November 08, 2007

It's a Crisis!

A while back I donated to Mercy Corps for their disaster relief efforts. I had heard on the interwebs that they were a reliable charity which got most of the funds they raised to the needy. I haven't been able to afford to "give" lately, but I tolerated their email and mail requests for donations on the chance that I might be able to help out again sometime.

Today I received an email entitled "Confronting a Changing Climate" which included the lefty religious buzzwords "global warming" "carbon footprint" and "sustainable ways" that set off all my alarm bells.

Among the questions they seek to answer: how people in Niger are adapting to desertification, how deforestation affects families in Liberia, and how rising sea levels will impact Indonesia's 12-million-person capital. Their forthcoming reports will inform Mercy Corps' work as we help communities adapt to the predicted effects of global warming.

Run! Run! We're all going to die!

I can't believe that they are not aware that the earth's climate has been changing for millions of years. (Hey, maybe for billions--I wasn't here) Only two decades ago the hysterics were screaming about global cooling--Run! Run! We're all going to die!

I emailed Mercy Corps asking if humans had created the Great Lakes, the Sahara Desert , the Mojave Desert...and to take me off their mailing list because they were never getting another penny from me (especially when I get some pennies) ever again.

So, this has been a public service announcement, in case any of my readers believed, as I did, that Mercy Corps was a reputable charity with its feet firmly on the ground. Bzzzzt! Wrong! Religious whackos, folks. You heard it here first...

Posted by Susie at November 8, 2007 07:17 PM | TrackBack

It's a great way to describe them: religious wackos.

Posted by: sarahk at November 8, 2007 11:08 PM

That's how they act: it you don't accept the "dogma" of global warming, you're a heretic!

Posted by: Susie at November 9, 2007 08:41 AM

Couple of questions:

1) What's "lefty" or "religious" about climate change?

2) How come you Americans are so macho about global warming when you get hysterical about just about everything else?

"Run! Run! We're all going to die!" indeed.

Posted by: David at November 9, 2007 11:53 AM

First, Mercy Corps is not a religous organization, yes it started as one but now operates indepentent of religion or politics. And yes, the earth's tempurature does rise and fall but at no time in the earth's history has the temperature risen so high so quickly and the big difference now versus billions of years ago...humans.

Posted by: Carl Clarkson at November 9, 2007 01:38 PM

Hi David! It's not the climate change that's lefty or religious--climate change is a normal phenomenon for our planet. It's the tendency of the left (who act as if global warming is not a theory but a dogma) to consider non-believers to be heretics that makes this a "religious" issue. I think Al Gore is the religion's pope...
Let me think about your second point--I'm not sure I understand it.

Carl, it's Mercy Corps' acceptance of the "dogma" that makes them religious. And I'd like to see some proof about your temperature assertion...

Posted by: Susie at November 9, 2007 03:43 PM

Yeah, it's sad when this happens. It made me think of how we used to be regular subscribers to National Geographic - my husband just loved the articles and the maps and all that... then they started injecting politics into everything - the problems of countries were blamed on the US - global warming was decimating other countries and was the fault of the US... yada, yada, yada.

Now we get Popular Mechanics - cool articles - no politics. Sadly they don't do maps, but it's a small thing to give up. Heh.

Posted by: Teresa at November 9, 2007 04:37 PM second point:

Americans (to this jaundiced old European eye) seem to be, well, just a bunch of pussies. Any sort of terrorist shit you seem to run around with your ass on fire.

But, hey, global warming - gonna fuck our ass, but, hell, bring it on...

Explain it to me.

Posted by: David at November 9, 2007 06:38 PM

David, so when the twin towers came down, and instead of saying "Oh, you poor, misunderstood terrorists, we're so sorry you had to go to all the trouble of blowing us up," we invaded Afghanistan and kicked the Taliban's butt---that indicates we're pussies? What should we have done? Nuked Mecca? If my neighbor's dog bites me, I don't kick his cat...

As for "global warming": there is a percentage of the American population that has fallen for the alarmist preachings of the harbingers of doom, but a lot of us are too sensible to fooled by the their propaganda--especially since we have accepted our demise by global cooling, as was taught to us not so long ago... Just be patient, and in a decade or so everyone will be worried about the earth's core overheating or the sun imploding.

Posted by: Susie at November 10, 2007 12:30 AM

David, the "Global Warming" camp has been hyped to death, so let's get a little less offensive about other people's opinions. I have little sympathy for the plight of the overpopulated "developing nations" - another trendy lefty term - who are pouring money into their leaders Swiss bank accounts while their populace explodes, stripping forests and burning wood for cooking. America is not the worlds biggest polluter, Chinand India are by a very long way, but, because they have such huge populations to divide the "Carbon Footprint" (Another myth!)between, they appear to be lower polluters than Australia.

I have a number of books on my shelf arguing either for global warming or global cooling - it all depend on which computer model the writer has used and most of this is about getting their hands on research funds.

Suzie is right, the climate is changing, it is a natural phenomenon and the climate has warmed - and cooled - far more rapidly in the past. Britain was up to five degrees warmer in the period of the Roman invasion and occupation than it is now! Also the sediment records now being brought up from the Pacific floor prove that, but it isn't convenient to the Church of Global Catastrophe to admit it.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at November 11, 2007 11:18 AM

"If my neighbor's dog bites me, I don't kick his cat.."

Susie, that's exactly what you did - you invaded Iraq, which had about as much to do with the September 11th debacle as I did.

Iraq was seen as a soft target to win some kudos for your little monkey president, and our little chimp prime minister.

That it went so horribly wrong is a surprise to nobody except the morons who "planned" it. That we were unable to prevent it should be a cause of shame to us all.

There now seems to be some kind of consensus that "we" should attack Iran. The arguments in favour are about as convincing as the WMD nonsense from a few years back.

I know it's simplistic, but here's what the rest of the world thinks about you people. Stay home. Mind your own business. Seal your borders. Stay safe. Shut up. And stop being the greatest force for mindless evil since the Third Reich.

Posted by: David at November 11, 2007 05:47 PM

David, are you now saying that Americans aren't pussies?

I'm disappointed that you have pulled the typical liberal cop-out of changing the subject rather than continuing the discussion. But, on your new subject, your remarks seem to indicate that you believe that Sadaam Hussein was a great guy, and his little personal character flaw of torturing to death or mass-exterminating his countrymen while offering Al Qaeda a safe haven should have been overlooked...

P.S. Have you ever heard of Godwin's Law?

P.P.S. Iraq has only gone "horribly wrong" for Osama and his Islamofascist Dancing Boys. Last I heard, it was becoming a stable Democracy.

P.P.P.S. First we shot the dog that bit us, then we kicked the cat...

Posted by: Susie at November 11, 2007 07:44 PM