Wednesday, August 3, 2022

HEAT WAVES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 


 

We are experiencing unprecedented heat waves throughout most of the northern hemisphere.  The ten hottest years ever recorded in Maine have occurred over the past twelve years.    Heat waves in Europe have caused massive deaths and infrastructure failures. 

 

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the world climate temperature has increased by two degrees.  

 

It is hard to understand how a two-degree increase in temperature can cause such climate extremes.  Even knowing that that two-degree increase is an average of temperatures across the globe, it is not until we realize that during the Ice Age when most of the northern hemisphere was covered by glaciers, the global temperature average was just eight degrees cooler than at the advent of the industrial revolution.    

 

Small changes in global average temperature can cause massive changes in the climate.  

 

Adding to the problem, arctic ice is melting at an unprecedented rate, uncovering tundra that has been buried for thousands of years.   This tundra is releasing carbon dioxide which further adds to global warming.   

 

Even decreasing carbon emissions now can only slow down the slide into a future climate that is unknowable in its relation to human habitability.

 

 


I often defer to Neil de Grasse Tyson when trying to understand difficult science concepts.




Stay cool

the Ol'Buzzard

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

LOOK AT THE BIRD

 


The trump minions have been sitting on the front row in the revival tent and emptying their purses when the plate is passed around.   Like turkeys supporting Thanksgiving, they are blindly supporting a Republican Party that does nothing for them.

 

The Republican party is a one-horse party that increase wealth for the wealthy by passing tax cuts and passing laws to benefit mega-businesses.

 

Republican politicians dupe their rubes with a continual bird hunt.

Look at the bird!  Libs are coming for your guns (they lower individual taxes which primarily effect the rich.) 

 Look at the bird!  Libs are going to turn your children queer (they lower taxes on investment income.) 

Look at the bird!  Libs are killing unborn children (they cut corporate taxes.) 

Look at the bird!  Non-whites are taking over this country.  (They cut environmental regulations to benefit coal and oil companies.)

Look at the bird!  Libs hate Christmas. (They oppose all social programs benefiting the middle and lower-income families to pay for more tax cuts.)

 

 

 


 the Ol'Buzzard

 

Saturday, July 16, 2022

FEMALE HYSTERIA

 

There was a time, not long ago, that hysteria was the medical diagnoses for most female physical and emotional problems: postpartum depression, PMS, headaches, discontent, anger, insomnia, shortness of breath, pains and discomforts…  

The diagnosis of Hysteria for female illnesses was not discontinued by the medical profession until 1952.

 

A must-see movie – Hysteria




A comedy - Rated R (which means if you are too fucking fragile to watch adult content - switch over to the Disney channel.)

the Ol'Buzzard

Saturday, July 9, 2022

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

 





 

 

Bipartisan gun bill – bullshit.   This is not a win.  It is an appeasement.

 

If military assault semi-automatic weapons and extended clips were not legal there would be no mass shootings. 

 

Other countries have citizens with mental health problems, but they don’t have mass gun casualties like the United States; because their citizens don’t have access to military weapons designed to inflict mass casualties in a combat situation. 

 

Children massacred in schools, people killed at concerts, people mowed down at parades…   This is not the result of mental health issues, not about red flag laws, not about background checks.   It is because of the availability of military assault weapons  

 

 


 designed to deliberately and violently kill a large number of people - including children.




the Ol'Buzzard

 

 


Friday, June 24, 2022

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGH IT COULDN’T GET ANY CRAZIER!

 









 

Supreme Court says New York gun law is too restrictive and that every American has the right to carry a hand gun outside their home for self-defense.

 

The inmates have truly taken over the asylum.

the Ol’Buzzard 







Thursday, June 23, 2022

LET TEXAS SECEDE

 





In the Texas GOP convention’s platform, they included secession from the United States.  Why not? 


Texas receives far more federal aid and moneys than they pay in taxes, so if Texas were to secede it would decrease our Federal Deficit.

  

 Since Texans would no longer be citizens of the United States we could stop all Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid payments; cease all financial programs and aid, and all U.S. government support.

 

We could finally justify a wall along our southern border, and require visas for all Texas nationals wanting to enter our country.

 

We could place tariffs on all goods coming out of Texas and all goods entering Texas – again a windfall for our deficit spending. 

 

We could encourage Donald Trump to run for President of Texas, and be rid of a major threat to our democracy. 





 

We could do a one-time payment for resettlement for all MAGA people wishing to become Texas nationals. 

 

I don’t see any downside.

 

GO TEXAS SECESSION

the Ol’Buzzard

 


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

UNITED STATES SELL-BY DATE: NOVEMBER 8, 2022

 



I find this a particularly hard time to blog.  The MAGA world has brought violence and intimidation into the political processes to an extent not seen since the Civil War; and the Supreme Court is moving the country toward the fundamental Christian far-right.  I fear I am seeing this country, its stability I have always taken for granted, move toward becoming a fascist theocracy.

 

(Fascism: a form of far-right authoritarian, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, exultation of nation and race above the individual, with a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader.)

 

This country has a history of good things and terrible things, but it has always strived toward a vision of democracy outlined in our Constitution.

 

I spent 22 years in the military.  When deployed among other nation’s troops I was always proud of the display of the Stars and Stripes – the symbol of our country.

 

But that was in the past.  Now when I see our flag its connotation is insurrection, rebellion and fanatical cult allegiance to a monumental con-man and would be dictator.   To me, the American flag has now become the symbol of the destruction of the democratic government that I have lived under for over eighty years.

 

Perhaps this country is past its sell-by date. 

 

the Ol’Buzzard