COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMINGMYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, warming to 1941, cooling to 1964, warming to 1998 and cooling through 2011. The warming rate from 1964 to 1998 was the same as the previous warming from 1911 to 1941. Satellites, weather balloons and ground stations all show cooling since 2001. The mild warming of 0.6 to 0.8 C over the 20th century is well within the natural variations recorded in the last millennium. The ground station network suffers from an uneven distribution across the globe; the stations are preferentially located in growing urban and industrial areas ("heat islands"), which show substantially higher readings than adjacent rural areas ("land use effects"). Two science teams have shown that correcting the surface temperature record for
Retards vs. Ann Coulter... LITERALLY This TimeRetards vs. Ann Coulter... Literally This Time.Retards vs. Ann Coulter... LITERALLY This Time3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Every liberal from the center of the earth to Alpha Centauri called George W. Bush a retard. They called him that, and worse. They called him retarded like it was a part of the breathing process. They wrote columns in big-name newspapers and magazines calling him retarded, wrote books calling him retarded, and put it into movies and TV shows. There were even two plays running simultaneously featuring Bush as an idiot child who cries and plays with toys. It went on and on and on for eight years; even today, mention his name in public and see how people react.
Republicans as a whole have been called Nazis, Klansmen, starvers of children, warmongers for oil, fascists, Inquisitors, and murderers of the elderly who are waging a war on women. They said Romney let a man's wife die of cancer, that voting Republican would lead to black churches burning, that Sarah Palin caused the Giffords shooting, and that Rush Li
Climate Change Resource PageClimate Change Resource Page - (updated as recently as 17 Dec 2012, with 16 new sites linked)Climate Change Resource Page4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've wrestled with an opening to this piece for the last week, and I've finally decided to just go ahead and lay it all out for those who wish to make use of it.
Knowledge is power, and knowledge of climate-change science is serious lacking for a lot of reasons. Those reasons, however, are NOT what the True Believers in 'man-made' global warming would have you believe.
A lot of people on this site believe that things are not as dire as the heavily politicized IPCC and those governments which back it, would have us believe. Most of you do not really have the time to find the information you need to counter the often scientifically illiterate responses you get from those who would blame the human race, and more specifically the Right / Conservatives / Christians / the US / White people, for what we believe is just another phase in half a billion years of climate change.
They are the ones who, fo
Error in Reading the BibleWhere do errors arise in biblical interpretation?Error in Reading the Bible4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The first is misreading the text, the second is misunderstanding the context, and the third is not reading that section in light of the whole of that section.
The fourth is forgetting who it addresses--that is to say (allegorically) people of a certain heart or disposition.
The fifth is seeing these words distinct from a life that has been lived.
The sixth is to see the Old Testament without considering and making it separate from Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and to see the New as separate from Christ's example.
The seventh is to see the Old Testament radically distinct from the New--what does Christ cast aside, what does He fulfill, and what does He do in His life?
We, first of all, are so easily lead into error. Furthermore, the impious, atheistic, agnostic, lukewarm, and indifferent will never read the Scriptures accurately. This does not mean the words are inaccessible; it is q
American HeartAmerica sat in at his desk with his head in his hands. He'd just listened to a recent speech his boss had given. And now his usual jovial personality was replaced by a deep distress.American Heart5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
His boss had already denied his existence, this shouldn't hurt him much more but it did.
Had he, America, not been able to stand on his own two feet for over two hundred years? Not only that, but he started by kicking Englands butt! Even though America meant no ill will towards England (he was just fun to pick on) he didn't think he really needed his help! Didn't America kick him out because he didn't want his help anymore? Americans are fully capable of doing heavy lifting, when weren't we? And when we are in over our heads, we never bow our head. We keep them up and except help.
America grimaced. Yeah, maybe he'd been a little overbearing a little over the top. But no!
BrainwashTruths, absolute truths, my head is full of them.Brainwash2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Learn this, accept that, don’t think. Repeat.
Don’t ask questions, they’re only bothersome.
Don’t wonder, don’t dream, it won’t come true anyway.
We don’t want you to think. To explore, to discover.
Only to reproduce without questions. Obey.
And if you are one of those fools that think otherwise,
that make up their own mind. Do their own thing. Are individual.
Then we will crush you. Destroy you. Brainwash you. Until you are one with the hive.
Yes, foolish minion. Believe your are free! Believe it!
Only we know, that all you are is a machine,
which obeys, listens and repeats. Mindlessly.
How do you prevent your prisoners, slaves, from starting a riot?
Simple, make them believe they are free men!
