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March 22, 2007

gentlemen

gentlemen, he uses this phrase over and over in his adress to the senate. this seems ood given how informal the rest

of his adress is. why does he call them gentlemen? given the somewhat ironic tone he used it reminded me of one of

my junior high teachers who whold refer to us as gentlemen. our teacher would call us this usally when were acting

not at all like a gentleman should. it was while polite and formal yet harsh ironic critque of our behavior. the speach

seems to talk that tone. i can just imagine him stress the word gentlemen changing the emphasise sometimes to make

the word stand out more. how each time he said it the irony and the plea must have dug into the senators. other

parts of his speach have a similar feel. when he says they also drink pepsi and wear shinny running shorts. you

can just he the scorn in his voice. this is a carefully chosen mental picure is delivered in a flipiant manne. this makes

it all the more poignant. while it is not always an effective way to convince people this speach is masterfully

crafted with a certaint harse irony which only drives the point home harder

March 7, 2007

global warming?

is the world warming up? if so is it being caused by humans and what can we do about? this is one of cheif the

questions facing my generation. it is hard to form a consensous. climitology is in exact science. how acurate are

mesurements based of soil samples and tree rings? while the amount of CO2 in the air has and is increasing and while

it does trap heat does this even show up when compared to the effect global winds and solar flares have? the earth

has endured massive climate changes before without human intervention why should we assume that this one is

our fault? if global warming is actually our fault what actions can we take? these our some questions which need

to be probarly adressed before a consensous can be made. the reson these questions are not answered is

because the problem has become political. so i has become involved in massive smearing campain of both sides.

even if there is the science that we need we will not accept unless its add campain works. its beause cool to talk

about gobal warming. which makes it all the harder to believe them. i have listened to William Steger talk about the

shrinking of the glaciers, the death of the polar bears, and caribou leaving minnesota and going north. I do not think

he is lieing hes seen it. yet i still see very little good science which understands this global warming or what we

can actually do to make it better. until i see this science i will remain unsure as to what is happening and what we

should do about it.