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  • Jorg Aadahl 8:08 am on May 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Science denied 

    Advances in science have no doubt contributed to a better world, and shown how important it is to rely on science to protect the Earth we all live on, for now and for future generations. Not only has science helped us understand better how things work, and why, but has also dispelled old superstitions and pretty much done away with imaginary fears and among other things pulled religion down to earth, so to speak.
    It is therefor puzzling why science deniers even have a voice in this matter! Those without a science background or an understanding of science, and who instead denounce it all, should not have a voice and should not be taken seriously. This is not a case where we all have a birthright to equal say! If you don’t understand it, keep quiet and listen to those who do.
    It is like a math illiterate who denies math because he doesn’t understand it and feels that he has a right to fight against its logical concepts and deny it’s power.
    Or someone knocking a ball game without understanding the rules and how it is played.
    Or, heaven forbid, like someone without a fiber of governmental background or understanding of how a society is supposed to work for all, is being put in charge of it, despite advertised plans to destroy it! That could never happen, could it? At least not in a society with intelligent voters who have some sense of what they are doing, – or what?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:22 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Trump a liar, slow learner, or both? 

    It took Republican presidential hopeless Donald Trump 5 years to finally figure out that President Obama was born here in the United States. The evidence was obvious from day one, and no new information has surfaced, but all of a sudden Trumpy “got” it. Is he such a slow learner, or was he actually lying about it all along, – including “unbelievable” findings by his imaginary “investigators” in Hawaii?
    What about climate change? Doesn’t he understand, or at least accept, what just about every climate scientist across the globe agree upon, not to mention the growing evidence? Or, does he lie about that, too?
    What about President Obama’s accomplishments and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for the job? Doesn’t he get it, or does he simply lie about it all to fool his intellectually challenged followers?
    Finally, does he really believe what he preaches, – about cutting taxes, debt and deficits, while expanding the military, providing jobs for everybody, making everybody richer, scrapping Obamacare, NATO and UN and sending “illegals” young and old out of the country? Or, is that, too, just a bunch of lies and read meat for his uneducated followers?
    Can we believe anything that comes out of his mouth, – whether backed by tweets, or not?
    Is he constantly lying, – or is he just a slow learner?

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 3:34 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Congressional climate 

    While President Obama attended the United Nations’ climate change conference in Paris, the Republican controlled Congress was busy passing legislation to demonstrate that there is no man-made climate change to be taken seriously.
    Which proves, there is no change to the climate in Congress, – a stable condition that is indeed man made.

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 12:45 pm on January 23, 2015 Permalink  

    PAPAL VERDICT: CLIMATE CHANGE MAN-MADE! 

    Since Papal power used to be firmly planted on their side, Conservatives in the Growing Old Party are now understandably upset about the Pope’s recent statement that climate change is man-made!
    Who knows what he comes up with next. Perhaps he will state that water and air pollution, as well as soil contamination, may have something to do with industry’s lack of environmental responsibility and profits before people?
    Or, heaven forbid, that all babies are man-made and no one ever divinely conceived!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 2:06 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Environmental disaster 

    The United States and China — the world’s two largest economies — have struck a historic deal to fight climate change.
    That’s the kind of global leadership by President Obama we can all be proud of!
    But, what a sick joke to put a high profile climate change and science denier like Republican Senator James Inhofe from
    Oklahoma in charge of the relevant Committee for Environment and Public Works!
    That’s like putting a convicted criminal in charge of FBI, or a high school dropout in charge of the Education Department.
    Or, heaven forbid, Republicans in charge of Congress!

     
    • Al Ward 5:39 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Or like putting Jonathan Gruber in charge of The Executive Branch Dept. of Candor and Transparency. Oh, I forgot, President Obama already did that.
      Those stupid voters that Gruber refers to include the few Democrat members of the congress who are not flaming progressives but who were bamboozled into voting for . But Democrats in congress are not all stupid, you’ll remember that a Senator from Nebraska and one from Louisiana had to be bribed to get them to vote for Obama Care. Bribed with taxpayer money of course (the press referred to the bribe deals as the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.

      The wonderful and historic USA/China climate change agreement has all the substance of the fatuous campaign slogan “Hope and Change”. The Chinese will have to do something before they all strangle on their own smog, but giving credit for that to Obama, recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize is as silly as awarding him that prize was.

      • Jorg Aadahl 8:47 pm on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The statutes of the Nobel Peace Prize state that the prize is awarded to encourage peace movement and a world more receptive to the idea of more friendly solutions to world problems, acknowleging that no peace is necessarily secured forever. As a high profile spokesman for ending ongoing conflicts and negotiations and international cooperation to avoid future wars, President Obama fully deserved the honor and has lived up to his ideal.

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:48 pm on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    POST ELECTION THOUGHTS 

    THE PEOPLE SPAKE! REALLY?
    In the aftermath of this last mid-term election, much reference has been given to the “voice of the voters”. But did the voters really speak, when 2/3 didn’t vote, while the 1/3 that did were mostly older and more conservative people, a pattern in line with previous mid-terms?
    I’m not sure that the missing millions necessarily were sending a message. If any at all, it could be anything from for or against what President Obama has done, or not done, to disgust or approval of the Congressional Republicans’ conspiracy to obstruct from day 1.
    Perhaps even more important, how did money, voter suppression and religion affect the turnout, and the actual voting, – from the gubernatorial level to House representatives and Senators?
    Have money and the heavily funded smear campaigns taken over? Has it come to a point where more attention is being paid to what a candidate claims about the opposition, and less to what each candidate really stands for and have already done, including what is even realistically possible to get done?
    Promises are one thing, political reality something else.
    And why did the young and so many minorities stay away? Fed up with politics as usual, or discouraged
    by all the new ID requirements and even more limited access to places where they could vote?
    These are important questions and essential to address for the future of our country, – and the rest of the
    world for that matter. If we can’t fix these problems, we may end up with even worse cases than putting
    a climate change denier and science non-believer like Republican Jim Inhofe in charge of the Committee for Environment and Public Works.

