Sunday Roast: April 7, 2013 – Spring?

It feels at least like 84 years since I’ve last seen spring. We are still having patches of snow and there is more sleet in the forecast. For Heaven’s sake it is April. In former years my roses were already budding at this time. Small wonder everybody is tired and cranky all the time.

And now I read it is, again, man-made. The jet stream is too far south for a while now, so cold and wet weather prevails where I am. The effects of climate change.

This is an Open Thread. How are you today?

65 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: April 7, 2013 – Spring?

  1. I don’t ever remember seeing that particular Disney cartoon when I was a kid. It’s interesting how Disney tried to portray the violence in nature while playing a happy tune. At least seven creatures were happily, while musically, eaten in that cartoon.

  2. I can tell spring has come to Virginia by the fact that I’m too sore to move fast in the morning.

  3. I could do with a change of the jet stream. It usually dips down through Texas, makes a u-turn in the Gulf Of Mexico, and comes straight at the Tennessee Valley, bringing all that humidity with it. If it comes through here on its way south, we get dry air, but cooler temps.

  4. The rapidity of glacial melt brings in its wake Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (“GLOFs”), which unexpectedly, and with amazing suddenness, destroy entire communities.
    Some believe that this is exactly what happened and was the cause of the ‘Noah flood’ referred to in the bible. Other ancient religions also have stories similar to the Noah story.

    • To be more precise, some of those who already believe the story of Noah’s Ark and the Flood use this as an explanation, which no one ever postulated before. Of course, having an explanation is not the same as having proof. If it were accurate, then why didn’t the Bible simply state that God made the glaciers melt and flooded the planet? If I remember my Bible stories correctly, didn’t it explicitly state that God made it rain for 40 days and nights?

            • (As Wayne mentioned, there are claims to have found the ark

              Mount Ararat is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. It has two peaks: Greater Ararat and Lesser Ararat. The Ararat massif is about 40 km in diameter. Wikipedia
              Elevation: 16,854′ (5,137 m)
              Last eruption: 1840
              First ascent: 1829
              Prominence: 11,847′ (3,611 m)
              Mountain range: Armenian Highland
              First ascenders: Khachatur Abovian, Friedrich Parrot

          • The thing about the Noah’s Ark writings in the OT is they had no world view. They didn’t know glaciers or snow or Australia. The Biblical world at the time was small enough that they could accept the idea of 2 of all the animals. They had no idea that Europe, 80% of Asia, all of the Western Hemisphere and Australia even existed. They were playing with a Sheepshead deck in a Pinochle world.

            The fact that the world flood is a common theme in so many cultures of the time does indicate that something really wet did happen though.

      • There’s not enough drama in ‘glacier melts and buries communities’. What lesson could be taught from that? Elaborate this flooding with the Noah story and viola! Now the priests have a means to control the masses.

    • Much of the Idaho and Washington landscape was formed by massive floods caused by breaking ice dams on glacial lakes.

      Maybe that’s why there are so many fundygelicals around here.

  5. There was more cloud-seeding yesterday morning, to the south and east of the central valley, California.

  6. I think I have come up with a way to save Social Security. Move the trust funds to the Grand Caymans or some secretive foreign bank. It works for rich people to keep the ebil gubmint from getting their hands on their investment money.

    • Funny you should mention the SS Trust Fund.

      David Stockton on This Week: “The machinery is paralyzed. The Republicans can’t own up to the fact that we need major new revenue sources. The Democrats keep saying that Social Security isn’t busted. It’s busted. It is already running a $50 billion deficit a year. There is nothing in the trust fund. It’s confetti.”

      If the T-bills purchased by our Social Security overpayments for the last thirty years are ‘confetti’, then so are all the T-bills purchased by Japan, China, the UK, and all the sovereign wealth funds over the years. If that were to become the perception of US debt, we couldn’t give it away.

      I would love to have saved enough money in the last thirty years, that it was costing me 1/50th of my nest egg to live for a year. I’d be retired.

      • That was a stupid thing to say because something like that could truly tank our economy. If other nations believed that the US Treasury bonds were nothing more than confetti, they might cash in their bonds and then we would all be fu*ked.

        • The meme was already being floated that the money could never be paid back in 2001 before 9-11. That was when we had a $5 trillion national debt. Now it’s three times that.

          The point of Bush trying to get Social Security into the stock market was so the brokers could eat up all the surplus with fees and commissions.

        • Are you saying the US is the biggest Ponzi scheme in woirld history? Well I’ll go to the foot of our stairs…

  7. It may not be spring where you are, but it has been summer here and will again next week with temps back into the 90’s.

    • It’s a beautiful Spring day in Southeast Pennsylvania. There was a bluebird checking out the bluebird box and I heard a phoebe singing. There are still a few junkos (snowbirds) hoping around the yard. They should be heading towards the arctic around this time of the year.

    • What everyone seems to not quite grip is that there really ARE good uses for public funds, that there really ARE reasons for taxation, for public revenue. Tricky for Republicans these days, but still, that’s the reality.

      OTOH, I’m not so sure that both Yellowstone AND its wild inhabitants really need humans; I mean, if humans would simply agree that they’re not ‘necessary’ in re Yellowstone (or any other still-sorta-wild place) and would agree to never bother it again — including with snowplows (elk, , deer, bison . . . they don’t need no plows) — well, I’d like to see it happen. Might even agree to a tax hike to pay for it, IF it came with the guarantee that ALWAYS and forever further human meddling would be minimized, and that human’s presence and thereby his impact . . . on that REAL world which still exists in corners, here and there would be done away with once and for all.

