They say history is written by the victors and, in fact, that is most often true but my question is who’s the victor when it comes to rewriting history pertaining to Japan during WW2 and the Weather. More important than that is who are the losers?
There is a push in Japan being led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to get textbook publishers to omit historical information that the Japanese government and special interest groups deem damaging to the reputation of Japan. Specifically, the current push is to get publishers to omit any references to “comfort women” which was a term used in Japan during WW2 for women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels. University scholars and publishers are protesting the Japanese Prime Minister’s efforts and it appears his efforts to revise history, or at least ignore it, are now backfiring. So what comes next? An effort by the Japanese PM to get publishers to eliminate all references of Japan bombing Pearl Harbor?
My problem with this is the attempt to rewrite history and ignore the facts pretending as if the facts do not exist, are not real, and don’t matter EVEN in the face of the fact that the historical accuracy centering around the Japanese military FORCING women to work in brothels they frequented during WW2. In this case I’d say that WOMEN are the losers and in my mind that is unacceptable!
This is just one in a long list of examples that I’ve seen for decades now regarding society in general suffering from some sort of problem that I’ve come to call “Collective Schizophrenia.” People suffering from Schizophrenia are unable or unwilling to separate fact from fiction, in short. They cannot distinguish between the two in most cases and from what I’ve seen that problem doesn’t only affect individuals but societies as well. There is and has been for a very long time an effort to rewrite history which is to rewrite reality so that we cannot distinguish between fact and fiction on a societal level. And there’s another problem with this. That is, we are suppose to learn from the past, to learn from our past mistakes. If we rewrite history and ignore facts then how are we suppose to learn from our past mistakes? I think that is a very dangerous and especially FOOLISH thing! In fact, I think it condemns us to repeating the same mistakes over and over again and that could result in destruction of human society in ways we can’t even imagine or don’t want to imagine.
But all this “revisionism” doesn’t begin and stop with the Japanese PM as it seems the US government has been rewriting high and low temperatures, “revising” rainfall and snowfall over the past decades in an effort to “prove” “climate change” (read “global warming”).
Now before I go on let me make one thing perfectly clear. CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING and of that there is now NO DOUBT! The question is what is it changing to? Is the planet becoming warmer and is it due to human produced emissions OR is the planet cooling and possibly moving into “another ice age”? And let me add that human activity since the famed Industrial Revolution HAS had a big effect on global climate. It would be beyond foolish if we thought our pollutants have not effected the environment in any way, shape, or form. Since the Industrial Revolution we have released massive amounts of pollutants into the atmosphere and those pollutants HAVE effected the environment in some very negative ways! Just to what extend, however, is debatable and continues to be debated today.
That said I think it should be kept in mind that we are presently in what is known as an “Interglacial Period.” What’s that? Simply, we are in a warming period and we have been in such a period since the end of the last ice age which was about 12,000 years ago. Our planet has had many ice ages in the past and it has had many warming periods too. As far as we can determine our planet has gone through about 8 ice ages and there have been at least 6 past extinction events to top it off. Twelve thousand years ago the geological epoch known as the Pleistocene ended. It began around 110,000 years ago. However, from a geological standpoint we are in, yes STILL TODAY, an even bigger epoch which means an even LARGER ICE AGE that actually dates back over the past 2 MILLION YEARS and which has experienced multiple glaciations. Here’s what I’m talking about…………….
The Quaternary Glaciation is also known as the Pleistocene Glaciation or the “current Ice Age.” It refers to a series of glaciation events separated by interglacial (warming) periods dating back from 2.58 million years ago to the present day. During this period ice sheets (glaciers) have fluctuated expanding during cold periods and melting during warmer periods. This fluctuation of glaciers is a normal thing in this Quaternary Period we are living in and have been living in for the past 2.58 million years! Over the course of this great epoch sea and ocean levels have risen and fallen, temperatures have increased and decreased sometimes dramatically and suddenly, river courses and systems have changed their courses and sometimes disappeared or appeared rather quickly as well as lakes and other bodies of water, weather has been chaotic and unpredictable, flooding has been massive in some areas, and much more. In order to understand what is happening today we need to look at the bigger picture with our politics set aside.
Back in the 1970s scientists thought we were entering into another ice age. The winters of 1967-68 and 1977-78 brought excessive snow to the Northern Hemisphere and many people lost their lives by freezing to death because people and governments were not prepared for it. People ran out of food and heating oil and froze to death in their homes or apartments. In some places people were stranded in their cars on snow packed roadways and they froze to death as their cars ran out of gas and they had no way of keeping warm. Help could not reach them in many cased due to the snow packed roads which the snowplows couldn’t even keep up with! And in some places like the Verde Valley in Arizona they didn’t even have snowplows! These events were weather extremes and if you look around today you’ll see that we have another weather extreme happening right now as I post this rant. Boston has an accumulation of a historic 62 inches of snow, thus, breaking the old record of 59 inches of snow set back in February of 1978!
