On Sunday afternoon it dawned on The Pink Flamingo that we are taking the whole issue of climate change and politicians in the wrong direction. Lindsey is being hammered for a piece he co-authored with John Kerry for the NYTimes. Even I cringed – because I knew he would be hammered for it.
Suddenly, like the light flashing down from an alien craft about to abduct some drunken deer hunter (note that there is no intentional insult to deer hunters implied) The Pink Flamingo had an epiphany.
GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT
Remember that old computer term – garbage in garbage out?
I think expecting our elected officials to know everything about everything, or even a little bit about everything is just not logical. None of us know everything about everything. We specialize. The era of a eclectic “renaissance” style education no longer exists.
Take climate change – please.
The only reason The Pink Flamingo has a different take on things is because of an essay the late great, Stephen Jay Gould penned for his monthly column in the Natural History magazine. Aside from filling The Pink Flamingo with a life-time desire to be a writer of essays, this article tweaked my fancy. I was going into high school, volunteering doing the candy stripe thing at our local hospital. I remember reading the article after my father picked me up at the hospital there in Seneca. The mail was on the back seat, where I was consigned as he and my grandfather drove home.
I read the Gould essay on the drive to Fair Play, fascinated. My current love of all things dinosaur is nothing new. I’ve been fascinated since I was a little kid and saw that now legendary T-Rex fossil in the Natural History Museum in NYC. While it might take a calculator to figure out how many scientists have been inspired by that same critter, including the great Gould himself, The Pink Flamingo never went beyond fascination when it came to dinosaurs. But – it did give me a reason to read geology, paleontology, and delve into archeology as a high school student.
The specic Gould essay, which I can no longer find, was about the fact that the planet was due for another round of what he felt might be a cycle of ice ages.
Golly – an ice age?
I read everything I could on the subject, only to decide upon a life-long fascination with Post-Roman Britain instead of science.
It seems like the alleged time frame of La Morte de Arthur and the alleged fall of the Roman Empire all occurred around 475AD – 550AD. No one in their right mind would even put the idea of the death of Arthur, fall of Rome, and an ice age together. BUT – they all happened around the same time.
Seems like David Keys also put 2 + 2 together to come up with an ice age. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the book:
“…In Keys’s startling thesis, a global climatic catastrophe in A.D. 535-536–a massive volcanic eruption sundering Java from Sumatra–was the decisive factor that transformed the ancient world into the medieval, or as Keys prefers to call it, the “proto-modern” era. Ancient chroniclers record a disaster in that year that blotted out the sun for months, causing famine, droughts, floods, storms and bubonic plague. Keys, archeology correspondent for the London Independent, uses tree-ring samples, analysis of lake deposits and ice cores, as well as contemporaneous documents to bolster his highly speculative thesis. In his scenario, the ensuing disasters precipitated the disintegration of the Roman Empire, beset by Slav, Mongol and Persian invaders propelled from their disrupted homelands. The sixth-century collapse of Arabian civilization under pressure from floods and crop failure created an apocalyptic atmosphere that set the stage for Islam’s emergence. In Mexico, Keys claims, the cataclysm triggered the collapse of a Mesoamerican empire; in Anatolia, it helped the Turks establish what eventually became the Ottoman Empire; while in China, the ensuing half-century of political and social chaos led to a reunified nation. Huge claims call for big proof, yet Keys reassembles history to fit his thesis, relentlessly overworking its explanatory power in a manner reminiscent of Velikovsky’s theory that a comet collided with the earth in 1500 B.C. Readers anxious about future cataclysms will take note of Keys’s roundup of trouble spots that could conceivably wreak planetary havoc….”
Would you believe the global temperature during the height of the Roman Republic and Empire ranged something like 4 degrees warmer than it is now?
Civilizations flourish during a time of global warming and had a tendency to either fall or wax inward during periods of cooling.
Please expain the importance of the word “Greenland”.
Now, the following completely esoteric lines of study are something no “normal” person who has a “real” life would even bother thinking about, let alone own dozens of books about the above.
There’s even more.
The Pink Flamingo has been interested in astronomy and space even longer than dinosaurs.
Get the picture?
