Global What?

I’ve had people stare at me in openmouthed disbelief, unable to comprehend my stubborn recalcitrance in the face of Pope Al Gore’s dire proclamations of Man’s Deadly Sins against Holy Mother Earth. I’ve been called several choice imprecatory names alluding to my intellectual and moral deficiency for failing to accept the Gospel According to Al as god-breathed scripture. And yet, every so often, someone points out that perhaps all is not quite as dire as all that.

THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. “2007 to be ‘warmest on record,’ ” BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government’s Meteorological Office, the story announced that “the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007,” surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.
Br-r-r! Where did global warming go? – The Boston Globe

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Man is responsible for his own inevitable extinction. Maybe the planet is as bad off as Saint Al preaches. But I just can’t accept that the only viable solution is to regulate every human on the planet, give unprecedented power to politicians, and feel overwhelmingly guilty for the sin of living.
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Disagreement Prohibited

I feel that our current political climate is moving more and more towards homogenisation of thought rather than celebrating diversity. Oh, we SAY we celebrate diversity. But not diversity of thought, belief, value system, et cetera. The stereotypical political/religious right versus the atheistic left versus the religious left versus I-don’t-know-whom. Greedy politicians questing evermore for increasing power wooing narrowminded sheeple that espouse the kneejerk “There oughtta be a law” reaction to anything they dislike that day. The lonely voices of the libertarians and Ron Paul supporters seem like the “voice crying in the wilderness” while the rest of the world demands that the heavy hand of the law suppress all dissent.

Currently in vogue is the notion that global warming is caused by humans, and the only way to prevent imminent global catastrophe is to grant politicians absolute power over what lightbulbs you buy and how much toilet paper you use.

Pity the poor, dissenting scientist who questions the current mindset…

(found on Fark.com; not sure where it came from originally)

“Liberal” thought would allow for meaningful dialogue and respectful disagreement. “Scientific” thought would challenge preconceptions and question everything. Religious, fundamentalist fervor would seek to quash dissent wherever possible, backed by the Power of Law from the self-appointed thought police.