…in the confident hope of a miracle

Miracles are not a battle plan. This might seem obvious to some, but many today are relying solely on the “protection of God” as they make plans and carry out their projects. This is not exactly Biblical.

When the Spanish Armada left Spain as part of a planned invasion of England, a senior Spanish Officer explained to a papal diplomat that, barring some miracle, the entire enterprise was doomed. The English ships were faster, had more powerful guns, and were better suited to sailing in the North Atlantic. In short, it was only the Spaniard’s overwhelming manpower that would give them any chance at all, and that was only if some fortuitous weather event (an unfavorable wind or an uncharacteristic calm) came to pass. But God was on their side, they reasoned, so they set sail “…against England, in the confident hope of a miracle.”

Most people know the rest of the story – God left them hanging in the lurch, and the entire endeavor was one of the most famous Naval failures of all time.

Is this to say that God never provides salvation or deliverance against all odds for His own purposes? Not at all! God provided victory at Jericho for Joshua. God provided victory for Gideon over the entire army of the Midianites with only 300 men! God was on both of their sides.

However, God not only was on their side, He personally revealed the Battle Plan. Joshua did not circle the walls of Jericho and then say “OK God, we could really use a miracle here!” Gideon did not take his 300 soldiers and perform a full frontal assault on the Midianites. Both listened for the explicit direction from God, and then followed his revealed plans.

My point is this – unless God has given you the battle plan, “relying on miracles” isn’t one. The Spanish found out that, while God may have been on their side (we don’t know), He was not the one directing them to sail against the English. The endeavor was started by men, who knew it was probably doomed, but were “relying” on a miracle. To move forward with your own plan, saying “God WILL protect us” is hubris of the highest order. God MAY protect you, as is His right, of course. Faith the size of a mustard seed can and may lead to great things. However, if you haven’t heard from God directly, then you’d do well to have a better battle plan than “and then a miracle occurs…”

The PM2.5 Lie

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”  – Joseph Goebbels [1]

Apparently, the EPA has learned a lot from Mr. Goebbels.  They continue to campaign against PM2.5 air pollution on the notion that, in the words of former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson “Particulate matter causes premature death. It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should.”

Not only does ANY level of PM2.5 cause premature death (even the ambient level we breathe in “clean” air), it causes it within 0 to 1 days of exposure!  That’s right, you could die from breathing today!

Of course, the current conditions in China put this lie to the test.  People in China should be dropping dead by the extra thousands.  In 2014, estimates were that all air pollution was causing 17% of deaths each year in China.  Of course, that is dwarfed by the 24% of deaths it causes in America (Lisa Jackson, in testimony before Congress, said that the regulations on PM2.5 would be the equivalent of “curing cancer.”  Cancer causes approximately 570,000 of the 2.4 million annual deaths in America.)  I’m thinking those Chinese are really tough.

Of course, what will happen if there isn’t a spike in deaths in China?  Nothing.  Will the EPA rethink it’s entire attitude?  No.  Their death estimates are based on “models” which – of course- are immune to physical evidence.  Even their own experiments on immune-compromised and elderly people – experiments where they basically said “Here, suck on this diesel engine tailpipe” – didn’t have people dropping dead from PM2.5 exposure.  The consent forms didn’t even mention “You may, according to our testimony before Congress, DIE within hours or days of these experiments.” [2]

Truth be told, PM2.5 may have a threshold level of impact, but nobody, not even the EPA, believes that it will kill you within hours of inhalation, regardless of their own lies.  The Chinese are currently LIVING proof of that.

On to the Next Disaster….

It was a really bad weekend for Global Warming Alarmists.  Hurricane Patricia, the “most powerful Hurricane ever recorded” came ashore between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, and within hours was little more than a tropical depression limping across Central Mexico.  Being only 80 miles across, it didn’t need much room to completely miss major population centers, and trying to climb right up the Sierra Madre Occidental was the end of her.

So now, the warmists are 0 for 2.  Joaquin turned out to be a lot of rain.  Yes, a few people lost their lives because they were caught in flash flooding,  But the death toll barely rivaled an average weekend in Chicago, and the news media quickly lost interest.  Without lingering images of flooded neighborhoods, and with no Republican Administration in Washington to blame, the MSM has already moved on.  Joaquin?  What Joaquin?

Patricia was even more of a bust.  The body count so far from this latest “Global Warming Disaster” is hovering around ZERO.  That’s right, so far no deaths have been attributed to the storm.  So the media moves on.