Mr Mool and His School of FoolsThere once was a great big schoolMr Mool and His School of Fools3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Whose principal was a man named Mr Mool
Attending a class was really quite cool
In this town, knowledge was the rule
All of the children were brighter than the stars
Some had potential to explore the surface of mars
For all of the children, school was the place to be
But then something happened that they could never forsee
Mr Mool wasn't content to own the best school around
He was going to spark a revolution, and really make a sound
In the quiet of his office, he pumped himself full of rage
Took a hold of the curriculum, and really made a change
"Who needs correct spelling and grammar when there are many ways to spell?"
Mool asked himself, as he let his pride swell
"All of these rules are holding us down!
Who says thank you and please is more correct than thenk yoo end pleez?" He asked with a frown.
The next thing he mangled was the mathematics core
And he debated that 2+2 does not have to equal four
"To say that these facts are set in ston
From Doomed Planet- editorial by Dr. Walter StarckThe following is an article by Dr Walter Starck, concerning the current debate going on in climate change.From Doomed Planet- editorial by Dr. Walter Starck3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
From his bio:
Walter Starck is one of the pioneers in the scientific investigation of coral reefs. He grew up in the Florida Keys and received a PhD in marine science from the University of Miami in 1964. He has over 40 years worldwide experience in reef studies and his work has encompassed the discovery of much of the basic nature of reef biology. In this process over 100 species of fishes, which were new to science, were found as well as numerous, corals, shells, crustaceans and other new discoveries.
Resource Management Consulting and Writing
For the past six years he has devoted full time effort in trying to inject a rational perspective on human ecology into the eco-mania that has become epidemic in our declining Western economies. His criticisms of the poor science and blatantly false claims widely used to support various environmental agendas has resulted in nu
Funny PoemThere once was a guy called Dave.Funny Poem9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
He dug up a prostitute's grave.
She was covered in shit,
and missing a tit,
but look at the money he saved!
The Unfairness of the BailoutsThe Unfairness of the Bailouts3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Though the bank bailouts of 2008 are generally not talked about anymore, they are still an perfect symbol of the way our financial system works, not so much in the fact that these "too big to fail" banks were bailed out in the first place but in the aftermath of the bailouts. Though the banks were bailed out with our tax dollars, the government attached minimal strings at best to the money that was used to keep financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and AIG afloat. Because of the lack of strings attached to the bailout money, big businesses were able to use our tax dollars to give their executives big bonuses. And that is criminally unfair.
Although the bailouts were necessary to prevent further financial destruction, the bailouts represent something incredibly wrong with our financial system. First, the idea of a financial institution becoming so large and connected with so many people around the world that its failure would create widespread chaos. That in and of itself is some
Cheap, Abundant Energy Benefits Poor and ElderlyThe Cost in Human EnergyCheap, Abundant Energy Benefits Poor and Elderly3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Posted on January 2, 2013by Willis Eschenbach
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach
For a while, I taught a course in human-powered machinery for the Peace Corps. You know, bicycle powered generators, treadle powered pumps, that kind of thing. One of the very rough rules of thumb regarding human energy is that an adult human can put out about a hundred watts on an ongoing, constant all-day basis. If you were to hook up a bicycle to a generator you could generate a kilowatt-hour every day … if you were in good shape and you put in a ten-hour day. Sounds like work to me.
I got to thinking about this number, one kilowatt-hour's worth of electricity for a long ten-hour day's work, in the context of the discussion about energy costs. Some people think raising energy costs to discourage CO2 production is a good thing. I say that raising energy costs, whether to discourage CO2 or for any other reason, trades a certain present loss for a very doubtful future gain. As such, i
Like it was meant to beLike it was meant to be3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There he is, the man you've been married to for so long.
It seems like just a few hours ago he was yours.
Like just a few days ago, you were both reciting your vows and saying "I Do"
But look at yourself, my little lamb.
You have been stripped of your pride, so cleanly deprived of that wool.
It's cold outside, wear his coat. Pray he doesn't claim it once more.
Look up into the dead winter sky and keep repeating to yourself, "I'm alright."
Now look down at the ground, the same unforgivingly damp earth that swallowed your daughter.
Nay, the same soil that is now her new bed frame.
Even your motherly affection wasn't enough.
To little too late, you were so busy crying over losing your alcoholic beast of a man.
She took her own life, hoping you'd stop her.
Now where does that leave you...?
Go ahead, sit.
If not in your own skin then at least in that whicker chair.
Watch the beedy eyes of that lawyer woman.
You trust her enough.
Now sign the paper, end your matrimony.
Losing You... To Gain YouI don't know why the choice was given to me, or why I chose to take it. I only know that neither of us was happy about it.Losing You... To Gain You3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
That odd, glowing purple Snake plant, seemed to hover on the edge of my sight, wherever I went. And where I wanted to be, was with you.
But I'd chosen to Leave you.
We'd only been married 91 days. It was late October, and the weather was mild.