    LACK OF TRUST?
    The claim has been made, that there has been a complete lack of trust between President Obama and Republican leaders. How can that be?
    Both in the House and Senate, Republican leaders have been true to their word from day 1, that they would obstruct everything and anything from Obama’s side. They stuck religiously, to their promise and didn’t even yield for any effort on Obama’s part to create more jobs, protect the environment, improve the economic conditions for middle class and the poor, or any other attempt at changing the conditions worked out by his predecessor, George W. Bush.
    So, while the Republicans have shown they could be trusted to stick faithfully to their guns (no pun intended), could the Republicans trust Obama? No, that’s a different story! Despite being awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, six years later there is still not ever-lasting peace in the world, – not to mention the persistent turmoil in the rest of the Universe. And, get this, despite the Obamacare he forced upon uninsured people, despite Republican opposition, Ebola is roaming around, – in Africa, of all places, identified as Obama’s birth place by usually wrong rigth-wingers.
    So, who is trustworthy, – or not?

    WASTE OF TIME?
    During this last election, it was revealed that President Obama had met with Senate
    minority leader Mitch McConnell at least once, perhaps as much as twice, during his
    presidency.
    Why, Mr. President?
    Why-oh-why would you waste SO much of your precious time on someone who on the
    day you were inaugurated, conspired with other Republican leaders to obstruct absolutely
    everything you ever tried to do as the newly elected president of the US?

    TIME FOR A CHANGE!
    Gas prices are down, unemployment is down, deficits are cut, stock market at record high, job growth consistent, economy improving, corporate profits at record highs, Ebola not spreading …
    Yeah, time to get rid of Obama!

     
  • Jorg Aadahl 9:48 am on May 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Flat earth climate deniers 

    Senator Marco Rubio said in an interview that he didn’t believe scientists are right in stating that human activity is dramatically affecting climate change.
    He is not the only member of this new flat earth denial society; membership is prevalent among Republicans, – even among those misplaced on congressional science committees.
    Do these science challenged souls also deny math solutions to math problems they don’t understand? Did they object to the math teacher’s solutions in high school, – just because it was different from their own feeble attempt at working out a problem?
    Do they deny the existence of foreign languages, too, because they don’t understand any of them?
    Do they understand quantum physics? Probably not, just deny it all.
    Do they deny the proven existence of million-year old fossils, because they’d rather believe the creationism hoax?
    But impossible stories cooked up thousands of years ago? Not a doubt! Gobble it all up!

     
    • Per A. Haakstad 5:12 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Many tend to believe the same as their “reference group”, the environment where they grew up and know well (they think) and that they trust. In addition: the quality of US elementary schools and high school seems to vary a lot. Some children and youngsters were taught by ignorant (and underpaid) teachers, who are weak on science and strong on free imagination. I think it would be helpful to fund better schools and better teachers. Bright youngsters who are about to choose a career among the multitude of options today
      are not likely to prepare themselves for a teaching job (except perhaps women who have a rich husband who can provide for them).

      • Jorg Aadahl 7:34 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Per! A serious problem with the American educational system, is testing and exams with multiple choice. Students are given a set of optional answers from which to pick, instead of having to work out solutions from scratch, like in most European schools. Thus, they don’t really develop analytical ability and often only see solutions given by others, which tends to have an impact on life in general. Questions in general then boil down to “Which one do you prefer?”, instead of “What do you prefer?”

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:42 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Climate confusion 

    Snow storms and cold spells on the East coast have deniers like Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans all fired up. Despite the indisputable trend to a steadily warmer globe overall, certain places will still be cold at times, and, of course, there will be snow. Exactly because of a warmer globe, there will be more snow in those places that are still cold. It is very simple. The warmer the weather, the more water will evaporate from oceans and lakes. When the atmosphere can’t hold more evaporated water, rain will fall in warmer areas. And, yes, snow where it is still cold enough for rain to turn into snow. And because of climate change, storms will be more violent as well.

    For every unusually cold area, we can point to other areas unusually hot. The previously rather cold Nordic countries are experiencing unusually warm weather, and a lack of snow on which to ski. Australia is blazing hot these days.

    Observations of climate changes must be based on trends, not individual events or occurrences. Weather is not climate, and anecdotes are not statistics.

    The depth of the ignorance can best be exposed by Republican talking head Erick Erickson’s Facebook entry: “The difference between people who believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus and those who believe in global warming is that Jesus will return.” Yeah, blind faith trumps solid science anytime, among some Republicans. Wonder what would happen if President Obama all of a sudden should come out and deny climate change? Actually, I think I know.

     
    • Peter Steiness 4:06 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      So my thought is, that perhaps when that Jesus guy returns, he can fix that climate thing? There’s an idea, huh?

  • Jorg Aadahl 6:40 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Rainstorm of Biblical proportions 

    So from where does the torrential rain back East come?

    Not from some mysterious reservoir way up high, but from evaporated water in warm areas around the globe!

    If so, why so much more evaporation than usual? Higher temperatures due to global warming! It is as simple as that, for those who want to accept the laws of nature: as the temperature rises, so does evaporation.

    Sorry about that, global warming deniers. You may refuse to believe it, and even pray to stop the rain, but it rains nevertheless, – in biblical proportions, if you prefer.

     
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