In fact, in recent years we’ve had some pretty significant weather extremes. Polar Vortexes have dipped down far into the southern US and even into northern Mexico where temps have been seen that have never been seen before. Places like Minnesota, Michigan, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin have seen freezing temps beyond imagination especially when you factor in the wind chill. Europe in recent years has been blanketed by snow like never seen before! But then comes the spring and summer and suddenly we have a marked reversal in cold, snow, and freezing temps. Suddenly, we have massive droughts and high temps like never seen before. And, frankly, no one is quite sure just what is going on today! We are seeing massive weather extremes and we are also seeing a low in solar activity that hasn’t been seen for the past 100 years or so. Deserts are continuing to grow as if the stage is being set for expansive Polar Deserts in the very near future. Don’t make the mistake of thinking an Ice Age is overflowing with snow and rain because it is NOT! What happens is it starts snowing and keeps snowing and during warm months the snow doesn’t melt significantly so what you end up with is massive amounts of snow accumulations over years that turn to ice with very dry warmer months inbetween. This snow turned to ice can accumulate quickly and up to MILES DEEP! That’s an Ice Age!
I’ve heard some scientists comment recently that our global warming due to human emissions may, in fact, be what saves us from an ice age that they think is now standing clearly on the horizon. They suspect that such an ice age may not be as intense as it could be thanks to our warming the planet. Well that may or may NOT be true! And, I am cautious about such comments because I think some people/scientists are trying to use this line of thinking to justify our continued emissions which I do not agree with. There’s is such a thing as “crossing the line” and, frankly, I think we’ve already crossed that line. My question is just where crossing that line has led us into?
Yesterday I read an article appearing in The Telegraph entitled “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever.” The by-line says that new data shows that the “vanishing polar ice” is NOT the result of global warming. This article asserts that over the past 30 years the “official temperature records” have been “systematically adjusted to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the acxtual data justified.” It also alerts us to the fact that published temp graphs for 3 weather stations in Paraguay when compared against original temp reportings show that an actual 60 year cooling trend has mysteriously now become a warming trend thanks to someone, somewhere doing a bit of creative math!
This article also points out that this discovery from data in Paraguay is just one of many examples of “a practice long recognized by expert observers around the world.” In fact, this accepted practice of fudging the temp data brings into question the entire official surface temp record! These “adjustments” were, according to the article, first made by the US government’s Global Historic Climate Network and were later “amplified” by two other US government agencies (ie: the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Climate Data Center). Both of these agencies use warming trends to estimate temps across vast regions of the planet where no measurements are actually taken. Yet, as pointed out, “these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely (on) for their belief in global warming.”
What has happened here is that US government agencies have manipulated the actual data that is NO CORRECT nor FACTUAL and that erroneous data is being relied on by scientists and politicians to support their belief that the climate is warming when, it appears in fact, that may not be the case at all. Now I know what you’re thinking….but…but wasn’t 2014 the warmest year on record ever? Yeah by ONE TENTH of a degree! That’s the part you weren’t told!! It wasn’t even 1/4th degree warmer last year!! Additionally, while we are being told that the sea ice in the Arctic is melting we are NOT being told that the ice in Antarctica is growing!!
Ok so what is going on here? Well one thing is VERY CLEAR and that is that Climate Change is being used and manipulated by POLITICIANS with an agenda and that agenda is most likely TAXATION! It would not surprise me at all if they one day tax each of us for every breath we take!! That old saying about following the money if you want to discover the truth is VERY TRUE when it comes to POLITICIANS!
Like I said, I have no doubt CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING. But just how are we suppose to prepare for that now dawning change if we don’t have CORRECT information? Answer……WE CAN’T! If we don’t have correct information then we won’t know what is happening in terms of climate change and we won’t know how to prepare which means that our rate of survival from whatever is coming is drastically REDUCED! The entire climate change issue has become political beyond belief and in my way of thinking if you want ANYTHING MESSED UP just involve a POLITICIAN!
It seems that anthropology isn’t the only one with a bit of a problem. It seems climatology has the SAME problem and that is trying to force data by various means into some PET THEORY while ignoring the FACTS!!
So who is going to pay the ultimate price for all the rewrites and revisions we see today? Well in the case of Japan and the women forced into prostitution during WW2 every woman on the planet today is paying the price because such effort is an insult to all women everywhere! But an even greater affront to women everywhere is the Japanese PM’s efforts in trying to conceal the HISTORICAL FACTS! Women around the world ought to be OUTRAGED over all this and, frankly, the Japanese PM needs to leave office IMO.
And who is going to pay the ultimate price for the climate data fudging and outright lying that is presently going on around th world and just not in the good old USA? Answer…..WE ALL ARE!!