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By Tom Toles

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The easy chair
Well, it must be nice in that big recliner. Tall, frosty beer and ring of orange stain around your lips from the jumbo bag of cheese snacks. Do you turn your head momentarily from your big-screen TV to see what policy choices are being presented to you today for your consideration?

I hate to start in on a commenter who has occasionally appeared thoughtful, but, apparently, I don't hate that as much as what he wrote. Which was, as a critique of the climate debate as it has intruded on his comfort zone: "I say come back when you have more answers and some model that will take care of a cooling and a warming Earth." Nice worldview. Understanding what's is going on with the climate is not for HIM to educate himself about. That's for OTHERS, who DO that sort of thing. Do the work over and bring more choices! Write up something that will solve a new ice age that is not even part of ANY serious discussion. And could you PLEASE bring some cucumber dip while you're at it, for crying out loud?

ARE we changing the climate? WILL it have devastating consequences? These do not overly worry the placidly ensconced. The environment is the responsibility of "environmentalists". YOU do more work. YOU cater to my indifference and confusion. YOU make it easy for me. It's YOUR planet, not mine. --Tom Toles
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By Tom Toles  | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Entropy has set in and it is decaying by the second.

-OackamsRazor
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That, perhaps, was the most disturbing thing I took away from my general chemistry coursework. Entropy (an INCREASE in the chaos/disorder of a system) is favorable.

It explains a lot...
INCLUDING our decaying political system and the inability of the average human being to care at all about what we're doing to the Earth. (It also explains why my basement always looks the way it does.)

Posted by: amethystmarbles | November 9, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I apologize to those in the mix for 'my rant' but some people do not bring out the best in me and I have found dave to be one of those people : (

I apologize that I cannot find the right words to make it possible for you to understand the urgency of this nations problem and the necessary changes to get us back on track to sane government.
You have great potential.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles,
Right on Tom. Your ability to grasp content and state it pictorially is amazing.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, we are becoming the kind of nation we only a few years ago ridiculed. Inconstant to our own proclaimed principles, we vote for the expedient, for the clever sounding. Sure, we can have democracy without government, a federal structure so starved for revenue that it becomes ineffectual. Smaller government! Ha!
Posted by: Jazzman7

My Reply...
Good point Jazzman.
There is nothing wrong with the size of our government but there is a "BIG"!!!problem with the incompetence, corruption and gridlock of our government. Entropy has set in and it is decaying by the second. I would have thought it would take a hundred years to deteriorate to this point. The question is; who is responsible and the other question is; why?
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

There are too few thinking persons. The just passed election and those of our European colleagues as well indicate that fear and irrationality will dominate. In this country, one party kow-tows to ignorance and uses misinformation to pander to the electorate. So that no one is mistaken, I mean the Republican party; Lincoln would groan at the level of deceit. We excuse this behavior by saying that these men and women firmly believe what they hold to. That is hardly possible.

Every day, counter-indicating essays and columns dispute the "flaky" utterances of demagogues whose only interest is satisfying corporate powers by taking and holding the reins of government on their behalf. Meanwhile, the majority of Americans remains dazed and confused. Now they vote this way, tomorrow that. Indeed, we are becoming the kind of nation we only a few years ago ridiculed. Inconstant to our own proclaimed principles, we vote for the expedient, for the clever sounding. Sure, we can have democracy without government, a federal structure so starved for revenue that it becomes ineffectual. Smaller government! Ha!

Posted by: Jazzman7 | November 8, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

My Reply...
Personal attack? You called me a lousy Preacher and I called you a lousy Person.
Maybe we both have fleas.

Actually, not only were we not born equal, we were not born perfect. We were created in the image of God which means that He is probably not perfect either but He does have the upper hand.

