Monday, October 28, 2013

Invalid Arguments: Climate Change




From the video: There are only a few topics that seem less obvious but more hotly debated than climate change. It's here, it's happening, it's caused by humanity, and it is one of the largest problems humanity will ever face. But I believe we will face it, and we'll face it with the desperate ingenuity and bravado with which we have faced our entire history on this planet. And we will survive it, as long as we can finally freaking agree that "it" isn't a conspiracy theory made up to annoy the rich and powerful.

So, as I know this is a hotly debated subject, this video has sources...

CO2 greatly amplifies warming after it is initiated:http://www.skepticalscience.com/co2-l...

After 1975 there was little connection between solar activity and the earth's temperature: http://www.mps.mpg.de/dokumente/publi...

Indeed, if it were the sun, we should be cooling:http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.or...

Detailed look at how the urban heat island affect is removed from climate science data: http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs/2001/2...

Satellite measurements show warming trends as well as surface measurements: http://www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/...

Ice core reconstructions show the same thing:http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/global...

The earth is not cooling: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2011...

The myth of the 70's Cooling Consensus:http://ams.confex.com/ams/pdfpapers/1...

Loss of Antarctic Land Ice: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.122...

Melting land ice results in increase in sea ice:http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v6...

For a great resource on this stuff: http://www.skepticalscience.com/
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    Sunday, September 15, 2013

    Atheists shouldn't have rights according to Fox News



    Many of these conservative christians on  seem to be delusional enough to think we live in a theocracy (like Iran). We don't. America is a  nation, at least according to the constitution and Founding Fathers. 

    Another thing that grinds my gears is how conservative christians try to turn things around to make themselves look like the victims here. I guess secular, atheist, non-religious, and non-christian folks are "attacking" them by asking to be treated equally. What kind of a delusional, twisted world do these christian right wingers live in?

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    The United States is the only country that has ZERO guaranteed vacation days



    The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has updated their study of paid vacation and holiday time in developed countries around the world. The United States is the only country in the group that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time.

    Fun facts:
    •1 in 4 private-sector workers in the US do not receive any paid vacation or paid holidays
    •28 million Americans don’t get a vacation
    •The average paid vacation + paid holidays provided to U.S. workers in the private sector is less than the minimum required by law in nearly every other rich country
    •Only 69% of low wage workers have vacation
    •Only 36% of part time workers have any paid vacation

    Has it become apparent yet to my fellow Americans that we are getting screwed here? The Corporate Oligarchy and their conservative boot lickers constantly try to keep people poor, hungry, and desperate because they know that's the key to forcing people to work longer, harder, and faster for less.

    Corporate profits are at an all time high. Productivity of workers is at record highs. Wages for the vast majority of Americans have fallen. The Republicans are literally trying to kill the last remnants of unions, end Over-Time pay, outsource more jobs, and deregulate even further in an attack on working folks.

    Average number of vacation days offered
    Italy 42 days
    France 37 days
    Germany 35 days
    Brazil 34 days
    United Kingdom 28 days
    Canada 26 days
    Korea 25 days
    Japan 25 days
    U.S. 13 days

    Percentage of people that actually use the full amount of vacation time offered
    France: 89 %
    Argentina: 80 %
    Hungary: 78 %
    Britain: 77 %
    Saudi Arabia: 76 %
    Germany: 75 %
    Turkey: 74 %
    Indonesia: 70 %
    Mexico: 67 %
    Italy 66 %
    China: 65 %
    Sweden: 63 %
    Brazil: 59 %
    India: 59 %
    Canada: 58 %
    United States: 57 %

    SOURCES
    CEPR article and Acrobat link to study (pdf format)

    Articles I wrote on the subject in 2011:
    America: No Vacation Time For You 
    Message From Corporate America: Work Longer, Harder, Faster 



    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Conservative Cognitive Dissonance


    Following Obama's second Inaugural speech, the Republican response demonstrated that they only hear what they think they want to hear, and not the actual words said. This is a form of cognitive dissonance, and it is endemic with conservatives.

    Saturday, January 5, 2013