September 30, 2012
The Future Ain't What It Used to Be
FUTURE MAP OF THE UNITED STATES
"It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future"
Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 30, 2012 11:00 AM
But he has to be right. He's got a beard, and he sounds so, so- professorial.
I can't believe I actually watched it long enough to hear him say "large solar flares on the sun".
Yes, but this time, they have got it right. Really! How can you doubt them.
Hey Spike, tell me about life.
The only downside to this that I can see, is the liberal flotsam and jetsam inhabiting the coasts moving in on us yokels in flyover country, and trying to peddle their crap here. But, I think we can neuter them over time.
2008 was the year the oceans receded. He never saw THAT coming, did he.
What I find incredible is that these dummies go on camera and spew this nonsense.
Right now, most of the Great Lakes are suffering from too little water, not too much. Here's a post from the NYTimes on Sept 24 2012, from one of their tiresome enviroweenie blogs:
"Since 1999, annual average water levels have been consistently below the historic averages recorded since 1860 in Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron. A major research question for scientists is whether that trend will persist. Levels in Lakes Ontario and Erie have not fallen over the same period according to data from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, and similar troughs during the 1930’s and 1960’s could suggest that this is a natural cycle"
I especially love that last line, where they are admitting this ebb and flow of water might be a natural cycle.
I remember this guy. Our college dorm T-shirt was "I survived the great quake of ..." which didn't happen but was big news at the time.
In the ensuing years I have come to notice that the only thing the narcissistic society fears is the apocolyptic?
Many years ago when American history was still properly taught in U.S. high schools, I learned about the Puritan settlement of America. It was stressed that their ideas were the foundation of much of American thought. While the Puritans dreamed of America becoming John Bunyan's "white city on the hill," they also were wary of the happenings predicted in Revelations: "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth...."
If any American academics and intellectuals would ever bother to learn American history, they might realize that their thoughts--helpful and unhelpful, hopeful and pessimistic--still rest and remain embedded in a very solid and old Puritan tradition. It is a pity they don't become conscious of their heritage and address it in a more rational fashion.
Here's a simple experiment you can try yourself: take a measuring cup. Put 4-6 ice cubes in it (the number doesn't matter much; the results will be the same). Fill the cup to a line of your choice with water, covering the cubes completely (yes, they'll float). Now wait until the ice melts and check the level again. Didn't change, did it? That's because water expands when it freezes and contracts when it thaws, but its displacement remains the same. Yes, there are more variables in seawater (salinity, etc.), but the principle is identical. Knowing this, have some greenie explain the physics behind sea levels rising when icecaps melt. The answer should be entertaining.
Stop Plate Tectonics Now!