The Inconvenient Truth About The Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice

 

So, we’re told the globe is warming.  We’re told the surface temperatures are warming, and we’re told the oceans are warming.  If both are true, then how is this possible?

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Well, it isn’t possible.  Ocean currents and the physical properties of heat simply don’t allow for these two things to be congruently true. 

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You have both deep water and near surface currents circumpassing the Antarctic (where all of the SH sea ice is). 

Source for the graph.

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Just Maybe There’s A Difference In Perception Because There’s A Difference In Observed Behavior.

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So, we see some more whining about the shootout in Waco, compared to the idiots protesting …… something.

FERGUSON ACTIVIST: RACIST MEDIA TREATED WACO BIKERS BETTER THAN FERGUSON RIOTERS

You can read the story at the link. 

I find it fascinating that people would compare the media coverage between the two incidents.  They are, in no manner, similar.  So, you wouldn’t expect the media to cover them in the same manner. 

At Waco, you had some jackwads shoot and kill themselves.  Disturbing and troubling, yes.  Someone, or some bodies should spend the rest of their lives in jail.  But, it’s Texas, so they may have the end of their lives expedited.  Texas doesn’t play.  But, once the stuff was over, it was over.  Look at how they reacted to being arrested (top picture). 

Now, compare that to the bottom picture. 

I don’t know.  I just wonder why the media doesn’t treat these two incidents the same.  Dumbasses.     

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What A Contracting Economy Looks Like ……. Japan

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So, Japan’s trade deficit returned in April, after posting a trade surplus in March (first surplus month since 2011).  But, that’s not entirely descriptive of what’s wrong in Japan. 

Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead

….. The 53.4 billion yen ($439.6 million) deficit in April for the world’s third-biggest economy compared with a 227.4 billion yen surplus in March, the first in several years.

But thanks to lower oil and gas prices, the deficit fell more than forecast, nearly 94 percent from April 2014, when the deficit was 825.5 billion yen, the Finance Ministry reported Monday.

The Japanese yen, now trading around 121.60 to the U.S. dollar, is at its lowest level in price-adjusted terms since January 1973, according to Richard Katz of The Oriental Economist Report. ….

…  The overall trade balance slipped into deficit in 2011 as oil and gas imports surged following the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, which led to closure of all of the country’s reactors for safety checks.

Japan’s trade deficit hit a record early last year as consumers stepped up purchases to beat a tax hike on April 1, 2014, which was followed by a brief recession.

Costs for importing oil and gas and a shift of Japanese manufacturing to overseas markets yen, plus persistent weakness in key export markets, have so far precluded an export-led recovery.

A surge in visits by foreign tourists is helping, though demand overseas is sluggish, and inventories are rising due to higher imports late last year, said Masamichi Adachi, of JPMorgan.

“As a result, we think that both exports and imports will slow or even decline this quarter,” he said.  ……

Some people may wonder why I chronicle Japan’s slow economic demise.  I do so because there are some hard lessons to be learned.  Simple and basic, but, hard lessons, nonetheless.

Now, energy isn’t Japan’s only problem, but, it is Japan’s problem in a microcosm.  The closure of their nuke plants was catastrophic for Japan’s economy.  It’s not so much the matter of what the prices are for the sources of energy, but, the fact that Japan, sans nuclear energy, must import fuels.  You see, Japan doesn’t have the natural resources to support their economy.  So, whatever they need to import, they must export wealth, thus driving up the costs of the products manufactured by their labor.  Add to that the exceptionally high cost of their labor, (comparable to other Asian nations) and you have no long-term-win situation for what they’re trying to do.  The fact is, it was Japan’s cheap labor, along with investment from the Western world which made Japan a huge manufacturing success.  But, as other nations opened up to the wealth manufacturing can bring, (ie South Korea, China, Vietnam …. ) Japan’s position becomes/became untenable. 

Now, this doesn’t mean Japan must fall into perpetual economic ruin and have a nation full of impoverished people.  Indeed, there’s plenty of reason to believe they can have a fairly prosperous people in the future.  But, they have to do things differently than what the previous generation did. 

They’re no longer going to be the manufacturing giants they were in the past, not in today’s world.  Cheap labor will be perpetually sought.  The notion is to do what you can do to prevent the export of wealth.  In Japan’s case, I would turn back on every nuke plant they have and build more (preferably in more stable locations).  And, then do what the land allows, fishing.  As stated earlier, the land Japan has doesn’t allow for the support of its people.  So, take a page from the people of the Netherlands and expand their territory.  I understand some of the people there are fairly adept at growing rice.  I believe recent land achieved by such measures is fairly fertile.  …….. Food and energy.  If you have enough of both, you’re in a pretty sweet spot.  Sure, there’s many more wants and needs, but, food and energy, if you have enough of both, then, you can go about the business of business.  Without either, and without something else to trade, other than cheap labor, then, you’ve lost and have impoverished people. 

