Friday, July 17, 2015

Oil-Qaeda: The Indictment - 6

Oil-Qaeda Justice
The mass-murdering Oil-Qaeda has gotten away with it for a century, but maybe things will change along with the climate (The Private Empire's Social Media Hit Squads).

There is an old saying, by Abraham Lincoln: “you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time,” which has credence.

As everyone knows by now, the U.S. government is filled with GOP climate science deniers, which speaks to the "fooling some of the people all of the time" par of the saying (Inhofe's One Man Troofiness Crusade).

But as it turns out, in general the people of the world for the most part are not fooled by the deceitful, criminal propaganda of Oil-Qaeda.

A poll bears it out:
Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, with countries in Latin America and Africa particularly concerned about the issue.”
(Guardian). The people generally are against imperialistic wars, and are specifically against Oil-Qaeda's war against the environment.

The problem is that the private empire has more influence on government than government has on the private empire (MOMCOM: The Private Parts, cf. Hillary Gets Heckled).

The people have become like the serfs of old who had no power (American Feudalism, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

The king could do no wrong when he did anything for or against the people (Sovereign Immunity Source: Toxins of Power?).

When the people finally get fed up enough with this scenario, if it ever happens, and Oil-Qaeda is brought before the juries of the world, "there will be blood."

The previous post in this series is here.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Arctic Ice Extent: 2015 Struggles For First Place - 2

Fig. 1 Ice extent as of July 15 (blue line)
A couple of weeks ago I took a look at this year's contest for the all time low extent for Arctic sea ice cover (Arctic Ice Extent: 2015 Struggles For First Place).

I have been updating the ongoing graph in that post daily.

This year's interest was sparked by this year's record low, pictured in Fig. 1, from Feb. 25 though 13 June.

That graph, Fig. 1, also shows that if 2015 continues on its current trajectory (red line), it could become the record year probably in August (click on the graph for a larger image).

Everyone is watching to see if 2015 will become the record low, taking the record low
Fig. 2 (circa July 10)
from the current record low year, which is the year 2012.

The reason it is being watched so closely is that there is also a slim chance that 2015 could become the first year of no summer ice cover in the Arctic.

If we review the events of 2012 that made it the lowest year on record so far, we might have a better grasp of the odds of 2015 becoming the record low, which could happen regardless of whether or not it becomes the first no-ice cover year in modern history.

There was speculation that a storm in early August, of 2012, helped 2012 take the record from the previous record year 2007:
Arctic sea ice extent during the first two weeks of August continued to track below 2007 record low daily ice extents. As of August 13, ice extent was already among the four lowest summer minimum extents in the satellite record, with about five weeks still remaining in the melt season. Sea ice extent dropped rapidly between August 4 and August 8. While this drop coincided with an intense storm over the central Arctic Ocean, it is unclear if the storm prompted the rapid ice loss. Overall, weather patterns in the Arctic Ocean through the summer of 2012 have been a mixed bag, with no consistent pattern.
(NSIDC, emphasis added; cf. NY Times). If the storm did help establish the record in 2012, then the same may be true this year.

It may take an Arctic storm event if 2015 is to take the record from 2012 (e.g. there are other ways to lose ice extent in the absence of a similar storm; see this. Also, there are ways to gain ice extent; see this).

The situation in the Arctic is worth watching because the loss of ice cover in the summer means that the exposed waters there will warm faster, bringing more conditions for acceleration of the Greenland Ice Sheet disintegration and melt.

That is something scientists are quite concerned about (The Surge: A Forgotten Aspect of Sea Level Rise).

FINAL UPDATE: (click on a graph to enlarge)

As of (Aug. 10)

As of (Sep. 15)

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

Significance of methane feedback loops in the Arctic:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States - 3

GIS drainage system (click to see it writ large)
Scientists are all over the Greenland Ice Sheet (GIS) this time of year.

Whether planning their late summer field trips from their labs, or whether checking out conditions "on the ground," they are watching a segment of alarming climate change.

While "on the ice" in the past few years, they have discovered something like a city storm drain system which "works fine" during the melt season, but which does some things that cause concern during the late summer.

This is associated with what meteorologists have discovered, which is yet another concern for current civilization.

It is trouble in the form of rain storms that seem to stall and to stay in one place for an inordinate amount of time.

