The Sky is Still Falling

Gore


Via Ed Driscoll:

In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the cold polar vortex on global cooling.

‘Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.’

Another Ice Age? – TIME

Forty years later, Time Magazine blames the cold polar vortex on global warming

‘But not only does the cold spell not disprove climate change, it may well be that global warming could be making the occasional bout of extreme cold weather in the U.S. even more likely. Right now much of the U.S. is in the grip of a polar vortex, which is pretty much what it sounds like: a whirlwind of extremely cold, extremely dense air that forms near the poles.’

Polar Vortex: Climate Change Could Be the Cause of Record Cold Weather | TIME.com

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Does anyone else remember The Population Bomb and Z.P.G.? Supposedly by the Eighties the world would be overcrowded and there would be mass starvation. We were supposed to be packed shoulder to shoulder like sardines.

We were all supposed to die a long time ago from overpopulation, air pollution, water pollution, pesticides, radiation, nuclear winter, ozone depletion, super flu epidemics, garbage, toxic waste, fluoridated water, commies, robots, mutants, aliens, zombies and/or Y2K. Not to mention we were supposed to run out of oil by now.

And yet here we still are.


Today’s Keep Fucking That Chicken Award goes to Politico:

Polar freeze: It’s weather, not climate

When you get enough weather, it’s climate.


SS Climate Denier


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72 Responses to The Sky is Still Falling

  1. The Klown says:
  2. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      One of the best things that happened for me when I started teaching online instead if face to face is classroom discipline was no longer an issue for me. I could just teach. If you’re sitting at home at the kitchen table and you want to have a gun in your lap while you do your math lessons, it is of no danger to me or the other students in the class. I don’t have to worry about classroom safety. Want to throw things at other people in the kitchen with you? It’s your parents’ problem, not mine. Want to use foul language? No one but me has to read it, and I can just reject it and give it the grade it deserves. I don’t have to explain to school administrators why it makes the classroom hostile enough to ask for a kid to get a time-out. It was extremely liberating.

      • The Klown says:

        It only takes one unruly child to disrupt a whole classroom. When the teacher has to focus all their attention on one child they are forced to neglect the others. I don’t want my kids to get cheated because little Johnny is rotten.

        • The Klown says:

          Junior high is typically worse than high school but the reason isn’t just maturity. By the first couple years of high school the worst troublemakers have been expelled.

        • elliesmom says:

          When I first started teaching, I taught juniors and seniors in high school. As long as I kept my class engaging, classroom management wasn’t much of an issue. As a science teacher I had to make sure the kids didn’t accidentally blow themselves up, but that is an intrinsic part of the job even with perfectly well-behaved kids. Science teachers and gym teachers often bond. When I moved to 8th grade, it was a totally different job. Our school placed kids in band first, then sorted then by math skills. Then they plopped them into all of the other classes. I’d get one section of kids who all took honors math and played the violin. (Because I had the science stuff to watch out for, that group was always my homeroom.) Then I’d get a section of kids where no one was in the band, half took honors math, and the rest were a mixed bag. Invariably, I’d get one section of kids who were failing math and beating up the kids who played the violin. Because science wasn’t “tracked”, at the end of every week all five of my classes were required to have completed the same amount of curriculum. Yea, right. lol

      • Somebody says:

        I didn’t know you were teaching online elliesmom. That’s great, it does sound liberating. Do the students in your online class get to interact at all with each other? I’m curious because I’m thinking about some online classes for my daughter, she’s home schooled. Do you feel like you are providing the same quality of instruction as when you were in an actual classroom? Clearly not dealing with classroom discipline is a positive, but do you feel there are negatives to not being face to face with your students?

        You don’t have to answer any of those questions if you don’t want to. I’m just curious for a variety of reasons. I really think this is going to be the future. Have you heard about education 2020 or similar programs?

        • elliesmom says:

          At this point I am completely retired, but I can still answer some of your questions. I was the science, math and engineering curriculum specialist for an international online high school consortium. All administrators were required to teach one course per semester. All of our courses had online forums where kids could interact with other. They were monitored by the teaching staff to make sure they were being used appropriately, and they were closed to anyone not enrolled in the course. Every course was required to have one assignment that required kids to work together on a project. Usually the projects were small in scope. They were designed to introduce the kids to the skills required to work with people they had never met and to be able to manage their work over different time zones. It was never a “make or break” for grades. Just introducing new skills. When I was in engineering, half of my team was in Japan so I can appreciate the value of learning those skills.