You are a lousy preacher dave and I gave you reason for my statement....you on the other hand did not give reason...you call names you degrade people for the fun of it is that your message dave?...you claim to be on a mission...this is your church dave??? Still on pbs dave???
I don't like your lifeview....I don't believe in your Christian religion...I don't believe you have the right to condem those who do not follow your Christian religion....I don't even believe you are Christian. If you were you wouldn't place Jesus above God...you would not call God imperfect....
I believe in God dave and God is perfect....you don't have the eyes to see that dave. You are too self involved dave. As for your rant below...I don't care what you preceive Christ to want from me....the only thing Christ the prophet taught was to love one another. To turn the other cheek. The golden rule....people like you dave make that very difficult.If your reason to exist is to provide a message fine...you've provided more than enough...
I don't belive your message dave...I don't like the game you play dave....
So to me...I guess your life goal is worthless....sorry bud...

I apologize to those in the mix for 'my rant' but some people do not bring out the best in me and I have found dave to be one of those people : (


Christ would want you to take up the cross and follow him, not kill yourself.
My reason to exist is to provide a message and that I do to the best of my ability.
Dave

Posted by: bertzel | November 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The "you didn't participate in class,..." cartoon is absolutely hilarious and true. Well...almost true. The GOP as a group surely believes in global warming like the rest of us. But these corrupt politicians are "open for business" as usual.

Posted by: ptgrunner | November 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

What does it matter if humans cause global warming, or Nature causes it, or both cause it? WHO CARES, WHAT DOES IT MATTER!!!!

It is here, it does affect us, and will continue doing so, and NOT for the GOOD.

So, get off your damned arse, and put those solar shingles on your house, and buy a hybrid, and change the light bulbs, and plant a tree! If you can't afford to do that, you know who to blame!

No job? Big business has dragged its feet on job creation so it can drop that same money into a political campaign.

Still own a gas guzzler? Oil companies love you, very much. You enable them to make profit hand over fist over hand over fist over hand over fist, AND bankroll Saudi Arabian muslims to blow up the Twin Towers.

Research and education are the keys to the kingdom, but the Repugs are making damned certain that neither the middle class nor the poor can obtain those keys. They believe in creationism, and Jesus is goign to come down and save them any day...

Posted by: taroya | November 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


THE MATHEMATICAL MATRIX OF DNA

Does this precise set of rules and symmetries appear random or accidental to you?
My friend, this is how it is possible for DNA to be a code that is self-repairing, self-correcting, self-re-writing and self-evolving. It reveals a level of engineering and sophistication that human engineers could only dream of. Most of all, it’s elegant."

Maybe we are not as smart as Mother Nature after all.
Dave
Posted by: OckamsRazor

My Addition...
I spend a lot of time talking to myself these days. The only consolation is that I know I am talking to myself.

THE MATHEMATICAL MATRIX OF ECONOMICS

I thought I would mention that the Mathematical Matrix of DNA also applies to Economics.

Economics is all about the correct mathematical matrix numbers to provide the efficient distribution of goods and services. If our mathematical matrix of our economics fails, our nation will be unable to defend itself or meet its obligations. Chaos will ensue.
Just Sayin'
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Sunday was disturbing...

Check the corners and never sit with your back to the door?

Shadows roam at night, in the deepest darkests corners.

Posted by: EarthCraft | November 8, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Personal attack now...I know I'm a lousy person dave...thanks for setting me straight...now if you don't mind I'm going to shoot myself through the heart....think Jesus will approve?
Posted by: bertzel

My Reply...
Personal attack? You called me a lousy Preacher and I called you a lousy Person.
Maybe we both have fleas.

Actually, not only were we not born equal, we were not born perfect. We were created in the image of God which means that He is probably not perfect either but He does have the upper hand.

"Christ came into the world not to condemn the world but that it might be saved."
He died on the cross that we might have life and that abundant.
Christ would want you to take up the cross and follow him, not kill yourself.
My reason to exist is to provide a message and that I do to the best of my ability.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Great work, Tom. Keep it up. I love the art and the commentary.

The lack of willingness to solve big problems is the most stunning aspect of today's "educated" citizenry in America. "Freedom" is widely interpreted to mean the freedom to allow other people to fix problems or to undermine other people's effort to fix big problems, especially if they have the audacity to think that American people have the right to solve those problems through their own government.

It's like the word "freedom" has come to mean, "Don't ask me to help fix big problems." Freedom has become turned into mass irresponsibility.

