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Za Terminator is baaack!

Dave 07“Ve got to westoah za climate!!”  That’s Arnold the Terminator, about ten years ago. At the time I remember asking someone: “Restore it to what exactly? Cold as The Little Ice Age? Farming in Greenland like during the Middle Ages?”

This year, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Montana, filming a documentary purporting to show that climate change is responsible for wildfires. Well of course he’s right. When it rains, forests grow; when it’s dry, forests burn. We learned that in Alberta in 2005. We had a dry March with lots of grassfires which is pretty normal. One of our local climate gurus, a Dr. Somebody, was interviewed and said: “If we don’t get rain, it will be a dry summer”. I realized immediately that I should have gone for that PhD because “rain = wet; no rain = dry!” would never have occurred to me. At any rate, in May and June it rained, and it got wet and we had floods; so I suppose he was right.

The fact is, climate change is normal.  Since the last Ice Age 18,000 years ago, the overall trend has been global warming, and thankfully, less ice. (Where I live just north of the Montana border, the ice was over a mile thick during the Ice Age; it’s chilly today; and I’m a bit nervous!) But there have been many ups and downs, temperature wise, and about 250 years ago it got almost as cold as it was during last Ice Age. So it is actually called, The Little Ice Age.

We are in the process of thawing out from that period of cold and misery and hardship. But unfortunately – according to the International Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC), which is the Vatican of the Church of Global Warming / Climate Change – there has been no warming for the past 17 years. Our thaw-out has stalled, and some scientists are worried. Let us hope that the climate doesn’t restore itself to what it was 250 years ago or we are in serious trouble. So buy that SUV! Arnold Schwarzenegger actually does drive a Hummer,so there is a bit more Hollywood hypocrisy.

Apparently, the IPCC is about to issue a report that essentially admits that all the alarmism, including theirs, was overdone. No kidding! According to the report, even if warming resumes it is likely to be significantly less than their last prediction, which was less than the one before that; all of which were less alarming than Al Gore’s predictions in his Fictionmentary called “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Here’s a link to The Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI), gives specific rebuttals to claims made by Al Gore. And don’t let those who say that SPPI is not legitimate, fool you. One claim is: “– SPPI had not been granted nonprofit status from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) 3+ years after it was formed”. Given the scandal unfolding around the IRS, I’d suggest that being stalled by them constitutes proof that SPPI is legitimate.

Our twenty year pandemic of insanity on climate change, warming, disruption, and extremes, has cost the world a trillion plus in dollars; and many millions of jobs; but hey! it worked great for Big Al, and he got rich! So now the Terminator is going to try the same play, and make his own documentary.

But that game is running out of steam, and credibility. Arnold’s documentary is probably too late for the big money; unless he throws in a car chase or two, and maybe Jamie Lee Curtis. If he does that, I might even watch it.

Let’s do it ourselves; and let’s think for ourselves!


Alberta Politics Bureaucracy Canadian Politics Politics Uncategorized US Politics

Teaching moments

Dave 07Trayvon Martin’s parent are enduring what I cannot, nor do I ever want to have to contemplate. However, when President Obama says that Trayvon: “could have been me”, he should also acknowledge that it is far more likely that he could have been one of thousands of black youth killed by other black youth. In November 2008 I said that at least America could put race behind it with the election of an African American president. I guess not, when the president himself joins in torquing it up.

My last blog was about the floods in Southern Alberta. What happened then, what has happened since, and what is continuing to happen, sheds a bright light on the proper and useful role of government.

In the aftermath of disasters, governments always promise more than they can deliver; citizens deliver more than you expect.

When Hurricane Katrina, tropical storm Sandy, and the Alberta floods hit, politicians promised to spare no effort to get things back to normal. Leading up to and after Katrina, it was discovered that New Orleans’ mayor was in completely over his head – pun intended. At Staten Island; politicians showed up, promised to do everything necessary, had their pictures taken, and disappeared. Ordinary citizens pitched in and got dirty. 

In both cases it was not the government, but private citizens pitching in, and private companies focusing their expertise, that really got the cleanup underway; and got nature’s victims back on track physically, and psychologically.

On July 5th, the 101st Calgary Stampede Parade traveled the usual route; a route that two weeks before had been under four feet of muddy water. The Stampede grounds themselves were inundated with up to eight feet of water. Two weeks later they were covered with exhibits, and rides, and carnival booths, and, about four hundred kinds of food that can kill you. This year’s new feature was battered and deep fried butter – I kid you not! The foolhardy said it tasted good. MDs had coronaries just thinking about it.

The Calgary  Stampede has always been fueled by volunteers, so the rapid cleanup, while remarkable, was not unexpected. But in flooded residential areas, it was also tens of thousands of volunteers  – many of them young people – that hauled mud and sludge and soaked carpets and furniture onto the street, from where they were trucked off to city landfills. And I suspect that the presence of volunteers, and the “we’re in this together” attitude, contributed to the fact that there was no looting, even in areas with multimillion dollar homes with no electricity and no alarms.

High River, a community of about 13,000, 30 miles south of Calgary, had a completely separate flood. About 80% of the residents were affected, and some homes are just now, a month later, being assessed to determine if they are salvageable. I am spending Thursdays at our church, helping to prepare meals and delivering them to volunteers and contractors. High River will takes months yet, so if you live in the area, or would like to take a unique but highly rewarding “holiday”; they can always use the help. 

Or find a need in your community, and get involved! Less government and more self-reliance works. We can do most things ourselves; much better, and far cheaper; with the added benefit of an un-quantifiable, but very real lift to your spirit, and to the recipient’s spirits!

Disasters that provide such stark illustrations of the value of self-reliance are few and far between.  And unfortunately; “it is the government’s responsibility” – whatever “it” is; soon returns as the default attitude. So we must begin to change that attitude, and the sooner the better.

We can personally adopt a Let’s Do It Ourselves attitude; teach it to our families; model it in our businesses; and support and vote for politicians who actually demonstrate that they are working for smaller government. 

 Less government; more self-reliance. We can do this Margie!


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