You see, cheap labor can’t last forever.  It moves from place to place.  As competition for labor increases, so do wages, and thus, labor isn’t cheap, anymore.  Low labor wages cannot sustain an economy because perpetually low labor wages are an impossibility in a free society.   

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Gems 2015 — May 26 Scripture Selection: Job 7-9

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 26 Scripture Selection: Job 7-9

Food for Thought: Job 7:1, 2

Job expresses in 7:1, 2 exactly how many people feel. You are born, you work like a servant, then you die. Such a futile perspective, though for many, it is an accurate feeling because they don’t have the bigger picture. What a difference Jesus makes in our lives and in our outlook on life!

The Christian should never see life that way. In John 15:15, Jesus, speaking to His disciples, said, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” And beyond that, once Jesus completed His work on the cross and was resurrected, the Father refers to the believer in Jesus Christ as Savior as a son of the living God (Rom. 9:26). In fact, Jesus is referred to as “the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29),” giving the Christian a status far beyond that of a lowly servant strapped with burdens.

Yes, we do serve Him, but as a son or daughter would serve his father or a brother serving with pleasure alongside his sibling. Further, the position of a son comes with many benefits that a servant would not enjoy. And a servant works for wages. Any “work” that we do in our lives for the Lord is done because we love Him and people. That “yoke” is light, and actually produces great joy which cannot compare to mere money. Even in a secular job, it is all about perspective. When the Christian realizes that God is his source, not the job, and that he is there for a greater purpose, a divine assignment, then he no longer feels like a servant, but as a representative member of the family of the Lord. No longer does he work for a living, placing all hope in the provision of the job (though he receives a paycheck). His living comes from the Father!

The Christian’s whole, delightful purpose should be to bring glory to the Lord in everything he/she does. With Colossians 3:17, 23, and 24 as the Christian’s mission in life, he/she would never fall into the disheartening attitude of just existing: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — May 25 Scripture Selection: Job 4-6

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 25 Scripture Selection: Job 4-6

Food for Thought: Job 6:11

In the midst of all his sufferings, Job seems to be groping in search of any inkling of hope. In his utter helplessness, Job wonders out loud how he could wait out the catastrophes in hope for relief and better days. He longs for even a hint of hope. Hope is a mighty, powerful thing that sustains people even under great pressure and leads them to have faith. Without hope, all truly appears lost, and the strength to endure vanishes as well, which is why we must cling to it, regardless of the circumstances.

Hope is such an important concept that it is mentioned in the New King James Version one hundred fifty-one times. Proverbs 13:12 speaks of the consequences of losing hope, and the positive effects of having it: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” So important is it that it is listed among the top three “must have’s” in I Corinthians 13:13: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

So how can you gain hope and not lose it? First, by establishing and remaining consciously aware of your relationship with the Father. Psalm 16:8-9 says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” Know that He loves you and desires only the best for you (Eph. 3:19; Col. 2:2).

Second, realize that, because of your relationship with the Father through Jesus, the circumstances that you face can not compare to the strength of the hope in you which is promised not to end in disappointment, as Romans 5:1-5 affirms: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

As long as there is life, there is hope (Eccl. 9:4). Ultimately, hope is a decision that you can talk yourself into, as you fix your thoughts on the Lord. David knew this and said in Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” Remember, too, that He strengthens us through His Word.

Hope is the anchor of our soul which keeps us steadfast (Heb. 6:19) until that which we cannot yet see comes to pass ( Rom. 8:24; Heb. 11:1). So the apostle Paul’s prayer to the Romans is the same for us today: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Whatever you may be facing today, hang on to hope by the power of the Holy Spirit and trust in His Word.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — May 24 Scripture Selection: Job 1-3

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 24 Scripture Selection: Job 1-3

Food for Thought: Job 1:20-22

When reading the book of Job, there are several things to keep in mind. First, though God does not change, the circumstances surrounding us have (i.e, living in Eden, living outside Eden, pre/post-deluge, prior to the Law, under the Law, free from the Law). Further, there is a GREAT difference between the New Testament believer and the inhabitants of the Old Testament. Therefore, while there definitely are lessons to be learned from the book of Job, we cannot equate his situation to ours, and we must always keep in the forefront of our minds the difference that Jesus has made in our lives regarding our relationship with the Father as well as our “dealings” and God’s with Satan.

Until Jesus rose from the grave and took from Satan the keys of Hades and of Death (Rev. 1:18), Satan had certain privileges and authority given to him when Adam sinned. The territory that Adam and Eve were to take dominion of as God’s representatives was turned over to Satan, and he did what comes natural to him: accuse, steal, kill, and destroy (Rev. 12:10; John 10:10). Any suffering and wrong on earth can be directly attributed to Satan, not to God. The Lord did not “take away.” That was Satan’s doing.