Posted by: 206miles | November 8, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the fundamental point of the climate change deniers is that the earth has been through massive climate changes throughout its 4 billion year history, and without human intervention. So why worry about what we're doing? And so what if human intervention is bringing global warming on faster? And by the way, what's so bad about it getting warmer?

What they don't care to contemplate is that if we are indeed in a natural warming cycle, but the CO2 will be exacerbating the trend, then disaster may in fact not be that far off. Warmer may sound good when there's four feet of snow on the ground; not so good if it turns the mid-west farm lands into deserts.

Posted by: ebtnut | November 8, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

thanksforish
In my city the school board elected to equip 300 school buses with GPS tracking and real time monitoring at a cost of 6 million per year. All because of a few complaints of "you missed my stop". For $100,000 standard GPS devices could be installed on all buses with a tracking feature and complaints would be resolved at the end of the route by direct observation of the stored traveled route. So over 10 years you spend 60 million to track buses or 100,000 to 200,000 to track buses. This is the root of our government spending problem.

With all of the many wasteful spending projects going on the Mayors and School Boards MUST complain about cutting the core projects to continue to fund the wasteful projects.

Posted by: dalyplanet | November 8, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Too many of the tea party people have felt only enough pain too worry about losing a little of their own advantage in life - few have faced eviction or foreclosure, needed foodstamps, or drawn unemployment to realize the value of having a government that's worked to help in these situations, even if it's not always able to.
When we stop fixing our roads and bridges, when we stop immunizing our children, when we discontinue childcare and social security and police and fire care, who are we?
This is the logical direction the tea party wants to lead us towards.
This is the bankruptcy they would have us experience if they had their way across the board.
Some of them at least.
Problem is, we don't quite know which ones - too many of them refuse to speak with any logic...

Posted by: thanksforfish | November 8, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I would _love_ it if one of the deniers could present me with the physics of how carbon dioxide does _not_ trap infrared energy. Or how burning fossil fuels does _not_ increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Instead of just denying the basic earth science we all should have learned in 8th grade; how about refuting it, with hard, cold facts? You are the ones denying proven scientific facts, you must bear the burden of proving your hypothesis. Where is your proof, deniers? Conspiracy theories about the motives of the scientific community or the people who want to change our energy habits are irrelevant to the science involved here. This is not opinion it is science.

As Dr. Steven Dutch writes in his brilliant blog on pseudoscience:

"Show conclusively that an increase in carbon dioxide will not result in global warming. Pointing to flaws in the climate models, possible alternative explanations, and unanswered questions won't cut it. We know carbon dioxide traps infrared and we know climate is getting warmer. There's a plausible cause and effect relationship there. You have to show there is not a causal link. You can do that either by identifying what is the cause ("might be" or "possible alternative" isn't good enough) or by showing that somehow extra carbon dioxide does not trap solar heat."

http://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/PSEUDOSC/GlobWarm.HTM

happy snipe hunting...

Posted by: pete1013 | November 8, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Toles, Is that full body cast covered in red tape??