          Something is always lost when the people we are working with or teaching aren’t face to face with us, but I think there were enough positives to balance the scales. While touching the actual equipment might be “cool”, “virtual science labs” give the kids multiple times to try out a science lab where in a brick and mortar school, a lab is usually “one and done”. A lot more opportunity for really learning the concepts online.The course I taught allowed me to have voice and video contact with my students if they or I felt it would be a good idea. I always did “voice-overs” for my written lectures and gave out assignments in both written and audio format. I also added voice to my grade book. The feedback wasn’t sterile.

          Like anything else, there are some really good online schools out there and some crappy ones. Within an online school some courses are better than others. And some subjects lend themselves to online learning better than others. There are free, entry level, not for credit online college courses that are fun to try, but without a teacher in the course, they aren’t a very good representations of a real online course. You have to jump in to really see if it works for your daughter. The most popular courses for us were computer graphics including animation, the earth sciences, philosophy courses, literature classes around specific genres, photography, and art history. The class that was the most fun to monitor was the history class on the American Revolution where half the class was almost always in Great Britain. We had a lot of kids trying to make up math credits, but the only kids signing up for advanced math were the ones whose schools didn’t offer it. Most kids preferred the teacher to be in the room for math. The kids taking algebra 1 were trying to finally pass it to get out of Dodge.

          A lot of parents think online is only right for the “best and the brightest”, but the real make or break for kids is how self-motivated they are. I have a thank you letter from a student who said he loved my class because he could take his time to think about an answer because everyone in the course got to answer the questions, not just the first kid who raised his hand. Since he was shy, I was probably the first teacher who ever found out he knew the answers and was smart.

          I can’t make any recommendations on which school would fulfill your daughter’s needs best, but I do recommend she try an online course. It’s unlikely she’ll get through college without taking one, and learning how to do it now would be a step up. And I obviously don’t mind talking about it with you. ;-)

        • DandyTIger says:

          I second the idea of getting some experience with online courses. They are getting more and more popular with colleges and in many areas of work, you’ll be doing them after school as well. I’ve found that if the teacher is good, there are great online forums, and the teacher and/or assistance are available for questions, then it can be a great experience. Video lectures IMO make online courses much better. But sides and voice can be quite good too.

        • elliesmom says:

          I agree that video lectures are great, but many online courses aren’t “captured” face to face classes. They did start out that way, but as teachers are trained specifically for online teaching, the lecture model is going away. If I had done a “video” lecture, the kids would have watched me talking to them from my office cubicle. I preferred not to lecture much at all. Most of the classes I taught were more interactive than a lecture format would be. I only mentioned that I added voice to anything I wrote because so many kids are auditory learners. They need to hear as well as see. One of the great things about online teaching is you have the opportunity to spend time developing course work that used to be spent in front of a class. Once you record a lesson, you never have to spend the time doing it again.

    • Constance says:

      This is why I sent my kids to Catholic school. Catholics don’t waste time and energy on disruptive kids. You could say that’s because they charge tuition and so there are not any poor kids but Catholic schools give a lot of scholarships and there are poor kids. And they essentially charge the rich people more by giving them public opportunities to donate to the school. I’ve seen them auction the first two rows of pews at each of the Christmas services to the highest bidders and auction the row of 8 prime parking spaces near the building to the highest bidder and then put up huge signs with the family’s name so everyone knew they gave money.

      • votermom says:

        The charter school my kids go to is like that – they can and do discipline, suspend and expel kids that are disruptive.
        Btw, the school is very racially diverse; but the kids that stay are all motivated to learn (either innately or due to parental pressure).

        • elliesmom says:

          Kids don’t get to go to charter schools (or parochial ones) unless they have parents who are motivated enough to get them there. The application process weeds a lot of kids out. Same thing with programs like METCO which send inner city kids to school in the more affluent suburbs. You have to ask to be chosen.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    For some light viewing with your morning cuppa, how is our college kids learnin’ civics or something. Describing conservatives…….or how Obama won in 2008 and 2012 ?

  4. The Klown says:

    Washington Times:

    Polar vortex threatens global warming delusions

    Winter’s the favorite time of year for climate denialists. Self-proclaimed experts and distinguished climate scientists insist that neither natural seasons nor the movement of the sun accounts for patterns that cause the mercury to fall.

