Watermelon Tuesday Open Comments

If there remains any doubt of the aims of the Anthropogenic Global Warming crowd, news from Cancun should dispel them.

Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions. [emphasis mine]

We know better than you little people!

In one paper Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.

You rich people who have despoiled the Earth all these years must stop and let all those masses of brown people have their shot. What they don’t ever want said is that while the developed world uses lots of energy per capita, it uses it very efficiently, especially when compared to the developing world.

Prof Anderson insisted that halting growth in the rich world does not necessarily mean a recession or a worse lifestyle, it just means making adjustments in everyday life such as using public transport and wearing a sweater rather than turning on the heating.

Left unsaid by the good perfesser is why they all have to fly to Cancun (or Copenhagen, Bali, etc.) to make these Pronouncements of Great Truth when there exists videoconferencing technology that would allow them to reduce their “carbon footprints” right now.

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43 thoughts on “Watermelon Tuesday Open Comments

  1. Maybe one way we could cut back would be to reduce the funding for the Tyndall Institute, a sure way to reduce a lot of hot air and noxious gas.

  2. Thomas Sowell nails it again here. This too, is the answer to the agw crapola; treat it like the crapola that it is both loudly and clearly.

  3. A papa mole, a mama mole, and a baby mole, all live together in a little mole hole.

    One day, papa mole sticks his head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said, ‘ Yum! I smell Maple syrup!’

    The mama mole sticks her head out of the hole, sniffs the air and said, ‘Oh, Yum! I smell honey!’

    Now baby mole is trying to stick his head out of the hole to sniff the air, but can’t because the bigger moles are in the way. This makes him whine, ‘Geez, all I can smell is….


  4. Anybody have a list of the eight repubs that voted against the earmark moritorium?

    Bob Bennett of Utah; Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the senior Republican on the Appropriations Committee; Susan Collins of Maine; James Inhofe of Oklahoma; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Richard Lugar of Indiana; Richard C. Shelby of Alabama; and George V. Voinovich of Ohio.

  5. I just went outside to pick up pecans. Just covering the area – street, sides of street, my driveways, and the front yard – I have filled my little rolling crate about 1/3 full. And I look up in the tree and a good 60-70% are still hanging up there. The stiff wind and weather change should help some more come down.

    Now, the four trees in the back need harvesting as well. One tree is prolific with smaller nuts, and it’s like walking on marbles at times. Another tree has really big, round ones, and I can twist my ankle on those things if I’m not careful.

    The tree with the teeny tiny nuts I’m leaving for the squirrels.

    Okay, gutter brains – have fun with this post!

  6. Call me old fashioned, but I still think libraries should have books, in addition to information technology and gimmicks such as offering coffee.

    Yes, there are still books there but most of it is now e-books where the kids can check out the book and as long as they have Internet access they can read the book. The library is now open from 6:30 to 6:30, a.m. to p.m., and he says the kids are eating it up; they have never seen so many kids in the library before. They only did this a week ago and he says the number of e-books being checked out is through the roof.

    He says the kids love it. They did put coffee and food in there so the kids when they’re staying after school and before the kids can have a little coffee, read a book it’s just like Starbucks. Except they’re providing the books as well. The kids are eating it up that’s what they want. They want the e-books.”

  7. Bob,
    Do not mess with my Apple Stock (AAPL). I use the Harris County Library to download Audio Books and e-Books for free. I go to my local branch from time to time but I always go before 3pm, else I have to deal with the crowds of kids.

    The good news is that they are in the library.

    By the way…the Online Books is one of the best deals going for anyone wanting to save a few dollars.


  8. I can see the advantages to e-books: portability, for one. I can see this as a big advantage when going on a long vacation and packing space is at a minimum.

    But there’s something about having a real book in hand, turning pages. And if it’s my copy, I can write in it (something I rarely do, except for my Bible and a few other exceptions).

  9. Simple, I agree that the “good news” is that they’re there, and they’re reading. I’m in the IT business, appreciate the technology, and do most of my reading online. But still, there’s something about the smell of the stacks that I hope can be preserved as technology moves forward.

    Maybe it’s hereditary. My mother was a librarian for 30+ years.

  10. #12 Bob

    The kids are eating it up

    Sounds to me like what is being eaten up in this library is the “free” coffee and snacks, before and after school.

  11. No one else has asked, so I will: why is this Watermelon Tuesday?

    Just gussin’, but I’d say Green on the outside Pink Red on the inside. 😉

  12. #20

    I never heard of a coffee shop inside a school, so I am unconvinced that the food & beverages are not free. The article does not say either way.

  13. #21 I got the info from the Chronicle’s story on it.

    A full coffee bar will open in coming days, with students in the culinary program serving flavored brews, hot chocolate and healthy snacks such as whole fruit and yogurt for a fee.

    So far, the number of books being checked out at Lamar has more than doubled to 2,933 this year, according to data from the librarian.

