Friday, October 12, 2007

Yasser Arafat Freezes Over

From Nobel Prize dot org, (gag me!):

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace
Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.
for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made
climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to
counteract such change.

Here are a few funny one-liners, italics mine:

Indications of changes in the earth's future
climate must be treated with the utmost seriousness, and with the precautionary principle uppermost in our minds.

Thousands of scientists and officials from over one
hundred countries have collaborated to achieve greater
as to the scale of the warming.

Al Gore has for a long time been one of the world's leading environmentalist politicians.

His strong commitment... has strengthened the struggle against climate change.

By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the
IPCC and Al Gore, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is seeking to contribute to a
sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary
protect the world’s future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the
security of mankind.

Action is necessary now, before climate change
moves beyond man’s control.

What is the precautionary principle? Is it "We don't have any evidence for this, but nevertheless..." ? Is it like Boyle's Law? Warning label on fireworks, "Award prize and get away fast!", or hair driers, "Do not use underwater" ? Did the Nobel Committee follow the precautionary principle in awarding the Peace Prize to Albert Schweitzer? Norman Borlaug? Yasser Arafat?

"Collaborated to achieve greater certainty"...conspired to fix the evidence? When found out, ought we shave their heads?

"Leading environmentalist politicians"... sounds like some of our soldiers' descriptions of meals ready to eat," MRE's,three lies in one".

"Struggle against climate change..." I thought Algore was struggling with peronal issues, not climate change.

Who better to sharpen the appearance on the focus for the decisions necessry for the process to the strengthing of the constributions...than Algore?

"Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man's control." How can it possibly do that? If it moves beyond man's control, what moved it beyond man's control? Parts of it are not yet in our control, so we must do something with the parts we do control, to keep the other parts from escaping our control and careening into catastrophe?

I am certain of two things. Albert and Yasser will never bump into one another. And Yasser is hoping The Next Great Ice Age reaches the underworld.

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