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Colder than Mars

January 7, 2014

On Sunday night, a reporter for The Weather Channel stood in a Minnesota snowstorm, talking about local efforts to move homeless children into heated shelters. “How cold is it supposed to get?” the anchor, back in the studio, asked. The reporter replied: “Colder than Mars.”

Indeed, recent temperatures across the U.S. have been Mars-like. Forecasts in the midwest call for temperatures to drop to 32 below zero in Fargo, N.D.; minus 21 in Madison, Wis.; and 15 below zero in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago. Wind chills have been predicted to fall to negative 60 degrees — a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records.

All of which begs the question — if climate change is real, then how did it get so cold?

The question is based on common misconceptions of how cold weather moves across the planet, said Greg Laden, a bioanthroplogist who writes for National Geographic’s Scienceblog. According to Laden, the recent record-cold temperatures indicate to many that the Arctic’s cold air is expanding, engulfing other countries. If true, this would be a perfect argument for a “global cooling” theory. The Arctic’s coldness is growing. Laden asks, “How can such a thing happen with global warming?”

The answer, he writes, is that the Arctic air that usually sits on top of our planet is “taking an excursion” south for a couple of days, leaving the North Pole “relatively warm” and our temperate region not-so-temperate. “Go Home Arctic, You’re Drunk,” he titled the explanation.

“The Polar Vortex, a huge system of moving swirling air that normally contains the polar cold air, has shifted so it is not sitting right on the pole as it usually does,” Laden writes. “We are not seeing an expansion of cold, an ice age, or an anti-global warming phenomenon. We are seeing the usual cold polar air taking an excursion. So, this cold weather we are having does not disprove global warming.”

In fact, some scientists have theorized that the influx of extreme cold is actually fueled by effects of climate change. Jennifer Francis, a research professor at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, told ClimateProgress on Monday that it’s not the Arctic who is drunk. It’s the jet stream.

Arctic warming, she said, is causing less drastic changes in temperatures between northern and southern climates, leading to weakened west-to-east winds, and ultimately, a wavier jet stream. The stream’s recent “waviness” has been taking coldness down to the temperate United States and leaving Alaska and the Arctic relatively warm, Francis said. The same thing has been happening in other countries as well. Winter storms have been pounding the U.K., she noted, while Scandinavia is having a very warm winter.“The drunk part is that the jet stream is in this wavy pattern, like a drunk walking along,” Francis, who primarily studies Arctic links to global weather patterns, said. “In other places, you could see the tropics are drunk.”

“This kind of pattern is going to be more likely, and has been more likely,” she said. “Extremes on both ends are a symptom. Wild, unusual temperatures of both sides, both warmer and colder.”

Francis’ research, however, is still disputed. Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth, a distinguished senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told ClimateProgress on Monday that he was skeptical of Francis’ assessment.

“Jennifer’s work shows a correlation, but correlation is not causation,” he cautioned. “In fact it is much more likely to work the other way around.”

Instead of Francis’ theory that a warm Arctic moves the jet stream, Trenberth said it could be that the jet stream moves, leading to a warmer Arctic. And Francis’ theory could work if the Arctic was, in fact, particularly warm and iceless — at the moment, in winter, the Arctic is cooler and icier.

“I am not saying there is no [climate change] influence, but in midwinter, the energy in these big storms is huge and the climate change influence is impossible to find statistically,” he said. “So we have to fall back on understanding the processes and mechanisms.”

Still, Trenberth — based in Boulder, CO., — just had 11 inches of snow on Saturday, which he said is the third largest ever for the month. Normally the area gets only light, fluffy snow. But, he said temperatures on Friday were 62 degrees, making for extra moisture and heat, “probably” contributing to the extra snow. The incident mimics what Trenberth’s research has shown — that increased moisture and heat from climate change has an effect on weather events.

“The answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question,” he has written. “All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

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A Letter to God

August 5, 2013

 
Undo what wills. Do what shall in peace delight.
Love has no direction but its own
 
bright grace, yet is particular,
 
“beloved” or solitary
 
so as to return again and again
 
to its own Self.
 
Here. There.
 
