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  •  This was the best article I've read here, (7+ / 0-)

    I am very much in agreement. I will use it in my day to day.

    I don't say "climate change" because it seems to change all the time. [I am not confusing climate with weather, but I don't want to risk an opponent doing so.] I say "climate aberration" because facts back up the reality that we are directly altering our own environment.

    Just for example, it is impossible to ignore that carbon monoxide is a frequently chosen means of suicide.

    Time to reread your article, I will definitely distribute it.

    That man behind the curtain is me — on election day! (See you there.)

    by Says Who on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:37:10 AM PDT

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    •  It's global warming (2+ / 0-)
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      which leads to climate disruption. I also like your term, "climate aberration." I think "change" is too mild.

      Whatever it's called, the imbalance that causes the earth to retain more heat energy is what's behind the problem. There may be a communication problem with the public because of the lack of understanding about the relationship between heat energy and temperature. Some of the excess of heat energy goes to evaporate water and some to melt ice.

      •  A law of physics is that each action has an equal (2+ / 0-)
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        and opposite reaction (I'll take any correction a scientist can give me here). Have you ever been with a closed-minded person on a cold (30° or so) October day say something like, "so much for global warming, I'm freezing my ass off."?
        Well, the problem will not be simply warming. This is a physical environment hurling through space, directly connected to the Sun. All warming will be counteracted, and the equal and opposite reaction will not just be cooling, it will be a physical reaction of every magnitude present — it will be natural reaction of earth to unnatural force created by mankind, industry, science, neglect, ignorance, [your factor here].

        I could see Mother Earth and The Sun conspiring to alter earth's orbit oh so slightly, just to forever knock this unwelcome parasite, Mankind, off its surface permanently, just to preserve life as earth knew it, long before something as wicked as people evolved to pillage its harmony, convert its resources, and destroy its viability.

        Just thoughts, I'm not a scientist or a doomsayer, or a crank. But physics will indeed have its say, and that is why I believe in this diary by Laurence Lewis, and want its message politically measured.

        Name a more vital issue than the destruction of our home. When would be the best time to consider it if not now? Polar bears are clinging, islands are sinking, god-almighty insurance companies are refusing policies in Florida.

        Wake the fuck up already?

        That man behind the curtain is me — on election day! (See you there.)

        by Says Who on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 11:10:28 AM PDT

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        •  Think of that scene from the first Superman movie (3+ / 0-)
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          where Jor-El is imploring the government/scientists (who are all in denial) to see that Krypton is doomed & something MUST be done about it. He says "It's suicide. No, worse, it's GENOCIDE". I sometimes think we're in that EXACT same situation.

          A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

          by METAL TREK on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 11:25:47 AM PDT

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          •  The only way I'll agree with climate deniers is if (0+ / 0-)

            I can spend 50 years at their Fortress of Solitude, and that has to include golf, tequila, jazz, shakespeare, bbq, cycling, da Bears, hot tub, Daisy Fuentes (before), tapioca, NPR, croquet, coffee... need I go on.... ?

            That man behind the curtain is me — on election day! (See you there.)

            by Says Who on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 01:06:14 PM PDT

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        •  The greenhouse effect is basic physics (5+ / 0-)

          From The Crisis in Physics Education:

          Only 1/3 of US high school students take physics. This is far less than in most countries with which we compete economically.  Many countries require all students to take physics.  To bring the US to their standard would require a fivefold increase in the number of physics teachers.  
          It's more than just understanding the science behind global warming.
          Physics, more than any other subject in high school, teaches quantitative and analytical reasoning skills. Math is an important tool, but physics makes math "real".
          It's basic scientific reasoning. Something that seems to be in short supply among too many Republicans in Congress and state legislatures.

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