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May 4, 2017

Kicking the Cans, Rising Tides

Harry M. Covert

Usually, people who enjoy marching, I mean walking, in so-called protest activities only benefit from news coverage. With all of the real ongoing tragedies throughout the planet, global warming or climate change is one of those feel-good issues of no consequence at the moment.


Maybe there's no perfectly good reason to tackle the issue of melting icebergs and such in the next millennia.


Please, don't panic yet. Trying to absorb the evils of future weather changes my internet mail box overwhelmed me: the doomsday clock is now two-and-a-half-minutes to midnight. 


Since science is so important to existence, maybe we should have another look at the global warming conversations.


The idea of marching to slowdown weather changes seems to be another bogus effort. In world travels, I've never seen protestors in Third World countries take a step opposing climate change. I've seen many trying to find food, but no "parades" for weather changes.


Let's return to the doomsday fear. Research advises the "ticking clock" first became a scientific issue in 1947. Apologies for the "tick, tick, ticking" reference.


Seems that doomsday became the first panic, especially for Americans, when World War II came to an end. Yes, the atomic age was birthed after two explosions, but not in the continental USA. Since those days, "doomsday" expectations preceded other predictions like global warming, or climate change, or the Chicago Cubs winning baseball's World Series.


Protesting can be classed as another American sport, surely it can be dangerous, often entertaining but mostly disrupting. 


Since we're all living in The Now, today's most pressing issues are not the expected rising tides that float all boats. Predictions are that oceans may be rising in the neighborhood of three to six inches by the end of the current century.


I'm not poo-pooing ideas to take care of the world. I wish the scientific community could figure out in the short term how to cure life threatening ills.


There are other issues, too. I believe there are many Stephen Hawkings busy in studies. Marchers kicking the cans down the streets in parade routes mean well most of the time. A touch cynical, of course, but not realistic.


Who can stop floods, hurricanes, rising tides? Seriously, no human.


The doomsday clock is far more worrisome than climate change. The latter matter has been considered by some as a boondoggle, foolish endeavor or a waste of time. That's okay.


How much time remains before the world ends? This has always been a great subject along with space aliens landing on earth in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) normally in southwestern states, or travels to other interplanetary locations.


The doomsday business has slipped. It was three minutes to midnight in 2015 and 2016. Today it is now two-and-a half-minutes to that day.


What does all this mean? The scientific community reports doomsday danger is closing in mainly because of North Korea's nuclear weapons threat. And, because President Trump dares stand up to an immature brat.


Let's recall these appropriate words of 76 years past: the "only fear we have to fear is fear itself."


Hit the "reset" button, please.


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