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PopeFrancis_ArgentineGovIs your first thought that I am taking the name in vain in a minor way that was even acceptable to my blue haired grams?  Of course there’s the more powerful version from the cross.  

Pope Francis recent eco-encyclical is another layman’s view of our world.  I figure I might as well throw in my thoughts.  Layman’s views on this issue evidently make for a popular pastime.

Interesting that a clergy wants to tear us a new one on this issue.  He’s arguing the point from a religious view that is suspect.

GENESIS 1:26,28
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

I know this is a cheap shot but in eco-whatever cheap shots abound.  They come from many places they shouldn’t.  Bad science abounds without evoking the Lord’s name — vain or otherwise.

The language is a lovely thing.  It is a language useful for connoting.  One of the words that has taken on a negative bias in some circles is denier.  It is attached to those scientist that disagree with the green gospel.  Here is one of them:

Article from Slashdot:  Anthony Watts of Surfacestations project (crowdsourced research) has finally yielded some discussion worthy results (PDF). He uses a siting classification system developed by Michel Leroy for Meteofrance in 1999 that was improved in 2010 to quantify the effect of heat sinks and sources within the thermometer view shed by calculation of the area-weighted and distance-weighted impact of biasing elements to calculate both raw and gridded 30 year trends for each surveyed station, using temperature data from USHCNv2. His initial claims are that station siting is impacting the surface temperature record significantly, and NOAA adjustments are exacerbating that problem, not helping. Whether you agree with his results or not, recognize that this method of research is modern and worth your participation in the review. Poke holes in publicly sourced and presented research all you can, that’s what makes this method useful.

The Pope’s view is just like mine.  It, like this blog, is another example of those speaking without the knowledge necessary to be a definitive source.  But, I have done a bit of computer analysis of data and that has the problem with data that can creep into the most honest effort — GIGO. (Garbage In; Garbage Out)  That can be doubly serious when you attempt to model.   Modeling is popular.  Our local weatherman often display several models of the next days weather.  Weather is complex and inexact.  They have yet to find that butterfly in China that brings a monsoon to India.

Tom Skilling — our local weather guru — can display three models for tomorrow that argue what will occur in the next 24 hours.   To give greater credence to the modeling outcome of global warming is problematic as it is “somewhat harder” to model out 100 years.

How this allows a religious figure to lambast our avarice and greed on this topic is a bit of a stretch.   Is it avaricious to have a nice home, car, dinner table?   Is it wrong to want more for one’s children than they have had?

Say what you want on the subject but the world is a better place.   That goes for the rich and the poor.   Even in Africa, mankind and science recently stopped a major epidemic.   We couldn’t have done that not many years ago.  Without the riches we create, we cannot have a standard of living that creates vaccines along with new cars.   That makes the choice of poorer a dramatic choice.  It is also a personal prejudice.  I am living longer than my parents; they did the same; and that goes back generations.  So when we want to go backwards and squander the wealth of the nation on unproven models, there should be a warning sign flashing.

Yes, the world will change.  It always has and to our benefit.  Curse our light bulbs, indoor plumbing and all the rest.  But, the future is going to be better and not worse for man.  It won’t be a walk in the park but we have proven that we are an innovative specie.   I have a trust that will continue.  We’ll have failures like always but we will live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.


A couple of folks have wondered about my blog’s lack of productivity.  Since Black Friday, I’ve found myself repetitious.  I was repetitious before but that was what a poker blog was.   Today’s blog repeats views I’ve expressed before.  I just got frosted at an activist guy with no more credentials that I can produce.  You see we are all God’s spokesmen along with being flawed creatures.   And only the arrogant say otherwise.

Oh, I found out a big part of the reason my blog is getting page hits without my posting.  It is my backyard weather station.  Yes, a simple, local weather report trumps the above.  Any blogging arrogance on my part has been put in proper perspective.   I have been replaced by technology.

Happy Fathers Day, Dad.  I still think of you often.  My thanks!

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  1. June 22nd, 2015 at 09:40 | #1

    I guess without Josie to piss you off you had to find a new target. Is it a sign of growing older that this Catholic has scant interest in what our latest pope says and does?

  2. June 22nd, 2015 at 21:18 | #2

    For a while, when I tried to come here to see what was going on, Internet Explorer wouldn’t bring me here. I’ve switched to Google Chrome and everything works just fine again. I think the new version of IE must have a million issues.

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