Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Databases Galore - 9

This graph I made shows monthly and "seasonal" temperatures for the Southern Hemisphere from 1880 to this year, 2014, so far.

There is not a lot of variation from the upward trend no matter whether you consider individual months or seasonal sections such as "DJF" (December, January, February),  "MAM" (March, April, May),  "JJA" (June, July, August), or "SON" (September, October, November).

If you want to graph it yourself, the data is here.
I can see the forest from my house.

The graph to the right is the same, only I added a red line so the trend is more clear.

The thing I wish we could all focus on is the forest.

Rather than a tree or two, so I put all these monthly, seasonal, and annual temperature tracking points together to specifically show the forest.

The red-line trend is the forest, the ups and downs are a tree or two that do not dispute nor disprove the clear trend.

The forest is on fire in most places and getting hotter everywhere else.

BTW, I switched to Java from C++ on the netCDF files because the Java libraries are better.

That slowed me down in the sense of the time taken to "rewrite" the previous C++ code.

The software under development, now, processes many files at once (hundreds if there are that many in the target directory).

I want to tie that in to a google-Earth type environment, like some of the other applications out there, and make it available for free via a download under the Open Software License thingy.

Anyway, Happy Trails to you!

The previous post in this series is here.

A few minutes of Yardbirds ...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Civilization Not Busy Being Born is Busy Dying

The art of ice
One has to wonder how so many people saw civilization as a danger to the planet Earth.

How they saw that it was a danger to all life forms.

How they saw that the danger applied to the human species too.

It is not as difficult for "the many" who see that today even though the other "the many" do not see it.

Do you get miffed if people do not want to die the way you have heard is the proper way to die even though "nothing is certain except death and taxes" according to those possessed of the impulse to determine which is which?

Is death a tax or is a tax a death in the world of what you call life?

That debate is the basic McTell News rap of the past Ad Nauseum section of the current Anthropocene.

As regular readers know, I am fascinated with the prescience of those who see long into the future:
One would say that [man] is destined to exterminate himself after having rendered the globe uninhabitable.” - Lamarck (1817)

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now — and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive ..." - Jesus Christ (Matt. 24)

"Mayr, from the point of view of a biologist, argued that it's very unlikely that we'll find any [extraterrestrial intelligence]. And his reason was, he said, we have exactly one example: Earth. So let's take a look at Earth. And what he basically argued is that intelligence is a kind of lethal mutation ... you're just not going to find intelligent life elsewhere, and you probably won't find it here for very long either because it's just a lethal mutation" - Dr. Noam Chomsky paraphrasing Dr. Ernst Mayr

Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
(On The Origin of the Crusader Pathogen - 2). Some do the same thing as an art form which includes more abstraction:
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',

... the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,

Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',

Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',

Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',

Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,

Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',

I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,

Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,

Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard,

And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
(Office of the Prescient of the U.S.). That even though there are those who argue that no one can see into the future.


Civilization in the form of society habitually dies because of that myth, time and time again:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown." - A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee
(The Deceit Business - 3). The historians are loved as long as they flatter civilization but fall into the darkness when they do not.

Soon enough thereafter the society follows them into the darkness.

A Hard Rain ...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Obola: Art Thou Dying Properly?

Skull Creep
Some of our cultural amygdala zones are acting up.

And I do mean acting.

Once again McTell News is majoring in the minors.

The halloweenies are all over "Obama's Ebola epidemic" in Dallas, Texas, where as many as two people have died (ok, I exaggerated by one) due to a virus infection, because Obama went golfing.

The part of our collective media brain, the scared-of-Africa the cultural amygdala, is on center stage as usual.

This even though the flu will kill ~41,400 people soon, as it did last year and the year before that:
Influenza is an important cause of mortality ... authors have extracted multiple-cause death data from public-use data files for the United States  ... attribution of deaths to influenza ... attributes an annual average of 41,400 ... deaths to influenza over the period 1979–2001.
(American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 163, Issue 2, emphasis added). Just think of the potential there ... oh never mind ... Obama's Instant Ebola Karma, which "he brought here from Kenya,"  is out to get us.

The leading causes of death, each year, in the U.S. are:
  • Heart disease: 596,577
  • Cancer: 576,691
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,932
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 126,438
  • Alzheimer's disease: 84,974
  • Diabetes: 73,831
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,826
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,591
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 39,518
(CDC). That is 1,869,321 per year (over 5,100 a day), so obviously "Obama Ebola" is underperforming since Obola only killed one person in Texas, because "they" are not worthy.

So we have to pass more voter id laws (Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science - 6) to stop Obola.

If Obama could "do better" (more than only 1 "mass" Obola death), the dorkatroids surmise, "we" could do better in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, Oil-Qaeda is doing much better, having graduated from universities down south in the slicks of Oilandia:
It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.
"A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade," the report said.
(Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment). And then there are the high flying avionics of medical exceptionalism:
If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday ... 365 days a year ... year after year ... would you be concerned about flying??

Would you question the Federal Aviation Administration? Would you demand answers??

Think about it! ...Sounds Ridiculous??!! ... people maimed and disabled every year ... year after year from modern medicine ... would you believe it??

Well these may be my words ... but read the following articles from the most respected medical journals and institutions (Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control, British medical journal The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and national news (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, US World Report) and you be the judge ... the more frightening number is that doctors are the third leading cause of death in this country, killing nearly a quarter million people a year.
(Your Medical Detective, emphasis added). If you ask me why the numbers seem not to add up (in the context of iatrogenic causes), I would suspect that doctors do not put "I did it" on the death certificates.

Let's face it, the real problem is that "Obama's Ebola" makes people die improperly.

Die the American way, it's exceptional.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science - 6

This scares white racism sufferers
In this series we have been looking at the science which concerns racial impairment in the United States (see references @ Symbolic Racism: A Look At The Science - 3).

There are many things Americans do not know about their country.

One of those things many of us are ignorant about is the degree of racism.

A new study has been published to focus on how symbolic racism impacts our concept of democracy as well as our concept of our national character.

That study shows how symbolic racism affects one of our fundamental concepts about rights of Americans.

We talk the talk about "the right to vote" in elections, but there are growing concerns about whether or not we walk the walk:
A newly published study conducted by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication reveals that seeing a photograph of African Americans using voting machines affected how white respondents answered a survey question about voter ID laws. White survey respondents who saw this image expressed stronger support for voter ID laws than those who saw no image. Seeing an image of white Americans using voting machines did not affect white respondents’ support.
(Nationwide Study: Racial Images Shape Opinion on Voter ID Laws, PDF). Symbolic racism is animated by subconscious circuits in our brains which have been cultivated there by our culture (Hypothesis: The Cultural Amygdala, 2, 3, 4).

I recently pointed out how the current epidemic of voter id laws in various states is the result of an infection of fear-based memes (We Got Your Voter Id Fascist Republicans - 2).

It would seem that cultural ignorance (Agnotology: The Surge, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) works like a trance (Comparing a Group-Mind Trance to a Cultural Amygdala) which causes wide spread dementia (Etiology of Social Dementia, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

This is not the way we put an end to inequality and injustice, rather, it is the way we put an end to civilization itself (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4).

The previous post in this series is here.