Storms with a potential secondary effect, abrupt ice melt or flow, due to a liquid fulcrum of sorts:
A new study, just published in Nature Geoscience, makes an important new contribution to our understanding of the forces at play in Greenland. Dr Samuel Doyle and an international team captured the wide-scale effects of an unusual week of warm, wet weather in late August and early September, 2011. They found that cyclonic weather led to extreme surface runoff – a combination of ice melt and rain – that overwhelmed the ice sheet’s basal drainage system. This drive a marked increase in ice flow across the entire western sector of the ice sheet that extended 140 km into the ice sheet’s interior.
(Storms On Greenland Ice Sheet, emphasis added). Let's contemplate that with a more direct and succinct description:
It wasn’t just rainfall. We saw 10 to 15% of the total annual surface melt occur in this event in late summer 2011. When this water reached the bed, the ice sheet lifted up and moved faster towards the sea.
(ibid,emphasis added, cf. Seemorerocks). The "bed" is the bedrock, the basal foundation, upon which the glacier or ice stream slides toward the sea.

The jet streams push these types of storm fronts along, steering them like cattle guided by fences or geological formations.

The jet streams herd the weather to all of us.

Nowadays, the jet streams often seem to be behaving like worn out rubber bands.

They stretch way down and way up in loops that go further north and south, and stay in place longer than they did in yesteryear.

Thus, they can and do have the same impact on ice sheets that they have had on land.

Impacts of catastrophic flooding that we have seen all over the place this year.

It is not the job of these scientists to tell us where this is going.

Their job is well done once they tell us that when the melt water or calving ice of these glaciers or ice streams reach the ocean, the ocean level will rise.

Nor is it their job to tell us where that sea level rise will have an impact.

That should be obvious:
"By volume, more than 95 percent of U.S. international trade moves through the nation's ports and harbors, with about 50 percent of these goods being hazardous materials."
(Will This Float Your Boat - 8, cf. The 1% May Face The Wrath of Sea Level Rise First, Weekend Rebel Science Excursion - 44). But we live in an age where what we "know" is what someone we trust and believe tells us (The Pillars of Knowledge: Faith and Trust?).

The status quo is this:
To spark our interest, and bind ourselves to a sober view of this phenomenon which is called "The Biggest Story in the World" (according to a worldwide circulation news source), first consider the following quote from the video below:
2:43 - "One meter [of SLR] would be a global catastrophic event, 3 meters would remap the world as we know it?"

2:50 - "Yes, absolutely."
(emphasis added). This allows us to focus our attention on 1m / 3ft. of SLR, because it would be "a global catastrophic event."

The delicacy of the issue can be seen (Fig. 2) by realizing that only 1.14% of the global ice volume needs to melt to get us there (3 ft ÷ 263.5 ft. = 0.011385 = 1.14%).

The overall invader needs to use only 1.14% of its forces to accomplish the invasion.
If a small portion of one glacier (the Totten Glacier) in East Antarctica melts, or otherwise slides into the sea, the same will happen:
"How little it will take can also easily be seen by a statement from a scientist who is studying those locations closely and regularly:
'One of them, Totten glacier, holds the equivalent of seven metres of global sea level.'
(Dr. Rignot East Antarctica glaciers, cf. Totten Glacier Melting). The percentage of that one glacier which needs to melt to cause 3 ft. / 1 m. of SLR is: 1÷7 = 0.142857143 = 14.3%."
(Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization). That is a slim margin, because the Totten Glacier is showing signs of decomposition (Nature).
(Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States). That is Antarctica, but what about Greenland?

The same Dredd Blog post contains the following numbers about the Greenland ice sheet (GIS):
In Section I, above, several ice streams and/or glaciers are discussed and shown, along with the path they are taking to the sea (Fig. 1).

The NEGIS is 16% of the entire GIS, JI is 8%, while KG & HG at ~2% each.

These four entities make up 28% of the total ice in the GIS.

The entire GIS represents 21.49 ft. of SLR (Fig. 2), so 28% of that is (21.49 × .28) 6.02 feet.

Which means that only half of that amount (14%) is needed to reach "3 ft. / 1 m. of SLR."
(Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States). The melt water, storms, and warming events, both from the warming ocean and warming atmosphere, are pushing massive glacier ice and melt water to the sea.

Which is causing the oceans to rise faster and faster.

In a port near you.