As I approached you, you were down on your knees, studying something on the sidewalk.
You made a point of not looking my way, as I spoke to you.
I have no recollection of what it was I said. But you nodded. You knew, as well as I did, this was the way things had to be.
In fact, neither of us was looking at each other, as I finished speaking. It was too hard.
And you were crying when I walked away.
The purple plant was there, waiting for me. All it took, was a touch-
And Time was reset.
Four years passed...
And we both prospered. I did well; you did better.
I kept watch on you, from a distance... until it was time to rej
Hey lookI made some sort of philosophical point by posting a really short text deviation, and now I deserve all your admiration and a DD.Hey look4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
2012: The Temperature Standstill ContinuesDate: 29/11/122012: The Temperature Standstill Continues3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
It's that time of year again when some call the global annual average temperature for the year, even though there are still two months of data remaining. Such a premature declaration is done for political reasons, such as the current UN climate meeting in Doha.
The UK Met Office, on the 28th November 2012, issued a 'State of global temperatures in 2012,' and it makes interesting reading.
The Met Office uses three "leading global temperature datasets" to conclude that the average temperature of 2012 is 0.45 +/- 0.10 deg C above the 1961-90 average. They add that these error bars mean that 2012 could be between the 4th and the 14th warmest year of the instrumental period, since 1850. Realistically though it's going to be ninth or tenth. (See original (link below) for chart).
The Met Office then adds that due to a La Nina 2012 is cooler than the average for the last decade. Statistically speaking that is not the whole story. According to the data we already have, taking the
Transgender By StarlightTransgender By Starlight3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In the mirror stands a beautiful
smiles and waves with
grace and poise.
A satin black dress
hugs every curve,
like a boa constrictor
wraps around its favourite meal.
gives a little show,
turning on a heal.
One smooth twirl.
But the fabric falls too quickly,
Arriving at the party
excited to mingle.
eyes follow the moving bodies.
longs to fit in
with the other curves.
hips begin to sway.
begging for the music
A tap on
turns to see
the eyes of fate.
"can it be at me?"
The music still plays
begins to swoon.
has no clue.
Their bodies move as one
as the dance carries on.
The sun begins to set
Why I'm CatholicTechnically, I am a cradle Catholic. My family is a mix of Irish- and Italian-American. My parents had me baptized as a baby. I attended religious education classes every year as a child and received all the sacraments at the usual age. My mother gave me a children's Bible for Christmas one year, and we read from it every night for a while, getting all the way to the Acts of the Apostles before my siblings and I lost interest because Jesus was gone at that point, so who cared what Peter and Paul were doing?Why I'm Catholic4 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Actually, that's very characteristic of my religious beliefs as a child. I liked Jesus. I liked the Bible. I don't think there was ever a time when I didn't believe in God, though there were certainly plenty of times when I didn't think about Him much. But beyond this almost passive appreciation for the most basic elements of Christianity, I didn't really have any interest in the Church. In that sense, it's almost as if I grew up Protestant.
In spite of going to CCD every wee
She came with fire. Chapter IXIn HidingShe came with fire. Chapter IX2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
They sat on the floor of the tiny room, the three of them, with Nymeria huddling close to her mistress. There was a candle before them, a single flame which threw a dim light across their faces.
They were eating cheese and bread, as Azula had blatantly refused to eat a shady “bowl of brown”.
“Go find me food” she had said, giving Godric a few coppers. She knew he wouldn’t be back with a feast worthy of a princess, but that was the point of it. They needed to keep a low profile for now. Neither Azula nor Arya had left the room since escaping from the Red Keep, so they relied on Godric for news and food.
Azula had made sure nobody had followed them, and the innkeeper hadn’t had a good look at them yet. That would suffice, if only for a short while. Either way, Azula didn’t plan on staying there long.
They ate silently, and Azula could sense the emotions in the room. Arya was scared, uncertain, but brave. She wanted to do something, even
Slenderman - MisunderstoodWhy don't you humans get it? I'm not the enemy. I'm just different, that's all. You are not used to seeing my kind. That's no surprise. I am one of two that's left. I also have a cousin, somewhere. The last I heard from him was that he found more of his kind in a world made up of blocks. Are you humans there as well? If so, be careful. Don't make direct eye contact with his kin, they take that as a challenge.Slenderman - Misunderstood3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
You humans naturally fear the unknown. I can relate to that. But, you don't try to understand. Instead, you make assumptions.
Let's take my appearance, for example. My height varies, but I am usually 9 feet tall. I have on a black suit and tie, I can make an infinite amount of black tendrils/tentacles come out of my back, and have no face. I am seen as 'unnatural;' as 'alien;' as 'threatening.' Anything that you humans find unusual that intimidates you is labeled as 'unsafe' and a 'threat to your existence.' You must 'exterminate the