Or how I’m tired of being called a troll
Well it’s been a few days since Mr Trump did his photo op with Jong-un. I’ve made many comments elsewhere around to net on the more ‘liberal’ sites and some Americans can’t see reality if it hits them in the face. I get quite a few responses from Discus users and I will answer the better ones if time permits. But over the last few days some of the responses have been rather extreme. Also some have accused me of trolling. I don’t write anything that I haven’t read several references about. I just don’t know how put links on the text and most of the material comes from books anyway. I had to quit responding to Truthdig this morning. Some just don’t get it. I called this the great big ice cream cone syndrome. They want a giant cone when a small one is all they get today. The US govt acts like this too. I’ll leave it there.
After my foray into philosophy yesterday I now understand how hard it is to make sense of difficult subjects. I found today’s topic at Common Dreams. Sometimes I go there to find a good subject to expand upon. Today it’s the rapidly accelerating melting of Antarctica. No politics today, I’m burned out this week.
This is serious. I am trying a new method of offering data in(hopefully) a different manner. Also I only have a QWERTY keyboard so writing math is impossible. Besides if one doesn’t use math all the time skills are forgotten at a very rapid pace, for me anyway. I made it through first year college calculus and trigonometry with a barely passing C. I switched majors to biology and dropped out when I couldn’t get the hang of chemistry. Still don’t today either. I bought a used high school chemistry text for reference when needed.
So we find the the ice of Antarctica is melting at a faster pace than even five years ago. This reminds me of when Senator Ted Cruz was saying we are in a mini ice age a few years ago. Sorry Ted, not happening. The piece today claimed that three trillion tons of ice has been lost since ’92. Yep, trillion, a shitload of ice. Going back a decade or two scientists didn’t think ice loss would be a big problem. Or as Gomer Pyle would have said, “surprise, surprise, surprise, it’s melting much faster than thought possible even ten years ago”. Yeah, it’s scary; to me anyway.
The trouble is is how to get the world’s leadership to take this seriously. We currently have an administration that denies reality. Big snowstorms this spring meant no global warming.
Another problem is the term, ‘climate change’. The climate is always changing so the govt thinks using climate change doesn’t sound as bad as global warming. Well my term is global poisoning, it’s all inclusive for everything being done to Earth, our one and only home. If we shit in it so bad as not to be able to live, humans will go extinct, plain and simple. Another term I’ve seen recently is to just use ‘mass extinction’ which is even more inclusive than global poisoning. Yep, and it accelerated in earnest starting July 16, 1945. That’s when an unknown, until that date, layer of man made elements began to be deposited on Earth’s surface. The atomic age.
I’m thinking the extinction caused by humans started around 40–60 thousand BCE. That’s when the mega fauna succumbed to mankind’s ravenous big brain. The cave paintings in France have drawings of animals no longer among us. Yep, our oversized brain uses lots of fuel. Using fire to cook meat was a big improvement in matters and voila, bigger brain. There were still several ice ages after that. Which just shows how adaptive humans are when faced with worsening circumstances. However it’s somewhat easier to deal with cold than heat. Cold? Just migrate. Heat? Again, just migrate until it becomes too hot for animals to live or grow crops. I say heat’s worse. Earth hasn’t been covered in ice since 7–800 million years ago. Something not taught when I was going to school.
So what to do about ice loss in Antarctica? I wish I knew. If we had a wayback machine we could go back to the early 1970’s and put a big clamp on energy corporations and implement immediate plans for the long term survivability of most lifeforms that existed then. We did turn the endangered alligator from the brink to a pest in less than 50 years. Same with America’s icon the Bald Eagle-except the eagles usually don’t eat your dogs or cats or kids! The EPA banned DDT and saved countless birds and many other critters too. So real action can work.
This brings us to today. Alarms are ringing everywhere! Coral reefs are dying, ice is melting more rapidly at both poles, record temperatures are being shattered every year or so but the world leaders are doing little or nothing to mitigate the damage being done. The CO2 in the atmosphere doesn’t go away quickly. 20% of what’s here now will still be there in 15,000 years.
Lastly if, or when enough permafrost melts methane(natural gas) will be released and then the damage can’t be stopped. No magic-wand-technical- fixes-pipedreams-anyway, will save the 6th mass extinction from ruining everybody’s day. Also statistically speaking, when you drive your car to the market it doesn’t do anything to the atmosphere. Driving 700 million cars to the market does. So does a military that at any given time has multiples of aircraft in the air 24/7. So does dropping millions of tons of bombs over the last 77 years. So getting the leadership to take real action is the only way for humans to survive more than a century or two.
Mass extinction is happening now. Ice melt rates are increasing. It’s time to cause leaders to see what’s happening now, not next decade-by then it will be too late. Peace, The Ol’ Hippy