Add a fascination with geology, history, King Arthur, Ancient America fringe archaeology, and a half-way decent working knowledge of science and you have a walking rebuttal to the current infant “science” of climatology. (it is a joke)
We are dealing with a rather fascinating solar minimum. For some strange reason, the utter lack of sunspots indicates a cooling surface on the sun. Anyone who knows anything know the cooler the sun, the cooler the earth.
Know anything about the relationship between very messy volcanic explosions and global cooling?
The Pink Flamingo subscribes to the theory of history that someone must delve, not only into the usual historical tools, papers, archives, etc, but must also integrate misc. sciences be them social, earth, biological, archaeology, or political in order to write history.
In other words – when I was writing TRAVESTY, I was able to prove that Wyatt Earp’s 1st wife, Urilla Sutherland, did indeed die of typhoid. No one could pin an epidemic down to 1872 Lamar, Missouri. After going through CDC records, I discovered that there was a minor epidemic of typhoid that raged through the whole region – for many years. Bingo – we now know Urilla did die of typhoid. I used the same methods to debunk many of the lies Frank Waters wrote about Wyatt Earp in his alleged classic, The Earp Brothers of Tombstone.
Waters wrote a whole passage about the young Allie Sullivan Earp eating artichokes in Nebraska during early years following the Civil War. Problem is there were no artichokes in Nebraska during that time. According to a local historian the only artichokes he ever saw, and he lived in the same area for 65 years of his life, were in the grocery store.
Now – how the heck do you expect someone in the House or Senate to even begin to want to be interested in this mess? We are dealing with a group of men and women who simply do not have the time to do a lifetime of research that gives The Pink Flamingo a background in the subject.
That is what the Congressional Research Service is all about. It is where members of Congress go when they need a summery of facts, figures, and information. The quality of material someone like Lindsey is receiving on Global Warming or climate change is simply as good as the person who researched it.
Material any member of Congress receives is only a good as the researcher who supplies it, along with all the pre-concieved prejudices, notions, and revisions. It is only human.
Someone like Lindsey is not going to fall for quackery. The problem is someone like Lindsey does not have time to spend putting 2 +2 together to smell a liberal rat. The bottom line is, yes, we are experiencing climate change. The real problem is the idiot science of global warming.
The Pink Flamingo thinks we are seeing major climate change – in favor of an ice age, which makes sense if you look at the historic record. We have been in/out of global cooling for thousands of years. A drop in temperature of just a degree or two could have effects that will be far more disastrous than a rise of a good 4 degrees. A rise of about 4 degrees will put us up with the temperature of the Roman Empire. A drop in a degree or two could be catastrophic.
There are variables. We seem to be leaving the solar minimum and there is some indications we are about to see sunspots re-emerge. That will raise the global temperature just a tad. If we have a major volcanic eruption with a pyroclastic flow, we could be looking at enough of a drop in temp to trigger another ice age. It happened in 1815 with the eruption of Tambora and 1883 with the explosion of Krakatau.
“…Two of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history occurred in the Indonesia Islands in the year 1815 and again in 1883. Although these catastrophes claimed thousands of lives and affected the climate on a global scale, they also created a unique opportunity for future scientists. For up to two years following each eruption, the earth’s weather washed out the dust and aerosols in the form of sulfuric and nitric acids, leaving behind a chemical “fingerprint” in the rain and snow….”
Why would a member of Congress, who had received a briefing paper from the CRS know that the effects of the 1883 Krakatau eruption would make the horrific smog that engulfed Industrial Age Victorian London much worse? It is during this time frame that we read about the misery the weather inflicted, creating the perfect environment for Jack the Ripper.
Let’s face it, unless someone was a very eclectic reader, they would not know any of this. Logic would suggest that any dufus should know the sun warms and cools the planet. It is astronomy for dummies. Maybe we are dealing with research by dummies.
And – that, boys and girls, is why anyone who is a strong advocate for something eventually becomes something of a defacto lobbyist. It is the only way to counter the garbage in garbage out material provided by the CRS. Please keep in mind the CRS is one of the finest research think tanks in the world. They do some of the finest research – but you can never discount personal bias.