Thursday, January 17, 2019

Two Reasons Why China’s Communist Party Leaders Fear Spiritual Movement ‘Falun Gong’

1)Falun Gong differentiates itself from Buddhist monastic traditions in that it places great importance on participation in the secular world.

2)The following video helps explain why truth, compassion and tolerance are counter to China’s Communist Party rule [Hint: corruption].
“What is Falun Gong and Why is it Persecuted?” (32 minutes) 
If you’re short on time, at least catch the first few minutes:

In conclusion, the Emperor mentality of the Chinese group mentality and the Czar mentality of the Russian people keeps resurfacing. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

South African White Emigrant Winds Up In China...

If you want to get a taste of some of what’s been going on in the south of Africa, watch:
If you’ve only a moment, start at 05:25.

The above video was made by a white fellow who fled from South Africa to China as a young man. If you want to gain a sense of what China is like today, then watch some of his other videos:

Another expatriate vlogger:

A different expatriate vlogger:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Shutdown, The Wall and Global Warming

Perhaps the stalemate in D.C. could be broken if we gave Trump the money to build The Wall (we’ll need it to slow the massive flow of climate change refugees in the future due to our current dithering about regarding global warming) on the condition that we, also, implement a carbon tax that could only be used to combat global warming. Of course, the politicians would find ways to divert much of the money to benefit their special interest groups; but, if we’re going to go bankrupt anyway, we should at least try to do the right thing now rather than later. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Elderly, Conservatives Shared Most Fake News

“People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on social media than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season, a new study finds.”

“When other demographic factors and overall posting tendencies are factored in, the average person older than 65 shared seven times more false information than those between 18 and 29. The seniors shared more than twice as many fake stories as people between 45 and 64 and more than three times that of people in the 30- to 44-year-old range...”

“When other demographics and posting practices are factored in, people who called themselves very conservative shared the most false information, a bit more than those who identify themselves as conservative. The ultra conservatives shared misinformation 6.8 times more often than the very liberals and 6.7 times more than moderates.”

My Comment: Trump’s beating the fake news drum seemingly resonates well with his core constituency.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Global Warming: Physical Defense Mechanisms And Their Psychological Counterparts

Even the most staunch of global warming deniers actually know in their heart-of-hearts that the greenhouse effect is real; but, the ‘fear factor’ triggers an instinctive defensive reaction in their psyche. Global warming — You can’t run from it; you can’t hide from it, but one can deny it.

Consider, in nature, if a typical creature is in danger, the first best option is to take flight. If that fails, then hiding is the next option. The last option when cornered is to fight (or play possum).

However, in the case of global warming, the options are fight (against further carbon emissions), flight (to cooler climes), or hide ‘aka’ deny the danger. As a ‘Homo sapiens’, I prefer to fight for my species’ survival and that of all life on Earth.

Meanwhile, we should not burden ourselves trying to change the deniers’ minds. The increasing effects of global warming will do that, except for those who are so emotionally invested in their ideological belief systems that such change is not likely. 

Intelligence and adaptability in the face of increasing climate change is the way towards survival.

p.s.- For those who wrap themselves in pseudoscience to reassure themselves that global warming isn’t a danger, consider:

Friday, January 4, 2019

The Dynamic Role Of Greenhouse Gases In Global Warming

How quantum mechanics explains global warming (5 minutes):

As the sun emits the full spectrum of electromagnetic energy, the Earth absorbs both longer waved infrared light (IR) and shorter waved visible light. The total of this absorbed energy causes thermal heating that is gradually re-emitted in the form of infrared energy. Much of this is reabsorbed by the larger molecules in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide and water vapor, but not the smaller molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen. This creates a positive feedback loop between the atmosphere and the Earth’s surface and causes temperatures to rise. Thus, more heat is retained than escapes back into space. 
Note: Any increase of larger molecules in the atmosphere raises its thermal level and is a function of both classic physics and quantum mechanics.
Read more:

Saturday, December 29, 2018

James Hansen in 2012: Global Warming Induced Climate Change

Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so, he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.

Also, if you want to understand why fossil fuel interests are so vehemently denying what he has to say, then listen to the last few minutes of the following video beginning at point 14:28:

For more about the predicament we’re in because too many people try to deny the reality of the greenhouse effect: