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Several years ago, I was hiking back up from the falls by my home. I see a family coming down towards the falls. The 3 year old daughter 1/4 of a mile ahead of the adults running full steam down the hill. I tell her to stop and wait for her parents in a very stern tone. When I get to her parents, I ask them what the hell are they thinking. We have mountain lions and their daughter is prey. They gave me a dirty look. The 6 year old that was attacked in San Francisco several weeks ago, he was ahead of his group as well. The problem is a sizable portion of our population doesn't recognize the perils of our world. They want to live comfortably in their own little cocoon and believe the world would be Gaia if only those nasty guns were taken out of circulation. Funny how liberal San Francisco had no problem sending people out with guns to take out that bad evil mountain lion. Never mind that the mountain lion was only following it's instincts. City people are so self absorbed and naive.
The problem is that the deniers keep trotting out the *same* nonsense and outright lies, and at some point we have to say, enough. Saying that people don't believe the science because the scientists don't take every crazy rant seriously and debunk the lies endlessly is to participate in the strategy to keep us from taking action before it's too late. If you really believe what you said, here's how you can help - post a link about that claim he made that Escondido changed the traffic light patterns to increase their speeding ticket revenue.
The problem is that the alarmists keep trotting out the *same* nonsense and outright lies, and at some point we have to say, enough. Saying that people don't believe the science because the scientists don't take every crazy rant seriously and debunk the lies endlessly is to participate in the strategy to keeps taking money from the middle class and redistributes it to the wealthy.
Did you see what I did there? I just fed your stupid response back to you. It sounds just as banal coming from me as it did you.
Not one iota of fact presented. Just a stream of attacks. Pathetic.
AC, I know you. You are a pedantic little pajama, hot chocolate drinking boy hiding behind his keyboard.
Debunked talking points? By who, DailyKaos or HuffPo? If you really have been around since the 70's, you would have remembered the drought and fires from the 70s.
The ends justify the means. The tired 97% of climate scientists agree...has been thoroughly debunked. People are seeing this for the scam that it really is.
If you doubt it, ask yourself why the solution to climate change looks like a tax increase. The have-nots want to whine about how the rich get richer and yet when the rich put forth solutions that will make them more money, the masses swallow. Al Gore gets a cut of every carbon transaction at the expense of the poor. California passed cap and trade. Twice a year, rate payers get a check for $30 - $40 for their "profit" in the cap and trade scheme. But rates just went up 25%; top tier 32 cents a kwh to 44 cents a kwh. This is the solution to climate change?
The largest producer of carbon is transportation. If that is so, why do I travel from red light to red light and then idle at the light? Escondido implemented a safety program where if you did the speed limit, you made it all the way through town on green lights. That was 5 miles of non stop travel. They dropped the program when revenue plummeted; people weren't speeding or running red lights. Most of the lights in San Diego are set so that if you do 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit, you will get a long string of green lights. Fast enough to catch speeders but not so fast as to create a safety issue. It's the money stupid. If the government really thought climate change was a threat, we would develop technology that would allow the traffic lights to communicate with each other and sense where the majority of traffic was located. Instead, I'll get a red light as I approach and there are no cars waiting. So, I sit there idling.
In the early 70's we were running out of gas. We were just months away from pumping that last barrel from the ground and gas prices soared. We were reduced to gas rationing. 10 years later, we were all driving gas guzzling Suburbans and Humvees.
In the early 70s, the alarm was that we were on the cusp of the next ice age. We were about to encounter global cooling and plans were introduced on ways to warm tjhe planet. Some solutions were, cover the ice with soot. Burn the forests, raise the carbon foot print.
People in general are stupid and gullible. Being in tech doesn't seem to correlate with critical thinking. If climate change is real; it's a threat and it's man made, I'll participate when the solutions look like solutions and less like a scheme to get more money from the masses. But my 50+ years as seen a string of alarms meant to extract money from the gullible only to see a decade later, we have moved on to the next alarm.
I find that older workers who become unemployed became so by becoming irrelevant. How many jobs for Visual Basic developers? Is C# on the rise or the decline? For work going forward, Android is going to be the largest market for coders. That means Java...sort of. But to do interesting projects, you better know how to write C/C++ via JNI to do interesting things that the sandbox prevents you from doing.
At 52, I don't find my job in jeopardy. I still get approached by companies to try and lure me away from my current job, which I love. Others my age, don't keep learning. They still want to write all of their software in Perl, regardless of the suitability of the tool. (Thinking of specific individuals in my organization that may find themselves downsized.) Adapt or die.
I can say with certainty however, that the majority of young engineers ARE NOT impressive. Unfortunately, the bean counters just look at numbers and engineer bodies are plug in, interchangeable modules. And yet, I made a tremendous amount of money fixing the code that was outsourced to India. The source came back and failed open source scanning, meaning that code was ripped off, or the code was so poorly written, that it was unusable. The US Federal health insurance website is an example of this.