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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Clearly a problem

By Tom Toles

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Advice, short version
Do you read advice columns? I confess that I have looked at a few. I'm not sure I need to read any more. There are only so many relationship/family issues, and the answers don't change. I think I've got the gist now. Here's my version:

Q. Should I keep dating Loser Guy?
A. No.
Q. My husband isn't helping around the house.
A. You should have listened to the first answer.
Q. What about troublesome in-laws?
A. Smile. Then change the locks.
Q. I have a difficult situation with my kids that involv...
A. Difficult is right. Just don't quit on them.
--Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy, International, Middle East, Obama White House  
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Q. Should I keep dating Loser Guy?
A. No.
Q. My husband isn't helping around the house.
A. You should have listened to the first answer.
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--Tom Toles

Really Tom, the answer to #2 us "Realize that he works longer hours to support your buying habits." And he will be criticized if he worked less and did more at home too.

Posted by: Lizardo | December 19, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The Palestinian Government cannot be trusted with anything - the real root of the problem. They want to perpetuate their 'issues' as a ME battering ram against Israel - which is what the ME wants more than peace.
Posted by: pararanger22

I have been to Israel and what I can see of it, the Israelis have all of the advantages and the Palestinians are treated like inferiors.

Our aid to Israel along with money from wealthy Jews here in the states has caused the palistionians to be subservient.

What is really ironic is that the same thing is happening here in the states to our middle class.

Without the unions to protect the working class in this country and Israel, working people are doomed to be subservient.

Without equity, there is conflict and corruption of the society.

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 15, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

I concur that the Christmas tree is, well unattractive, but you need to go back to Constitution 101. There is no "separation of church and state" in there, and I'll buy your next Christmas tree if you can find it in there.

Also the practice of decorating trees did not originate with any type of religion, unless you consider the old Norse tradition of putting up a tree and decorating it to celebrate the eternal rebirth of nature after the winter solstice to be a religion.

I suggest along with the constitution you do some research on that as well.

Posted by: txoh | December 14, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Toles, your summary of advice columns is close, but you forgot one essential thing: the universal "Oh, and please see a therapist" appended to each one response.

Posted by: whiteflame128 | December 14, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

To Tom Toles...
What president Obama needs to do is construct his own exit from the invisible cube that does not exist and do something positive with his presidency before he turns his back on the people and turns us over to the crazy Republicans.
Dave

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 13, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

As for the Bush Tax cuts, you really must be a socialist to want more taxes dude. The US accumulates how many trillions in revenue each year yet the Liberal team always wants more. Nuts.
Posted by: pararanger22

My thoughts on the Subject...
You must be a sociopathic, anti-social and anal retentive Hitlerite who is trying to destroy the foundation of our society.

We are all socialists if we live in and enjoy the fruits of social organization.
The only way you can get away from socialism is to live in a cave and have no contact with anyone else.

The liberals had balanced accounts until the conservatives came to power and generated trillions of dollars in debt with their greed and criminal preemptive wars.

The conservatives have destroyed our credibility, our economy, our security, our liberties and our moral principles.
Now they want to blame the whole mess on the liberals.

I forgot to mention conservative lies and deception.

The only way out of this mess is being prevented by Guess who? Conservatives.
Dave


Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 13, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

yogione1 and all the other warmers here,

I appreciate your reasoned argument. Please post links to the 'real science' to persuade me to be less skeptical of the warmers claims. So much so called science is only anecdotal regarding proof of climate change.

It is hard for me to believe that a change from appx. three hundredths of one percent to four hundredths of one percent of a trace gas can alter the climate significantly.(.00028 to .00038 as a whole number of total atmospheric gas)

Measuring global average temperatures accurately over the last century is not possible as the measuring locations are not evenly distributed or even the same over time. With satellites this is improving but there are still problems. But the old data sets are not the same as the new.

Climate is a long term weather pattern and there has not been a long enough period of study to state with certainty that climate has changed. The amount of change claimed is also very small thus far making the worries of some seem out of proportion to the good that has come from fossil fuel.

