Monthly Archives: January 2009

Why Views on Climate Matter

Upper Lower Michigan Early Snow November 2008

With temperatures cooling and not rising you’d think that the debate on Global Warming, or Climate Change as the kids are calling it these days, would be more of a debate.  Instead, most of the liberal politicians are ignoring the facts and acting to prevent more warming when much of the globe is freezing!

A great example comes to us from the U.K.  Seems some British politicians are hoping to ban plasma TVs because they use too much energy!  Read it for yourself from the Independent.

Energy-guzzling flatscreen plasma televisions will soon be banned as part of the battle against climate change, ministers have told The Independent on Sunday.

“Minimum energy performance standards” for televisions are expected to be agreed across Europe this spring, they say, and this should lead to “phasing out the most inefficient TVs”. At the same time, a compulsory labelling system will be drawn up to identify the best and worst devices.

How do Brits feel about this? The story doesn’t say.

Could you imagine if this was tried in the United States?  I know a few Texans who might say, “They’ll have to pry the remote from my cold, frozen, global cooled fingers!”

This in the face of the coldest Winter in a decade.  Glaciers grew last year in Alaska.  Snow is falling in the south of France and Madrid, Spain!  The Sun is quiet and Solar Scientists say colder decades are ahead.  We should be drilling for more oil and natural gas and burning it to produce electricity and to stay warm!  Not banning plasma TVs.

It really does matter your view of global warming. If you believe man is causing it then you have to control peoples behavior to combat it. If it’s natural and we are entering a very cold spell then it’s time to prepare by mining, and using, more fossil fuels!

It’s a debate we better have. Otherwise we could waste a lot of time, money, resources, and even lives.

Snow Job

Man caused Global Warming is losing support.  Maybe because of the actual weather across the globe.  This Winter is turning out to be another unusually cold and snowy one.  Not just in Alaska as I noted a couple of days ago.  How about this from Breitbart.  Madrid, Spain was paralyzed by a rare snow storm and cold temperatures!  The same story talks about the extreme cold in Germany.

In Germany, the death toll from the cold snap rose to three and several rivers were frozen over, blocking ship traffic, authorities said.

Drift ice covered 80 to 90 percent of the surface of the river Elbe from Doemnitz to the Germany’s main port of Hamburg in the north, a spokeswoman for the Water and Shipping Office said.

Meanwhile, Russia has decided to shut off the natural gas to parts of eastern Europe.

As temperatures plummeted throughout the continent, around a dozen European nations were suffering the effects of Russia’s decision to turn off the natural gas supplies transiting through Ukraine to Europe.

Bulgaria received no Russian gas for the fourth day in a row as temperatures plunged to minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and heavy snow covered most of the country.

Meanwhile the extreme cold in Alaska and Canada is set to move into the U.S. next week.  If you live east of the Rockies, get ready for VERY cold air.  New York City could be below zero for only the second time since the 1940s!

It’s COLD!

Cool December ‘08 NOAA

Not everywhere, of course.  Here in Tucson it’s been near normal with some days above and some below.  Today should be about 70 which is a good 6 or 7 degrees above normal.  However, it’s been cold and snowy enough so far this Winter that nearby Mt. Lemmon is having another good ski season!  With last weekends storm they say they now have enough snow at Ski Valley to last until Spring.

In other parts of the country it has been extreme snow.  So much snow that avalanches are causing problems for some ski areas and even some deaths.  Here is that story.

On the “Glabal Warming” front, it’s quite the opposite.  Alaska, known for it’s cold in the Winter is having an unusual bitter cold arctic outbreak.  Here’s an article from AP on Yahoo! News.

Alaskans are accustomed to subzero temperatures but the prolonged conditions have folks wondering what’s going on with winter less than a month old.

How cold is it?

Johnson lives in Stevens Village, where residents have endured close to two weeks of temperatures pushing 60 below zero.

In Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, residents are used to lows of about 10-degree temperatures in January — not 19 below zero, which is what folks awoke to Wednesday morning.

Temperatures finally settled to about 10 below at midday, but that was cold enough to cancel races in the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships.