Job assumed it was God’s doing. But one thing he did get right was that he “did not sin nor charge (demand restitution) God with wrong (vs. 22).” Some people, at the first sign of trouble, shake their fists up to God and accuse Him. Then they abandon Him and vengefully and deliberately step into a sinful life-style out of spite, thinking, “that will really show Him for hurting me.” They seem to try to punish the very One Who has gone to great lengths to rescue us and give us life. There are still others who aren’t trying to be vengeful, but they figure that God hasn’t helped them, so they just walk away. What they don’t understand is that God moves through people’s own faith in Him and the Word.

The very purpose for Jesus coming to earth was to defeat the accuser and bring us life and life in abundance. Notice in Colossians 2:13-15 the dramatic results that Jesus accomplished through His crucifixion and resurrection: “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Satan no longer has any right to our person nor our belongings. We have been purchased and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (I Cor. 6:20; Rev. 5:9).

Job was at quite a disadvantage compared to us. We have Jesus. (“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 15:57)”). We have the Word (I Thes. 2:13). And we have faith that is produced by His Word (Rom. 10:17). I John 5:4 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Gems 2015 — May 23 Scripture Selection: Esther 7-10

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

May 23 Scripture Selection: Esther 7-10

Food for Thought: Esth. 7:9, 10; 8:2, 15, 9:2-5 (review also 6:1-11)

Mordecai is a perfect example of how to respond to the enemy: ignore them, or resist their demands, and remain faithful to your principles. Then the Lord will take care of the rest to bring you victory over the enemy and honor you for your faithfulness.

Mordecai’s example also proves true the promise that Jesus gives in Matthew 6:3, 4, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” Mordecai did a great deed by reporting the plot to assassinate the king conjured by two of the king’s eunuchs, thus saving the king’s life. At the time, no special attention was given to Mordecai for having done so, nor did he demand it. He just kept on quietly living in the same manner as always until the king later discovered that he had received no reward for it and immediately did something about it, rewarding him with great honors.

Later, the Lord made sure he was given a very prominent place of authority. The illustration presented in Matthew 25:23 mirrors Mordecai’s experience as Jesus quotes the master in a parable rewarding a faithful servant: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” This is His promise to us, as well, today. As we prove ourselves to be faithful with what the Lord has given us to do (in our home, work, church), He will lead us to higher things, which, as we see in the life of Mordecai, may come with greater responsibilities, but also greater privileges.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Open Thread And Tips!!!!

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Well, guys and gals, it’s been a very long week.  I’ve tried to keep it fairly interesting, this week.  But, there are times when, rather than writing, I want to see what’s on your minds, and comment/respond, or not.  Most of the commenters, here, have interesting thoughts, perspectives, and information which the rest of us are not yet aware.  So, freak freely!  

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Satellite Sea Levels Alert Ocean Goers To Bumpy Road SE Of Africa!!!!

Well, this is so realz!!!!!!  We know that satellite sea levels are accurate to the mm, so, this has to be true!!!!

I thought I’d check in on our sea level fiction writers, today.  They didn’t disappoint. 

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Yes, yes, the temps, which are not rising, will cause the thermal expansion of water and drown us all …. or something.  That’s been hashed, and rehashed, and isn’t interesting, anymore, mostly because it is supreme idiocy to believe such nonsense.  But, check out the map just south and then east of Africa! …..

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Oh, yes, that’s so probably true!!!!  Everything was just fine as 60 deg south, but, now, because of climate change/global warming, we’ve a succession of hills and valleys in the middle of our oceans!!!!!!!  Vasco da Gama could never make it in the imaginary world of the satellite lunatics!!!!

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Feel Good Story Of The Day!!!! Would Be Victim Pulls Gun On Would Be Carjacker!!!

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WOULD-BE VICTIM PULLS GUN ON CARJACKER: ‘SO YOU WOKE UP STUPID THIS MORNING?’

When Hashim Fannin pulled into an Atlanta, Georgia Family Dollar an alleged carjacker climbed into his passenger seat and said, “You know what this is?” Fannin responded by pulling his gun, ordering the man out of the car and onto the ground, then asking, “So you woke up stupid this morning?”

According to WSB-TV, Fannin had just pulled into a parking spot and his car doors had automatically unlocked when 61-year-old Edgar Horn allegedly opened the passenger door and climbed into the car. Fannin responded by drawing his gun and ordering Horn out.

He then held Horn at gunpoint until police arrived.

While waiting on police, Horn asked Fannin to just let him go. Fannin said, “I told him no, there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car.”

In a cell phone video posted by WSB-TV, Fannin can be seen with his gun drawn, saying, “Just stay there and wait for the police, it’s that simple. What you doing getting in my car, you trying to rob me? You thought you were just going to take my [expletive]?”

When Horn responded that he wasn’t trying to rob anyone, Fannin asked, “So you woke up stupid this morning?”

Folks, that’s what it’s all about!!!  That’s how you do the hokey pokey!!!!

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