Wrapping itself around you,
 
petal and leaf.
 
Becoming wings where there is nothing left
 
to bind you to this ‘only’ place–yourself.
 
 Every word whispered, breathed,
 
by this inner wind
 
into every other’s space,
 
Here. At last
 
residing in Itself.
 
Ourself. This silence,
 
unforming.

What on Earth?

December 31, 2007

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Gentle Reader, As you know I am first of all a man of Faith, but not only a child of God, but also an Educator a Philosopher, an Historian, an Archaeologist, a pastor /teacher and a husband and father and wee story teller. So when I tell you that I study anywhere from 10-14 hours a day you can take that to the bank (now understand) that is not every day now sometimes just a few short hours (like today) Marti is sick and while we have relatives they don’t call or come around so we are more or less on our own). I am sure that you feel that way at times, as if your all alone, well your not but to be frank the more I learn to more I am impressed with how small and insignificant we seem by comparison to the vast Universe that we live in. And yet for all the learning that we have done since we crawled out of the slime (You see I pander to those who reject even the possibility of Creator ,<grin>.)

But whether you ascribe to the Big Bang Theory or perhaps a more down to earth (sorry I couldn’t resist) belief system . I think you would agree that we are somehow all connected. There is an order to this world , earth Universe right down to the atoms that make up our bodies. We all need to see ourselves in the perspective of the Universe

WHAT IS THE KOSMOS?

Communion and friendship and orderliness and temperance and justice bind together heaven and earth and gods and men; this universe is, therefore, called KOSMOS, or order; not disorder or misrule (Gorgia 508 Plato).

Regarding the above concept of KOSMOS, consider the following by  Dr. E. W. Bullinger:

“… KOSMOS denotes the order of the world, the ordered universe, the ordered entirety of God’s creation, but considered as separated from God. Then, the abode of humanity, or that order of things in which humanity moves, or of which man is the centre; then, mankind as it manifests itself in and through such an order; then, that order of things which, in consequence of and since the Fall, is alienated from God, as manifested in and through the human race.” (P. 901, Critical Lexicon. and Concordance).

John, in his Gospel (3:16), says, “For God so loved the KOSMOS … ” or (3:17) says, “For God sent not His Son into the KOSMOS to condemn the KOSMOS but that the KOSMOS through Him might be saved.” In John’s first Epistle (1 John 2:15) John sees that there is in this KOSMOS a contrary ORDER to God’s law of love as he so well expresses it … a KOSMOS that is a bringer of CHAOS,”… love not the KOSMOS, neither the things that are in the KOSMOS. If any man love the KOSMOS, the love of The Father is not in him,” This is no conflict with the statement that God loves the KOSMOS and seeks its redemption, since John goes on to define his statement in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the KOSMOS, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, IS NOT OF THE FATHER, but is of the KOSMOS.” Within God’s there is a love and loveliness that honors Him and all it touches, that makes man more Christ-like and noble.

Tragically, there is another selfish love that only takes but does not give, that tears down, destroys instead of building up. It too is a SYSTEM, a KOSMOS, social, political, ethical and religious, addressing itself to man’s selfish pride — two systems, two rulers, two laws.

Defining the Word, KOSMOS, Its Origins

As we look at this word, KOSMOS, we discover that it is already a very familiar word. We hear it in the word COSMETIC, that ability to beautify the body. This is from the Greek, KOSMETIKOS (skilled in arranging) from KOSMETOS, (well-ordered), from KOSMEIN (to arrange, order), from KOSMOS (order). The ancient Greeks used this word in that homey sense — an ornament, decoration, embellishment, dress, especially of women but also of men and horses. They spoke of olive-wreath, of the ornamentation of speech, of the, sweet song of praise, of poets and poems — all under this name. So it should not be surprising to us to first find this word in Matt. 12:44 of a house that had been furnished (garnished, A.V.) — an empty house, a house without a Master-waiting, a picture of Israel, surely. After her return from captivity, she no longer em-braced the unclean idols of paganism; she cleaned up her house according to the letter of the law. No fault could be found with her morality, her house was well ordered, but it was empty of that essential PRESENCE that gives meaning to it all.

