The jury is in. Global Climate change is happening and humans are the cause. The majority of Scientists agreed years ago but there were skeptics. One of the main disbelievers Richard Muller working with the best people of his choosing announces in the NY Times that he has joined the consensus.
His researchers have taken a macro approach. First they reanalyzed billions of data points looking for problems in the reported temperatures. Using the generated records of the change they attempted to match that curve with all other climate change hypothesis’s. Getting no matches they then turned to the records of increased CO2 produced by humans and got the match they needed. In addition the human CO2 solution lined up well with the predictions from greenhouse gas theory.
When a leading Climate Skeptic gets funding from a major anti climate change organization and comes to the same conclusions developed by the rest of the experts, there is no longer an open question. It is vital that we no stop the squabbling over fact and start the long and painful political process toward mitigating the worse effects of this change. People, please get over whatever emotional issues you have with this and make the shift. Only if the masses start pushing will the politicians push the corporations and while it is too late to prevent some large problems swift action can make a difference.
It is time to end all mutilation of babies. The evidence is in. There is no medical reason to slice off the foreskin of baby males and doing so should be against the law. It is illegal to chop off the clitoris of a baby female. Why should males be treated any differently? We do not allow a child to get a tattoo agreeing that that decision should be made when one is an adult. The same should be true for a human’s genitals.
It is time to stop supporting the Boy Scouts of America (http://bit.ly/OORoDT) . By refusing utterly to accept reality in their leadership they have shown that they are either ignorant of the facts or are pandering to their homophobic base.
Of course I realize they are called the Boy Scouts not the Rational Scouts but the fact is that in this case they are acting like children. Open adult homosexual males are actually less likely to commit the sex crimes they seem to be worried about. They are no more attracted to young boys then they are to women. Allowing them to lead a group does not increase any risks and simply encourages and teaches bigotry.
In contrast the Girl Scouts allow not only lesbian troop leaders but have no problem with males being in leadership. I encourage anyone who supports the Boy Scouts or is affiliated with a group that allows them to meet to consider if you want to continue to do so.
(published in Tennessean Letters)