    Hardcopy nostalgia aside for a moment, it does sound like a successful idea, assuming that the kids are actually reading the e-books they checkout.

  14. Good afternoon all. Windy 55 at 6 making it to 56 by 1pm, still blowing a northerly gale with great vigor.

    Writing is difficult today owing to carpal tunnel release surgery yesterday afternoon. It was complicated by also needing to reroute a nerve through my elbow going to several fingers. A fracture of my elbow at age 8 was not repaired the best it could be–at least by today’s standards–and the bones had trapped the nerve. So I have a splint and bandage from fingers to above the elbow and limited range of motion. It’s the right hand, of course. No bones broken, just lots of poking and prodding to get the nerve free. Will be in the splint for 2 weeks, so activity is limited and awkward. Then the therapy starts.

    Will keep reading the posts every day. Participating will be limited until the splint is history.

    Gonna be cold tonight. Bundle up.

  15. Adee, recover soon so we can continue to enjoy your written thoughts.

    I was downdown this morning and the wind made it bitterly cold even in the sunshine.

  16. #22 Bob

    with students in the culinary program serving flavored brews, hot chocolate and healthy snacks such as whole fruit and yogurt for a fee.

    Thanks for clearing that up. I really thought it sounded like another feed-the-public-school-children program. If we are providing breakfast & lunch, I thought why not snacks too?

    This sounds worthwhile, not only for luring kids to the e-library, but good practical experience for the culinary students also.

  17. Adee, I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

    Seriously, take good care, stay warm, and do the PT! I’ve had numbness in both hands for a couple of years, but so far it’s responding well to some informal PT, and limiting typing to the extent that work and piano pleasure permit.

  18. (sticks head out of LurkCave, only to find cold wind and… post #6!)

    Dagnabbit, WB, are you talkin’ ’bout mah fambly???

    I resemble that remark!


    / shaking head, withdraws into scent-free LurkCave for another, stronger hot beverage.

  19. Well, Adee, I guess your cooking and cleaning chores might be limited, too? Even if it’s not necessary, if you play it right! 😉

    Get well soon!

  20. I just got finished moving some of my container plants into my newly constructed “green house” over my veggie beds. I have two 4×8 beds, and all I wanted to do was to cover them up to protect them from the cold, since some of my plants got pretty frostbitten in the last cold snap. I asked Hubby if he had some spare PVC, rebar stakes, and plastic sheeting that I could use. He insisted on seeing what I wanted to do and instead of a simple stake, install, and cover of PVC “hoops,” he wanted to measure and cut and glue and go all engineering on me.

    Well, it turns out he’s not going to have time to do his complicated cover for me, but he did bring over some long pieces of PVC. I took advantage of his absence to get the stakes and plastic. I had help from a neighborhood “second son” of mine who dropped by to see his “mom”. He helped me stake the rebar into the ground and slide the pvc over the stakes. He had to leave, so I finished up with the plastic and hauled some extra bricks and brick pieces that we still have laying around. I must say, the end result is working fine – it’s nice and warm in there, and the plants won’t be exposed to the cold air tonight. And all the pieces are reusable when the cold weather is over.

    I told Hubby I had already covered my garden so he could take that item off his to-do list. He asked about the cutting, and I told him I didn’t have to cut anything, that I just put stakes in the ground and slid the pvc over them. “Well, whatever,” is all he said.

    I don’t know that he’s all that comfortable with me doing things for myself.

  21. #27 Simple

    I guess I miss the humor. But then, I’ve never been a Simpsons fan, nor Family Guy, nor any of the “adult” cartoons.

    My assistant said they’re especially funny if you’re drunk or high. Her words, not mine.

  22. Got this in an email:

    NOW…this is a super idea…..if I had some friends in NY, I would pass this idea along….
    No need to protest about the mosque, just bury pigs at the proposed site! Why didn’t I think of that?!
    People in New York should protest and bring raw bacon to throw on the site as well…

    Something to keep in mind …
    In Spain … At Sevilla:

    Some local people found a way to stop the construction of another mosque in their town.

    They buried a Pig on the site, making sure this would be reported by the local press.

    The Islamic superstitions forbid erecting a Mosque on “Pig soiled ground”.

    The moslems had to cancel the project … This land was sold to them by government officials.

    No protests were needed by the local people … And It worked!

  23. Mharper42, Bob42, Tedtam, Many thanks for the kind thoughts.

    Had put off getting it fixed since April when the neurologist suggested it was time to consider it, as a long course of B-vitamin complex had not improved that hand but had the left one.

    The right elbow fracture repair probably had a lot to do with it. A caution with this numbness condition is if you put off relieving the pressure on the nerve(s) too long, the nerve damage can’t be completely fixed.

  24. I had a good time at adopted daughter’s 21st birthday shindig tonight. We toasted her with a shot new to me but apparently known to others as a “buttered nipple.” I’m pretty sure there was Tequila at the bottom, but I can’t quite recall what was floating above it.

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