Please post links to actual hard science.

I have no relationship with any denier group or industry but have become skeptical after seeing "an Inconvenient Truth" and the exposure it garnered. This film had an agenda beyond the science of global warming.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 13, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

On Global warming: The science is in. Check UC-TVs great science series lectures by scientists who are actually doing the research. Check scienceblogs.com for updates and summaries by actual scientists doing the research. Always go to the scientific community. Cato institute does no science. American Enterprise Institute does no science. They are think tanks suppoorted by fossil fuel industries. When you hear of a "scientist" denying global warming check who he is employed by. Check if he does climate science and not physics or some other unrelated discipline. Check to see if he speaks at Cato or AEI sponsored events. Check to see if he associates with the Koch bros. Check for ties to the fossil fuel industry. On denialist politicians: check their funding sources for possible bias. Also politicians don't do science.
Even orgs like the IPCC are bodies that just review and summarise the science. Always go to the people actually doing the science. They'll tell you their results and what the possible interpretations are.

We are at 390ppm Co2 in the atmosphere. We are on track to blow through 400 by 2020 or 2025. At 450 ppm feedbacks become uncontrollable by man. Most of the rise since 1800 is anthropogenic. Climate scientists don't argue about these facts anymore. The fossil fuel industry and the think tanks have dispatched professional deniers who got their start by denying that tobacco causes lung cancer for the big tobacco companies back in the 1980s.

This is all documented by science historian Naomi Oreskes in her book "Merchants of Doubt". Watch her presentations on youtubes as well.

The USA is unique among all the industrialized nations of having an organized, highly paid professional denialist movement, which has disinformed and misled the US public. In no other nation is there such denialism, not even Britain.

Global warming does indeed predict greater frequency and ferocity of blizzards. One of the primary effects of higher CO2 is that it increases the amount of moisture in the atmosphere. This moisture becomes available to storm systems. In summer or warm geographical areas these become rainstorms, typhoons or hurricanes. In colder zones, or wintertime the moisture is redistributed as snow, hail or freezing rain.

The overall rise of the CO2 predicts an overall warming pattern, which is what we see, and it predicts areas of drought as well as areas where increased moisture will lead to stronger storm systems. This is because weather patterns are disrupted by the warming, redistributing rainfall.

Overall glaciers are receding, although there's a couple of mountain ranges where a few glaciers are growing.

It won't be the end of the world. The planet won't die. Humans won't go extinct. But there will be a decrease in biodiversity, and species will migrate habitats. Humans will see redistribution of some affected populations, and likely wars over resources such as water, arable farmland, as yes, fossil fuel resources

Posted by: yogione1 | December 13, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Funny how when it came to Katrina, the climate change blowhards were saying how that one storm was proof that it was happening and that we needed to do something. Yet, record snows last winter (and apparently in other parts of the US this winter already and winter has not officially arrived) along the East Coast is only a "weather" phenom, not a "climate" phenom.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | December 13, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What's really funny is he didn't make that argument.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 13, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

yep, tinfoil hats. Not a shred of conclusive scientific fact in either of your rants. Politicizing and wishful thinking, even some out right moon eyed fantasy; but no peer reviewed evidence. Try again.

As for socialism, that dog won't hunt. Somehow we were all better off under the tax rates we paid under Clinton than we are now after 8+ years of the Bush debacle. Go figure...

Posted by: pete1013 | December 13, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pete1013:

["The real hoax that is costing the American taxpayer billions? Bush Era Tax Cuts. Dispute the science, billybeer, pararanger, et al. Prove conclusively that CO2 does not trap infrared energy. Or that oxidizing carbon based fuels does not release as a by product large amounts of carbon dioxide. Produce a body of peer reviewed evidence that supports your claims, not conjecture, not conspiracy theory, not faith or belief. Until you can do that, _YOU_ are the ones in tinfoil hats. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."]

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pete1013,

The climate change diaspora are the ones that need to prove their point. By your logic, everyone who develops any theory must be proven wrong. Not the way it works genius.

