The Meltdown Continues

“Over the weekend, the world’s northernmost weather station, located just 440 miles from the North Pole, warmed to 43 degrees Fahrenheit during what’s normally the coldest time of the year. That’s about 60 degrees above average for February. The rising temperatures, caused by a “warm air intrusion,” have left scientists in shock. Sea ice in the region is also at its lowest level on record.”
 
See Arctic temperatures are so high they’re shocking scientists
The Arctic has exported its severe winter weather over much of the northern hemisphere leaving warm air in its place. So, we’re getting winter after winter that are very mild and the polar bears have less ice for feeding.

Temporarily, this is not a bad thing for me. I hate winter but it’s a necessary part of life in Canada. Trees get to sleep on stored energy for a burst of new growth in the summer. Wolves and coyotes get to catch deer in deep snow. Drier prairies accumulate snow for starting the next crop. All of that is in jeopardy if the weather warms much more. Temporarily, my most tender trees get to survive winter and more deer will survive but are droughts on the way? What other bad news will global warming give us?

It’s time to arrest the criminal dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. It’s time to use renewable energy so the biosphere can have some stability. It’s time to drive electric and invest in solar, wind, geothermal and tidal/wave energy, stuff that will last millenia with fewer side-effects.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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27 Responses to The Meltdown Continues

  1. kurkosdr says:

    Robert, you are playing absent-minded, let me ask you again.

    You have two products, A and B. A has a passable GUI, has a decent set of native apps, can print, has drivers for most hardware out there, and crashes every now and then. B has an ugly GUI, basically no apps, cannot print, has no drivers for anything but IBM, and crashes rarely.

    OS/2 had a single input queue which meant a single frozen app froze the whole GUI.

    Anyway, expect Pog to pretend to have forgotten about the whole discussion for a while and some days after repeat the same points again as “facts”, because Pog.

  2. Grece wrote, “seems Canada is headed for a economic bust”.

    Debt would be a serious issue if interest rates were a lot higher. Everyone I know has rates ~3%. If interest rates rise suddenly, folks can sell assets.

  3. Grece says:

    Continuing further on meltdowns, seems Canada is headed for a economic bust.

    Canada appears to be stunting its own economic growth as a matter of policy.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-05/oh-canada-looming-economic-meltdown

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    Robert, you are playing absent-minded, let me ask you again.

    You have two products, A and B. A has a passable GUI, has a decent set of native apps, can print, has drivers for most hardware out there, and crashes every now and then. B has an ugly GUI, basically no apps, cannot print, has no drivers for anything but IBM, and crashes rarely.

    Which one is superior from users point of view and which one uses monopoly practices?

  5. Ivan says:

    Are these the same “good people” that are allowing men to do their time in women’s prisons* because they are afraid of being accused of bigotry for simply realizing that putting someone with a penis in a room full of vaginas might not be a good idea?

    * http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/transgender-inmates-csc-policy-1.4512510

  6. kurkosdr wrote, “The “progressives” demand more government and assert their supposed “moral superiority” as justificaton that government corruption won’t rise along with a bigger government under their watch (yeah, right).”

    This is nonsense. The size of government is a rational choice. If you don’t like the choices change the choice of representative you send to the table. Government is essential even in a small group. Any size group may have good or bad governance. I’ve worked in schools large and small. There was no correlation between how well the school worked and its size if you had good people in charge. Fortunately, good people are plentiful.

  7. kurkosdr says:

    At least right wing politicians advocate for less government (or should advocate for that) which means less opportunities for government corruption. The “progressives” demand more government and assert their supposed “moral superiority” as justificaton that government corruption won’t rise along with a bigger government under their watch (yeah, right).

  8. kurkosdr says:

    Half the money has been repaid and the plane may eventually be seized.

    Well duh, the corrupt politicians responsible got caught and try to revert the transaction, that’s what corrupt politicians do when they get caught doing something they thought wouldn’t get caught doing it.

    Pog, you are suffering from a syndrome known as “progressive politicians are morally superior, non-corrupt and don’t steal as much because they believe in an ideology that preaches more equality and such”. Many of my fellow Greeks used to have that syndrome. Funny how bringing those “progressives” to power and giving them opportunities for corruption makes that syndrome go away. Unfortunately by then it is too late.

