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Post Deadly Storms in Italy
Created by John Eipper on 11/06/18 4:21 AM

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Deadly Storms in Italy (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 11/06/18 4:21 am)

The fire brigade has finally arrived to free the telephone lines from the trees. Anyway we no longer have a fixed home telephone. We use only mobile phones, but I still have an old-style unit and not a smart phone.

Also, a tornado came down from the Alps, and now we have millions of fir trees on the ground, which have ended up in the rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, causing additional damage. We never before saw entire forests completely destroyed. It looks like meteors struck the ground, as in Siberia 100 years ago.

Today we had light rain in the morning with cold. For the first time I lit the fireplace, so Mariarosa is happy.

JE comments: Stay safe, Eugenio! We tend to associate tornadoes with Oklahoma, not northern Italy. What's next--tsunamis in Michigan?

Abnormal weather is the new normal.  Ideology is a powerful force, but it's getting harder and harder for climate-change deniers to cling to their beliefs.

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  • South Africa: Severe Weather in St Francis Bay (Timothy Ashby, Spain 11/06/18 6:34 AM)

    Writing from South Africa (where Rosemary and I are visiting for a week to supervise the packing and shipping of our household items from our house in St Francis Bay), I can add to the evidence of climate change by the observation that the weather here in the Eastern Cape--at the beginning of the South African summer--can best be described as dismal, with high winds, rain, sleet and a temperature this morning of 11 degrees C, which is colder that London.

    Our neighbours who have lived here all their lives told us that over the past ten years there has been a definite climate change--scarce rain and shorter summers, with cold weather persisting until Christmas and starting again in late April.

    Last month, Mallorca (the destination of our household goods) had unprecedented heavy rains and flash floods that killed 15 people.

    JE comments:  The deniers are increasingly forced to rely on faith and ideology alone.  Perhaps they are comforted by the old maxim:  "Of course climate change exists in practice.  But does it work in theory?"

    Best of luck with the move, Tim.  As Bill Clinton said (left thumb raised), I feel your pain.  We just went through a 12-mile relocation from Adrian to nearby Loch Erin in Onsted, Michigan, and it was stressful enough.  Imagine the pressure of changing continents and hemispheres.

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  • Ideology vs Facts: Climate Change and Beyond (Tor Guimaraes, USA 11/06/18 3:03 PM)
    First, my best wishes to Eugenio Battaglia in recovering from this incredible disaster: a tornado from the Alps destroying whole patches of forest. Has that ever happened before? I never heard of it.

    I was worried that Eugenio might be able to fulfill my interest in purchasing some of his freshly squeezed olive oil. After reading his last post, I hope he can fill the order at his earliest convenience.

    John Eipper commented: "Abnormal weather is the new normal. Ideology is a powerful force, but it's getting harder and harder for climate-change deniers to cling to their beliefs."

    You will be surprised. Blind faith in religious beliefs or ideology tends to last until cataclysmic events change crazy minds when it is too late. Holocaust deniers, climate-change deniers, Zionists' do-or-die attitude about Eretz Israel, Islamic extremists' do-or-die attitude about destroying Israel. The list is endless, and we the people who just want to have a peaceful life watching our families grow, suffer along with the crazy people who apparently don't care.

    Unfortunately, the next version of my book God for Atheists and Scientists will have plenty of more recent reasons why organized religions, superstition in general, and blind ideology, are curses to mankind.

    JE comments:  And in a few hours, we'll begin to see the political direction in the US for the next two years.  Tomorrow I anticipate we'll have a lot to talk about.

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