look how we’re treating our birthplace
this is where all of us come from
there is more genetic diversity with Africa than the entire rest of the world combined
and there is less than 1% genetic difference between you and any other single person on the planet right now.
I am 45 and in my lifetime, the population of the planet has more than doubled.
that means a lot more mutation are able to be spread through a population
and what we are witnessing is divergent evolution within the homo sapiens
the biggest polluting industry in the world is actually the airline industry
not only by spreading and dumping fuel, but concentrating it along trade winds and at all altitudes
more than that
it ensures that we are all one plane ride away from ebola or something even worse
because that’s what nature does – test the boundaries
there has already been 6 global mass extinctions of life forms
previously through entirely natural causes
space objects hitting the earth
volcanoes and earthquake with the ocean version tsunamis… (man I remember when we still called them Tidal Waves)
and climate change
the earth heats and cools naturally over it’s lifespan
what is unnatural is human activity
and we contribute nuclear wastes as well as greenhouse gas and ozone depletion –
I mean – does anyone remember acid rain?
industrial regulations work and are needed for a reason
there is wisdom in the ancients and I forget the name of who actually was quoted
but we do not own the earth
we do not inherit it from our fore bearers
we borrow it from our descendants
When I was on the cruise ship to Alaska and it really pains me to admit I went on one.
Because I found most of the experience – the sense of entitlement so appalling, it was all I could do to not throw myself overboard. Especially when the orca whale pod was right there
I went because the Skeptic Society had a conference.
During that conference, I realized that I actually had as much professional credibility as anyone on that stage.
and an almost equal level of knowledge as an amateur hobbyist as they had as professionals.
anyway, the story I wanted to share was being in the bar in the evening.
I was talking to a retired weather man and his wife
He was a climate denier.
because weather people are NOT SCIENTISTS.
they do not understand climate. they understand local conditions and manifestations of what climate factors are rolling through the region
They are in fact entertainers more than anything because their accuracy is pretty sub par at that. There is only a small up to 3 day window of probability.
not predictions. it’s not magic or guessing, but simple statistics and probability.
I wasn’t into getting into conflict. I wanted to have a good time.
so I said
“Oh, the earth will last long enough for you, eh?”
“Yup” he beamed as he puffed up.
Then. His wife hit him.
and screamed “We have grandchildren.”
that’s when I smiled.
because he hadn’t realized that while I was looking and interacting with him.
I was talking to her and she had never heard what I had had to say before.
I thought about an article that I read sometime in 2007.
It was couple’s advice from Japan – about don’t retire and go on a cruise
because couples who don’t spend time together over careers and child rearing
learn that they really have nothing in common and end up divorced.
kinda funny the rebounds, eh?
if this real estate is so special as the birthplace of “peace”
why is everyone so keen on blowing it to pieces?
to make sure any archeological sites are destroyed?
because the ones claimed really have not been confirmed
and the few sites that are, are not as advertised?
like Nazareth was a Roman spa village built in the 3rd century
there’s no evidence for David or Solomon
there were never Jewish slaves in Eygpt
King Herod was a pretty hated and documented king, and he died before the alleged birth
which was never recorded in a Roman census
because the statistical math to do census didn’t exist until King James had it inserted to sell the first government census taking of the population
when you know what we know, and when we learned it
history and the world makes a lot more sense
than when you try to make the world
conform to illogically and internally inconsistent beleif systems
that simply are historically inaccurate
reality has both a science and a liberal bias
because that’s what equalizes people
equitable resource allocation and security – leading to leisure time is the key to social leveling