Wondering about wild grapes

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wondering about Cicada and Climate Change.

A little after 22:00 last night, I went outside when the dogs wanted out. On the skirting around my deck, there was Cicada breaking out of its protective skin; the skin it was wearing when it lived under ground. In all my years, I have never seen this actually happening.

Since it was so dark, my camera couldn’t focus on it, so I asked my wife to come out and shine a flashlight on it so I could get a picture. Of the three I took, two came out good enough to see what was happening. Anyway, I thought that you would be interested in seeing these two pictures:

Sorry that they are not pefect, but any picture is better than no picture, right?

I got an email from a friend that included the information below. I have always believed that one volcanic eruption would put more crap in the upper atmosphere than man could ever do and that Earth goes through warming and cooling cycles and that the ever increasing size of our sun will eventually cause the end of the earth. The following supports my opinions:


Interesting. Gives room for thought.

(Another fact based information accumulation)

Ian Rutherford Plimer (born 12 February 1946) is an Australian geologist,
academic and businessman, and professor of mining geology at the University
of Adelaide . You will appreciate his take on climate change
(aka: global warming).

Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better! If you've read his book
you will agree, this is a good summary.

Are you sitting down?

Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland , since its
first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE
EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our
planet - all of you.

Of course you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to
suppress - it's that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to
live and grow, and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans, and all animal

I know, it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission
savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense
of: driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till
midnight to finish your kid's "The Green Revolution" science project,
throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares
of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your
SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit
every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cents light bulbs with
$10.00 light bulbs . . . well, all of those things you have done have all
gone down the tubes in just four days.

The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth's atmosphere in just four days - yes
- FOUR DAYS ONLY by that volcano in Iceland , has totally erased every single
effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around
200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud any one time -

I don't really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention
that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it
spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human
race had emitted in its entire YEARS on earth. Yes folks, Mt Pinatubo was
active for over one year - think about it.

Of course I shouldn't spoil this touchy-feely tree-hugging moment and
mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized
800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keep happening, despite our
completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change.

And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud but the fact
of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and
Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our
world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon
tax on you on the basis of the bogus "human-caused" climate change scenario.

Hey, isn't it interesting how they don't mention "Global Warming" any more,
but just "Climate Change" - you know why? It's because the planet has COOLED
by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got
caught with their pants down.

And just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme -
that whopping new tax - imposed on you, that will achieve absolutely nothing
except make you poorer. It won't stop any volcanoes from erupting, that's
for sure.

But hey, relax, give the world a hug and have a nice day!

PS: I wonder if Iceland is buying carbon offsets?

OK, you all have a good day now, you hear?


  1. The "hubis of man" causes him to ignore the "in" in insignificant. Long after this version of man has ceased to be the Earth will be spinning along nicely doing just fine.

  2. You hit the nail right on the head, Dick!

    When Mt. St. Helens blew up, the sky was darkened and western states sent out snow plows to move the ash off the highways.

    When was the last time you saw a snow plow, plowing car and truck emissions off the road?

    We used to call it 'Weather' but now its called 'Climate Change' which was originally called 'Global Warming'!

    Climate Change and Global Warming sound much more ominous than just plain ole "Weather'!

    You can't scare people by saying 'Its the weather'! But say, its 'Climate Change' and now you got 'em scared!

    People will believe whatever they want to believe!

    It doesn't matter it is, you can tell them the truth but that will do no good, their mind is already made up and they don't like being confused with the facts.

    It akin to 'Sports Team' idolatry! Go to NYC and say something bad about the Yankees, even if its true. Woe, to him who says anything bad about the the 'Gators in this section of Florida!

  3. You do realize all this weather change crap is Al Gore's fault don't you? Wasn't it him who predicted in his "movie" that Global Warming was going to wipe out life on this planet as we know it?
    Think he pissed off Mother Nature huh?
    This and any weather patterns are just repeats of what has happen in the past, maybe not recent past but ancient past.
    Ain't nuthing new .

  4. When my son was a kid I caught him taking string and tying it around the Cicada's neck and flying them around like little helicopters till their heads fell off. Then he find another one!

  5. Oldfool, you only have to look skyward at night to realize just how insignificant we and our Earth are.

    Ernest, glad you agree. I don’t know what to say bad about baseball teams, I don’t watch that stuff, just top fuel drag racing. . .

    Ben, I am not sure if Al Gore is big enough to influence Mother Nature (grin). He did have some wild ideas. We think way too much of ourselves and falsely blame our selves.

    Frann, Boys will be boys. I bet they did make a good helicopter.

  6. When I read this, I was really angry, so I did some research. I came up with two ugly truths.

    #1: for all of our attempts at lowering greenhouse emissions, as a nation we haven't reduced it AT ALL until 2008. From 2007 to 2009, we reduced our greenhouse output by 600 million tons.

    #2: The united states NET production of green house gasses is about 5.6 Billion tons, that is what we contribute to the world after every plant on US soil takes a breath.


    As for volcanoes, the annual estimate of all the worlds volcanoes is that they produce approximately 200 million tons of greenhouse gases. That's a lot less than 600 million in savings in the past two years.

    To compare with a single eruption of Mount Pinatubo in1991, a much bigger event than the Icelandic volcanos. A total of 20 million tones of SO2 and 40 million tons of CO2 were released. Again, a total of 60 million tons is less than 600 million saved.


    This issue has repeatedly been measured and confirmed by scientists the world over. Our world IS warming, and places everywhere are suffering from some of the worst weather in history. From Midwestern flooding, north east snow storms, and Texan droughts.

    This is a matter of the wise person studying and understanding the facts, and the foolish choosing to believe what they want to. Sorry for the rant, but this is the same ignorance that allowed slavery for so long in this country. My respect for every one of you has fallen significantly.

  7. I want to apologize for the tone of my previous comment. To me, this is fact, and while I refuse to comment about long term effects, I can't understand how people simply choose to ignore it. Please don't take my word or any other's on it, do your own investigation with open eyes.