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Wednesday
Jun262013

Obama’s ‘flat earth’ remarks puzzle as he errs on ‘climate change’ storms

Crates, of Mallus (ca. 150 B.C.), is believed to have constructed the first globe. (Original image: Terrestrial and Celestial Globes by Edward Luther Stevenson, 1921. Edited by Steve McCluskey.)President Barack Obama erred in more ways than one with his rhetoric surrounding a ‘War on Coal’ because of climate change.

The ‘Flat Earth Society’ he presumably refers to are scientists and experts who are not funded by the government-corporatist global warming sector.

If we learned nothing else from Climate-Gate, we learned that government funded experts will lie and mislead to protect their livelihoods.

It’s useful to point out that ‘climate change’ morphed from ‘global warming’ which morphed from ‘The Little Ice Age.’ Once the government began to use the term ‘climate change’ after Obama was elected, that term gave the status quo wiggle room.

The status quo is maintained by the government and corporatist allies who stand to benefit from alternative energy research and production at taxpayer and consumer expense.

Even the "Flat Earth Society" theme Obama used is based on myth.

In the book God’s Philosophers, author James Hannam wrote:

"The Inquisition did not burn anyone for their science, the Pope did not ban human dissections, the medical world invented spectacles and the mechanical clock. Printing, gunpowder and the compass were taken further than the Chinese had imagined possible."

Rounding out the history lesson is this from Veritas, a longtime forum originally established at Harvard:

"It must first be reiterated that with extraordinary few exceptions no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the earth was flat.

A round earth appears at least as early as the sixth century BC with Pythagoras, who was followed by Aristotle, Euclid, and Aristarchus, among others in observing that the earth was a sphere. Although there were a few dissenters--Leukippos and Demokritos for example--by the time of Eratosthenes (3 c. BC), followed by Crates(2 c. BC), Strabo (3 c. BC), and Ptolemy (first c. AD), the sphericity of the earth was accepted by all educated Greeks and Romans.

Nor did this situation change with the advent of Christianity. A few--at least two and at most five--early Christian fathers denied the sphericity of earth by mistakenly taking passages such as Ps. 104:2-3 as geographical rather than metaphorical statements. On the other side tens of thousands of Christian theologians, poets, artists, and scientists took the spherical view throughout the early, medieval, and modern church. The point is that no educated person believed otherwise."

Obama presumably used ‘flat earth’ as an insult to those who don’t agree that carbon will kill the planet.

Our president’s most misleading statement involved global warming and storms.

The Hill said:

"The president noted that the 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come within the last 15 years, and said that rising temperatures were increasing the severity and impact of storms."

An article at Discovery, while indicating more research is warranted, touched on the frequency of storms:

"The latest understanding of hurricanes is that almost the opposite is true: storms may actually decline in frequency as the planet warms, even as they grow in strength."

What our president should have told Americans, in the interest of pure honesty, is that he owes alternative energy corporate interests for the support they have lent his campaigns.

What Obama and his alarmist Democrats should admit is that the issue at hand is conservation. Over-grazing, diversion of waterways, lack of forest management resulting in nature-caused wildfires, and deforestation in third world countries are the issues causing so many problems.

The real ‘Flat Earthers’ reside in the status quo—those who rely on group-think and consensus about a topic they’ve been proved wrong on for decades, whether cooling or warming is the forecast. The global warmists refuse public debate and transparency is nonexistent, as one “expert’s” lawsuit to protect his state-owned emails proves.

Realizing that dinosaurs no longer walk the planet and sandy terrain exists in coastal states where oceans once flowed, no one denies climate change. To claim that we do deny it is to mislead.

What we question are the assigned causes for climate change and the role of carbon in warming.

Our president would do a good thing by making an honest argument rather than the stumping he is so fond of.

Congress would do a good thing by exercising oversight and investigating the use of taxpayer funds.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/June 26, 2013)

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