Monday, June 07, 2010

Here comes the Sun...

Nothing else works, either.
This article As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather goes out on a limb to suggest that solar activity, which has been abnormally low for quite a while, will resume. Going farther out on that limb, NASA hints that sunspots might even increase to abnormally high levels. In any event, our very civilization is threatened by a new vulnerability of our critical systems to solar interference. It won't just be your cable TV getting fuzzy, the electricity might go off. ATMs might not pay, and the water and gas might fail. This would be a crisis.

As the Saul Alinskyite Marxists in Congress and the Obama administration like to say, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." The specter of the imminent collapse of our entire infrastructure, together with a 'sure thing' like sunspots and the trouble they cause surely call for sweeping federal legislation, ground-breaking new federal rules and swift, immediate action! More totalitarian control! More taxes! More goofy social engineering!

Here is my worst case scenario*: The sunspots will return as they seem always to have done. Maybe they will be marginally worse, maybe not. Our flimsy networks will suffer failures, solar activity has always caused problems. Our networks are allegedly getting shakier even as we depend on them more than ever. Maybe the failures will be serious. These failures will be ginned up into a crisis. The only solution to the crisis will be sweeping federal legislation or more stringent federal rules; the news media will say so. A fat bill that must be rushed through Congress doesn't seem so far-fetched now that we have seen how this works.
The National Space Weather Program held a Space Weather Enterprise Forum which states it's motivation thus:
As we approach the next peak of solar activity expected in 2013, our nation faces multiplying uncertainties from increasing reliance on space weather-affected technologies for communication, navigation, security, and other activities, many of which underpin our national infrastructure and economy. We also face increasing exposure to space weather-driven human health risk as trans-polar flights and space activities, including space tourism, increase.
This is a 'dot-gov' outfit. Part of the government. Prepping you for the next big crisis.

Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright, it might cause a crisis
I'm having fun writing this drivel.
* I used to get paid to think of everything that could go wrong. I was a professional worst case scenario cat.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Warm Fuzzy Feelings Kill Polar Bears

Helen Thomas Exudes Warmth
I can't help but wonder how much man-made climate change is attributable to the rounding up, deportation, gassing and cremation of Jews during WWII. American journalist Helen Thomas and her genocidal Nazi friends want to finish the job Hitler started. I hope they have bought enough carbon credits to cover their new final solution.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Buenos Días, ptg writes again.

I'm reviving some of my old blogs. I quit blogging for quite a while because it was the consensus of available Doctors of Medicine, some old wives and my own sixth sense that I would be dead by now. I have new Doctors, better ju-ju and a big support group here at my new permanent digs in New Mexico. It now appears that I may, in fact, cheat the grim reaper again.

The "Adios" of the previous post is no longer operative.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Adios, amigos

PTG is finished blogging. Love Global Warming will remain accessible here until the end of this year, at which time I will delete the whole works. The graphics, hosted at, will disappear as soon as I can shut down that domain. Any questions? Send them to ptgustan at gmail dot com.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Greenest man in America

Old Miser's Winter Bed
I'm guessing that I have the smallest carbon footprint and the greenest lifestyle in America. It isn't because I'm worried about Global Warming or anything like that. I'm too cheap to do anything that harms the environment. The illustration is of my winter bed.

It gets cold here in Nebraska, and I'm too tight to turn up the propane furnace past 56-57 degrees F. At night, it goes down even farther. I've spent many years sleeping in cold bedrooms to save a buck, but my latest addition, a $15 tent, is going to save me even more money while increasing my relative comfort.

Now I can turn the thermostat down at night to where the houseplants die, the mice move out and the water pipes nearly freeze. I'm sleeping in comfort because this cheap tent keeps the heat I give off from burning food concentrated close by. I'm glad now that I didn't contract for my usual amount of propane this winter.
Another part of my winter regimen: No paid-for heat goes out of the house if I can help it. One of the ways I do this is to use discharge hoses for non-septic waste water. I don't put it down the drain because that could cause me to need costly septic-tank pumping. If it is hot water from my shower, washing dishes, or laundry, I keep the water in the house until it has relinquished its heat to the air.
I should have gotten the Nobel Peace prize instead of that spendthrift wastrel Al Gore.