Saturday, March 17, 2007

Gamblers

Imagine you go to the casino with a buddy of yours. The guy has bad luck, but it's just bad enough that he wins a little and loses a little, always ending up a little bit worse than when he came. Worst of all, every time he seems about to admit defeat, he gets a big win--not enough of a win, mind you, to make up for all of his losses, but big enough to keep the desire to gamble stoked. This will end badly.

I bring up this hypothetical because it reminds me of the global warming deniers who crow every time snow falls somewhere, thinking that it's the big win, the blizzard that will prove them right.

Honestly, I wish it were true, but it isn't.
THE Earth has just experienced its warmest December-February since records began 128 years ago, adding fire to global warming concerns.

A US government agency reported a record warm January worldwide pushed average temperatures to 0.72C above normal for the 20th Century.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was the highest average temperature for the period since records began in 1880.

10 Comments:

Blogger ¡El Gato Negro! said...

THE Earth has just experienced its warmest December-February since records began ...

Oh, they say that every year.

11:51 AM  
Blogger nocturnalmallard said...

Of course it's been the hottest December-February on record. This is just a natural warming of the planet... but more efficient. See the market eliminates all inefficiencies... even humans, the most inefficient of all. Remember the pet rock? Where's the logic in that?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Happenstance said...

Well, that's still the technique of the pathetic cranks who write LTTEs ("It snowed in Chicago in January! What Global Warning?!?"), but the times they are a changin'...

The new technique cropping up (made necessary by too many people slipping and agreeing with, you know, science) is to blame it all on solar activity. (I've actually heard the line, "current solar activity is the highest ever recorded"--as if we'd been monitoring sunflare activity since the 1600s...)

The goal is simple; if it ain't my fault, I don't have to sacrifice nothin'. *claps hands over ears* Lalalalalalalalalala! LAAAAAAA!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then why don't you do your part and stop producing so much methane through this blog.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Wow -- I think "anonymous" gave a good example of "LalalalalalalaLAAAAA!"

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Celia said...

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1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Global Warming: Moving Towards Metrosexuals http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272612158.shtml

No wonder you fairies are promoting "Global Warming".

6:08 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Ah, yes, there is nothing more pleasing to the fey little ears of a Faerie than a Troll breaking forth with a melodious "LalalalalalalaLAAAAAAAAA!"

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Many people think that because they'll probably die before the effects of global warming will drastically affect our lives, that they can choose not to acknowledge that it's happening at all.

But what about our kids? And if you believe in reincarnation, you'll probably come back to suffer the effects in later lives.

We can all start by doing our part. Recycle whenever we could. Turn off lights and any other electric appliances we don't happen to be using at the moment.

It's getting scary. I've been in Canada for over 20 years, and this is the shortest and mildest winter I've seen.

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Marmoset said...

Hmmm, seems to me that people I know who believe in reincarnation also recognize the danger of global warming, but the Lalala, so-called conservatives : A. go lalala because they don't want it to have an impact on their "profits" (which is odd since most are fundies who claim "heaven" is waiting for them) B: don't care because they expect to be "raptured" to safety (please site the biblical reference to so-called rapture)
or C. are uneducated follower types who for reasons largely incomprehensible have identified themselves with the false-patriot, money ueber alles, "ain't seen a war I didn't love" movement that tells them what to think.

So there.

8:31 AM  

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