I have to admit that I am a bit tired of the good people of Nawth Alibam, and Greater Metropolitan Arab, tell me that this winter’s extremes indicate that climate change is either a conspiracy or a sham, if not both. This outlook seems to be common across much of the Yankee republic, at least if I can place any trust in the media, which is itself a possible sham or conspiracy.
I am also tired of saying to these people that weather is not climate although delivering a lecture on the role of energy levels in weather variance is usually worth it just to enjoy the glazing of their eyes and minds and the silence ensuing therefrom. This is a variant on a trick I learned as an undergraduate of how to run off business majors at a social event – all one had to do was speak maths and they would run away screaming in terror of their very lives. And if there is one thing most people in small towns in the Yankee republic think they know, it is business.
On which azimuth, I note that the coffee growers association is complaining about how climate change is cutting into their crop yields. [Link] The business person will immediately laugh cynically at this since coffee prices have been rather reduced in recent years by crop glut. These knowing folks will attribute the rhetoric to a conspiracy to elevate coffee prices.
The marketplace is, of course, a social reality that only takes note of actual reality when the universe decides to kick social reality in the ribs, which is likely the situation with climate change. Sadly, most people – all bogs, most geeks, and all too many nerds – cannot see beyond that social reality and so that kick in the ribs is neither expected nor understandable.
I do however, note that to a large extent that social reality runs on two fluids – gasoline and brewed coffee (the beverage, not the bean.) So how many broken ribs and punctured lungs will reductions in both cause?
On the gooder side however, researchers at U Cambridge have done a medical study (I hate to call these things experiments) that indicates that people who drink brewed coffee beverage have a lower probability of having strokes than people who do not. [Link] One of the intriguing things about this study is that the researchers were able (apparently?) to find enough non-drinkers for statistical significance. Perhaps that is why they performed the study in England? Tea and all that harbor stuff?
But the question does arise of whether the increase in strokes from decreased supply of coffee will be explained as a sham or conspiracy by climate change skeptics? The answer is: of course!
Against Stupidity the Gods themselves contend in vain!
And lastly, on the whackier side, courtesy of the Pew people I find out that 0.83 of millennials sleep with their cellular phones.[Link]
I can happily say that I do not. One of the rules FD SCP and I have is that we have neither telephones nor televisions in the bedroom. Bedrooms are where you sleep (or try to at our age.) We do have an alarm clock but it has not been engaged as other than a time piece in almost five years.
I am better than I used to be with my cellular phone. In previous days I only turned it on when I wanted to call someone. Now that I no longer answer calls if the caller ID is not identifiable turning it off seems unnecessary.
Now to enjoy a bit of morning stroke prevention. While I can.
 That’s maths talk that all the bogs can ignore, or just run outside screaming in terror.