Posted by: bertzel | November 8, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

```Would you like to live under a bridge and eat garbage?
Dave```
No...I'm sure I would prefer to fight in the armed services..... such as yourself???

And I am not condemning the armed services just pointing out your musings dave.
Excuse me now while I find my misplaced reading glasses!!

Posted by: bertzel | November 6, 2010 2:18 PM


Personal attack now...I know I'm a lousy person dave...thanks for setting me straight...now if you don't mind I'm going to shoot myself through the heart....think Jesus will approve?

Posted by: bertzel | November 8, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Actually I am flattered. I thought I was being ignored.

And I am used to some misunderstanding in trying to communicate. At least, Mr. Toles is no Republican and this not about health care reform. Then we would argue.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 8, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I should add some context, then you will understand.

"Do the work over and bring more choices!"

Well you are right, it could sound that way. Perhaps it is that way. But from my end I am trying to get you to expand your view of climate and consider other possibilities. Not certainties. I still believe it is getting warm and we ought to do something about it.

But we also need to do what the warmers want and MORE. Not less.

Who am I?

I have an earned PhD in library science and minors in engineering, mathematics and physics. I worked in science libraries until I retired from the FDA. I know how to find and read science reports.

Every time someone discusses warming my mind says "that is fine. But what if it were to get cooler? What will we do then." i see this as a footnote to the historical record. Not a major contribution. But why not. I am not a climate person, just a general person in science who spotted a "loop hole."

That is it.

Go on waring with the deniers. I am not one.

And by the by - if you mean me in the easy chair, that is likely. I am retired. I have not done all the leg work I could have done. I am lazy now.

Touche!

Posted by: GaryEMasters | November 8, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The fact that America is the only nation having this "debate" affirms how insane our political culture has become. The GOP is the world's only major political party that says the global scientific community is simply wrong. Talk about hubris. Sigh. It is a curious thing about our species that we are willing to ignore reality if that reality is unpleasant and inexpedient.

Posted by: the_green_lantern | November 8, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

As Hansen has noted, in "Storms", we're not going to have another ice age because the amount of mean temperature rise needed to prevent it is so minimal that a few million people being alive is sufficient to provide it.

The only way we'll ever have another ice age is if we continue to eff up and push all high-order life toward extinction, in which case an ice age will be the least of our problems.

Posted by: _Mairead | November 8, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Come January the only thing the EPA is going to be regulating is subpoenas.

Did you hear warmers are now going to stop taking showers to cut carbon emissions to save the planet? These are probably the same people who said the Dems were going to keep the House.

How about that Dem Senator elect from West Virginia who had to shoot the Dems manmade global warming hoax legislation in order to get elected.

Posted by: jornolibist | November 8, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

The Mathematical matrix of DNA

"More interesting factoids:

The most common pair of letters (TTT and AAA) appears exactly 1/13X as often as all the letters combined - consistently, the genomes of humans and chimpanzees.

If you put the 32 most common triplets in Group 1 and the 32 least common triplets in Group 2, the ratio of letters in Group1:Group2 is exactly 2:1. And since triplet counts occur in symmetrical pairs (TTT-AAA, TAT-ATA, etc), you can group them into four groups of 16.

When you put those four triplet populations on a graph, you get the peace symbol:

Does this precise set of rules and symmetries appear random or accidental to you?
My friend, this is how it is possible for DNA to be a code that is self-repairing, self-correcting, self-re-writing and self-evolving. It reveals a level of engineering and sophistication that human engineers could only dream of. Most of all, it’s elegant."

Maybe we are not as smart as Mother Nature after all.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 8, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

The concensus among serious scientists is that anthropogenic warming of Earth is and shall remain a problem for Our Species to solve. The GOP buries its head in the sand and denies all responsibility because to do otherwise would interfere with their annual incomes. As long as they, personally, are comfortable then God is in His Heaven and all is right with the world. If follows that a worldwide drought 50 years hence is none of their concern because dealing with the problem is inconvenient and bad for business. Besides, they opine, it was all dreamed up by Godless Communist Liberals.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 8, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

People like you who run at the mouth concerning the welfare of others, the obvious character assassination of others as a whole and using God as a weapon for your 'crap' whatever it may be, is what has led me to leave the church and organized religion in the first place....you make a lousy preacher dave.
and there will always be 'survival of the fittest'. perhaps your perception of what that phrase means is off as well.
Posted by: bertzel

My Reply...
You make a lousy person bertzel.
I agree with you that Christianity is no longer Christian; it is a self-centered and materialistic philosophy. It is no more than a pious social group.
Real Christianity is a personal commitment to the teachings of Christ.
I am sorry that what I post offends you but I am not here to appease the masses, I am am here to condemn the evil that is undermining the sanctity of life and causing the destruction of earth. This nation has become what it once obhorred. We need to make the transition to a government that is based on being consistent with the needs of the people, is efficient, is just, is equitable and does not corrupt everything it touches. It is necessary to use our technology for the people and the nation; not to destroy all good things.
"Survival of the fittest" when it comes to people means "no one survives" because we depend on each other to survive.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | November 7, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Discouraging . . . As one old enough to remember the 1930's . . . Déjà vu.

Posted by: lufrank1 | November 7, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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