"Said it knocks me off my feet...MRSA on me!
Said it knocks me off my feet.
There is no bug in the whole world that can bug me like you do."
(With apologies to The Buckinghams)
I have spent the last few days on total bedrest. No work. No Christmas celebrations. No parties. No visiting grandkids or going to visit grandmas. Blah. Taking at least two showers a day, smearing a lot of skin with a lot of special solutions, having my clothes laundered separately. Catching up on old episodes of shows like NCIS and CSI and so on, studying NBA basketball teams late at night and hoping for sleep to come. The medicine and the pain make it hard to sleep. I am blogging from my couch bed...
Last night things began to turn and it appears I may be getting better. I had rashes beginning all over my body and began making preparations to go to the hospital but now I have some hope I can avoid it. By Monday night I will know if I can recover on my own or have to give up and give in to a hospital...where there are more strains of MRSA and a strain on my finances as well.
Anyway, we have also been dealing with power outages due to extreme snow and ice storms. It has been an unusually cold year, illustrating yet again that global warming is a ridiculous concept in the light of reports of lowering temperatures around the globe and growing glaciers.
I have no problem with wishing to conserve resources and curb waste, as one of my commenters is seeking to accomplish. Recycling and finding cheap sources of clean energy are admirable endeavors.
So drugged and yet hopeful, I will link to a site I find interesting and include a link list from the same source:
(the antitheses of global warming)
An excerpt from Geoff's blog and a bunch of links to follow:
"According to the National Climate Center the 2008 average temperature of the continental United States through November 2008 is below normal (based on the 20th Century average), that temperatures that were once rising are now falling just as quickly. Spring '08 was the 33rd coolest and October '08 was the 44th coolest same month in 114 years of record keeping. So what has changed? CO2 concentrations continue to increase yet temperatures are falling? What has changed is the sun, solar activity is nearing a 100 year low.
The Antarctic, which contains 90% of the worlds ice, now has the most ice ever recorded! When combining the ice at both Poles there is no net loss of polar ice! The October 2008 Arctic sea ice freeze is at the most rapid pace ever recorded. So where is the global warming we are preparing for? Is a carbon cap and trade system that would raise hundreds of billions of dollars each year for the government necessary to prevent global warming if in fact the global warming was caused by the Sun and that there will be global cooling in the coming decades? It appears to me that the fear of global warming is looking more and more like the Y2K scare of the late 1990s."
Solar Impact on Climate
Sunspots have been used for hundreds of years to measure solar activity. The more sunspots the higher the solar output and visa-versa Cooling periods on earth have occurred when there were fewer sunspots and warming periods (such as the second half of the 20th Century) when there were more sunspots.
The sunspot average from 1900 to 1949 was 576 annually, and from 1950-1999 it was 876, an increase of 52%.
With the current solar cycle the sun has become less active once again with fewer sunspots, suggesting that the long period of warming has come to an end and a period of cooling is beginning (based on a long historic correlation between solar activity and global temperatures).
The first 3 links from NASA give strong evidence that the solar activity has recently dramatically changed. Then read the article in the fourth link and the David Archibald links, and you will quickly understand what drives global climate. This explains the warming of the 20th Century and the cooling we are now experiencing.
Climate Skeptic, Warren Meyer
The Role of Positive Feedback and Global Warming
Evidence of global cooling. Links:
Recent data on global cooling
Polar ice, is it melting? links:
Polar Bear population is growing. Links:
Land based temperature sensors encroached by urbanization, give false data about temperature increases
Why aren't the oceans warming? Links:
Why isn't the upper atmosphere warming? Links
The impact of CO2. Links:
Changing atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have always followed temperature changes, and not visa-versa. More CO2 is stored in the oceans in cooling periods and more is released to the atmosphere in warming periods
Global Warming in perspective. Links:
Other climate resource links:
The politics of Climate Change. Misc links: