Tuesday, March 29, 2016
It Was Fun, While It Lasted.
It would almost be futile to try to count the elected leaders who have made the simple statement "I'm not a scientist" about climate change. If you are so certain the science is wrong why use such a blanket statement as defense? Why claim ignorance if there is readily available evidence to the contrary? It is a lot easier to deny a problem than to find a solution.
Not too long ago a few small voices linked immunizations to autism. Despite empirical, overwhelming evidence that immunizations save lives, thousands of lives, and no proof, at all that there was a link between vaccines and autism, parents rushed headlong towards rubella, mumps, chicken pox, any number of illnesses that had almost been eliminated. The medical community was outraged. But, parents, or people, looking for a bandwagon are not too fussy.
The scientific community has overwhelmingly supported the technology to modify foods. Food that is more resistant to insects and requires less pesticide, crops that are better suited to drought, but people will shake to their souls extolling the dangers of FrankenFoods. Yet, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the US National Academy of Sciences, the British Royal Society, and every other respected organization that has examined the evidence has come to the same conclusion, these foods are as safe as foods from the original crop. They are just easier to grow, less likely to fail, and less expensive. In a world with an exploding population, an unstable climate, and shifting realities they may be the only hope for continued existence.
"But, there's nothing you and I can do, you and I are only two". Next month I have my yearly physical with my doctor. If he tells me that my cholesterol is too high, I am going to tell him that it is fine, no need for concern, I am not a doctor, after all. My friends wonder why I am so pessimistic about the future of humanity. They only have to open their eyes.
Someday all of these chickens will come home to roost. Someday we will have argued our way into the next big extinction event. We will use ignorance as our ally, and indifference as our shield, and the race will perish. And nobody will be left to hear "I told you so." So, I will say it now.
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.