More evidence that its the Sun that causing all of this cooling.  As it continues to be less active, we on Earth continue to cool.  This article from the Daily Mail in England outlines how scientists are concerned about less solar wind.  The solar wind protects the inner solar system from Cosmic Rays.  Weaker solar wind means more danger for astronauts.  It also makes sense that a quieter Sun means less solar radiation.  It follows that that would cause the Earth to cool!

I’m still hoping that folks would see that light. I believe many of them are. We need to contact our representatives in Washington and stop the plans to tax CO2. What a waste of money, especially when the country is going broke! We really need to be developing our energy resources yesterday so that we can keep warm in the chilly decades to come!

Astronauts returning to the moon could be threatened by cosmic rays as a result of the sun becoming less active, scientists have said.

The sun’s ability to shield the solar system from harmful radiation could falter in the early 2020s, research from the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology claimed.

It’s cold in space and it’s getting colder down here too.

The Soundtrack of My Life

I’m singing along with the iPod this evening.  Amazing how almost every song is one of my favorites!  :-)  It’s also amazing how certain songs can instantly transport me to time and place gone by.  To people I’ve known.  People I’ve loved.  Experiences I experienced.  “The Soundtrack of My life!”

“Anything For You,” by Gloria Estefan is in my ear and I’m singing along much to the chagrin of my neighbors, for sure!  (apartment living)  A time in Roswell when I was hurting over love lost.  I wish I could find the English/Spanish version, but so far no “luck.”

Here’s Godly and Cream with “Cry.”  Great break-up, drown in your sorrows song!

There are hundreds of songs on this iPod.  Each with it’s own story, feeling, person, place, experience.  Some stories I may tell here someday.  Most, probably not.  But they are ALL mine to cherish.

Funny.  Since I love weather, many of them also have a season, or even a specific type of weather, associated with them.  That is a really funny thing about memories.  Experiences are all lived through our own set of “bents.”  Those things that God has put in us that make us us.  You may not associate weather with most of your memories!  You aren’t wired that way.

The other thing about looking back.  While a song may bring back strong feelings of a person, or a place, or a time, it’s now filtered through my life in Christ!  What did I learn from that?  How has God changed me since then?

Life is an adventure!  Much more so when you know the God who created you!  Plug into Him and watch Him not only change who you are, but watch Him change how you look at who you were!!!

iTunes vs. Amazon mp3 Downloads

Apple on Couch

A few months back I went to Yuma to visit my Dad.  My sister Karin was visiting from Oregon along with her kids.  We had a BLAST!

One of the fun things we did was put together a DVD.  My MacBook Pro has wonderful software for editing video and audio and burning a professional DVD with iDVD.  It’s great!

After we shot our interviews and edited it all down it was time for the credits.  We needed some closing music.  No problem!  I have a zillion (or maybe a few hundred) of my favorite songs in iTunes!  Awesome.  Imagine my surprise and utter disappointment (I’m exagerarting here for slight comedic affect) when most of my songs were REJECTED by Final Cut Express.  Every song that I downloaded from iTunes was not accepted.  I had a handful of tunes I could use that I had imported from CDs that I owned.  We ended up using some Hall & Oates song I had from “The Wedding Singer” CD.  (don’t judge me!)

Ever since this somewhat tragic event (OK.  Mildly unfortunate maybe) I have switched tactics.  I can find all of the same music at exactly the same price and quality at Amazon.com!  Best part is, I can use the tunes in movies and videos, even iTunes and it’s no problem!

Well.  If I have some music on a video that I upload to say, YouTube or GodTube, and the artist tells me to cease and desist?  I will.  But, for videos for my own personal use and distribution among my friends and family?  No problemo!

That’s why Amazon.com beats iTunes for music.

Now.  iTunes is amazing for Podcasts!  My favorite Pastor, Pastor Duane Sheriff has a must listen too Podcast in audio, or if you prefer, video.  All of his sermons are uploaded the same day, I believe.  Listen and be blessed!

