Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Global Warming" By Abraham Lincoln

It’s official: Global Warming is here. This winter, for me, has been a cold one; and, like a lot of people, I can’t get warm. And we had a blizzard—who really wanted that?

Even members of our bickering government are not able to be civil these days—it’s the weather. You are going to have to change when it is time to plant your peas, lettuce, and turnips. From now on, this 21st century is going to be the hottest period of time for humanity, and everything else, that’s on record. Read the Farmer's Almanac about our sun and sunspots and solar flares—learn more about what controls our climate.
Y'all are gonna make a whole lot of them 1-percenters happier because staying cool means cranking the thermostat down, and they love that. They might have to remove themselves from the beaches of Florida and Texas and head north to Alaska and melting glaciers to stay cool.

There is a new map, being prepared as I write this, that changes the planting zones in the United States of America. The last time the zone map for planting was changed was back in 1990—for those weak in arithmetic: 22 years ago.

I hope you all keep a dear diary; or, a journal, like me. Why? Well I can look back at any day of the year for the past 50 years and tell you what the temperature was when I got up that particular day. What value is it, you ask. I don’t know why I do it. I must have some kind of compulsive disorder. It is why I have an instant dislike for some people I talk to over the telephone and fall in love with them when we meet face to face.

This winter has not been an exception. I just grabbed a 2009 journal and looked up January 26th and it was 25º at 5:15 A.M. In 2007, the temperature was 16º at 4:35 A.M. and in 2008, it was 22º at 4:14 A.M. It was 31º when I got up at 4:00 A.M. this morning.

Global Warming has not socked us with blistering days in January yet, but it has been warmer and road salt use is down all over the state. City managers are scrambling and looking for some “new stuff” to buy. They surely dream about different ways to spend the money not being spent on road salt.

In spite of the times we live in, Brookville had about 47 property foreclosures listed on the Internet and another 72 homes are for sale. We all know a lot of people out of work ran out of luck. One thing that would make those folks happy would be a chance at a job with the city. Speaking of jobs—some people retire from and get a retirement check—sometimes they are hired back. I don't know if that is double-dipping or not, but I would think it comes close.

A Star writer wrote about double-dipping problems and while the local schools and city employees were featured retirement stories, not much was said about them getting their old jobs back at a reduced wage. I suppose if you are out of work and no jobs are being offered that you would sign on to take one of them jobs if it was still available.

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