But I'll bite a bit on your question. As I've written to Toles in the past, I believe that CO2 levels are going up, agreed. I do not, however, believe in the catastrophic effects claimed to be a byproduct of this CO2 build up. Let's face it: the hockey stick wasn't intended to be the cornerstone of climate change debate and has been thus proven to be nothing more than an educated guess. The priori brain trust (aka the climate change scientists) for climate change in the UK (U of E. Anglia) was proven to be way more political than scientific and that isn't very comforting, is it (oh yes, and I know that a university committee exonerated these charlatans - I'm sure there was no favoritism shown!). Secondly, you cannot scientifically prove that weather patterns we're witnessing today aren't just part of a natural cycle like the ice age. You can't do it; can't prove it.

So...what we have here is a political movement to stoke the fires of environmentalism and favor small countries that want to reduce the power of countries like the US, China, and India by attempting to deny their use of natural resources such as coal. The fat cats (I notice you did not comment on my previous posting) in the climate change industry will keep collecting their hefty travel vouchers; staying at the Ritz in every posh city on the planet; and milking you lemmings until this Y2K experiment in waste is completely exposed.

As for the Bush Tax cuts, you really must be a socialist to want more taxes dude. The US accumulates how many trillions in revenue each year yet the Liberal team always wants more. Nuts.

Posted by: pararanger22 | December 13, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The real hoax that is costing the American taxpayer billions? Bush Era Tax Cuts.

Dispute the science, billybeer, pararanger, et al. Prove conclusively that CO2 does not trap infrared energy. Or that oxidizing carbon based fuels does not release as a by product large amounts of carbon dioxide. Produce a body of peer reviewed evidence that supports your claims, not conjecture, not conspiracy theory, not faith or belief. Until you can do that, _YOU_ are the ones in tinfoil hats. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Posted by: pete1013 | December 13, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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Don't need to. Explain to us why there were long stretches in the past that the climate was so warm that there were no ice caps at the poles? Was it man made global climate change that caused the planet to be so warm for TENS of MILLIONS of years that lizards were the dominant species (i.e. dinosaurs)? Sorry, but until there's better proof that it is truly a man made problem and not a cyclical problem, then I will change my mind. Until then, there is MORE than ample proof that the planet has gone through extreme warm and cold periods, periods that have lasted longer than mankind has been around.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | December 13, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Global warming is describing GLOBAL AVERAGE temperatures, not local temperatures on any given day. It doesn't matter that Copenhagen and Cancun are having record low temperatures TODAY. The GLOBAL AVERAGE temperature is rising."
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Funny how when it came to Katrina, the climate change blowhards were saying how that one storm was proof that it was happening and that we needed to do something. Yet, record snows last winter (and apparently in other parts of the US this winter already and winter has not officially arrived) along the East Coast is only a "weather" phenom, not a "climate" phenom.

Don't get me wrong, I agree completely on the definition between CLIMATE and WEATHER, but the climate changers cannot be allowed to unilaterally define one storm as "proof" of global change while crying that another storm is not enough evidence to refute global climate change.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | December 13, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The real hoax that is costing the American taxpayer billions? Bush Era Tax Cuts.

Dispute the science, billybeer, pararanger, et al. Prove conclusively that CO2 does not trap infrared energy. Or that oxidizing carbon based fuels does not release as a by product large amounts of carbon dioxide. Produce a body of peer reviewed evidence that supports your claims, not conjecture, not conspiracy theory, not faith or belief. Until you can do that, _YOU_ are the ones in tinfoil hats. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Posted by: pete1013 | December 13, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Measuring Global Average Temperature

In theory, a good idea

In practice, not accurate

Check out WunderMap at Wunderground and see real time data and variability between weather stations.

Our technology can not measure the earths average temp today with the accuracy expressed in media and 'scientific data'.

The sampling method is flawed or at best incomplete.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 13, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"manmade global warming hoaxer conventions are starting to test the theory about hell freezing over."