With Hurricane Season quickly petering out, the Global Warming Conference in Paris next year looks to be a little thin of disasters.  Warmer, after all, is really better for everyone concerned.  The idea that we can keep the temperature from changing – even “limiting by legally binding agreements” how much warming takes place – is a ludicrous mania and a pipe dream!  If these people truly believed what they preach, the conference would be a VIRTUAL conference anyway.  I don’t believe they believe – let alone what I believe!

Hyping Joaquin!

The media are breathlessly waiting at this time to find out which way the wind will blow.  A few miles West, and Joaquin will turn into a major hurricane – possibly even category 4 – by the weekend and (they all hope) hit the Eastern Seaboard, bringing cataclysm and human suffering on a scale not seen since Hurricane Sandy combined with a Nor’easter over New York and New Jersey in 2012!  A few miles East, and Joaquin will be the disappointment of the week, and life will go on.

The truth is, even Sandy was only a Category 2 Hurricane when it hit the US.  No Category 4 or stronger hurricane has hit the East Coast since 2004 (Charlie), so this COULD be a major event coming.  Could be.  Maybe.  If.

Could Be! Maybe!  If!

I am not discounting the danger of a large storm.  But after 10 years of drought, even the potential for rain makes many a man stand up and take notice.  The media would be ecstatic if Joaquin makes it to Category 5 for landfall in North Carolina by Saturday!  Could this be another Katrina?

A Dash of Cold Water

Cyclonic activity in the world is not trending one way or another.  “Climate Change,” no matter what the alarmists may tell you, is not leading to an increase in strength, number, or duration of hurricane activity, and anyone linking this or any other storm to “Global Warming” is pulling your leg for political purposes.  For those of us 1,000 miles from the storm, this is just a “pay attention, be ready to help” moment.  For those on the coast – you get the great view of the ocean, you deal with hurricanes.  Get ready, and get over it.

Consistency – The Hobgolin of Little Minds and Rational Arguments

I have a friend on the internet who claims to be “pro-life” in much the same way that Nancy Pelosi claims to be “Catholic.”  That is, he really, really thinks abortion may be sometimes in the most extremely disturbing cases be somewhat morally questionable (think Dr. Gosnell of Philadelphia killing live babies after botched procedures), but that if we want to reduce the number of abortions, we need to educate and empower women, and provide alternatives to abortion that make them rare.  By no means does he believe we should pass laws to enforce behavior that we might (again, in extreme cases) find morally objectionable.  Such laws punish the poor (mostly minority, by the way) women who are caught in situations where abortion provides a solution.

So, he’s against legislating morality.

Except he supports social welfare laws.  That is, he supports laws that punish rich (mostly non-minority) people by forcing them to share their wealth.  Apparently educating wealthy people about the needs of the impoverished and then providing them ample opportunities to donate in a charitable manner doesn’t work on the wealthy – not like it would on poor, desperate women, anyway.

He’s also in favor of laws punishing rape and murder.

You see, educating would-be rapists and murderers about the social, economic, and moral implications of rape and murder would be wasted on those not born to “white, male privilege.”  His words, not mine.  Apparently women can be educated, and white men can be, but minority men can’t be expected to learn proper behavior, so we need laws to punish them for their behavior.

He’s also in favor of forcing people to espouse and participate in “gay” marriage.

Educating those who are against such behavior is wasted breath – we need laws to enforce the pro-gay agenda.  Otherwise, people who disagree will go around discriminating willy-nilly against those who think or act differently.  Laws to make such behavior punishable!  Laws that put people in jeopardy of liberty or property because they don’t “toe the line.”

You see, he’s in favor of laws to promote HIS beliefs, but since his beliefs are the RIGHT beliefs (or is that LEFT?) then he is not inconsistent to favor those while working against legislation that “imposes” some other beliefs.

But consistency would be the hobgoblins of littler minds than his….

A Nation of Laws : It was great while it lasted….

I lost hope tonight.  I used to believe that America was a land where laws mattered.  I used to believe that Justice was blind, and that her scales were fair.  If you broke the rules, you were duly punished, and if you lived by the rules, you may not be rewarded, but at least you were left alone.

I realized tonight that all across America, the Federal Government, and specifically the Obama Administration, has placed a huge thumb on those scales.  Much as they did when Obamacare became a problem and the President waived his magic pen to change dates certain written into the law, they have waived their pens again and saved tens of thousands of illegal immigrant “children” from odious paperwork by declaring them “homeless.”

If you are a citizen, YOUR child will have to provide proof of immunization, transcripts from another school, and reams of documentation to enter school this fall.  However, if you crossed our borders illegally, you are “homeless” now – and all of the procedures which citizens are compelled to follow you are released from.

