Wednesday, July 7, 2010

United Nations and the Climate

In the United Kingdom, as reported on BBC,  they just finished a government inquiry into information dissemination on climate change.  Amongst other minor issues..  Has anyone ever seen the BBC shows Yes Minister or Yes Prime Minister?
An interesting part of this issue is revealed when you read United Nations Framework Convention on  Climate Change. FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.2 15 September 2009
This document contains reordered and/or consolidated sections of the revised negotiating text
(FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.1) prepared by facilitators during and after the informal meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) held in Bonn, Germany, on 10–14 August 2009. I quote
"2) The range of emission reductions in paragraphs 31 (a) and 34 (a) should be removed from the shared vision chapter and treated in the mitigation chapter."

Does this make it harder to find?

It seems to me, while perusing this document, the whole purpose is to punish developed countries and reward developing countries.  I especially make note of .
PP.14 Acknowledging that current atmospheric concentrations are principally the result of historical emissions of greenhouse gases, the most significant share of which has originated in developed countries.
PP.15 Further acknowledging that developed countries have a historical responsibility for their disproportionate contribution to the causes and consequences of climate

change, reflecting their
disproportionate historical use of a shared global carbon space since 1850 as well as their proposed continuing disproportionate use of the remaining global carbon space.

The United States of America is the greatest Industrial Country in the world.  It is easy to look back and give credence to some of these claims. In the time of our greatest growth,  the science to support this thesis didn't exist.  Today it does and we have taken and continue to take steps to alleviate the problem.

The science does exist today. So why isn't China trying to control their emissions.  At the last Olympics,  the government had every factory and business shut down  two months ahead of time, just to get the air clear enough to breathe. Of course this wasn't widely commented on.  And, considering the size, population and sheer disregard for human life, where is the outcry? If you were to take overall greenhouse gases volume,  what is their percentage?  And they do it knowing the effects.

But the United Nations will not try to punish them, just us.  This document reminds me of the Kyota Treaty.  The United Nations is trying to pass off the notion of equitable responsibility. What they mean is developed countries ( ie us) must sacrifice.

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8. Deep cuts [by developed countries] [by all Annex I country Parties] [by all developed countries]in global emissions by Parties in accordance with their historical responsibilities, as well as the principles FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.2
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of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities, and realistic changes in emission patterns [will be] [are urgently] required to prevent dangerous interference with the climate system and achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention. Early and urgent action by all countries on the basis of equity and according to their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities is necessary.

I don't care how I read this,  The United Nations is trying use Climate Change as one more stepping stone to punishing the United States for being successful. One more brick in their desire for Equity without Effort.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Identity Theft and Craiglist

Identity Theft and Craiglist

Several months ago, I answered and e-mail from what I thought was my email provider.  i only answered after repeated attempts.  As a consequence, I was blocked out of my 13 year old account.  The perpetrators tried to scam all my contacts , stole my identity and cleaned out my bank account.

So, I learned the hard way.  Because of this, I have been forced to put  a prize
possession, up for sale.  I am broke, so I looked for various ways to advertise.

I place an ad on Craigslist.  Every body's heard the name.  I have even used it when I was looking for different things.

Since I placed the ad,  I have received more that 50 emails concerning the item.  I can honestly say that not one of them is legitimate.  they are, in fact, attempts to get information from me.

How can I say that? 

First they will have a link in the text and will ask if you will trade for this or is you ora anything thing to get you to go to that link.  Once there, you are led to believe that you are at the craigslist login page.  It isn't.  I have bitten, but I am positive that once you log on that page , they got you.

They now can get into your account and get other info that will allow them to STEAL FROM YOU.

One of the other scams is telling you that they need to send a cashier check and need information to send it.  DON'T.

When you suggest talking on the phone,  Oh I'm deaf or my doctor told me not to talk on the phone.

One of my favorites is ,  I'm not in your state, but somebody owes me money.  They'll give you a cashier, you give them the difference, when you deposit the check and then I'll get the item.  SCAM.

First cashier checks used to be consider like gold.  Not anymore.  I've dealt with legitimate cashiers checks recently and they take a week to 10 days to clear.  Mainly due to this kind of scam . And if it doesn't, you are  responsible.

Craigslist does give out info on scams.  It is a shame on society, I guess, but really on individuals.  Be aware of anyone asking for info.  You don't know who to trust nowadays.

I consider the shame on me when I fell for it.  It took several months of the same email before I did. And I never believe the telephone one.  But somebody must be or they wouldn't keep it up.

Just a word to the wise.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4, 1776 plus 1, The Next Day

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


Everyone knows about Independence Day.  For the sake of argument, We will assume it was signed that day.

John Hancock signed in his signature in bold writing, the first to sign.  At that time he and many other signers, already had a price on their head.  (John Hancock later became Seventh President of the United States in Congress Assembled,November 23, 1785 to June 5, 1786)

"....we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

These men signed, knowing full well that they risked everything thing.  Not for personal gain, but for a greater cause.

Imagine, July 5th, 1776.  There's no going back.  You're committed.  The risks are

great, the dangers many.  Every moment fraught with peril. 

Does this realization begin to weigh heavily on you?  What about your family?  Is it worth it?

The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, 26.  The oldest was Benjamin Franklin, 70. In the beginning of life and the end of life.

What plan's were made?  Actions Taken? Did regrets set in?  Worries, depression?

All that risk, and today what do we do with the gift that these men gave to us?

On the day after, remember them and honor them by following the principles laid down so eloquently.

July 4th is a day to celebrate. But July 5th is a day to live the dream that these men gave to us.
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