    It may have been that way millenniums ago, when the Earth was young, but in the climate-denialist view, man has been in charge of the thermostat in the 20th century. If it’s too cold, the cause is man-made global warming. Not cold enough? That’s the fault of man-made global warming.

    The weather forecast is used as proof of these conclusions — but only when convenient. In February 2012, NBC prefaced its nightly news with observations on the unseasonable temperatures.

    “It was so warm today across much of the country,” said a concerned anchor Brian Williams, “as you know, they’re calling it June-uary. It’s got a lot of people wondering whatever happened to winter?”

    The piece ended with the pronouncement that the deck is stacked against the return of a traditional winter owing to “a world warming because of climate change.”

    Despite adoption of “climate change” to replace “global warming,” the public takes notice when Midwestern wind chills hit 70 degrees below zero and the average nationwide temperature falls to a mere 15 degrees. The deep freeze puts denialists on the defensive.

    The liberal website Slate insists “Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming” and scolds snarky tweets from conservatives that have poked fun at the distinct lack of global warming over the past few weeks.

    Slate’s conclusion rests on a supposed scientific consensus and cites a draft of the U.S. National Climate Assessment that predicts “heavy precipitation in winter storms” as proof that the cold snap is caused by global warming.

    When the winter is warm, the denialists cite the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment of more than a decade ago, which predicted “Milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms.”

  5. angienc says:

    You forgot acid rain — remember the hysteria over that back in the 70s? I was a little girl — not even school age –and the shrill was so loud over acid rain that I remember being scared that if rain got on me it would burn. LOL

    As I’ve since learned, and say over & over to the “we’re killing the earth!!” hysterics: this planet is going to kill us long before we kill it.

  6. votermom says:

  7. votermom says:

    What new crony money funneling, vote-buying scheme is this?

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/01/08/obama-promise-zones-san-antonio-philadelphia-los-angeles/4368697/

    Obama to name five ‘Promise Zones’
    President Obama will designate troubled neighborhoods in five cities and areas as “Promise Zones,” eligible for tax breaks and other forms of assistance designed to create jobs and improve education, housing, and public safety.

    The first five Promise Zones will be located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, said a White House statement.

    Obama plans to make a formal announcement Thursday.

    Under the proposed Promise Zones, the federal government plans to partner with local governments and businesses to provide tax incentives and grants to help combat poverty. The project is part of Obama’s effort to address income inequality.

    In his State of the Union Address a year ago, Obama said his administration plans “to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, and education, and housing.”

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Whoa ! Just to let you guys know, we had a very special visitor to our Facebook page. It was for the *sharing* link to the Best of Ramirez 2013. Guess who *liked* and *commented* ? You’ll have to scroll down a bit to the Investors Business Daily (?) logo…..

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crawdad-Hole/127399844071124

    Squeeeeeeeee !

  9. The Klown says:

    Okay, without looking it up, who can explain Wedderburn’s little theorem?

    • DandyTIger says:

      {{sheepishly raises hand}}

    • votermom says:

      Nope, never heard of it.

    • DandyTIger says:

      It’s all about types of algebras and how they relate. In this case, a finite ring is also a field. Makes sense when you think about it, and know what all the very silly made up names for different types of algebras mean. Proving these things is a bit tricky of course.

      • votermom says:

        Oh, it’s about Al Jebr-a? Another jihadi plot if ever I heard of one. :P

      • DandyTIger says:

        An algebra is just a structured collection of stuff with some rules about how you can map some stuff to some other stuff. Arithmetic is a good example of an algebra. You have stuff (numbers) and rules (+, -, x, /) and with those rules (or operations), you can relate a couple of numbers to another number. You can make up all sorts of algebras with different types of groups of stuff and operations on those stuffs. People have made up very silly names to different types of algebras with particular structure to their stuff or particular flavor to their operations and general properties about them (e.g., rings, fields, groups, etc.). It gets really fun when the piles of stuff are themselves algebras, and the operations are mappings from one algebra to another.