I resent being told that because I have followed the rules in the past that I need to continue following them as those who have broken our laws from the get-go are now given “waivers.”  I resent that a man in the White House can wave his pen and make the laws no longer apply.  I resent paying taxes to a government that goes out of its way not to fulfill it’s basic duties to apply the law equally and with complete disregard for legal status, color, sex, or anything else you want to include.

And if I resent it, I can only imagine how people who made the arduous (but legal) journey through our present byzantine immigration system feel.

It’s almost as if Obama and the Democrats, desperate to hang their hats on something other than their complete lack of accomplishments, are pushing as hard as they can to foment unrest and lawlessness.  If they can get one Tea-Party Patriot to go over the edge, one group to declare “war” on the government, they will be able to hang the November election on it – painting all conservatives with the brush of “anarchists” and “haters.”

And I am afraid – truly afraid – that some nut job out there, or group of nut jobs, will take the bait.  Never mind that the Conservative “nuts” the Main Stream Media so slather over after every “mass shooting” or “violent incident” turn out to be hard-core leftists or completely apolitical.  They only need one bona-fide “conservatie” story before November.  My guess is they’ll be painting the cop in Ferguson who shot that young man as a “died in the wool Republican” if he is revealed to have voted 40 years ago for Nixon before joining the Democrat party and supporting every liberal agenda since.

If America does not make a hard choice, and move back to being a nation of laws and not men this November, it’s probably over.  The elite will get favors, and the rest of us will get the bill.  I used to say “I wanted a revolution until I got investments.”  I forgot how much I have invested in the very fabric of a country that enforces its laws….

Gaining a Perspective on Magnitude

When I read the latest tripe on Global Warming* the new weasel argument is to talk about numbers out of context.  For example, people talk about “adding three Hiroshima bombs per second of extra energy” to the ocean as a result of the CO2 levels in the atmosphere.  Wow.  That sounds scary.  Three extra bombs.  Per second.

Out of Context

So, how much energy is that exactly?  I mean, how many “Hiroshima” bombs per second NORMALLY go into the ocean per day from sunlight?  Energy is typically measured in Joules.  That Hiroshima bomb, for example, measured in at 63 Terajoules (63 trillion joules).  According to wikipedia, the earth receives approximately 174 petawatts from the sun, of which approximately 70% is not reflected, making for 121.8 petawatts.  121.8 petawatts = 121.8 petajoules / second.  121.8 petajoules = 121,800 terajoules.  So the earth receives about 1933.3 Hiroshima Bombs per second of energy.  Let that sink in while I check my math.  121.8e15 / 63e12 = 1933.3.  Yep.

So we’re worried about an extra 0.15 % power change.  Of course, while they deny using the metaphor to “scare” people, nothing is scarier than atomic bombs!  Now, if they said “we’ve detected what we believe to be an extra 0.15% change in energy in the atmospheric system, and we have to radically change our world energy structure at a cost of TRILLIONS of dollars…”  that would be scary!

How Big a Temperature Increase?

So, as the “heat content” of the Ocean rises by “3 Hiroshima Bombs” a day, what is the actual temperature increase caused by all that energy?  Well, it must be massive!  It’s hiding, you know, waiting to jump out at us without warning and say “gotcha!”  And it’s massive – I mean, it’s 3 Hiroshima Bombs a second EVERY DAY!  HUGE!

Well, again, luckily, someone has done some calculations, and it turns out that adding 3 Hiroshima Bombs to the ocean every second for 10 years produces a…wait for it…. point 1 degree Centigrade (0.1 C ) rise!  That’s right, people – we’re all going to die now!  This is why people state the numbers in Terajoules and Hiroshima Bombs.  You tell people about BIG NUMBERS and dangerous BOMBS, and you can get them to panic and beg you to save them.  You tell people numbers they understand, and all of a sudden it’s not quite the scary bogeyman you need to extract their money from their wallets.

Never mind that we have only 150 years TOTAL data measured with any scientifically accurate instruments, or that we have less than 100 years of world wide coverage, or less than 50 years of satellite data, so making comparisons to the past is impossible.  Oh yeah, ignore the fact that they keep massaging the data (torturing it) to get it to show warming.  It’s all “settled science.”

Apocalypse Never

So, as hurricanes continue to miss the US Coast, and tornado activity in the Midwest continues to be less than “extreme,” as CO2 gets pumped into the atmosphere by India and China at rates that will dwarf the US’s paltry and declining contribution to “greenhouse” gasses, I’m not going to be all that concerned.  You see, there’s LOTS of room in the oceans, and there’s lots of room in the atmosphere, and every year of increasing CO2 results in LESS warming (CO2’s effects are logarithmic – something I’m going to make you look up on your own), and things are generally getting better meteorologicaly.  Life likes warmth – always has, probably always will, and more people die from cold events in winter than heat waves in summer.