The American Crisis

These are the times that try men’s souls

Is France coming around to our side?

Posted by TP on Friday, October 12, 2007

I hear a different tone in the recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy on relations with the U.S. and its position in the world. Is this Frenchman cut from a different cloth? One that is resolved to the reality that France is not the most important country in the world, that English-not French- is the the most widely spoken language in the history of the world, that it was in fact the “ketchup and hot dog” loving Americans that saved them and their croissants from WWI, WWII, WWIII (a.k.a., the “cold” war) and South East Asia (yes, we actually got our start in Vietnam at their “invitation” to rescue over 5,000 French soldiers)? Or should we finally learn from our own history and resolve ourselves to be weary of flowery advances from foreign politicians and home grown courtesans, alike- regardless of how enticing it seams.


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An Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming

Posted by TP on Friday, October 12, 2007

Conventional thinking on recent ice ages – based on as they say “fossil evidence” – says that continent size ice sheets advance and retreat on 40,000- and 100,000-year time scales. Imagine, just some 18,000 years ago (a nanosecond in geological time) an ice sheet over a mile thick covered Manhattan Island. To visualize that, imagine that four Empire State Buildings stacked one on top of the other would still be covered in ice. So much water was held in ice at that time that it is estimated that global sea levels dropped by over 350 feet! To visualize that, stand on any beach on a clear day look out towards the sea as far as the horizon – that’s about 28 miles. You would need to see an additional 40 miles out to see the ocean!

That last glacial period ended about ten thousand years ago. World temperatures then increased so much that by 6000 years ago, lions roamed as far north as Northern Europe and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota resembled the dry hot savanna of today’s east Africa. Now that’s global warming!

As far as I know, loins today make their home in Africa not Europe, and Wisconsin is home to the holy Mecca of the National Football League, also know as “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field”. Since the worse ecological damage humans could do 10,000 years ago, say start a forest fire, could not heat the planet, the real inconvenient truth about climate change is that it will happen regardless of what anyone (or everyone) does. Climate change is as inevitable as old age. A wise man plans for the coming of his old age, rather than believing he can avoid it by buying the latest cure-all from some pan-handling preacher.

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Turkey re-elects governing party

Posted by TP on Monday, July 23, 2007

Supporters of Turkey’s governing AK Party are celebrating after the country’s prime minister claimed a comprehensive general election victory.

After 80+ years of moving its society “westerly” towards Europe and at least a decade of extending its solidly secular hand to the EU; only to be rejected by the EU’s short-sighted and provincial ruling class, Turkey is now clearly on an “easterly” path. If I may borrow from the New Testament – “forgive them father, for they (EU in general; France specifically) know not what they do”. You reap what you sow – prepare yourselves.

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