Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Damaged Global Climate System - 2

Dr. James Hansen Arrested for Caring
The Dredd Blog System has continually detailed the history of oil pollution of the air, water, land, and health of the Earth and life on it.

Regular readers know that we have even gone way back to the roots of the nation.

In so doing we have taken a look at both the original history of our national cultural amygdala as well as the revisionist history that still plagues our culture as much as it ever did.

Another book I found out about, and will share with you, details how the ancient tobacco industry was involved and how they even inspired the resort to slavery, one of our original moral failures:
Now comes “The Barbarous Years,” the next installment. It circles back to a period that most Americans don’t hear much about in school: the chaotic decades from the establishment of Jamestown (England’s first permanent colony in the Americas) in 1607 up to King Philip’s War (the vicious conflict that effectively expelled Indians from New England) in 1675-76. Bailyn’s goal is to show how a jumble of migrants, “low and high born,” sought “to recreate, if not to improve, in this remote and, to them, barbarous environment, the life they had known before.” As the title indicates, the story is as grim as it is fascinating: a group portrait in tones of greed, desperation and brutality. In recent years conservative writers dismayed by historical revisionism have flooded stores with books extolling the character and sagacity of America’s founders. “The Barbarous Years” is not one of them.

Death was everywhere,” Bailyn writes of Jamestown. The colony was a commercial enterprise, started by the Virginia Company with the sort of careful financial evaluation that in the more recent past was the hallmark of the dot-com boom.

English people kept coming anyway, lured by a discovery that the Crown and company hated: tobacco. Hip, fun, disdained by stuffy authorities and wildly addictive, the smoking weed was an ideal consumer product. Thousands of migrants were willing to risk death for the chance to cash in on England’s squadrons of new nicotine junkies. The Chesapeake Bay became a barely governed swarm of semi-independent tobacco fiefs, owned by families, operated by squads of indentured servants, all squabbling with one another, Protestants against Catholics, English against other Europeans, everyone against Indians.
(A History of Oil Addiction - 4). The use of slaves on tobacco plantations began circa 1619, but did not supplant indentured servants until circa 1700 (see Wikipedia, Tobacco Colonies).

As it turns out in the modern history of the tobacco-drug peddlers, they were watched closely by the oil-drug peddlers, so as to learn how to keep their share of addicts in their cages.

The 2007 video of a University of California professor's lecture maps out the modern machinations of these drug lords (The Exceptional American Denial).

That video details the more modern history of denial of various murderous, mass killing, polluting events, even as it details the history of the discovery of global warming induced climate change.

Interestingly, that lecture also indicts the mass media (McTell News) as enablers of mass murder, because they did not stand up to the peddlers as they should have.

Other sources also indict the mass media for their failure:
“The industry’s position was that there was no ‘proof’ that tobacco was bad, and they fostered that position by manufacturing a ‘debate,’ convincing [intimidating with threats] the mass media that responsible journalists had an obligation to present ‘both sides’ of it.” Using a handful of scientists as their expert witnesses, the major tobacco companies also denied the science linking cigarette smoking and cancer and claimed that anti-tobacco findings were driven by a political agenda. Using publicity outfits, think tanks, and those “objective” scientists in their pay or thrall, they put their money where their mouths were and financed a massive campaign of what, in retrospect, can only be called disinformation on the effects of tobacco smoking on human health. In this way, they created the doubt and debate they wanted, successfully postponing a reckoning for their industry for years.
(What's Big Energy Smoking?, emphasis added). Thus, as it turned out the modern-era denial tactics began with Big Tobacco hiring a few wayward scientists, as they once had done with indentured servants and slaves, which was then closely followed by Big Oil using the same deception in denial of climate change.

The few modern scientists who became lackeys were paid a king's ransom to develop the original modern deceptive practices which continued to bring lung-cancer death to many of their fellow Americans.

Now, as that video shows, the same deceptive tobacco rap is being used by Oil-Qaeda to continue to engineer what will eventually become the largest mass-murder events in human history (MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact).

Meanwhile, CO2 levels have reached 400 ppm. in the Northern Hemisphere:
Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.
(CO2 Topped 400 PPM In April, emphasis added). Like the tobacco companies, the murderous lies of Oil-Qaeda will be found out, because the ocean is also giving us historical experiences:
On May 22nd, 2014, global sea surface temperature anomalies spiked to an amazing +1.25 degrees Celsius [2.25° F] above the, already warmer than normal, 1979 to 2000 average. This departure is about 1.7 degrees C [3.06° F] above 1880 levels — an extraordinary reading that signals the world may well be entering a rapid warming phase.
(Ocean Temperature Rises). In addition to that, permafrost temperature monitoring shows an increase in the active top layer, along with ongoing temperature increases meters below ground:
The most direct indicators of changes in permafrost state are temperature and active layer thickness (ALT). Permafrost is ground that remains frozen for two or more years. The active layer is the top layer of soil and/or rock that thaws during the summer and freezes again during the fall. Permafrost temperature at a depth where seasonal temperature variations cease to occur can be used as an indicator of long-term change. This depth varies from a few meters in warm, ice-rich permafrost to 20 m [65.6 ft.] and more in cold permafrost and in bedrock (Smith et al. 2010, Romanovsky et al. 2010a). Where continuous, year-round temperature measurements are available, the mean annual ground temperature (MAGT) at any depth within the upper 15 m [49.2 ft.] of permafrost can be used as a measure of permafrost change. Such measurements can be obtained from boreholes, which now number ~600.
In 2013, new record high temperatures at 20 m [65.6 ft.] depth were measured at some permafrost observatories on the North Slope of Alaska and in the Brooks Range ... where measurements began in the late 1970s and early 1980s ... Canada: In 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), temperatures in the upper 25 m [82 ft.] of ground at Alert, northernmost Ellesmere Island, were the highest since measurements began in 1978 ... At a depth of 15 m [49.2 ft.] in borehole BH5, temperature has increased by ~ +1.5°C [2.7° F] per decade since 2000, which is about +1°C [1.8° F] higher than the rate for the entire record ... Even at a depth of 24 m [78.7 ft.], temperature has increased since 2000 at a rate approaching +1°C [1.8° F] per decade ... Note that the rate of warming at Alert is greater than on the North Slope of Alaska.
(Permafrost Report , cf. Alaska Report, News - Permafrost). The mass news media in the U.S. is still doing little to help the situation, choosing to bury its head in the sand rather than put the blame on Oil-Qaeda where it belongs.

So, be sure to let your local news folk know that they are enablers of the mass murder that is here already --while even worse events are still approaching.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.


  1. "On May 22nd, 2014, global sea surface temperature anomalies spiked to an amazing +1.25 degrees Celsius above..."

    The older I get, the worse my birthday presents get...

    Oh, how I miss Intrade. The only solace I found in the warming planet was taking money from those who deny that it is warming.

  2. Current extinction rates are 1000 times greater than "background" (normal) rate: Link