  9. Grece wrote, “Why does Canada allow such drink to exist in the market”.

    Unlike USA, Canada has a clear division of power between provinces and the federation. Provinces regulate the sale of alcohol and the collection of taxes on alcohol. Quebec, for instance, allows sale of beer and wine in grocery stores unlike my province where liquor stores only sell that stuff. The provinces set the ages at which liquor may be purchased as well. The federal government does regulate importation and safety standards.

  10. Grece says:

    Why does Canada allow such drink to exist in the market, there should be restrictions. Not to mention, marketing alcoholic drink to teens! ONLY IN CANADA.

    https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/after-death-of-laval-girl-sugary-alcoholic-beverages-under-scrutiny-1.3827149

  11. Grece says:

    Trudope is just making things worse internationally, and never concerns himself with problems back home. All Robert can do is gripe about Trump and not receiving his Solo.

    Millions of tonnes of grain was stranded on farms and in local grain elevators for months during the 2013-14 grain crisis. The backlog is estimated to have cost the Western Canadian economy up to $8 billion.

    The current backlog mirrors the 2013-14 crisis, Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan President Todd Lewis told reporters. “This year’s shipping season has been a disaster,” Lewis said. “We can’t afford another one for next year.”

    https://ipolitics.ca/2018/03/03/feds-need-take-action-grain-backlog-grows-sask-premier/

  12. Grece says:

    Trudope and convicted killer in India social mixer.

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-trip-controversy-follows-justin-trudeau-back-to-canada/articleshow/63140474.cms

    Seems no one likes Trudope these days. “India raised the duty on Canadian chickpeas to 60 per cent, a clear signal that India is understandably upset, and Canadian chickpea producers are the first to pay the price. The Prime Minister has damaged our relationship with India,”

    https://debatereport.com/business/trudeau-wont-accept-responsibility-after-india-punishes-canada-by-increasing-tariffs-on-chickpeas/5617

  13. Grece wrote, “A Canadian government entity lends money to a corrupt South African family to purchase a private jet and now the contract is in default.”

    Half the money has been repaid and the plane may eventually be seized.

  14. Ivan says:

    Bob simply won’t admit to himself that Canada has issues that are egregious enough to preclude criticism of the USA.

  15. Grece says:

    Bob always talks about how USA and Trump are corrupt, but perhaps he should look at home more closely. A Canadian government entity lends money to a corrupt South African family to purchase a private jet and now the contract is in default.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/03/02/canada-lent-a-family-41-million-to-buy-a-luxury-jet-now-the-jet-is-missing

  16. kurkosdr says:

    You omitted the fact OS/2 required double the amount of RAM Windows 3 did (that was an era when computers were already expensive enough and RAM even more so), and OS/2 also cost a lot more than Windows. By what can be attributed to sheer coincidence (I imagine), the cost of a PC clone plus OS/2 was the same as the cost of an IBM PC which came with a “free” copy of OS/2. No attempt here by IBM to take back the PC market from clones by using the OS as tool to impose a “clone tax” sir, just sheer coincidence.

    Bill Gates saw that and realised they would soon become a contractor for IBM (much like what Symbian Ltd was for Nokia and Sony Ericsson) so they broke ties with IBM and offered a cheaper and superior product to the clones called Windows (that’s TOOS for bigots who can’t understand that Microsoft has the right to call their products whatever they want even if they shouldn’t get a trademark for that name).

    Look, I don’t like ActiveX, MS’s incompatible Java, doc and OOXML. But Microsoft did save the market from Apple and IBM who also pushed closed formats but also made you paid through the nose for the OS (no, I won’t pretend the OS was/is free just because the price was thinly disguised in inferior hardware)

  17. Deaf Spy says:

    monopoly generated by greed and dirty tricks/crimes and not by superior products

    Tech gurus mocked Windows 3 for being a shell on top of DOS, while praising OS/2 for its robustness and architecture (despite the infamous synchronous input queue, but lets leave this aside).

