GeologicalScienceBlog - subjects include Geology, Climatology, Environmental Science, NASCAR, Beer, Property Rights, Random Thoughts, & Politics from a Christian Conservative/Libertarian/pragmatist viewpoint. As a Dad & Grandad, I am concerned about the overgrowth of government at the expense of freedom. Background - two degrees in Geology (BS '77, MS '90), started studying Geology beginning Senior Year of high school (1971 - 1972) <68>

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Clock is Winding Down...

I plan to retire this blog after its 10th anniversary. I am doing this to concentrate on my other blog, which is about 99% science. I may elaborate more about my choices later...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Still Here...

As I keep saying. Facebook posts - I'm really not into Twitter - are where I choose to do battle, so to speak. I may keep this blog open until February, 2015 than "call it a decade" and retire this blog to posterity (or perhaps wherever deleted blogs go). Later...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dear Diary...

Oh, melancholy what a tenacious beast you are. How I long for the days when others considered me productive and useful. Once in a while, I still consider myself to be still in "that zone", but Melancholy and its companions Self-Doubt and No-Confidence tap me on the shoulder and remind me that I must come back to their realm.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Still Here

Been busy with life.

Posting this Pat Condell video, perhaps to post to Facebook later. Back later...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Not Ready for Facebook

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” ~ William F. Buckley, Jr.

I am just "parking" this here, in case I decide to post it on Facebook.  I have to maintain some sort of relationship with cousins, etc..



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oh, By the Way, Happy New Year

As we now have wireless internet (though sometimes off and on) in the basement apartment (aka "the bunker"), I will try to blog some more.  Promises, promises, I know.

With my climate diatribe, I noticed that I was at 2199 posts, so I decided to go ahead and push it to 2200.

So there.

Another Climate Change Rant

As long as there has been an atmosphere, there has been climate change. Nothing new here.

It is possible that we affect the global climate, but as nature is an "open system" - with at least 22 different climate drivers - it is impossible to assess how much is "our fault".

From the website of H. Leighton Steward:
There are things other than combustion-related carbon dioxide, e.g., changes in land use patterns, such as deforestation (especially in the tropics) and the growth of "urban heat islands", that might affect global weather and climate, but other than on a very local scale, accurate assessments of human contributions may never be possible.

Of these 22 (+/-) climate drivers, some are cyclical, some are random. Some enhance each other (synergy) and some "cancel each other out" (antagonism). Some trigger Positive Feedback Loops, others trigger Negative Feedback Loops. Some are influenced by humans, some are totally natural.

As for the climate driver that gets most of the "blame" - carbon dioxide - it only comprises about 388 ppm of the troposphere (lowest layer of the atmosphere). That is about 4 parts out of every 10,000 (0.038%). And anthropogenic carbon dioxide (mostly from fuel combustion) is dwarfed by natural sources, e.g., volcanoes, hot springs, ocean emissions, animal/bacterial respiration.

Water vapor and clouds are responsible for the lion's share of the Greenhouse Effect, but this fact is too often ignored by those with "an agenda".

Sadly, for 30+ years, this subject has been politicized for the purpose of the concentration of power and money by those associated with the UN. All of this "Sustainability" stuff is largely driven by the overarching desire to control people and their activities.

And it is truly sad that too many Geologists associated with government or academia are caught up in the mantra. And some of these Geologists - that consider themselves to be "independent thinkers" - will allow no dissenting views to be considered.  I have Geologist "friends" that will no longer talk to me and I am most likely excluded from geo-blogging events (or at best barely tolerated) - for my skeptical views.

Bottom line - The Sun is the major controller of the Earth's temperatures and all things related and Water Vapor and Clouds control most of the Greenhouse Effect.

On a side note: My skepticism does not negate my environmental concerns. I recycle - because it makes sense. For 35+ years I have recycled aluminum and other things. Conservation of resources makes sense. Proper disposal of waste just makes sense. Blaming every unusual event on "climate change" does not.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hoplophobia - the New Word for the Day

It goes without saying that the events in Newtown, CT are horrible and there has to be some sort of effort to head off future mass shootings.  One short-term consideration is arming teachers.  Will return to that another time, though.  In the meantime, an important clarification.

Haplophobia is the irrational fear of weapons, specifically guns.

Here is a useful link.  Hoplophobia

I am sure that pointing this out to individual Hoplophobes will cause some consternation on their part (and a bit of glee on yours).

Here is a useful passage from the link above.

"The opponents of gun rights come in four fundamental categories:

Utopian Idealists - Dreamers willing to ignore human nature (anger, hostility, temper, greed, lust, hunger, poverty, want, megalomania, social pathologies, etc.) in the vain hope for a world where no one ever needs to defend themselves or others; Result: misguided efforts to disarm the public since no one should ever be capable of exerting lethal force for any reason. Fairly rare.

Routine Bigots - Ignorant gun haters who, generally, have never actually seen a real gun much less fired one, and hate what they don’t know; strong corollaries with race haters; Result: Vigorous anti-rights profile if left alone, however they often resolve their blind hatred when education removes the ignorance -- frequent anecdotes of such folks “converting” after their first time at a range. Quite common.

Hoplophobes -- Unfortunate souls afflicted with a phobic terror of firearms, deserving of pity, and in need of medical attention; Result: Though they should never be involved in setting policy on self defense, national security, or Second Amendment rights, they often insinuate [sic] themselves into such positions, their need for treatment goes unattended, and they cause grevious social harm. Easily mistaken for plain bigots. Too common.

Power Mongers - Like some at the U.N or many anti-gun-rights politicians, they know full well that an armed public interferes with their plans, and they insidiously use lies about the gun issue, and “disarmament (of you but not them) as a road to peace” as a power base and source of support; Result: truly evil, tyrannts [sic] who ultimately suppress human rights, contribute to global genocides, live an elite lifestyle, care not for their fellow citizens. Rare but extremely dangerous.

[A little side rant - I think the terms "gun rights" and "gun lobby" are misnomers, as guns are inanimate objects.  I think the better term would be "self-defense rights" and "self-defense lobby".]

[Another side rant - "...they often insinuate themselves into such positions..."  I think the proper word is "insert".]

Don't want to "overcook it" on the first day back...Later ya'll.

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Still Here,...

There are a plethora of reasons why I haven't been blogging.

The primary reason is - for the most part - I have largely been restricted by circumstances to using a small netbook computer for internet activities and it is a hassle.  I have asked several friends - and received affirmative responses - about the issue of cursor oversensitivity on laptops, i.e., simply moving the cursor over link activates the link.  The computer was purchased for a working vacation three years ago and it served it purpose.  It is just a hassle for daily use.

Another issue is that because of changes in living circumstances, we now live in a basement apartment and pay rent to a family member.  More details another time.  Anyway, we have wireless but for some reason, our desktop - when connected - seems to interfere with the internet and phone of the upstairs, so I am relegated to using it during odd times.

So, will try to blog when access allows.  And when the spirit moves me.


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