The Age of Stupid

Had a chance to watch the doc ‘The Age of Stupid’…kind of plays into my last blog on Capitalism (except this show is about Global Warming – but it’s sooooo cause and effect).

The issue of global warming is really something that doesn’t get much attention where I live – in that it never makes the news. However it is getting quite clear the weather patterns are being affected by this phenomenon – 99% of scientists are pretty sure about this ‘warming’ (which is enough to convince me).

I also have been watching the weather patterns locally and in the last 10 years weather has been changing that I have also observed. This year has been pretty poignant to be honest. Locally we had snow fall before the leaves on the tree’s fell (Fall is disappearing). Then in Spring, the snow melted in 2-3 days with some crazy +20 temperatures (we seem to be losing Spring as well). This followed by a month and 1/2 of cloudy days (in the sunniest places in Canada). Then to top it off, we had 9 places flood in approximately a month and a level 3 tornado rip through (which is odd since we haven’t had a tornado of that calibre in some 90 years). Needless to say, the average person can see something is changing.

The Age of Stupid talks clearly about this weather phenomenon and stuff like floods and extreme weather (even the mixing up of the 4 seasons). Most of this falls at the feet of the energy crisis and the problems it is playing, mainly in the last 50 years or so. The rush for oil also seems like the rush for our own demise. I guess, like the show, I find that sad since we knew we could change things and decided to sit back. One man from New Orleans called it the ‘Age of Ignorance’…but I think it’s just an age of ‘Greed’ (where money means more than humanity’s safety).

60% of people don’t think global warming is real, can’t blame them, not like the news media is giving this problem much press. People in this age are quite enthralled by the TV and what it has to say – from news to advertising – humanity in the West is taking it’s cues from propaganda and not what they can observe and study (it’s pretty easy to watch tv than it is to read a book). But this is sad to because when that 60% wake up this earth will have been ravaged by the weather patterns.

I personally think we won’t wake up and address this problem on any mass scale. We’ll slowly march to our own demise as a planet as we pretend to think our luxurious lifestyles didn’t come with a ‘price’. This all seems so Tanakh prophetic to me for some reason, like we can forecast our own doom, warn people of their ignorance, they still don’t care, and the masses pay for the ignorance. Except this time, for the first time in history, this actually is global. So the prophecy is for everyone, not a select group of people.

‘Heed the words of the those making the claims about this planet moving in an irreversible direction or prepare for your generation and the one’s after you to be punished’

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6 thoughts on “The Age of Stupid

  1. Nat Geo has a great doc on the Gulf oil spill. It puts a face on the tragedy that I (surprise)had missed up until now. How can we continue to drill in the Gulf (or anywhere else underwater, and not understand the consequences…and here I sit less than a thousand miles from where the Deepwater Horizon went down.

  2. Anecdotal evidence that you consider “poignant to be honest” is utterly meaningless. First, it is largely subjective. Second, for every place you find what you consider unusual warmth you can find some place else with unusual coolness. But that, of course, has been the case since the Creation of the planet. The evidence that this is so is how those who are living in abject fear have changed the terms from global warming to climate change. That kind of change has not been lost on the masses.

    The greed you criticize has given man the longest and healthiest lives the planet has known since the days of the patriarchs.

    It really is impossible with the technology have today (and may ever have, really, especially if the anti-technology, anti-capitalist crowd gets its way!) to measure the temperature of the planet. Some have tried, often thru fraudulent means to do so. You can’t move thermometers closer to parking lots and building heating units and claim that the temperature has gone up.

    The most serious exaggeration is the claim that our planet is about to meet its demise. It is exactly that kind of rhetoric that causes half the 60% of skeptics to not even listen to you.

  3. “But that, of course, has been the case since the Creation of the planet” (David)

    Oh sure it cools and warms, I have seen 35 years of that on this planet and I agree with that. However, it is getting hotter whether you would like to believe that or not, these scientists are not lying…how would one lie about the massive rate of melting glaciers around the planet?

    “The greed you criticize has given man the longest and healthiest lives the planet has known since the days of the patriarchs” (David)

    That’s true David, but also the most meaningless life on the planet. What the rate of depression these days in the America’s as compared to – well 50 years ago? Also the most unhealthiest lives on the planet…anyone checking diabetes and obesity statistics lately?

    Top that off, the food we eat, the plastic we use, and the pollution we give off is ruining the planet…in case you haven’t noticed. Humans are getting some pretty exotic diseases via the birth systems because of many of the chemicals we now use seeping into that process. You may not believe global warming is happening (it is by the way), environmentally were still destructive and wiping out forests for the lives we have.

    “You can’t move thermometers closer to parking lots and building heating units and claim that the temperature has gone up” (David)

    But is it not true in and of itself? Doesn’t this mean the water run off has less places to seep to ‘cool’ the surrounding areas with just cement and asphalt?

    As for global warming, 99% of scientists believe the statstics are pointing clearly in that direction. You can disbelieve me all you want – but shouldn’t you at least check over their work as well? Look at the glaciers and even Greenland, how do you account for the massive loss of that land if it isn’t getting warmer?

    “The most serious exaggeration is the claim that our planet is about to meet its demise. It is exactly that kind of rhetoric that causes half the 60% of skeptics to not even listen to you.” (David)

    It’s a ‘forecast’, it’s all preventable. But even if you don’t believe it it will still happen…belief has nothing to do with actual facts. So I guess those 60% can bury their heads in the sand and ‘pretend’ this isn’t going to change the very framework of the planet…or we can actually look at those facts and make changes to help the environment – which is for the good anyways (regardless of global warming – ie: cutting pollution).

  4. “The issue of global warming is really something that doesn’t get much attention where I live” and “…not like the news media is giving this problem much press”

    Jason, here in San Francisco it’s all you hear 24/7. Everything there is is “green” this and save the planet that. Everything. Even whether you want paper or plastic bags at the grocery store is a hot enviro topic on the news constantly with billions of new city ordinances being passed every day by cities all over the Bay Area. You’re looked at as Adolph Hitler if you don’t bring your own shopping bags to some stores. And it’s all big business. Green is green, the latest cash cow. Huge corporations that put the word “green” into their products just to look good, etc. I’ve seen so many things tied to saving the planet from global warming that were complete nonsense. “Save the planet by buying OUR brand.” It’s definitely an indoctrination issue with very little to no real science whatsoever to back up their claims.

    I’m not addressing the issue of whether global warming is real or whether it is human caused, just that where I live it’s close to being a religion.

  5. “I’m not addressing the issue of whether global warming is real or whether it is human caused, just that where I live it’s close to being a religion.” (Steve)

    I don’t realy feel bad, I wish it more like that where I live. I think the environment is very important and it is what has helped to sustain us (humans) all these years we have been here…it seems like in this age of consumerism we don’t care as much about us we need to (globally). At some point all the damage we are doing to the environment has to have some reprecussion (outcome).

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