Of course, you can download thousands of God inspired messages at the ministry web site, or subscribe to his podcast:  www.dsheriff.org

See ya on YouTube and Facebook :-)

Mike

Cotton Pickin’!

Tech Logo

Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl just a little over two hours away as I type!   Very exciting amidst the disappointment. Don’t get me wrong.  The match up is a good one, but honestly, Tech deserved better.

11-1 in the Big 12 South.   The only loss at Oklahoma.   The same Oklahoma that is ranked number one in the country and will be playing for a National Championship.  Texas Tech went from #7 to #2 when they beat Texas at Tech that fateful October day.  A day that throw the whole BCS in a tale spin!

Mississippi has had a great finish to their season.  They went 3-4 before winning their last 5 games.  Their biggest win was against Florida in the swamp!  The same Florida that is ranked #2 in the country and will play Oklahoma next week for the National Championship.

Texas Tech is a heavy favorite in this game.  Tech is a team that easily should have been BCS qualified, but since Texas and Oklahoma were ahead of them in the BCS standings, Texas Tech is left out.   This is where the danger is for Tech.

Flashback to 2004.  California had just one loss going into the Holiday Bowl.  They had lost out to the BCS rankings and ended up out of a BCS Bowl.  Very similar to what happened to Texas Tech this year.  California complained all over the media and then ended up losing to Texas Tech in that Holiday Bowl 45-31.   It was really fun for this Tech fan to watch!

However, the scenario is too close to this year.   Texas Tech should beat Mississippi.  They are heavily favored.  That means all the pressure is on Tech.  They have to guard against their disappointment of being slighted this year and take that frustration out on the Rebels this afternoon!  Tech cannot afford to take Mississippi lightly.  If they can do all that, they should win.

I’m hoping Tech WINS BIG to make a statement.

UPDATE:  Final – Mississippi 47,  Texas Tech 34

Ouch

A Cool World

2008 is a fading memory, but some things remain.  The inactive Sun that has brought a cooler world to us all is still inactive.  Global warming models didn’t predict the current cooling while those that study the Sun’s activity did.  Who do you believe?  Check out more in this article:

When the sun is active, it’s not uncommon to see sunspot numbers of 100 or more in a single month. Every 11 years, activity slows, and numbers briefly drop near zero. Normally sunspots return very quickly, as a new cycle begins. But this year, the start of a new cycle, the sun has been eerily quiet.

The first seven months averaged a sunspot count of only three and in August there were no sunspots at all — zero — something that has not occurred since 1913.

According to the publication Daily Tech, in the past 1,000 years, three previous such events — what are called the Dalton, Maunder and Sporer Minimums — have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called the Little Ice Age (1500-1750).

Good thing I love snow!

Reminders for Life in ‘09

A friend of mine e-mailed this to me this morning.  I am reprinting it here and sharing it where I can, with her permission.  These are great reminders to have in the forefront of your thinking.  Get them in your heart so they will show up in your life!  May God richly bless you in the coming year and always!!!

I Can Change My Changing World Today!

My World…
Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

My Priorities…
Resolution One:  I will live for God; Resolution Two:  If no one else does, I still will.  ~Jonathan Edwards

My Attitude…
The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes.  That’s the day we truly grow up. ~John Maxwell

My Mind…
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  ~Philippians 4:8

My Plans…
People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks:  They are facing only one direction, they can never turn back, and they no longer have plans of their own.  ~A.W. Tozer

My Impact…
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  ~Colossians 3:23

My Heart…
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  ~Psalm 51:10

My Relationships…
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  ~Philippians 2:3-4

My Circumstances…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  ~Philippians 4:6-7

My Commitment…
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”  ~Erma Bombeck

My Focus…
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  ~Hebrews 12:2

My Pace…
The best things are nearest:  breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

My Determination…
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has been found difficult; and left untried.  ~G.K. Chesterton

My Faith…
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  ~Hebrews 11:1

My Perspective…
God never promises to remove us from our struggles.  He does promise, however, to change the way we look at them.  ~Max Lucado

Let God be the sign for 2009.  Be Blessed ~Heidi