    At the same time, Windows 3.0 had drivers for most video cards and printers out there. OS/2 1.3 did not, and it was not possible to print out a document in OS/2 1.3 unless you owned a printer from IBM.

    Productivity people stampeded to Windows 3 in herds.

  18. Deaf Spy wrote, “Laws are what make a market “not free”.”

    That can happen but what most irks me is monopoly generated by greed and dirty tricks/crimes and not by superior products. Some monopolies are necessary but not hardware and software of computers.

  19. kurkosdr says:

    I guess the GOP is full of dumb/stupid people as they want to rid Earth of contraception/abortion/Planned Parenthood.

    I second that. Your average anti-choice bible thumper will more often than not believe in creationism (in the most severe of cases they may even believe in the young-earth variety of it) and buy into conspiracy theories about vaccines supposedly causing autism.

    Although Trump managed to expand that traditional GOP voting base with people who don’t believe this crap but feel threatened by deals like NAFTA and TPP and also want immigration laws to be enforced. This is what you get by pointing to a common enemy, you get an eugenics-supporting alt-righter and an anti-abortion bible thumper under the same banner (for example). Soros and Hilary practically made President Trump happen.

  20. Deaf Spy says:

    Nothing lasts forever.

    Even stars, they say.

    My main objection to some things is the demonstrated lack of a free market.

    Which law hindered the free market?

    There are supposed to be laws to prevent those developments and they failed.

    Laws are what make a market “not free”.

    There’s nothing to prevent my getting one eventually.

    Nothing, except for the little fact that no Solos are being produced today.

  21. Deaf Spy wrote, “None of these will ever happen, when driven by free market powers.”

    Nothing lasts forever. My main objection to some things is the demonstrated lack of a free market. There are supposed to be laws to prevent those developments and they failed. Fortunately, in the cracks, weeds/points of freedom grew. I’m OK. Solo has been sold to a few people and organizations. There’s nothing to prevent my getting one eventually. I think eventually could be 2018, probably in winter. That’s not what I want and it’s not ideal but if I could drive my Solo freely in 2019, I’m OK with that. The free market will give me a Solo as it should.

  22. Deaf Spy says:

    I’d like to see a 5-10 year plan to recycle them and replace them with EVs

    You surely would like to see many things, Robert: Microsoft going bankrupt, Linux taking over the desktop, Intel going out of business, LO dethroning MSO, you get your Solo, just to name a few.

    None of these will ever happen. Your only hope is that someone enforces these on people, like you admired Putin who enforced Linux on Russian administration.

    None of these will ever happen, when driven by free market powers.

  23. Ivan says:

    Yeah, why can’t the GOP take a page out of Canada’s book and forcibly sterilize poor non-white women? Only white women should breed.

    It’s your country, Bob. Own it.

  24. kurkosdr wrote, “Dumb people worry about climate change, less dumb people worry about overpopulation”.

    I guess the GOP is full of dumb/stupid people as they want to rid Earth of contraception/abortion/Planned Parenthood.

    No, burning petroleum is stupid no matter what the population is. It looked like a good idea to replace high-maintenance horses with ICEd vehicles but batteries were just not ready for the job. Now they are and ICEd vehicles should be condemned. I’d like to see a 5-10 year plan to recycle them and replace them with EVs.

  25. kurkosdr says:

    It’s time to arrest the criminal dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.

    Dumb people worry about climate change, less dumb people worry about overpopulation (which is one of the main reasons fossil fuels have to burned in order to cover humanity’s ever-expanding energy needs due to constantly rising population numbers).

    Look, I would be glad if a supervillain forced humanity to stop using fossil fuels, as humanity would be forced to adapt and stop mindlessly increase the earth’s total population, but it’s not gonna happen.

  26. Grece repeated in all caps, ” YOU ARE NEVER GETTING YOUR SOLO”, but that still doesn’t make that statement true.

  27. Grece says:

    I still don’t have a good idea when I will receive my bright RED Solo but winter of 2018/2019 is likely

    Yes, your meltdown will come to fruition Robert, when you finally realize that YOU ARE NEVER GETTING YOUR SOLO this year or next.

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