“Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who’d rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there’s no reason we can’t entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.” …
These are the opening lines of a newspaper column from the Chicago Tribune. It is very short, but I cannot reprint it in total due to copyright, only a snippet as fair use. Read the whole thing here.
It is weird, just weird. The piece, which reads like a poem and comes off a little like Rudyard Kipling’s If
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”
It was supposedly written by a Tribune columnist named Mary Schmich. I don’t believe that. Why? It is just instinctual … for one thing, she would have been 43 in 1997 when the piece came out, and it sounds much older and wizened than someone that age can produce.
For another, it went viral, but NOT as a Mary Schmich piece. Instead, we were told that it was an MIT commencement speech given by Kurt Vonnegut. He finally issued a public statement saying it was not him, as miffed as any of us about how it came to be. How could that happen?
Finally, the line “Wear sunscreen” is odd and prescient. That is what is so weird about the entire affair, from fake authorship to use of the Internet to make it go viral to the use of Vonnegut to sunscreen as the opening and closing lines. The global warming hoax was well underway at that time, the original sweat-soaked summer hearings taking place in 1988.
The warming trend we underwent lasted from 1978 to 1995, and is now long over. Consequently, warming is now called “climate change. It is a nice catchall phrase. Climate change can be blamed for every weather event, hot or cold, and even wars and psychosis. It is highly sophisticated and immensely powerful agitation propaganda.
The people behind it mean business, but business having nothing to do with weather (the planet is doing quite well). It is money, for sure, carbon trading schemes and all of that, but also extreme dishonesty from scientists, deliberate hysteria, and in the end, command and control – how we live, what we drive and and what kind of house we live in. We will pay more to heat and cool those houses, as solar power doesn’t get it done, and windmills are more a metaphor than a reliable source of energy.
Fossil fuels have been a boon for mankind, bringing us easier and better lives and more wealth. Some suspect that the nuclear power industry is behind the climate change hoax, wanting to undo the coal industry. That has legs, but at the same time the whole of the climate change hoax is too big, too powerful to be just that. It is an insidious body of propaganda, a massive lying campaign, with the public faces like James Hansen, Al Gore and Michael Mann mere stooges, sock puppets. It could be racist at its core, preventing development of Africa, keeping those nasty brown and black people down.
What is the ultimate end? I cannot know. All I know is that we can ignore the weather warnings. The planet is OK.
- The oceans are rising only imperceptibly, as they have been for centuries.
- In a richer CO2 environment, we have more moisture.
- Forest fires have been diminishing in size and number for decades.
- There is a slight warming trend, only boosted a minuscule amount by CO2. It’s been going on since the bottom of the Little Ice Age, 400 years ago, and through centuries when we were not burning fossil fuels as we are now.
- Because of CO2, the planet is greening, and vegetation, as measured by satellites, is encroaching on dry areas, such as the Southern Sahara.
- The Amazon Basin is thriving, as is the Great Barrier Reef.
- Droughts are at record lows.
- Arctic ice oscillates, grows and shrinks, and will continue to do so. Greenland ice appears to be shrinking, but not enough that it can be farmed as it was by Vikings during the Medieval Warm Period. Wouldn’t it be nice …
- Ice in the Antarctic is growing, not shrinking.
- Maybe half if the world’s glaciers are shrinking, the other half growing. They never hold still.
- Polar bear numbers are at record highs in terms of recorded populations, triple what they were in 1960, more than 30,000 compared to 5-10,000 then.
- There is no measurable trend in strength of storms, nothing but statistical noise, natural variations, indicating a flat line.
- It is the same with planet’s skin temperature, with repeated warnings of “warmest year on record” based on numbers so slight as to be within the margin of error. High temperatures have not changed, but lows have increased. This is not a big deal.
- Every computer model used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been shown not only to be wrong, but wildly so. (That is, except one … the Russian scientists seem to have a handle on this affair.)
The above is said to be a prediction of how “climate change” is going to affect areas of the country. Droughts and floods, forest fires, crazy bad storms … it comes from some kind of front group called “Grist,” probably well and secretly-funded. It is meant to scare people, to appear on Facebook and other social media as grist for the mill.
It is propaganda, to be mild in my choice of words. Not one thing about it will come true. It is scaremongering at its worst. I am surprised they didn’t put the monster from Ghostbusters in it too.
In my younger years I had a pessimistic outlook. Even as my life got better, I always feared disaster to be right around the corner. But even though small disasters happened, always seeming bigger than they were, things got better for me. I see in people that fear, that something bad is going to happen to us, that things cannot be this good. It is as if pessimism is the natural condition, and our leaders merely feed it. These days my outlook is more beholden to chance, that things can turn worse or better, but that I’ll be OK.
As I drive around the foothills of Colorado this spring, I am overwhelmed by how lush and green it is. Weather patterns have an effect, for sure, but also more CO2 in the atmosphere. That’s a good thing.
Where did the “Wear Sunscreen” piece come from? Who wrote it? Why was it attributed to Vonnegut? Answers to those questions might unveil some of the dirty rotten scoundrels behind the climate change hoax. However, it is a very well-written piece, full of good advice except … don’t be worried about sunscreen, and be careful not to trip over defunct windmills and solar panels in the coming good years.
No doubt some will think only in terms of problems, and we do have them. Humans do cause ill effects, such as deforestation exceeding regrowth, and pollution as seen in Beijing (not caused by CO2 by the way). These are indeed serious problems, but humans are adaptable, and we can solve these problems. First, we need to forget about climate change as anything more than a bad dream, a propaganda campaign. In terms of deforestation, it helps to remember that without fossil fuels, our forests would quickly disappear as people turn to wood for energy.