Saturday, April 07, 2007

Twenty Two Degrees April Seventh 2007

CNN-ScreenCap What's With The Weather?

About two weeks ago temperatures were nearing eighty degrees here in Central Illinois. Those temperatures were abnormally high. Everyone seems to celebrate the end of Winter when an early Spring is in progress, but deep down we know there's something wrong. And we try not to think about the long term, big picture implications of Summer weather in March.

Now just a few weeks later the weather has turned upside down. It is December outside, and yet it's actually April! An unbelievable mix of frigid subfreezing temperatures mixed with strong gust of wind has turned Spring into Winter.

Despite loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in crops, and the obvious sign that something is very wrong with the weather some people continue to stick their heads in the snow.

(AP) Texas Snow Storm - April 2007 - Bush Crawford Texas Ranch Entrance

Drunken Republican Fools Still In Global Warming Denial
Last night I ran into two drunken fool twenty something republicans who were claiming that weather like this (i.e., subfreezing temperatures in April) proved that global warming didn't exist. Of course these same ignorant fools were still big on the Iraq war (obviously not enough to join up, and serve), and were critical of Al Gore. I usually don't get hot under the collar, but despite the fact there were two of them, and one of me, I wanted to thrash them both - with the truth folks, only with the truth.

The Exchange

JeromeProphet: Have you boys gone to college?

TwentySomethingRepublican: Yes.

JeromeProphet: I was wondering, because you seem so uninformed.

TwentySomethingRepublican: Well Gore spent $35,000 on utility bills last year!

JeromeProphet: And this proves there's no global warming?

TwentySomethingRepublican: Gore's a hypocrite!

JeromeProphet: Don't you think this weather is just a little odd?

TwentySomethingRepublican: No.

JeromeProphet: Maybe it's because I'm a little older than you, but I can tell you this weather isn't normal.

TwentySomethingRepublican: Well I think it is normal.

JeromeProphet: I talked with people all around the country today, and those who spoke about the weather, from South Dakota, to Georgia, to New York City told me they believe there's something mighty odd about this weather. For God's sake it's December out there!

WeatherChannel - More Snow Predicted For This April 8th 2007 Weekend

Fragile Republican Brains Unable To Grapple With Complex Relationships

Their fragile conservative brain cells couldn't quite grasp that global warming is actually driving bizarre weather like this. By adding energy into frontal systems global warming is increasing the number of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, flooding, and movement of fronts - including cold fronts.

With less energy in the global weather system there is less energy behind fronts, and cold temperatures tend to stay farther north, and hot weather tends to stay farther south at this time of year. Putting energy into the system is forcing anomalous weather like the kind we are currently experiencing. This isn't good for anyone. From agriculture to insurance being able to predict weather is important.

While a few cold days in April is certainly normal in Central Illinois, a week of subfreezing weather is breaking records for a very good reason - it just doesn't happen - not within a normal human lifetime.

Central Illinois isn't the only area effected either as the entire Midwest, and Eastern U.S. has been effected.

What's going on with the weather folks? It's time to take responsibility. To own up to the situation. We must own the problem, before we can address it.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Never A Friend To Me

I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member
-Woody Allen-
The Truth?

I've been declined, or at least my request to be included on SJ-R's blogroll has been utterly ignored.

I'm not really serious about the "Sell Outs" graffiti on my artwork above.

Actually, I'm asking a question, not making a statement.

Child like as it seems the image above is timely, and thought provoking.

When an independent minded blogger becomes beholden for a certain percentage of their esteem, or their blog hits due to such a link will the blogger begin to soften their criticism of that main stream media outlet?

Would the blogger's fear of being removed from such a list tend to inhibit the blogger's post?

Will any of you on the list ever feel as comfortable critiquing SJ-R as you did before you made it on their Springfield Blogger's list?

So does that make you victims, or sell outs?

Before any of you comment, let me make one admission here.

Since establishing my relationship with the Illinois Times I can say that on several occasions I have found myself editing my own post for fear of being seen as too fringe, too controversial, too radical, too non-politically correct, etc.

I'm sure I do it on a subconscious basis too.

The effect is real whether realized or not.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Beautiful Downtown Springfield Illinois' Shoreline

Downtown Springfield, Illinois As Seen Offshore

Springfield's posh restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs ring the south side of Lake Springfield.

During Summer tourist mingle with swimmers and fisherman at Lincoln's Beach and Mary Todd's Pier. In Winter the Beach is closed to swimming, but ice skating is allowed.

Downtown Springfield, Illinois - Not Just About Abe Lincoln Anymore!

A Slice of ALPM Anyone?

Crescent Moon & Venus Over The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

I love Spring.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Why We Met

Two Little Lassies On Saint Patrick's Day
Why We Met
by jp

You said I was

You'd seen before

You knew

From long before
Who hurt you

I was in pain

Confusion reigned
I needed to
What I could
What we could
I needed to

I was scared to

I needed your
I needed to
The smile on your
I needed to
I just had to

Many years have passed
I wonder where you are
If you're near or far
From time to time
If you'd be mine
If you'd be mine

You'd like me now
I'm more stable now
Sort of happy now
Still confused now
After all these years
I'm still filled with fear

Still I'm here
Thinking of you
Wondering if you
Ever think of me
Like I think of you
My love was true

Monday, April 02, 2007

Bloggers Help Cure CANCER For Free!

Screen Shot from Stanford's Protein Folding Program
Calling on Bloggers To Install Stanford University's Folding Software

To Join the Bloggers For A Cure Team!

Use Team Number: 63924

I'll post more on this software soon!

Check out the link above, and join me in using spare CPU cycles to help researchers speed up their search for cures for Cancers, and other genetic diseases.

This program can be configured to run completely in the background. You decide when it runs, and how much computing power it uses.

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