I didn’t write yesterday because Leive and I were gone at two Filipino birthday parties. The first was in Bardstown, seventy miles west of here, and the second was just on the other side of Interstate 75, in the neighborhood next to ours. Leive was particularly pleased to find some Cebuano speakers at the first party; that’s not the most widely used language in the Philippines. At the second party, there were nearly thirty Filipinos and two white men, so we had a paradoxical situation where the other guy and I were told to stay on the patio in back of the house! Who’d have expected that in a state with a population that’s 92 percent non-Hispanic & white? But seriously, with the Fourth of July rapidly coming up, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing our new friends again soon.
In the news, I haven’t been paying as much attention to the death of Michael Jackson as most Americans. Everyone else is saying enough about him, so I feel no need to pay tribute to a pedophile that converted to Islam a few years back. I’d rather hear what’s going on in Iran, and if that North Korean ship full of nuclear materials reached its destination yet (I learned last week that it’s going to Myanmar). The good news is that on Friday I tried calling my congressman to tell him I oppose this energy tax that they call the “Cap & Trade Bill,” and I couldn’t get through because all lines were busy; that means a lot of other Americans are concerned about the issue. Unfortunately, the bill was passed in the House anyway.
The bill can still be stopped in the Senate, though, and I hope that happenes, because such a tax would be a disaster to our economy, and it would break President Obama’s promise not to impose new taxes on 95% of the American people. I’ll remind everyone of the summary I gave at the end of my global warming essay:
<LI>Man-made global warming may not exist.
<LI>If man-made global warming does exist, it won’t have much of an effect on us until 2050. By then, most of those reading this page will be dead.
<LI>If we respond to the perceived danger with drastic changes to our lifestyle, it will hurt us NOW, not decades down the road. We have already seen that with rapidly rising energy and food prices.
<LI>Whatever we do to stop global warming won’t make a difference, if China and India can’t be persuaded to do their share (see point #18 above).
<LI>Those dedicated to saving the world from global warming are also enemies of capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.
- Man-made global warming may not exist.
- If man-made global warming does exist, it won’t have much of an effect on us until 2050. By then, most of us will be dead.
- If we respond to the perceived danger with drastic changes to our lifestyle, it will hurt us NOW, not decades down the road. We have already seen that with rapidly rising energy and food prices.
- Whatever we do to stop global warming won’t make a difference, if China and India can’t be persuaded to do their share.
- Those dedicated to saving the world from global warming are also enemies of capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.
I also felt compelled to add two points to the list on that page:
17. The ice-core samples mentioned in #13 above also preserve a record of carbon dioxide levels in ancient times. They show that the percentage of atmospheric CO2 has gone up and down in the past, but the CO2 increases happened as late as 800 years after temperature increases. Thus, one could argue that rising temperatures cause rising CO2 levels, instead of the opposite.
32. Don’t worry about the polar bears. Environmentalists like to illustrate the danger of global warming by showing pictures of polar bears stranded on melting ice. This was enough to get the Environmental Protection Agency to put polar bears back on the endangered species list. By doing that, they ignored three facts. First, the estimated population of polar bears has tripled since the 1970s, when they really were an endangered species. Second, they can swim for up to hundreds of miles in cold water, so even if the ice melts, they’ll be all right. That’s how they managed to travel to every part of the Arctic. Third, they survived previous warm periods, didn’t they?
Finally, I created two new pages on subjects that have appeared here first. The first, “Why Are American Jews Liberal?“, tries to explain the liberal voting record of Jews, when their best friends are conservative. The second, “Why Won’t Anti-Semitism Go Away?“, offers an explanation for that phenomenon. Re-read and enjoy!