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Global Warming

on April 22, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off

How real is global warming? There are a few different theories out there. Conspiracy theories dictate that it is just a big money grab and not reality. There is a lot to look at for a one-page post.

First the money grab. Keeping things at par, energy-wise, keeps the money going to the same pockets and creates a demand for more of the same carbon based products. Windmills, solar panels, and other “clean energy” alternatives can be made by any handyman and are not in enough demand—yet—to offset the loss of, say, oil money. If there is one thing for certain, money can never be underestimated. Yes, money is a factor. I am not convinced that taking money out of the picture would help solve the problem either. This only leaves speculation.

Second is the fact that the earth seems prone to ice ages every few thousand years anyway followed by general warm up. I am sure this is the case as the evidence bears it out. We do have swings in temperature over thousands and hundreds of thousands of years as intervals. This evidence it taken from several studies, ice cap layers, theories, and accumulated facts as well as from astronomy. Could we actually be due for a natural global warm-up period? One that would happen along the same time frame?

The third possibility is that man is, in fact, causing the global warming without any help from nature. We do emit many greenhouse gasses and we do damage the atmosphere unabashedly. Think holes in the ozone layers.

Where money is concerned, there can be no trust. Who do we believe?

In my opinion, the likely problem is both, a general warming trend and man. It would be an arrogant person, indeed, who would think that man has zero effect on this planet. My contention is that we are contributing to this global warming. With the world stuck on all-or-nothing thinking, have we overlooked our partial contributions? I think so and we should collectively own up to it. One cannot use fossil fuel at this rate and expect for nature to instantaneously deal with it.

My conclusion is that we still need to control our contributions in global warming. It might have happened anyway, but we are surely adding to the severity of it.

 

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The news, of late, has stories of spending millions of dollars on the search for extra-terrestrial life. Are aliens even possible? One question was asked not too long ago and was answered with its own uniqueness. Maybe all of the aliens are dead! It was a good article and I am sorry that I did not save it for referral here. Let’s take another look at what the possibilities are.

Forming a viable planet to live on is hard. This was the basis of the “they are all dead” theory. With the universe being so huge, it is inconceivable that we are the only planet with intelligent life. We cannot be the only planet in the entire universe that formed a viable planet. Some objections are that our galaxy is somewhat smaller than the universe and maybe we are the only planet in this galaxy viable enough to sustain life. Contact outside of our galaxy takes too long for a reply to our beacons.

There are other possibilities though. Any planet in our universe might be in the same place, developmentally speaking, as their time lines might be closer to that of earths evolution. They could either, be advance to us, or not at the same advancement as we are. If they are less intelligent than we are, then we will make no contact. If they are more advance in intelligence, then they, with certainty, would not want to make contact. This later point deserves to be explored.

Why would any intelligent being want to come to a planet, or contact one, in which would surely end in a war with them? We can barely survive our own destruction. I can see it now. They come here and every religion instantly wants to “save” them from eternal damnation. As if a God did not exist on their own planet and who already saved them. What if they wanted to “save” us form eternal damnation? That is one “world” war I want to stay away from. A catholic bishop has already volunteered to baptize them in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, should they come here. If you believe the reports.

Our seeming inability to overcome deep prejudice of other peoples and religions are also a hindrance. How long before we become prejudice to those of other worlds?

They would be past the waste fossil fuel—rape the planet—stage, and surely look upon us as the savages we truly are, by comparison. If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that us visiting an inferior planet would only be for their resources, covered in the mask of helping to prosper them as a world and saving them. Just by our own greed we might be smitten of their affections.

Why would life evolve anywhere in this universe that was different at some level? Different planet, different intelligence? Not likely! The theory of natural selection does not equate to different possible intelligence paths. You either come to know nature or you do not! That is the definition of intelligence. If life arises it is sure to become of high intelligence, given enough time.

There might be life out there, but we might need to overcome this world before ever hoping to make contact. I believe the universe is replete with life. We just need to learn how to live on the planet we evolved on, becoming humane, then strive to make contact with other worlds!

Should we use our monies to irradiate greed and prejudice through better education on gender differences, religious differences, racial differences, and the like—of which there are no true differences and make earth “the” place to visit?             

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Last time I quickly reviewed a simple dream. This post I will review one simple sexual dream and one a little more complex. This will make the post longer than I normally make them. Sorry!

The first dream:

I was at work and I needed to go to the washroom. Similar to my last dream. Not similar, I was in a position to actually pee. I was in fact, standing at the urinal ready to go. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a woman appeared. She was very attractive and offered to have sexual relations with me. She was not shy either and her words gave me an instant erection. Ever try peeing with an erection. Not impossible, but difficult. I still needed to pee really bad and was asking her to wait until I was done, without much success. Again, suddenly, some of my coworkers came into the washroom and it angered me. I was upset that no one would leave me alone to pee in private, or at all for that matter. Then I awoke from my dream and rushed to the real washroom.

