Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday: Overhyped Disasters

Overhyped Disasters

2012  The dire year in which the Mayan Calendar comes to an end.  This is the overhyped disaster for the faint of heart and the weak of mind.  Hollywood tried to cash in on this with a special effect heavy sci-fi movie on the end of the world. 

Y2K  It’s been eleven years since we had this disaster staring us in our face.  Because of the turn to the 21st Century, all our computers were going to crash and civilization as we were enjoying it was going to come to an end.  Most notable crashes was going to be the economic system.  Turn out nothing happened other than a few updates for different programing but it get more of those today than I did back then.

Bird Flu (Avian flu H1N1) The world went a little crazy when “bird flu” came on the scene (around 2005) and some of it jumped to humans with people who worked with birds in third world countries.  This was one of those if it mutates and infects people we could have a pandemic like we did in 1918 where tens of millions died world wide kind of scare.  As so often happens it was more noise than fury.  It was similar to Swine Flu (H1N1) which killed some people in Mexico and really hurt the Mexican tourist trade.  However if you were willing to risk it, there were some very good deals to be had at that time. 

Hurricane Irene.  Our latest disaster, as it approached the Global Warming alarmists were keeping their fingers crossed that it would be the most hellaish storm in the last 100 years.  Times haven’t been really good for them for the past 10 years (no rise in temperature) and it’s been 6 years since Katrina hit New Orleans and the warmist were predicting more and larger storms as the norm.  As it is we’ve had six years of low storm activity and strength.  But Irene was projected to hit North Carolina as a category 3 storm and on to New York.  But it moderated in intensity landing as a tropical storm but was quite large.  Newscasts were wall to wall expecting the worst and while there was a lot of flooding and some deaths, as natural disaster rate it was a disappointment at least to those hoping for the worst.

AGW  Anthropogenic Global Warming has been one of the most overhyped “disasters” in the history of the world.  AGW believers have connected global warming to temperature rise, temperature fall, droughts, floods, a lack of snow, blizzards, etc.  In fact, one person put together a list of some of the things AGW has caused and here is a sample:

“Acne, agricultural land increase, Afghan poppies destroyed, aged deaths, poppies more potent, Africa devastated, Africa in conflict, African aid threatened, African summer frost, aggressive weeds, Air France crash, air pressure changes, airport farewells virtual, airport malaria, Agulhas current, Alaskan towns slowly destroyed, al-Qaida and Taliban being helped, allergy increase, allergy season longer, alligators in the Thames, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American Dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, animals shrink, Antarctic grass flourishes, Antarctic ice grows, Antarctic ice shrinks, Antarctic sea life at risk, anxiety treatment, algal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic ice free, Arctic ice melt faster, Arctic lakes disappear, Arctic tundra lost, Arctic warming (not), a rose by any other name smells of nothing, asteroid strike risk, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased”

This gets you through the As.  You can see them all here

But it is out of date as a study suggested an alien civilization may see how we are warming the climate and come and destroy mankind. 

AGW supporters don’t seem to realize how foolish they seem.  In the meantime if you want to nominate any overhyped disaster please do in the comments.

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