29 July 2008
A case is point is the hype over human-caused global climate change. Politicians worldwide are jumping on the bandwagon. Cities are going green, the limp-wristed, mindless, minions of the largest hoax ever perpetrated on the human race are counting carbon footprints, and legions of self-serving entrepreneurs are climbing out from under their rocks on every hand to save the masses. FROM WHAT ARE THEY SAVING US?
Scientists are lining up with their hands out for the billions of tax dollars that will fund the research programs that will purport to find a solution to save the planet from human-induced mass suicide. You cannot blame the scientists for adopting a self-serving agenda. After all, what use would they be without research dollars to fund their efforts?
Let me couch that a different way: you are being fed a lie to further a political agenda and promote research to perhaps find a solution to a natural cycle over which we humans have no control whatsoever.
That's right, we didn't cause it and we certainly can't fix it anymore than the medieval Greenland Norse caused or fixed the last warm climate period over 1000-years ago. I write about what may have happened to them; they had to adapt to the changes or perish. And so will we.
Certainly we are in a climatic cycle. They have been going on for all of this planet's history. Someday, a cycle will destroy all life on this planet again, including we puny humans. Maybe this is the one, who can say? Nobody can, but they will try to convince you otherwise.
The Internet has a wealth of scientific data and other information on climate change. Educate yourself, don't believe the pundits of human-caused climate change, for they are lying to you.
To begin, you might check out this site: Global Warming, A Chilling Perspective.
10 July 2008
- Climate change - During the 500-year history of the settlements it is believed that climate change had the most profound and irreversible affect. The Greenland Norse would have seen the winters progressively worsen until shipborne travel became either too dangerous or impossible sometime in the 14th or 15th century.
- Trade with the Scandinavian homelands was vital to the continued success of the settlements. Without it they could not obtain items deemed essential to continue their Norse lifestyle. Walrus and narwhal ivory, walrus hide, and specialty items such as falcons, polar bear cubs, and polar bear hides, were the principal trade goods produced by the settlements. The advent of African and Indian elephant ivory doomed trade in the ivory from the settlements, their most valued commodity.
- The long, dangerous sea voyages from Greenland, to Iceland, and the Scandinavian homeland ended sometime in the 14th or 15th century as the weather in the northern hemisphere steadily worsened with the onset of the Mini-Ice Age.
- The settlers agrarian lifestyles and their failure to abandon European practices of animal husbandry served to drive the last nail in their coffin. The Western Settlement at Lysufjord was abandoned first, sometime in the early years of the 14th century the few holdouts left for good, never to be seen again. About 100-years later the Eastern Settlement at Eiriksfjord was abandoned.
The Mini-Ice Age, about 1300-1800, descended with a vengeance on the northern hemisphere. The extreme winter weather of this period caused human migration throughout the northern hemisphere. The extreme winter weather during the 19th century prompted 1/3 of the population of Sweden to migrate or face starvation.
The same situation faced the remnants of the Greenland Norse settlements in the 13th-15th centuries. They could either wait for the specter of starvation to claim them or they could follow their predecessors to North America. What would you do in their place?