Hell is in the Caymans, not Cancun.

http://www.hellgifts.com/

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 13, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I thought today's topic was advice columns and/or Middle East peace. Or even the sketch is a great one for you to jump on and use to make fun of the Democrats. Come on, conservative trolls, I'm sure you can find some way of being patronizing and narrow-minded about those topics as well as global warming/climate change. This is your chance to come up with some new stuff. Challenge yourselves.

Posted by: jhnnywalkr | December 13, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: egc52556

"Global warming is describing GLOBAL AVERAGE temperatures, not local temperatures on any given day. It doesn't matter that Copenhagen and Cancun are having record low temperatures TODAY. The GLOBAL AVERAGE temperature is rising.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumental_temperature_record"

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Wonderful post that serves to highlight the severity of the climate change industry.

1 - As my professor at King's College London told me last year: don't be stupid enough to quote Wikipedia as a source when writing your dissertation.
2 - 'Global Warming', the definition, moves more than the island on the series 'LOST'. The climate change industry modifies the definition and the terminology to server their own purposes. Too bad these purposes fail to buffet their bankrupt theories.
3 - Copenhagen; Cancun; Kyoto; ... all of these summits are big conferences that the climate change speakers collect big fees; universities and governments spend big bucks sending every dweeb to these boondoggles; and you and Toles support this crap?

Toles continues to perpetuate these myths with little analysis of his own beliefs or the millions of dollars (and wasted resources) used to babysit this lot. Is next year's summit in Barcelona, Spain? Heck, why not have it at Disney World. The magic never ends there...

Posted by: pararanger22 | December 13, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

1 - Agree with Toles' advice on advice columns. May be the first time I've ever agreed with Toles on anything except for his dead-on analysis of the corrupt, broken, crummy Washington DC Metro system.

2 - For my OckamsRazor buddy Dave reference your quote: "What we need to do is put the freeze on any aid to Israel until they give the land back that they confiscated and recognize a Palestine state just like we recognize the state of Israel."

This is not out of the box thinking, actually. It has been suggested and certainly promoted by the current SecState over the years. But it's a red herring. I would agree with you that the Israelis need to be taken to task for their foolish land grabs (and a lot of other things) but whatever we think of the Israelis, the Palestinians are worse. The Palestinian Government is too corrupt and too much of a self-licking ice cream cone to accept 'success' as you define it here. The Palestinian Government cannot be trusted with anything - the real root of the problem. They want to perpetuate their 'issues' as a ME battering ram against Israel - which is what the ME wants more than peace.

Posted by: pararanger22 | December 13, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Just in case children are reading this and may have been led astray by billybeer6's asininity (yes, that's a real word, kids!) --

Global warming is describing GLOBAL AVERAGE temperatures, not local temperatures on any given day. It doesn't matter that Copenhagen and Cancun are having record low temperatures TODAY. The GLOBAL AVERAGE temperature is rising.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumental_temperature_record

Posted by: egc52556 | December 13, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Chances for Mid East peace are colder now than the next place the manmade global warmer hoaxers plan to have their next convention. After record low temps in Copenhagen and Cancun, manmade global warming hoaxer conventions are starting to test the theory about hell freezing over.
Posted by: billybeer6

My cooler then cold comment...
First the ice melts and the air gets cooler. Then after the ice melts the air gets hotter and everything gets hotter.
When things get hotter we all end up in hell on earth.
When hell freezes over will be when people acknowledge and then do what is right and good.
This metaphor applies to the Middle East.
What we need to do is put the freeze on any aid to Israel until they give the land back that they confiscated and recognize a Palestine state just like we recognize the state of Israel.
Things may get cool for a while, but it will be a hot solution eventually.
The only way to solve getting out of a box is to think outside the box.
Dave


Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 13, 2010 1:25 AM | Report abuse

:-)

Posted by: bertzel | December 12, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Chances for Mid East peace are colder now than the next place the manmade global warmer hoaxers plan to have their next convention. After record low temps in Copenhagen and Cancun, manmade global warming hoaxer conventions are starting to test the theory about hell freezing over.

Posted by: billybeer6 | December 12, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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