of course a raging narcissistic person where we can see it from his reactions to criticism in the debates with Romney (the rage) or the constant manipulation and lies he tells.  The largest question right now is, wow do we deal with this as a country?  It’s not going to be the end of the world as some claim, but knowing what is going to happen can help us all out.  Obama as a rule is going to stick to his initial thoughts on things.  Narcissistic people do not change their minds for rational reasons and will stick to a course no matter how illogical it is.  In the end, a narcissistic person does not reason at all and thinks the world revolves around himself or herself.  In this sense, we can expect more of the same.  Things won’t get worse as some people believe, but they won’t get any better in that sense.  Obama will continue to pile on the liberal agenda which he believes will save the country.  But he will do it slowly and sporadically as before.  A narcissistic above all else is arbitrary on what they do and say.  I am not sure exactly which part of the agenda he will focus on primarily to start or what will be done later because frankly a narcissistic person is not rational and will do what they want to do based on rather abstract reasoning that no one could ever hope to understand.  The truest way to deal with a narcissistic person is just to ignore them, but unfortunately in this case we have no choice as the president can not be ignored.

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Deniers and creationists: an essay into projectionism

Note: The terms used here are alarmists or believers for people who support and otherwise believe that global warming is caused mostly by man.

Sceptics is used as people who are sceptical that man has a “large” impact on climate and tend to believe that Global warming is either caused partially or “very little” by man or is too small to detect to no impact at all.

Projectionism is defined as attributing one’s one thoughts, feelings or behaviors onto another person or set of people to prove a point.  There could be a point that this is done all the time in politics as a “pre-emptive” attack on the other side to stop the other side from insulting said person.  In that case, it seems like a case of sour grapes when someone is just insulting back with the same insult and this tool is used rather successfully in politics.  Any insult or derision given to one side is often (but I should caution and say not always) more appropriate for the person making such remarks.  Although there are many cases of this in the media and elsewhere, the same is true in global warming or climate change politics which I will remind people is no longer about science but more about politics and religion now where it takes a “leap of faith” to believe in the science or not.

Pictured: Michelangelo’s painting of God; A very appropriate picture for an essay on projectionism.

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Democrat proves that people who vote Democrat are stupid or lawbreakers

The entire premise of “requiring an ID to vote” has always baffled me.  What is the problem with going to vote and proving who you are?  It’s not like people who function in society are not required to present ID to cash checks, board a plane, or even buy full strength Sudafed over the counter.  This is a famous uttering that I paraphrased from the Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.  Every state has a process where someone can get a free non-driver’s license if they do not want to drive and to top this out, if you can not get yourself to a DMV to get a free picture ID, how the heck can you function in modern society?

In picture:  Mike Turzai of Pennsylvania who recently got into trouble with this quote: “”Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania – done,”.  Opinion: One way to look at it, without voter fraud, perhaps Romney can win the state of Pa.

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Copper Wars and the case for sensible regulation

The era of the Robber Barons is a fascinating time when the rich would cheat, steal, sabotage and even murder people in order to get rich.  The accounts from this era are sketchy and although the dynamics of the town of Butte in particular are rather interesting, the town itself gives a great look into what life is like without regulation and what regulation can do when applied properly.

But without going into a great detail on the robber baron angle, there are many great places to read about the politics and the fortunes being made in the town which was the king of copper in the US for a time I highly recommend this book for this endeavor if one is interested:

CB, Glasscock, “War of the Copper Kings”, copublished by Montana Historical Society Press and Riverbend Publishing. http://montanahistoricalsociety.org/pub/press/warcopperkings.asp

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Why I could Never Vote for Ron Paul

Although domestically some may say Ron Paul has some great views and that this man could save our country from our current debt crisis, there are some great problems with what he says and believes.  Very few people who like him refute this and seem to agree that there are some issues here.  The problem is not inherently in that he is too political but the problem comes to his lack of pragmatism.  In the real world, you can take the moral high ground for as long as you want, but in the end your morals have to be questioned and have to be pushed everyday and judged not in the black and white like you believe they are, but in the shades of gray that every single decision we make is actually a part of.  This is life, and this is what the man Ron Paul misses out on.  He is a good politician and without getting into the political disagreements and problems I have with his past, I will just focus on what he says about his ideals and the issues therein.

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