"We've seen from the paleoclimate record that sea level rise of as much as 10 feet (three metres) in a century or two is possible, if the ice sheets fall apart rapidly" said some scientist. And what did he mean but that this has happened before. I think it important that people learn to pay close attention to the wording of allegedly scientific proclamations. It is important to note that far from the 'apocalyptic certainty' portrayed in the media, scientists are making observations, guessing, deducing and forecasting events which are totally not predictable.
Climate Change: The Fine Print that you missed
by R.P. BenDedek (11:04 AM 8/29/2015 Beijing Time)
I have just read an article about climate change titled "NASA sees unavoidable sea level rise ahead (by Axel Heimken 26/08/2015)" that really sums up for me why I am opposed to jumping on the climate change bandwagon. It's not that I don't believe that the climate is changing, although I have no idea if it is or isn't. No, I won't jump on that bandwagon because as is obvious from the content of the article listed above, the prophets who proclaim the evils of climate change actually don't know what they are talking about, and one can see that when you forego your emotional knee-jerk and start looking at the actual text.
The article 'suggests' that "sea levels will rise three feet or more in the next 100 to 200 years." OK! First of all, I won't be here by then so I really don't care. Islamic terrorists may have blown us all to kingdom come before then or perhaps Political Correctness will have so weakened us as a society that our civilization will have crumbled into dust before the apocalypse dawns. Oh wait! There's more. "Much uncertainty remains in the predictions - particularly with regard to timing - because scientists do not know how fast major polar ice sheets will melt," continues the article. Say what? What do you mean they don't know? They know everything!
Well at least they know something and that is "that oceans are swelling much faster than they have in years past."
OK! So while we don't know how fast it is happening, we know it is faster now than before. And of course it must be OUR fault for which we should commit to some political slush fund and promise to do everything to stop what Mother Nature is doing. Tell that to those living on the coast who aren't allowed to build retaining walls to stop the sea from destroying their million dollar homes, because to do so would be interfering with nature.
But wait! What was that boss? Now you are telling me that "Based on a consensus of international researchers, the IPCC said global sea levels would likely rise from one to three feet by the end of the century." Didn't you just tell me it was three feet or more? Now it is one to three feet? Oh I see! "New satellite data suggests the higher end of that range is more likely."
What was that? "The world's oceans have risen an average of almost three inches (7.6 cm) since 1992, with some locations rising more than nine inches (23 cm) due to natural variation." That sounds like pretty scary stuff except that you are telling me that the ocean has risen 3 inches in 23 years. If we multiply that by five we get 15 inches in 115 years. What happened to the three feet bit? OK I know I'm not an expert and I know I don't follow the sheep of this world who believe everything they are told, and I know that I don't know what 'paleoclimate record' means cause I had to look it up to understand what they said next.
"We've seen from the paleoclimate record that sea level rise of as much as 10 feet (three metres) in a century or two is possible, if the ice sheets fall apart rapidly," said Tom Wagner, the cryosphere program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Now hang on a second. Did that guy just say that this is not a new phenomenon? Did he really just say that this has happened in the past? I think he did you know, and that is why he says things like 'ice sheets are waking up' and 'a new era of rapid ice loss.'
"We're seeing evidence that the ice sheets are waking up, but we need to understand them better before we can say we're in a new era of rapid ice loss."
Paying attention to the fine print:
I do hope you forgive me for the facetious way in which the forgoing material was presented, but I think it important that people learn to pay close attention to the wording of allegedly scientific proclamations. Just the other day I read an article which said that the idea that we should all drink 8 glasses of water per day is a fallacy based upon a failure to understand what the original scientific study said. The scientists meant that liquid and solid daily intake should amount to the equivalent of 8 glasses of fluid per day. That got interpreted in the wider community as 'we must drink 8 glasses of water per day.'
There are two extremely important points listed in the article on rising sea levels. The first is that this is not an unprecedented event in the history of the world. It has happened before - long before all our industrial age man-made carbon gases. The second point is that far from the 'apocalyptic certainty' portrayed in the media, scientists are making observations, guessing, deducing and forecasting events which are totally not predictable.
Is the world's climate changing? Probably!
Is this OUR fault? Maybe!
Can we do anything about it? Hardly likely! At best we might postpone the inevitable. Global climate change is a naturally occurring phenomenon that is effected by a lot more than man's industrial age. If that were not true, then this would be the first such climate change in the history of the world.
Sometimes I think that people in general are a depressed and depressing lot who simply cannot wait for the end of the world to happen. How sad!
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
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Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]