Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Polar vortex????

Polar Vortex, or a scientific way of saying that it is dangerously cold out there.  So stay inside.  Look out the window and be glad for the advances Humankind has made.  Contemplate the fragility of  our lives, we exist in a very narrow margin, and it is being compromised by the greed of some, or may-be many, I am not sure how much we have damaged our environment, but we have changed it. I want to believe that we can turn back some of the damage, I want very much to believe that.

Thinking back, this may be the coldest weather we have had in more than 20 years.  But still it is nothing new.  The last time it got this cold, we had several pens of newly weened rabbits, rabbits are far more tolerant of cold than they are of heat, but we turned their pens into fortresses, and because they need water every few hours we spent much of our time bringing them water....everyone made it through, even us.  Keeping the generator running, starting vehicles, loading the stoker, and carrying veggies, food and water to the bunnies.  School was canceled so we had young eager helpers, and we needed them, the cold wore on for almost a week.  "How did we ever do all that?"  "We were younger then!"


Still if you look for it, you can find humor in many many bad situations.  I'm  thinking that humor is some type of survival aid.   Further I suspect that in some circles there will be a new conspiracy theory concerning the over night reprinting of  all meteorology textbooks written since the 40s or 50s.




The Borowitz Report


January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex Causes Hundreds of Injuries as People Making Snide Remarks About Climate Change Are Punched in Face

 
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MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—The so-called polar vortex caused hundreds of injuries across the Midwest today, as people who said “so much for global warming” and similar comments were punched in the face.
Authorities in several states said that residents who had made ignorant comments erroneously citing the brutally cold temperatures as proof that climate change did not exist were reporting a sharp increase in injuries to the face and head regions.
In an emergency room in St. Paul, Harland Dorrinson, forty-one, was waiting to be treated for bruising to the facial area after he made a crack about how the below-freezing temperatures meant that climate-change activists were full of shit.
“I’d just finished saying it and boom, out of nowhere someone punched me in the face,” he said. “This polar vortex is really dangerous.”
The meteorology professor Davis Logsdon, of the University of Minnesota, issued a safety warning to residents of the states hammered by the historic low temperatures: “If you are living within the range of the polar vortex and you have something idiotic to say about climate change, do not leave your house.”

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