Monday, December 03, 2012

Musings: Where the buffalo roamed

Musings: Where the buffalo roamed: Canadian Craig Duncan was digging a trench in the basement of his new house in the Yukon Territory capital of Whitehorse when he stumbled ...

Where the buffalo roamed

Canadian Craig Duncan was digging a trench in the basement of his new house in the Yukon Territory capital of Whitehorse when he stumbled over something unusual.
“We were down about three feet, sifting through some of the stones down there to lay the electrical lines when I kicked what looked like a piece of bone,” Duncan said in an interview with the Canadian Press.
“First, I thought it could be a dinosaur or something, but when we saw the hoof, we thought it could be a horse or a bison.”
The next morning, Duncan went to the Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture to notify government archeologists and paleontologists of his findings.
“They got pretty excited. It was pretty funny — they just basically all came running,” he said.
Within hours the excavation team began digging and eventually uncovered a nearly complete prehistoric bison skull and skeleton, a rare find in this remote area of northwestern Canada.
“There have only been about 10 partial bison finds in the Yukon and nothing as complete as a full skeleton,” said Grant Zazula, a paleontologist with the Yukon government. 

Is this on the same planet?

I would trade this for the snow and cold right now.

Climate Lunacy

Lord Christopher Monton at the Doha climate party:

“After 16 years without global warming, how confident are you that the official predictions of doom have not been overblown?”

A shrewish spokesman for the Gaia Foundation replied: “Why should we answer that? You’re a well-known climate denier.” Ma’am, 0 out of 10 for scientific rigor.

The reply from a spokesman for the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual World University Living In Harmony Environment Initiative Aligning Awareness With Action And Renewable Energy For the Future Plus Capacity Building: “Something like 80 or 90% of scientists accept that the world is warming ever faster.”

Another spokesman for the Guru-ji of Guru-jis, one “Dr. Doebbler”, said that the rate of global warming had accelerated in the past ten years. Actually, the trend since late 2001 shows a significant decline. Doebbler added, “Why should anyone take you seriously? You’re just a climate denier. About 100 million people in Africa will die because of global warming.”

I protested at Doebbler’s use of the term “climate denier”, with its malevolent overtones of Holocaust denial. A bossy woman from the U.N. Thought Police came up and told me not to speak. The U.N. still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the Free Speech thing.


Friday, April 20, 2012

From the first Earth day, quotations of the intellectual elite

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” - George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” - Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” - New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” - Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” - Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day in 1970."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Edmonton Journal letters

I chuckle at all the contributors to the Edmonton Journal letters who use the vernacular of the left, "Scary", "frightening", and the references to the "hidden agenda".

Two years ago, most were still PC's, and being torpedoed by the left for being scary, frightening and hiding a hidden agenda.

Now, six months after Mommy was anointed to the premier's office, these right-wingers of last year have shifted so far to the left that they are making Brian  Mason look reasonable.

There is an entire subset of these contributors who trot out the Dani Dollars as if it is a bad thing to give dividends of a surplus economy to the citizens.  How many times have we heard the left point (rightfully) to Alaska and its citizen dividends and demand an answer to why Albertans do not receive one?

These former scary right wingers are now shuddering in fear of the hidden agenda of Danielle Smith and her party of old white men.  (Odd, no?).

To quote Pogo, "We have found the enemy and he are us".