This ‘n That

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I haven’t written much in a couple of days.  I’ve been tired and fighting the aches and pains of a weather change, and just didn’t feel well.  Too, I’m not sure what to write about.   I have some ideas, but they all seem to take research I haven’t had time for.

I was thinking that this upcoming election for US Congress people isn’t really going to change things as much as a lot of people are hyping about, no matter who actually “wins.”   There is talk that if the Republicans win control of the Senate, they will enact sweeping legislation.   But that ignores some harsh realities.  As the Republicans have filibustered almost everything that the Senate has actually tried to get accomplished the last few years, despite the Democrats having the majority, they haven’t managed to get much done.  And the Republicans seem to think that if they win a bare majority such as the Democrats have had, that things will be different  Do they honestly believe the Democrats won’t turn about and stop them the same way?  Never mind that anything they pass will have to be signed by the President.  And I don’t believe President Obama is going to sign any sweeping tax cuts, changes to Medicare or Social Security, or any of a host of other pet Republican/Teabagger wet dreams.   And they certainly still won’t have the votes to pass anything over a presidential veto.  So, despite the dire claims that the country will be subject to sweeping changes foisted on the 99% by the Republicans indebted to the Koch Bros and other special interests, I just don’t see it happening.   A lot of sturm und drang for nothing.  A tempest in a teapot.

I have also been thinking about the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. There is so much tension around the issues of weapons and whose hands can hold weapons in this country, that I wonder if it isn’t time to clarify things, perhaps by repealing or amending the 2nd amendment.  A lot of people seem to think the Constitution is inviolate and unchanging, but that’s simply not true.  Since the original Constitution and the first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights, were adopted, there have been 16 other amendments to the Constitution passed and ratified.  Several other amendments have been proposed, some even passed, but so far have not been adopted, usually because of failure to gain ratification by 37 states, the last hurdle for an amendment to clear before being added to the Constitution.  The Constitution is not a religious text handed down by the anointed.  It is not sacrosanct or sacred.  It can be changed if needed.  And it may be time to change the 2nd amendment.  Maybe it’s time to say not every nut case in the country has the right to own a weapon.

Have been contacted by two ladies on an internet dating site.  One is about 10 years older than I am, and frankly extremely heavy.  (The medical term is morbidly obese.)   Frankly, I don’t want to date someone who is 70 and overweight.  But how do I turn her down politely?  Do I just not respond to her message?   I’m not sure the other lady is really what I’m looking for either.  I may go ahead and meet her for coffee.  We’ll see.

It’s early, early Monday morning.   My “Sunday night” off.  I slept very little earlier, and I think that I’m going to go ahead and see about getting some sleep now.

Global Climate Change

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Global Climate Change and the marches to raise awareness are the big stories of the day, aren’t they?

At one time, I actually agreed with George H. W. Bush, when, as President of the United States, he said that this was an issue that needed more evaluation before we rushed into changes that might have a heavy economic impact.  That was his position in 1989, when he took office.   A quarter-century ago.

A lot has changed in the last 25 years.  By the dawn of the millennium, much study had taken place and we knew that statistical norms for “weather cycles” were being exceeded.  We knew by then, without question, that levels of atmospheric CO2 and other greenhouse gases were rising, and that CO2 released by modern human industrial activity was the largest contributor to the increase.

And we did nothing.  Because it would inconvenience too many people.  People might have to learn to drive less.  People might not get to cool their environments as much in the summer, or warm them as much in the winter.  They might have to find ways to use less energy largely produced by polluting methods that were rapidly being recognized as wholly unsustainable.  It might cost them something to not foul the planet they lived on to the point where we would die from the very pollution we insisted we needed to live comfortably.

Following practically every news article today on the internet about Global Climate Change marches, if they allowed comments, the comments were practically overwhelmed by people claiming that climate change is a fraud.  Many of them contend this is some sort of liberal plot, to keep big business from making as much money as it can.  Or scientists falsify data so that they will get big government grants. This is patently absurd.

Honestly, if it paid that well to be a climate scientist, the Koch Brothers would be climate scientists, not CEOs.  And nobody cares how much money the Koch Brother’s make.  (I refuse to call it “earning” it!)   We care that that is all they care about.   We care that they are polluting the water and air and earth, and making this planet unfit to live on in the name of profits.  We care about their grandchildren who will have to live with the collapse of an unsustainable environment, even if they don’t.

Frankly, I fear we have already passed a tipping point.

A sudden enough change in the way the industrialized world functions at its most basic levels, manufacturing, transportation and habitat, would probably cause a global economic collapse.  Because we didn’t take small steps a quarter century ago.  And we are a quarter century too late for small steps to do any good now.  In the near future, possibly in my lifetime, we will see huge methane blooms from thawing permafrost and seafloors.  When we reach that point it will be easy to see that we waited far, far too long to take action, because climate change will be like a runaway reactor we can no longer slow down.

And there is nowhere to run.  There is no corner of the planet that will not be affected.  And we will have none but ourselves to blame, because we didn’t want to be inconvenienced by having to change the way we did things before we knew better.