There are some interesting stories about today. Well, some are downright disconcerting, like the Super Committee being on the verge of a Super Fail. Seriously, people – this is the nation’s well-being at heart. Forget party already, and figure out something on which you all can agree. Good grief.
Or like this one: the OWS “protesters” took over an empty school building in Washington, DC. The building is on the National Historic Register. The police went in after them and dragged them all out, but still. This is not freedom of speech, but, and I am no lawyer, this seems to me to be a case of breaking and entering, trespassing, and who knows what other laws were broken in this commission? I am so over these people…
And then there is this little item from across the pond: “BBC’s Mr Climate Change Accepted £15,000 In Grants From University Rocked By Global Warning Scandal.” Now, I have no doubt that something is going on with the planet, and whether one wants to call it human made or not, I am not going to quibble with you about it. Frankly, I think we should all be good stewards of the planet on which we make our home and act as if to protect the Earth as much as we can. But still, when an environmental reporter is taking money from a university known for pushing global warming and doesn’t disclose that information, that is a problem. That doesn’t necessarily make the information he has reported wrong, but it can weaken the argument to learn the reporter took money from that same institution. Just sayin’.
Along those lines of crazy weather, there is one upcoming phenomenon that has not been reported on much, and that is this: “Earth Facing a mini-Ice Age ‘Within Ten Years’ Due To Rare Drop In Sunspot Activity.” Crap. As it is, after a light layer of sleet/slush on our deck last year made me want to move farther South, I don’t know what to do about a “mini-ice age.” Grand Cayman, anyone? Ahem. Anyway, the National Geographic puts it as the sun going into hibernation:
[snip] Three independent studies of the sun’s insides, surface, and upper atmosphere all predict that the next solar cycle will be significantly delayed—if it happens at all. Normally, the next cycle would be expected to start roughly around 2020.
The combined data indicate that we may soon be headed into what’s known as a grand minimum, a period of unusually low solar activity.
The predicted solar “sleep” is being compared to the last grand minimum on record, which occurred between 1645 and 1715.
Known as the Maunder Minimum, the roughly 70-year period coincided with the coldest spell of the Little Ice Age, when European canals regularly froze solid and Alpine glaciers encroached on mountain villages. (Click here to read the rest.)
Brrrrr. There’s a reason I moved back down South from Boston. Because it is cold as all getout up there in the winter, which also lasts a LOOONNNNNGGGGG time. And now we have this toward which to look forward? Yikes.
Along those lines, and since it’s Sunday, I think we could all use a little musical interlude, don’t you? Feel free to add on your own:
Which naturally brings to mind this classic:
Dang, what a great group, and such an awesome song.
So, what’s on your mind today? Got any tunes playing in your head? Let’s hear them!