      And yep, I have a really rotten attitude I know. But I’ve (L)EARNED it.

    • There are limits, however, to that goodwill. Wade and others insist the fundraising drive, or Park Service bailout, or whatever people choose to call it, was a one-time thing. “It was an important point that we’d only do it this time,” said Scott Balyo, executive director of the Cody chamber.

      Even so, many worry about precedent. Kondelis, who works alongside his wife and two sons in their beverage business, explained why he contributed: “I believe in this community and we need to step forward like everybody else. But my biggest issue was … the politics isn’t going to change. So next year, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, you guys figured it out, you guys came to the table, so this cut was good.'”

      The teabaggers and Libertarians should be cheering this new spending cut. Too bad Wyoming. You keep putting stupid Republicans in office in Washington DC. Did you really expect something different from the GOPers? I am pleased to see this sequester hit these fools where it hurts, in their own wallets. They hate big government but damn, they don’t want cuts in government spending in their neighborhood.

      • I still think the best solution is to close the National Parks off to all human intrusion. Maybe we could spend all that money we ‘piss away’ on saving habitat and inhabitants — and on road maintenance, snowplows, etc — and maybe instead spend it on really long and tall fences, maybe on armed guards, drones, etc . . . to keep humans OUT! Forever. I suspect both wolf and elk would like that. Also fish, trees, bugs, deer, gophers, . . . the list is probably close to endless.

        With damn good reason.

    • “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

  8. Easter Sunday, a week ago today, a nephew in Minnesota was on his way to church when all of a sudden he conked. Fortunately, his son was driving and had a cell phone; called the paramedics and they arrived within five minutes. They restarted nephew’s heart, then transported him to the closest hospital where two stents were inserted; all seemed well. Sort of.

    Then he died. Early Thursday morning. His heart, after repair, worked; his brain swelled, and then all function left thanks to oxygen deprivation during all of those seven or so minutes it took paramedics to get his heart started again. Fortunately, his extended family — even though strong Catholic — were able to understand the reality and allowed life support to be discontinued. He was 51; wife and five children were left behind, also his mother and father.

    Tricky thing, writing to the parents. They’re devastated, of course; what are the words ? Are there any ? To maybe assuage, even in tiny degree, their pain?

    I’m trying, but so far with no luck. Maybe it’s the sadness, I dunno. But . . .

    • My condolences on your loss. It’s never easy to lose anyone, but even harder when they are young. Religious people and those who believe in an afterlife can find some comfort in believing their lost one is “in a better place.” Those of us who have no such beliefs accept, as painful as it is, that Life isn’t fair, that it makes no sense, and that these things will happen. You never get over it, you just get through it. But understanding even that much may be helpful.

      Positive thoughts to you and your nephew’s family.

      • “I don’t believe that grief passes away. It has its time and place forever. More time is added to it; it becomes a story within a story. But grief and griever alike endure.”
        ― Wendell Berry

      • Thanks, Wayne. Doffing my hat and bowing in your general direction; appreciate very much your kindness — as I recall similar pains you’ve mentioned here in times past.

        Death’s a bitch, esp. when the ‘victim’ is so young. But, well . . .

        At least Johnny died of natural causes; imagine the agony . . . had he been gunned down, say, 45 years ago when he was aged six. My sorrow is honest, but my god, imagine what it might be had he been one of those children in Newtown . . . imagine being a parent, or family member, or friend of those children who were gunned down for NO REASON! other than . . . whatever the hell it may have been.

        I can accept death; it happens to all of us, eventually. And when one who was loved dies, from whatever cause, there are tears amongst those who care.

        But . . . well, OK, I’m probably overstepping and wandering way too far ‘over there’, but still, how to avoid those thoughts?

    • Frugal, I am really sorry for your loss, 51 is awfully young to go. Words may well fail you for a while. Grief has this ability to shut your brain down, it is the ultimate stunning experience. My heartfelt condolences to all your family.

      • Thanks, EV. And yes, ‘words’ are in short supply just now, something unusual for me . . . usually I have way too many of them, have to scratch to see if I can find those ‘right’ few. Not so today: today I’ve yet to find the first one, hopefully of many . . . but only the ‘right’ ones. It ain’t easy.

        • Frugal, if you cannot find words I’m not likely to be of much help. Remind his family that all that was good about him lives on in them, even if you have to fudge it a bit. Remind them that no one is gone while people remember them and carry their memories. Then just tell them that you love them.

  9. QOTD:

    “I’ll go out there and stroke it” — Brittney Griner, women’s college basketball player of the year, on a possible tryout for a men’s NBA team.

  10. I don’t get these people. On what factual basis do they oppose universal background checks? I certainly don’t want the type Mark Kelly did, where he checked off boxes on a card and then got handed a gun. I want an actual police investigation/inquiry. I want someone other than the person buying the gun to be doing the check on his background.

    I’m debating whether I will actually respond to this person (or her ilk) if this tweet generates any replies. I find when I do that, I waste even more hours of my life. 🙂

  11. Wayne the problem is that people in this country have various different ideas of what a free country actually is and what it looks like. To some it can be as simple as having the freedom to buy whatever type of lightbulb they want to buy.

    Now with politicians and pundits it’s a totally different ball game. When they talk about freedom one must ask himself, are they talking about the freedom to move capital around the globe or are they talking about freedom for humans?

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