Agreed, Lkeithlu. The disrupted flow of polar jets is occurring along with melting and breakup of polar ice masses so warming IS the operative word, but the "corrected" climate will have regional effects putting their "new normals" in ranges that have a lot of the effects I mentioned. Changes in major oceanic currents and the spectre of a planetary magnetic pole reversal are also lurking out there as threats.
Discounting Orr's blather about his god, the bearded planetary weatherman, the events of this winter are really quite alarming to legitimate CLIMATE scientists. The polar jet stream circulates around the polar region. It has for thousands of years. Eruptions out of the normal pattern of flow have happened in the past on scattered occasions but recent repeated outbreaks of the polar jet stream are further indication of CLIMATE change which could, and likely will, have dramatic implications.
Only people blinded by ignorance and unable to understand cause and effect are trying to sway the debate about CLIMATE change and its cascading effects toward some smiley-faced concept called "correction". Fine, live on in your own little world, creeps, because you may find that your smug indifference to ongoing events may "correct" the harm humans are doing to the planet by simply making life on Earth as we have known it, impossible. Then, your prayers will be shown for the idiotic, ephemeral pleadings to the universal void that they are since they will have absolutely no effect on the reality of a CLIMATE regime inhospitable to human life.
You won't be going to Red Lobster because the heated and acidified oceans no longer yield the tons and tons of fish unsustainably taken from them today; you won't be able to raise grain in soils of the great plains that barely thaw in the shortened summers, you wont be able to raise cattle on those 50,000 acre farms in Australia which are scorched by fire every summer - or on the moon-dust soils of Brazil where the most fecund and biologically diverse forests on the planet were so carelessly cut down. And as those forests and the acidified oceans produce less and less oxygen for you to breathe and the melting permafrost releases its millions of tons of stored methane to complete the "correction" you will find that your epiphany to the truth of CLIMATE understanding comes far too late.
Seems a little odd, coming from people who worship gold idols named Oscar. One thing's for sure, if it weren't for gullible people shelling out cash to see movies that dramatize and help them visualize fantasy, Hollywood wouldn't spend a dime on the crap.
And, GaussianInteger (6:38), when they survive that life-saving operation after being under anesthesia to spare them pain, kept alive by a heart-lung machine and surrounded by a team of human surgeons and nurses with combined decades of modern medical science training, including useless things like biology and embryology which Paul Broun of the House Science Committee (gag) from down in Georgia, considers "lies straight from the pit of hell", do you know to what they exclaim to explain their good fortune? Starts with a "g", ends with a "d" and has a donut-hole in the middle.
Clay, you've really screwed up this time ... everybody knows, it was the touch of a noodly appendage from the Flying Spaghetti Monster that created Adam. Give solemn thanks and pass the Parmigiano-Reggiano.
How utterly juvenile!
Au contraire, bleedingfist ...
Your response is woefully unconsidered. The simple fact is that it makes no difference which of the couple of thousand religions has poisoned otherwise reasonable people's minds - they are all equally worthless and debilitating in the realm of human existence and all equally guilty of creating the most damnable acts of inhumanity. THAT was the reason I took Mr. Taj's words as a guide and rewrote his post into a anti-christianist rant as opposed to an anti-islamist rant. It would be simple to write one making the points I state above with reference to no particular religion.
Were all people living in a world where the only basis for human relationships was a fundamental acceptance of the other simply as a fellow human, absent of the gross prejudices gifted to them by religion and such sicknesses as capitalism, the world would be a far more pleasant place.
Christians make great sport of describing those who follow islam as rabid murderers while ignoring the history of the crusades and the interminable insults visited on people around the globe by christianists. The fact that Mr. Taj could not broaden the scope of his rant to include similar criticism of other religions left one with little reason to suspect that it was not just another christianist outbust against islam. Debate about how religions have devolved into nothing more than excuses for violence against other humans will never rid us of them because, as a species, we are still nothing more than petulant, prejudiced children. Children who, as long as the divisive influence of religion plays a role in life, will never find it possible to live in peace with one another.
--- "Christians and Jews don't believe in Allah or Brahma. Hindus don't believe in Yahweh or Allah. Muslims don't believe in Brahma or Yahweh. Atheists agree with all of them." - Mark Thomas
TD - most of those conditions you are so eager to credit the company for were won by union activism. If they are accepted as the status quo today, it is a testament to the value of unions which worked hard to make them the norm. Why can't you get past the idea that a "works council" that gives workers a formal seat at the table would be the end of the world?
And JP .... just go to hell.
You anti-union ignoramuses would have fought against ANY organization whose purpose met the DESIRES of Volkswagen. It could have been "The Amalgamated Brotherhood of Hood Ornament Polishers" and you would have still gone ballistic.
Those who worked to organize dock workers, steel workers, coal miners and countless others after the turn of the century were fiercely opposed by the big capitalists and their corporations - often with government support. The struggle for union rights and fairness in the workplace was won with blood and there is every reason to think it will have to be revived in the same way.
Volkswagen is a mystery to those who worked to unionize workers in the old days - here we have a corporation that seeks to involve workers in a cooperative atmosphere which should be a slam-dunk success - and GOOD for the company, but wonks like Corker and Haslam and the "our gang" led by Grover Norquist (talk about 'outside agitators') were the enemy in this case since they work only for shareholders and the one percent and care nothing about the companies or the rights of their workers. For ANY worker to support their election is a mystery too deep to understand.
America's public schools, like her government, are secular institutions. Only in such a state can ALL citizens and students operate on an equal basis. It is repugnant to American values upholding dignity and equality of ALL citizens for ANY faith group - big or small - to try to dominate or seek special treatment in public institutions. Knowledge is the enemy of dogma and has been recognized as such since humanity dragged itself out of the muck and mire of the Dark Ages when religion ruled supreme. Knowledge of that explains why there is such a war on science by today's religionists - it is telling them things that shine too much light on their delusions. Like Chris Hedges says - when the comfort of delusional thinking begins to be overwhelmed by reality, adherents begin to retreat into deeper magical thinking and exhibit more radical behavior.
As Arthur Shopenhauer stated in 1860:
“Faith and knowledge are related as the two scales of balance; when the one goes up, the other goes down. . . . The power of religious dogma, when inculcated early, is such as to stifle conscience, compassion, and finally every feeling of humanity. . . . For, as you know, religions are like glow worms; they shine only when it's dark. A certain amount of ignorance is the condition of all religions, the element in which alone they can exist. ”
It's simple - delusion must yield to reality in the end.