Yesterday was Midsummer Day here in the Northern Hemisphere – and the weather? Rain, more rain, violent storms and high winds!

Yes, 21st June was the “longest day” of the year. Well, it was 24 hours long just like all the others, but I suppose it’s called the longest day because it has more hours of daylight than any other. Well that’s the theory but with such dreadful weather and cloud cover it didn’t live up to it’s name today!

This year – so far – has been really poor weather-wise. There have been a couple of days on weather warm enough for me to don my shorts and sally forth in sandals. Last weekend was bright and sunny, but it was also very cold. More like a bright winter day than a summer day.

I took my dogs for a long walk today tramping through the forest and meadows in mud and no sign of the flowers and butterflies I would normally expect to see. Spring has hardly sprung and here we are past the longest day and from now on its downhill all the way as the nights draw in and winter beckons.

So what’s going on? Last year was pretty awful too. In fact it was the first year that I can ever remember when I didn’t have to use cooling fans in my office and in my bedroom at night. For heavens sake I put my winter duvet back on last week and switched the central heating back on.

Global Warming? Can we have some please? 

You know everywhere you look we are told of the dangers of Global Warming or Climate Change but frankly I’m not convinced. In fact I’ve never been convinced that “experts” really know what they are talking about. All they can say with any degree of certainty is that “in the light of current knowledge” something seems to be correct. I’m old enough to remember the following scientifically accepted truths:

  1. Observers at nuclear bomb testing sites being told that only had to turn their back to the bomb and cover their eyes to be protected from fallout and glare. Two people I know who were at the test sites in Australia have since died of cancer. Actually they are/were the only two people I knew who were there. So 100% fatality rate from my point of view.
  2. The best way to treat a burn was to cover it in grease or oil – such as butter or margarine. I never was convinced by that even when I had to say so in order to pass by first aid certificate in the early 1960’s. It seemed to me – from personal experience – that holding a burnt finger under cold running water was much more soothing. Time has shown that smothering burns in oil/fat just fries the flesh and that the best thing you can do is put the burn under running water. So a teenage schoolboy (me) knew more than medical experts. Why should I trust experts?
  3. Diesel fuel is more ecologically friendly than petrol. No it’s not. But experts used to tell us that Diesel was “the safe clean fuel of the future. Ha. They’ll be telling us GM foods are safe next or that putting flouride in water is safe. Ha.
  4. All living organisms derive their energy from the sun, directly or indirectly. Not true. For example bacteria don’t.
  5.  It is impossible for a heavier than air machine to fly. Gosh – how on earth do we all go on holiday? Indeed how to I get to and from the UK from the Isle of Man (well apart from the odd ferry trip).

And there are many more. For example I remember being told that the oil spills from Exxon Valdez, the Torrey Canyon and the Braer would cause ecological disaster for decades in fact mother nature repaired the damage in a couple of years. Then there was the burning of the Kuwait oil fields. They were going to blaze for years and cause great pollution. They didn’t.  

My point? Well whilst I know that there are people who will explain that global warming causes cooler weather by, for example, melting the polar ice caps which cool the oceans and alter the weather, this has in fact been something that has happened over millennia long before there were any people never mind cars on the planet.  

Perhaps its time more people questioned the generally accepted view that global warming exists, or if it does that it is a new phenomenon or that it will actually cause long term damage. The hole in the ozone over Antarctica is closing up – even though according to scientists it should not be doing so.  

Lets start questioning the scientists and politicians (like “Saint” Al Gore). Start by having a look at this report on the The Great Global Warming Swindle… It’ll give you something to think about!

One Response to “Global Warming – What Global Warming?”

  1. John C Lane says:

    Well said. I was at Woomerra (well the Maralinga site actually) in 1960. Between 1955 and 1963 a total of seven major nuclear tests took place there as well as hundreds of minor trials, many of which were intended to investigate the effects of fire or non-nuclear explosions on atomic weapons.

    We were told we were safe but out of 11 friends who served with me only one, apart from me, are still alive. Of the nine who died eight had cancer and the other was killed in 1966 in a car crash. Seems a bit strange to me that so many of us contracted cancer. Well perhaps it doesn’t seem strange knowing what we know now, but then medical and scientific experts said we had nothing to worry about,

    The Australians first tried to clear the site up in 1967 but in 1985 the McClelland Royal Commission found that significant radiation hazards still existed and recommended another cleanup. This was completed in 2000 at a cost of $108 million. Debate continued over the safety of the site and the long-term health effects on the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land and former personnel. In 1994, the Australian Government paid compensation amounting to $13.5 million to the local Maralinga Tjarutja people No-one has paid any of the British servicemen or their families.

    I’m 70 years of age and have had a fairly healthy life. But my mates are dead.

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