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Bob Dunning: Fueling the fire of global warming

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From page A2 | January 07, 2014 | 4 Comments

GLOBAL WARNING … after I scolded Rose Bowl play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger for telling a worldwide audience — including a significant number of Davisites — to “throw another log on the fire” at the start of the game, a kind reader told me in no uncertain terms that this was not a laughing matter … somehow, I’m still laughing … in fact, he pointed out that just two days prior to the Rose Bowl, Sacramento had reported a record high temperature for the day, clear evidence of global warming …

Maybe so, maybe not, but yes, the old record maximum for Dec. 30 was 61, and that record was smashed a week ago Monday when the temperature rose to a searing 62 degrees … the extra degree, no doubt, was caused by folks all over town taking Musberger’s advice and throwing an extra log on the fire … and never mind that Musberger’s advice didn’t come until two days after the fact … as my dad once told me, never let facts get in the way of a good story …

EVEN MORE GLOBAL WARMING … as I understand it, school was canceled for kids in Green Bay, Wis., yesterday, not because it was 90 degrees below zero, but because the beloved fan-owned Packers lost their playoff game to the 49ers and the kids were too sad to go to class …

FRUIT OF THE REALM … absolutely loved that front-page Enterprise story the other day explaining when I can and when I can’t pick low-hanging fruit in my beloved hometown … turns out, “the law allows for people to pick fruit if a tree hangs over on their property or in a public space, like a sidewalk.” … unfortunately, the overhanging tree from the neighbor to the left is the world’s largest sycamore and it drops everything but fruit, and the only thing coming over the fence from the neighbor on the right is runaway ivy that needs to be constantly trimmed so it doesn’t climb through the bedroom window … there is a beautifully laden orange tree over the back fence, but none of its fruit ever comes within arm’s length of the Above-Pictured Columnist …

The message here for fruit lovers is to always check the back yards of potential neighbors before submitting a bid on your dream home …

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME … no matter where you stand on the Health and Human Services mandate concerning the application of parts of the Affordable Care Act to religious institutions, you gotta love the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against the United States government … for my money, it’s hard to root against the Little Sisters of the Poor … talk about David versus Goliath …

Back in college I had a coach who used to try to fire us up by saying, “Hey, we’re not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor today,” thinking it was a fictional organization … in fact, we all thought he made it up on the spot … turns out the Obama administration is now in a fight to the death with this very organization … may the best man/woman win …

BELLS-R-US … my friend Ralph at comcast.net asks me to please do my part “for many grateful pedestrians and bicyclists to make sure that the various enlightened bicycle and traffic commissioners and their commissions introduce bicycle bells to the Holy City, also known as COW, Center of the World, as an urgent safety measure.” … forget safety, Ralph, I just happen to like how they sound …

“As a 91-year-old pedestrian and bicyclist, I have been begging for bicycle bells for many years, but to no avail.” … well, given that this town’s council is never shy about passing ordinances requiring people to do things they might not otherwise do, I’d say mandatory bells have a 50-50 chance of being a part of our future … sure beats hearing someone yell “on your left” as you’re walking along your favorite path …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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  • January 07, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Bob, I guess that extra log I threw on didn't help the climate scientists whose boat is stuck in the Antartic ice. It's so funny, they went there to study the melting ice and they got STUCK IN THE ICE. The irony is hillarious.

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  • January 07, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Regarding "FRUIT OF THE REALM", luckily the City Council set up the Fruit and Nuts Commission to settle such dispute, reported by yours truly in the above space in the Davis Enterprise on September 24, 2009. It's available on-line in the Davis Enterprise Archive. Search on Clay Brandow.

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  • January 07, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    Several individuals have challenged Al Gore to a Climate Change debate, which he dodges. Last article I read says that the temperature has held stable for 17 years. With this Arctic chill, maybe Global Cooling is back?

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  • January 07, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    I trust scientists. NASA, for instance, has a great site with graphs of global temperature over time (http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs_v3/). They show an unmistakeable and dramatic upward trend in global temperature. In fact, with the exception of 1998, the nine warmest years on record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years ever measured. And since we all know this is a measure of average temperature (which leads to, among other things, more moisture in the air over the ocean and, thus, more weather extremes), it is irrelevant that sometimes, somewhere it is cooler than normal. Global climate change brings with it extremes on both ends of the spectrum.

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