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

Port infrastructure at risk:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dinosaur Discovered: Peaceful Co-existence With Our Neighbors! - 2

Breaking news! (Iran Nuclear Deal Concludes In Historic Announcement)

First Cuba, now Iran.

It is encouraging when nations work things out via diplomacy rather than military conflict.

The Donald Trump of the mideast, Netanyahu, is using warmongering rhetoric to try to impede progress.

Perhaps the honing of diplomatic skills during this two-year effort will also help in the conferences and negotiations on climate change that are approaching.

Congratulations to Secretary Kerry, President Obama, the Iranian Government, and all the diplomatic corps from several nations, who worked tirelessly to accomplish this first step.

BBC News
Google News

On another front, the New Horizons spacecraft is doing the first flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto, and its neighborhood.

America is first to have visited all planets and dwarf planets in our solar system:
"The first age of solar system exploration is in the books.

NASA's New Horizons probe flew by Pluto this morning (July 14), capturing history's first up-close looks at the far-flung world — if all went according to plan. (Mission team members won't declare success until they hear from New Horizons tonight.) Closest approach came at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), when the spacecraft whizzed within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's frigid surface. To celebrate, NASA unveiled the latest photo of Pluto, showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face."
(Space dot com, cf. NASA site).

The previous post in this series is here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Clathrate Minds of Oil-Qaeda

Fig. 1 Clathrate revolution in progress
I. Introductory Metaphors

Today, let's use some metaphors to further depict the private empire which we call Oil-Qaeda (The Private Empire's Social Media Hit Squads).

"A clathrate is a chemical substance consisting of a lattice that traps or contains molecules. The word clathrate is derived from the Latin clatratus meaning with bars or a lattice" (Wikipedia).

"Clathrate mind: a brain captivated within a cage of cultural bars, taboos, denial, ignorance, and fear." - Dredd

A clathrate culture is a group, nation, or civilization composed primarily of clathrate minded people.
Fig. 2 Inhofe Prison Cell Blocks

A clathrate culture in a revolutionary stage is metaphorically pictured in Fig 1,

That clathrate culture is pictured later in Fig. 2.

After those who were previously cognitively imprisoned have escaped, it is closed in.

Only those satisfied with the trance of denial are still intact within those Oil-Qaeda clathrate prison bars.

II. The Scientific Revolution Is Over

A scientist did a study which shows that 99.9% of scientific papers point out that the use of fossil fuels by civilization is the cause of global warming induced climate change (James Lawrence Powell).

Previously, a percentage of 97% was commonly used to indicate the percentage of scientists at large who do not deny anthropogenic climate change (AGW).

Clathrate (e.g. methane hydrate) in 3D
Those who are not scientists escaped by believing what they see taking place all around them on planet Earth, rather than believing the propaganda of Oil-Qaeda:
Internal fossil fuel industry memos reveal decades of disinformation — a deliberate campaign to deceive the public that continues even today.

For nearly three decades, many of the world's largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to deceive the public about the realities and risks of climate change.

Their deceptive tactics are now highlighted in this set of seven "deception dossiers"—collections of internal company and trade association documents that have either been leaked to the public, come to light through lawsuits, or been disclosed through Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.

Each collection provides an illuminating inside look at this coordinated campaign of deception, an effort underwritten by ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP, Shell, Peabody Energy, and other members of the fossil fuel industry.
(Union of Concerned Scientists). Gassing humanity to death with excessive CO2 and other green-house-gases is the criminal act called mass-murder (Oil-Qaeda & MOMCOM Conspire To Commit Depraved-Heart Murder).

Not content with that, Oil-Qaeda also conspires with their lackeys in government to poison the drinking water of thirsty Californians who are suffering from a devastating drought (What Next, Mass Depraved-Heart Murder?).

III. The Power of The Clathrate Bonds

Every notable civilization in history has committed suicide, except for the few who have been murdered by a more powerful civilization (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, quoting historian Arnold J. Toynbee).

But no civilization, except ours (in what is now The Anthropocene, which is fostering the Sixth Mass Extinction) has reached the powerless cognitive state of being unable to stop clathrate minds from destroying all of humanity itself (ibid).

IV. Conclusion

Thus, this is a do or die time to get ourselves free of the clathrate trance of culture (Choose Your Trances Carefully - 3).

Otherwise, the unthinkable minds will take us all with them.

Ode to Auntie America: