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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Writer's Life 7/22 - Ice Hot

This morning I caught Rush Limbaugh's pre-recorded morning minute, which led to a Google search and an article by Craig Boudreau at Here's the gist, edited and pared by yours truly: "A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists recently began a journey around the North Pole to document the lack of ice. It ran into a snag, blocked from further travel by -- what else -- ice. The Polar Ocean Challenge is on a two month journey from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by its website, is to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that the sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.” The voyagers are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia  Real Climate Science provides a graph showing that current Arctic temperatures — despite alarmist claims of the Arctic being hotter than ever — are actually below normal. The team is not the first global warming expedition to be faced with such trouble. In 2013 an Antarctic research vessel became trapped in the ice, the problem so severe the 52 crew members had to be rescued. In 2015 a Canadian ice breaking ship was forced to reroute and help a number of supply ships that had become trapped." Does this prove anything in the great global warming debate? Only that situations constantly change. I've not done a lot of research on the issue. I know the planet has been warming since its inception and that life has flourished because of it. Is Earth now warming too fast? Is it permanent? I'm not smart enough to answer those questions. If warming is occurring at an alarming rate, I believe it's natural, not man made. Again, I cannot prove this. I posted the excerpt because it is amusing -- writers love irony, after all, and because there are zealots who believe the science of climate change is settled and counter-arguments should be subject to government fines. Science is constantly being debunked or altered. That has been its history.

Congratulations to the citizens and powers that be of Cleveland, who were exemplary hosts of the RNC. As far as I know, there was no violence. The only protest I saw was a Facebook post of a silly woman trying to burn an American fan, and succeeding only in lighting her clothing on fire. The best part of the Donald's speech is hearing how angry it's made liberals. And never mind Donald Jr. running for president in the future -- let's go right to Ivanka, who is so impressive. And now it's on to Philadelphia and the Democratic coronation. Let's hope there will be no violence.

RIP Dennis Green, 67, who succumbed to a heart attack. He was an NFL coach 13 seasons, ten with the Vikings, three with the Cardinals. His teams made the playoffs eight of his ten years in Minnesota. Alas, he was dubbed a coach who failed to "take his teams to the next level." His record was 113-94. Well done, sir.

The floating book shop did a lot better than expected on the first day of what is expected to be a long heat wave. Fortunately, there was a nice breeze blowing along Avenue Z. My thanks to the young man who bought Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic, Dune, and Thurston Clarke's Ask Not, which covers the impact JFK's inaugural speech had on America. My thanks also to the woman who purchased Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One, and to Herbie, who donated a paperback thriller. I will run the book shop tomorrow only if I land an ideal parking spot.
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