Archive for January, 2010

Harsh winter a sign of disruptive climate change, report says

January 31, 2010

Read it and weep (or better, laugh):   this story from the Washington Post on Jan. 28th:

This winter’s extreme weather — with heavy snowfall in some places and unusually low temperatures — is in fact a sign of how climate change disrupts long-standing patterns, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation.

“Climate change” in the article, of course, is Global Warming, not a new Ice Age.

I’m a Post subscriber but somehow missed that story last Thursday– I thank two Web sites I visit– Anthony Watts’s  “Watts Up With That?” and Steve MacIntyre’s “Climate Audit”—  for bringing it to my attention.

Well, perhaps the NWF has some expertise on climate science?  Both Watts and MacIntyre (and others) have noted that the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), in a recent official report on AGW(anthropogenic global warming) based some of their “science” statements on material from NWF, and also from WWF (World Wildlife Fund).  And even  (Watts cites Britain’s Telegraph paper for this):  The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.

The Telegraph story was on Jan. 30th;  it doesn’t say which month’s issue of Climbing magazine was the IPCC’s scientific source.

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“We shall not weary, we shall not rest”

January 23, 2010

Richard John Neuhaus was the editor of First Things magazine before his death just a year ago.  On the anniversary of the “March for Life” on the national mall, his magazine reprints (every year) a speech he gave at that event:

The culture of death is an idea before it is a deed. I expect many of us here, perhaps most of us here, can remember when we were first encountered by the idea. For me, it was in the 1960s when I was pastor of a very poor, very black, inner city parish in Brooklyn, New York. I had read that week an article by Ashley Montagu of Princeton University on what he called “A Life Worth Living.” He listed the qualifications for a life worth living: good health, a stable family, economic security, educational opportunity, the prospect of a satisfying career to realize the fullness of one’s potential. These were among the measures of what was called “a life worth living.”

And I remember vividly, as though it were yesterday, looking out the next Sunday morning at the congregation of St. John the Evangelist and seeing all those older faces creased by hardship endured and injustice afflicted, and yet radiating hope undimmed and love unconquered. And I saw that day the younger faces of children deprived of most, if not all, of those qualifications on Prof. Montagu’s list. And it struck me then, like a bolt of lightning, a bolt of lightning that illuminated our moral and cultural moment, that Prof. Montagu and those of like mind believed that the people of St. John the Evangelist—people whom I knew and had come to love as people of faith and kindness and endurance and, by the grace of God, hope unvanquished—it struck me then that, by the criteria of the privileged and enlightened, none of these my people had a life worth living. In that moment, I knew that a great evil was afoot. The culture of death is an idea before it is a deed…

We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life…

I know many people who do not agree with Fr. Neuhaus, but I must say that I do.