Like the dream in my prior post on dreams, your brain knows what is going on in your body. Needing to pee, bad, and actually peeing in the dream might lead to an accident in real life. I might have still woken, but I would have had to changed my bedding. An erection is not uncommon with all ages of men to ward off wetting the bed. It has been postulated that this is why most men awaken with an erection. Thus, my sexual encounter. This was not stopping me from going and it might have angered my complex brain enough to induce anger as an awakening agent. So it did the best thing it could: interrupted my peeing/sex by lack of privacy to do either. This dream and the last posted dream are similar in mechanics. They deal with what the brain knows about the brain and body. Before going to bed now, I tell myself, that if I need to pee while dreaming, wake up.

The second dream:

Remembering that this is a “family friendly” blog, I will not use the proper graphics. Many moons ago, I was dreaming that I was out for a night and that a beautiful woman was watching me. I walked over to her and she was quite aggressive in the sexual department. I took her home and to do the proverbial act, in which she told me to do whatever I wanted, so I did. I did not ejaculate in the dream (or real life) and woke before going too far. Not to graphic?

In real life, I was going through some hard times: working too much, marriage stress, home renovations, teenage children, and I was missing some form of intimacy. Too much work and not enough play. I have never been unfaithful! Why a strange woman? Possibly because there was no current way of connecting with, my then, wife. A stranger in another place in spacetime might have been needed to fulfil the necessities. Maybe, it was my unconscious brain telling my dreaming brain what I need to release my tensions. Not necessarily a different woman, but maybe, uncontrolled, lustful sex. The point is that these dreams don’t need to be explained as sexual fantasies, or wet dreams, although that is another possible answer. Your brain might be trying to tell you something important about your sexual needs, or intimacy needs as sex is often a substitute or indicator of your intimate needs. Sex releases tension, lowers depression, puts you in a good mood, keeps your heart healthy as well as your mind. What’s not to dream about?

Sexual dreams or wet dreams as adolescents might just be the brain learning to become sexual. A way of rehearsing sexual functions while the brain develops its sexually.

Even a simple dream of being in public completely naked could have some explanation about your waking brain state. It could be from trying to deal with guilt. Your brain, consciously or sub-consciously, could be revealing this to your dreaming brain. Being naked in public does not have to be sexual in nature. It presupposes that you are bare for every one to see—your sin is in the domain of the public and you cannot even hide it. The dream might not explain what the guilt is from or even give any clues.

I strongly suspect that most dreams are influenced by our current bodily condition, sub-conscious condition or even our conscious conditions. I wrote this post to give my wonderful readers some insight into normal dreaming mechanics. True, there are weird dreams that don’t fall into the realms of these, or any explanations. Most dreams I think, are telling you something hidden about your life. Reflect on them and pay attention!

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Humans are not the only species to dream. There is some evidence that your pets do too. Dogs are known to bark, under their breath, and have rapid eye movement: REM sleep. I won’t get into animal dreams though. There is reason to believe that several different types of dreams occur. Occasionally, we all have dreams of sex, falling—where we jump in our sleep, or ones akin to visions or premonitions. I will try to examine some of my dreams over the years and draw conclusions from them. I will start with an easily explainable one for this post.

I love to cook! Not any surprise that, one night while camping, I had a dream that I was cooking a huge supper for my family. I was making barbeque potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, and of course chicken. I had just set the chicken on the picnic table and turned around to open the barbeque. As I reached for the chicken it was no longer there. I looked around to see what happened to these fresh delectable chicken breast and could not find them anywhere. Gone! I asked everyone if they knew where the chicken breast disappeared to and no one knew.

By this point in time I began to become emotional. I was extremely upset leading to an anger with rage. I began knocking things on the ground looking for this chicken. Then my actions sped-up as I began swearing and yelling at everyone over this missing chicken. At one point, I felt so much anger and rage that I jumped. The jump woke me up just in time to stop myself from wetting the bed! Still angry, I jumped out of bed and ran to the camp park restrooms and almost did not make it.

Some types of dreams are really hard to explain. This dream, however, has an easy explanation. There are not really any hidden messages. I probably went to bed planning what to have for supper the next day. Your unconscious brain knows everything about your body, more or less. I might have been sub-consciously going over my supper plans and very much enjoying it. My brain knew that I was asleep as a state of body and motor activity. My brain knew that I desperately needed to go to the washroom. How does my unconscious, desperate, brain get my dreaming brain to wake up? Induce anger into this bliss. Needing to go, as bad as I did, during a happy moment of cooking, would require replacing this contentment with rage. The rage produced by my desperate condition.

You might think that there was an easier way for my needy brain to awaken my dreaming brain. Why not just supplement a suggestion that I needed to go to the washroom? I guess I left that part out. It did! While I was cooking, I had the feeling of needing relief. My dreaming brain told my dreaming brain that I would go to the washroom after I got the chicken started. This might make sense of the anger over the chicken.

The brain is extremely complex, even in the dream state!

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