In Matt. 25:7 we hear the word again in the “trimming of lamps.” These were ceremonial torches to be raised on high upon the arrival of the bridegroom, and thereafter to escort the bridegroom to the marriage. This word was used (Matt. 23:29) of the decorating of tombs, of buildings (Lk. 21:5) and of persons (1 Tim. 2:9).

Adorn one’s self in orderly apparel is what the apostle is really saying. This is to compliment the ORDERLY BEHAVIOR of 1 Tim. 3:2, and the inner beauty or cosmetics of the spirit of 1 Peter 3:3-5. It is in this last light that we read Titus 2:10, “that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” It is not difficult to realize that what we are and how we act will dramatize the doctrine of our Savior-God, make it attractive and appealing, or thrust others from it. In this, each of us is a micro-kosmos of what we believe — an ADORNMENT for good or ill. We are the guise in which the doctrine of God our Savior is presented to others. So, should we not be an ADORNMENT that casts the best possible light upon the Christ we teach? Epictetus (Enchirid. cap. 62), states, in effect, that a woman was nothing unless she was properly ARRANGED. May the beauty of Christ clothe us as a garment.

 We are connected Gentle reader, to the earth, the Kosmos (universe and to our creator, more on that later) and to each other. When we hurt one another then we are hurting ourselves… To be continued…

 Love, Denis 

We are connected

Does anybody know what time it is?

November 24, 2007

Gentle Reader,

 I am not just a pretty face you know! I think about things that many would take as Science Fiction. Take for example Time, Space and Eternity Time exist to put a face on eternity (This blog entry is NOT for the faint hearted- you have been warned) Space exist but without time  Space has no existence of its own. Follow that?

 For example when a husband and wife decide to go out for an evening the man will say I’ll meet you in the car and he goes to the car to wait on his wife who is still in the house she replies “I’ll be right out.” And half an hour latter he is fuming and she is not in the car with him. To the man time is passing slowly as he has waited for half an hour and no wife. While inside the house the wife has in her mind, the next thing on her list of things to do is go out to the car. but for her time is not passing at all because her perception of time is not the same as her husbands. (quite convoluted but the best I can do for the moment). 

We, Gentle readers, are captives in a fashion by our sense of time: hours, minutes, seconds, that are after all just things which mark the spaces between a material world. 

 But reality is not that simple. We live in eternity and for some of us this eternity (that we call the spiritual realm) is more real that the material world.  Remember The E=mc2 theory Well, as long as you deal with things or are in a materialistic culture you will be time conscious. But those who have no materials to speak of do not think of themselves as living in time at all: they actually live in eternity!

To be continued…  

 Now that didn’t take to long did it? I went out and walked both dogs, got Marti a cup of tea, myself a fresh cup of coffee and time past or did it? For you reading this entry no time past unless you got up walked away and then came back, sat down and began reading again.   dontwalk 

The more deeply embedded we become in the world of things the profoundly conscious we tend to become of time. What then did Einstein really mean when he said that time is relative? Did he only mean that we experience time at different rates but this variability is only in the consciousness of the observer? The answer is, NO! This is not what he meant. He meant that time does NOT have a fixed flow rate, that its flow rate really IS variable, that is variability is not dependent on the observer! It is unfortunate that Western man has often lagged behind people in other cultures in their understanding of the “real” nature of time.

Consider if you will these verses from Psalm 103:15,16  “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishethFor the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.”  And then compare those with the Book of Revelation Chapter 10 verse 6  “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:” The Greek for you who are interested in checking me out is crovnoß Chronos .  There is a real bond between things and time, because things occupy space, and space and time are inextricably bound together. People who are absorbed in the materiel world are absorbed in a temporal world: those who hold things lightly hold time lightly. Those who are unwilling to share their things find it difficult to share their time. Time is money which is another way of saying time is things!  One day perhaps you may wake up to find that you have stepped out of time into eternity and discover that you have been in eternity all along and that Time was the dream!

The BeginningEternity 

I am ALPHA and OMEGA, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” The Apocalypse 1:8

Food for your thoughts,

Denis