Perhaps it’s too subtle for some. End of Days?

I don’t think most of the Texans agree with the “End of Days” schtick. They’ve been roughed up pretty thoroughly by drought already, enough to get their dander up. A real Texan is one tough hombre. A guy calling himself a preacher, sipping from his coffee mug and shouting into a camera on You Tube isn’t enough to make them give up hope, quit struggling, drop to their knees and pray.


Texas Lake Turns Blood-Red – Texas – Fox Nation http://bit.ly/o68IlO


That doesn’t seem to extend to Indiana however.


And now for the not so ‘subtle’ part.


The Deluge - Image via Wikipedia


There once was an old man who had great faith
. He lived in a flood-plain
. One day after a particularly hard rain, a Ranger pulls up in front of the house in a 4×4. The Ranger tells the old man that a great flood is coming, that he needs to evacuate. The old man insists on staying saying, “I have faith! God will save me from the flood!” The Ranger argues, but to no avail, and finally leaves to save more sensible people.

 

Rescue work, Dayton (LOC)

Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

The next day, the floodwaters have covered the old man’s yard, and are lapping at his porch. The same Ranger pulls up in a john-boat and begs the old man once more to evacuate. The old man remains firm, saying, “I have faith! God will save me from the flood!” The Ranger argues to no avail, and finally leaves.

Helicopter Rescue

Helicopter Rescue - Image by SixFourG via Flickr

The next day, the floodwaters have covered the 1st and 2nd stories, and a helicopter flies in to hover over the old man perched upon the roof. The Ranger yells to the old man, “Climb up! We need to get you out of here!” Once again, the old man replies, “I have faith! God will save me from the flood!” As they argue, a wave sweeps the old man off the roof and he drowns. The old man arrives at the gates of Heaven, and is greeted by the Angel Gabriel. The old man says, “I want to speak with God.” Gabriel smiles and says that God wants to talk to him, too. The old man is ushered into the presence of God, and says, “Lord, I don’t understand! I had faith that you would save me! What happened?”

God looks at him, sighs, and says, “I sent you a 4×4, a boat, and a helicopter, what more did you want???”


Could it be that the messages for the last 30 years were sent to save us? 

This story is usually paired with something crisp like, “The Lord helps those who help themselves.” Life isn’t about passively standing around, waiting for the big guy in the sky to take care of you. You’ve got to participate.

 

“I sent you a scientist, a group of scientists, and an international coalition of scientists to tell you how to avoid this, what more did you want???”

Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri Chair, IPCC

Image by UNclimatechange via Flickr

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Violent climate video is the opposite of what 10/10/10 is about | Grist | Bill McKibben

I just climbed off an airplane at Boston’s Logan Airport. The day began in Monterrey, Mexico — and though I was tired, I was also feeling pretty good. Our big day of action on Oct. 10 has been building to a crescendo: Yesterday we broke our record from last year, registering more than 5,500 actions for the big Global Work Party.
But I’d barely turned on my computer when that good feeling turned to a kind of nausea. There were emails from people all saying the same thing: Have you seen this? “This” was a gross video making its way around YouTube, purporting to show people being blown up for not believing in climate change. It’s been pulled down from the website of its creators, the British climate group 10:10, but it hasn’t been pulled down from YouTube.
Climate denier Marc Morano’s Climate Depot website is assailing it as the latest example of eco-fascism. Morano and other climate skeptics are right to crow. It’s the kind of stupidity that really hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions, not the least of which is that we’re out-of-control elitists. Not to mention crazy, and also with a completely misplaced sense of humor.
We at 350.org are spreading the word that we had nothing to do with it. We didn’t see it till it had made its way around the web, and as soon as we did, we let people know we thought it was disgusting. We’ve known the creators for years — they put out a statement apologizing for their lapse. But it’s the kind of mistake that will haunt and hurt efforts.
What makes it so depressing is that it’s the precise opposite of what the people organizing around the world for Oct. 10 are all about. In the first place, they’re as responsible as possible: They’ll spend the day putting up windmills and solar panels, laying out bike paths, and digging community gardens. And in the second place, they’re doing it because they realize kids are already dying from climate change, and that many, many more are at risk as the century winds on. Killing people is, literally, the last thing we want.
There’s no question that crap like this will cast a long shadow over our efforts, and everyone else who’s working on global warming. We’re hard at work, as always, but we’re doing it today with a sunk and sad feeling.

Well Bill, I suppose I can grasp your feelings and position. And I have to say, I don’t think it matters.
Yes, it got all the usual suspects all steamed up and chasing after us all again. So what’s new about that? Compared to ClimateGate, and GlacierGate, this was NOTHING.
Some people felt it was over the top, grisly and horrible. I know you probably don’t have time to watch much TV, but have you looked at the programming most people consume these days? The mini-movie fit right in.
My first reaction to seeing the film was “this is exactly what would cause a buzz with my kids and grandkids!” I watched it again, and realized that it was perfect as British humour. And I think it’s the sort of message that is needed. Why?
Because us old curmudgeons are getting in the way.
The “No Pressure” video was perfect in many ways. It caused a buzz. It got people’s attention. It started conversations. And it started them in places that we haven’t been able to get them started for any length of time. We NEED those conversations. We must capture everyone’s attention.
The historic dimensions of the 10/10/10 work day, a symbolic global action, is needed and I would hope it would be welcomed by nearly everyone. Those sorts of actions are great, they’re epic. But without a hook, will be largely ignored. Again.
The situation has gotten well past desperate. We don’t need to convince the folks in the Maldives, or Tuvalu that we’re teetering on the edge of disaster. The people we’re trying to reach are the ones that influence the economies. The sound bite, change shocked masses that are looking for a diversion. Petitions and grand gestures have had limited effect. We have got to change the tone, and the rhythm of this discussion. 10:10 just did a great job of it, we should take advantage of it.

[Edit 03 Oct 2010: Based upon people close to the source, my promotion of the No Pressure video may be doing damage to 10:10’s efforts, which is the last thing I want, so I’ve taken down my copies of the video and will desist from promoting it.]

I’m putting the video up on my YouTube channel, my Vimeo channel, and other places. They’ll all be under my Tweetingdonal handle. And I’ll be reminding people that they’re there. I can only hope that there will be more!
Larry Oliver
@tweetingdonal

Could you please word that more vaguely?

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Originally posted at Bad Astronomy, Phil has found a treasure of a cartoon, and it applies now much more than ever, especially with the second week of COP15 starting.



To All Pet Owners

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door – nose height.

clutterDear Dogs and Cats:
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do no

I think this one explains itself quite well…

Jon Stewart Does Glenn Beck: Touts Conspiracy Theories, Cries (VIDEO)

Apparently the medicine that was good enough for our founding fathers is now considered politically or medically incorrect,” Stewart said employing both air quotes and crazy voice registers that left the viewer wondering who and what he was quoting. “I’m not saying this is a plot by Hitler to steal Glenn Beck from all of us internal organ by internal organ by internal organ and then reprogram him to use as a weapon. But isn’t it fascinating that I’m the only one with the courage to ask these questions?” He proceeded

You’ve gotta see this one… distilled crazy on Comedy Central 🙂