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There's considerable human nature in a man. 
                                              --  Artemus Ward, 1862

~ June 24, 2015 ~

From the 
Displaced Darwinism Dept.


Thoughts on: 1) why neither the right wingnuts nor the left wingnuts can distinguish between climate and weather and 2) the Darwinian aspects of Ramadan 


NASA may not be The Weather Channel, but they still know what's up.  Here's the way NASA explains the difference between weather and climate:

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time.

And the reason I say it is that every time there's a hiccup in the weather somewhere on the planet and a new record is set, the climate changers or the anti-climate changers get their knickers in a twist about how the new record proves their point that the climate is changing, or not.  The idiocy here is equating weather with climate.  

And so, yep, here we go again -- there's a scorcher in S. Asia, over 2000 have died of heat-related problems in India and Pakistan, and the left wingnuts like Juan Cole jump right in there about how this is proof of the earth heating up.  Cole ties everything bad in Pakistan to climate change and CO2 under the rubric of the current heat fatalities.  Any excuse to pound the climate warming drum.  Next winter when there are record lows in Buffalo, his opponents will argue that -- ha, ha, ha -- see, the climate isn't warming, we got a record low in Bufflo. [There's a great song lyric in that thought.]  In either case, the climate warriors ignore NASA's valid caveat: Weather ain't climate. 

But there is a lot more to the story in Pakistan.  Oddly, although Cole claims to have lived in Pakistan during the hot months, he completely ignores the primary exacerbating factor in the high death rate in Pakistan: Ramadan.  During Ramadan observant Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke, or have sex during daylight hours. In Pakistan Ramadan is enforced by law. 

Now, it don't take much common sense or knowledge about biology to tell you that when the temps are over 110 F. in Lahore and the people are prohibited by Islamic tradition and Pakistani law from drinking any water for the 15 hours of daylight on the summer solstice, there will be biological consequences.  Cole ignores that important aspect of the tragedy.  Saba Imitiaz and Declan Walsh of the NYT touch on it. 

What nobody is saying but I will is this: When you've got millions of people exposed to ambient temperatures of over 110 F. without sufficient electricity to power air conditioners as in Pakistan at the present, and when those millions of people are forbidden by religious edicts to drink water during daylight hours when the heat is most intense, and when hundreds or thousands of those people are dying of heat prostration, what we are witnessing is a Darwinian winnowing of those unfortunate souls who are probably too thick to be a part of the species anyway.  This unfortunate defect in some humans that they will do stupid and deadly things because some imam, or pope, or rabbi tells them to has nothing to do with climate change.     



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