        • votermom says:

          Sounds like a compiler.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Algebra, Logic, and Calculus are all just synonyms for language. They are each types of mathematical “languages” that have a grammar of a sort and a vocabulary of a sort. Using these different names for just a form of language is a hint at how silly it all gets really fast. I think the problem is we only have so many words for similar things. So it can be confusing. Then they just make up random words for different things, some of which have very different “normal” meanings. And then mathematicians seem to have a predilection for coming up with the most obscure notations for things. They almost delight in the look and elegance of the notation and completely ignore any intuitions or practicality. The ultimate form over function types. (That sentence is extra funny if you know all the redundant meanings of each of those words in various math fields.) Once you understand it’s all made up by very silly people, though internally consistent, then it gets a little easier. It’s not magic.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Yes, it’s very similar to a compiler. A computer language compiler translates one computer language into another computer language. If you think of a computer language as a thing with a pile of stuff (the domain of the language) and a set of operations (the process logic of the computer language), then you can map one of those languages to another computer language. Programming language theory turns all of that into math, using domain theory and a process logic called lambda calculus.

        • votermom says:

          Dandy, you’ve taught me more about math than 5 years of college instructors.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Aww shucks. :) When you realize things are just made up by some silly people, then it’s somehow easier to work through. There are rules and consistencies – it all makes sense – but you’re less intimidated. And getting the big picture, which I rarely see taught, it also helps.

          Next up, music notation. It’s just made up. It’s very silly. And it’s very, very inaccurate. There are much better ways to describe music. You don’t have to use the silly one many people use.

          Then, music instruments. Also just made up stuff. You can create your own. Don’t be intimidated by “proper” instruments, “proper” notation, or even “proper” ways of composing music.

        • catarina says:

          Next up, music notation. It’s just made up. It’s very silly. And it’s very, very inaccurate. There are much better ways to describe music. You don’t have to use the silly one many people use.

          Then, music instruments. Also just made up stuff. You can create your own. Don’t be intimidated by “proper” instruments, “proper” notation, or even “proper” ways of composing music.

          holy shit
          more, more!

        • gxm17 says:

          IMO, higher math should be taught at a much younger age, when a child’s brain is more open to learning new languages.

        • The Klown says:

          Now my head hurts.

    • gxm17 says:

      I have no idea but I really feel bad for him that they had to go and qualify it as “little.” Or is that quantify…

    • 1539days says:

      I looked it up and I can’t explain it.

  10. helenk3 says:

    I loved this picture

  11. swanspirit says:

    I am very sorry to report that a piece of the sky did indeed fall on our family this morning , our beloved Kobe the smartest and sweetest chocolate lab, was entered into heaven , this morning , at the vets , and it feels like a piece of sky fell . Or it could be him bouncing around up there , and dislodging some of the cosmic plaster . My granddaughter Jordan posted this on her FB page

    I don’t even how to describe the love that I have for this dog. Ever since the first day we got him he has brought nothing but joy and happiness to not only my heart, but to everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him. He was constantly full of energy and always wanted to play. He was beautiful on the outside and on the inside, he had the best personality and was so lovable. He was more than a dog, he was my best friend and will always be apart of our family. Just after he turned three, he was diagnosed with leukemia. He fought long and hard every single day as we watched get him progressively worse. It broke my heart watching him suffer. The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was watch him die in my arms as the vet put him down. I know he is in a better place now and is no longer in pain. I love you more than anything and I will always treasure you. You are forever in my heart Kobe

  12. Freaky things to ponder. We lost 4 military a few hours ago when a Pace Hawk helicopter crashed near coastal NORFOLK, U.K., and are now searching for 5 more from a Sea Dragon helicopter crash off NORFOLK, VA.

  13. catarina says:

    {{{{Kobe’s humans}}}}

  14. swanspirit says:

    Thanks to everyone of you for your kind caring, it really does helps ease the hurt to share and know people care HUGS to all of you .

  15. The Klown says:

    This reminds me of one of RD’s anti-religious screeds:

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/Jamie-Stiehm/2014/01/07/the-catholic-supreme-courts-war-on-women

    Rum, Romanism and rebellion!!

  16. r u reddy says:

    As I remember, the regional acid rain in the 60’s-80’s was mainly from sulfur dioxide in coal smoke. It was solved by forced cap-and-trade incentivization to get utilities to remove most of the sulfur dioxide from the smoke.

    Reality is the stuff that stays real, no matter how hard you wish it away or talk it away or wave it away. ” You can’t bullshit the ocean. It isn’t listening.”

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