So now we’ve got another name.
Same old product that isn’t selling, brand new “Sizzle!” name.
How can you tell this is a marketing operation and not an actual concern? Because when you are selling a product and the public are staying away in droves one of the Go To behaviours to to “repackage” the product. Add some color and dash to the wrapper, give it a more “exciting” new name…
So we have a product that’s not moving off the shelf fast enough. The GEBs (Greedy Evil Bastards) pushing it are not happy with the $Millions they are creaming off and really really want that $200 BILLION PER YEAR they were promised from the “Paris Agreement” (mostly from the USA…) and they have spanked their minions again about it. So we get an even more Screaming Name.
So what is is now, what have I forgotten from the litany?
It seems to be a hallmark of The Scammers that they are always looking for ways to manipulate the psychology of the situations they create and not ways to actually address the physicality of things. That has become one of the things that makes my “Spidy Sense” tingle. When a movement is clearly more about Street Theatre and making a change in “how people think” (which really means pushing a load of emotive crap down your throat…) that’s a big Flag Setting Moment that calls “Bull Shit!” on whatever is being pushed.
Drug pushers are called “pushers” for a reason. It’s like the Bum’s Rush you get at Timeshare Sales Events, or a used car salesman. It’s all about the PUSH and not about facts, data, reality, consequences, etc. etc. etc. Just CHANGE YOUR MIND and everything will be FINE! Get in the damn trap already!
I don’t take my economic and physics advice from children (sorry Greta…) and I don’t take my decisions on buying a pushed product based on the name. Most importantly, I don’t take ANY decision based on my emotional state. IF I’m feeling emotionally “engaged” in a decision, I push back my chair and walk away from the table. Just Say No. There is always tomorrow and another time to decide. Nothing requires you to sign the “deal” now, today, before the offer is off the table, one time only…
Just Walk Away.
So that’s exactly how I’m “feeling” about the new name “Climate Emergency!!!”. Today is a wonderfully beautiful day. A bit cool for July, but not outside the norm. Rather a lot like it was in the 1960s (before The Great Pacific Climate Shift of the mid-70s that has now reversed). An absolutely glorious day is ahead of me. While I do need to mow the lawn, much of it will be spent in my garden as it is growing remarkably well with the added CO2 in the air. There is simply NO reason to see the climate as in any way “wrong” and certainly there isn’t a scrap of “emergency” about it.
Climate changes all the time, but it changes over hundreds of years. There are faster cycles inside of that, but those are more weather changes than climate. The Great Pacific Climate Shift had the waters off California change temperature by a few degrees, and suddenly we needed Air Conditioners in the San Francisco Bay Area. That resulted in the discovery of a CYCLE of change in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Just a few years ago it changed back and now things are much like they were prior.
My first college room mate was given a car for his high school graduation. It was a Ford Capri. Without air conditioning. That was common where he came from in the SF Bay Area. Then The Shift happened. He added AC. ( A $700 after market option then). Now, this year, we’ve rarely run the AC in the house. The PDO has swapped back. I don’t NEED to run the AC in my car most days either.
So where is this “Emergency!!!”? Nowhere to be seen. Polar Ice is rising (and never was that low anyway). Polar bears are increasing in numbers and have been for decades (ever since hunting them was stopped…). Record HOT days are rare (look at 1936 if you want to find the record hot days, it’s been cooling ever since). Sea Level is not rising in any unusual way (it is inside the error bands, but at most is the same as the last few hundred years). The Glaciers are not gone. Winter snows are not a “thing of the past” (to the extent there is any “emergency” it is that winter snows were rather brutal this last year or two and extended well into spring).
In short: The climate is barely changing at all, and certainly isn’t an emergency. To the extent the weather is worse, it is worse to the COLD side as we return to the status prior to The Great Pacific Climate Shift when winds were more gusty, rains heavier, and things were a bit colder. If, as I expect it will, the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) also flips state, then the UK and Europe will have some more rough cold weather (also just like prior decades in that AMO state). Again, not an “Emergency!!!”, just our lovely planet having one of its regular repeating minor changes of cyclical state.
So today Boris Johnson was on his way to see Her Majesty The Queen and to be invested as Prime Minister. A group of Greenpeace Useful Idiots were conned into running into the street to block his motorcade. Police do not take kindly to things that threaten a head of State or Government. They can too easily be used as cover for physical assaults. So here these Village Idiots of the Global Village puts themselves in harms way, puts the new PM in harms way, and generally behave as brats. Why?
For the newest of the new names of “Climate Emergency!!!”. In a “look at me mommy” moment they are showing off their newest fixation in a hazardous way. And just like that child they need to be scolded, told not to run into traffic, and locked in their (new State supplied…) room for a while.
The only “Emergency!!!!” was them running into traffic.
I’d call it a “Jump The Shark” moment, but in my opinion they jumped that shark a long time ago. They, like the Ship Of Fools, are not changing minds with their tantrums and “Look at me Mommy!!” moments; they are just looking the fool.
So from my point of view, the only Climate Emergency I’m facing today is that I’m out of beer and didn’t make any iced tea yesterday. Working in the garden can be thirsty work…