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Logical Explanations

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Logical Explanations

Posted on June 25,2010

Explaining the Unexplainable: Where I am from, there is an old saying, “If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, buffalo them with bullsh*t.”

Global Warming

Global Warming Demonstration: There is an ad on television where a lady conducts an experiment demonstrating global warming with co2. She has two jars equipped with a thermometer. One of the jars is filled with air and the other is filled with co2. Then she proceeds to expose both jars to the sunlight and clearly demonstrates that the jar with the co2 gets hotter than the jar with just air. So far so good – there is no beef from me about whether or not co2 absorbs some of the infrared spectrum. After all, co2 is a minor greenhouse gas that is in trace quantities in our atmosphere.

Meaningless Demonstration: There are several elements to her experiment that she should also be telling. For instance, it is true that the co2 trapped some heat, but in that jar, there was only one escape route for the trapped heat and that was by conduction through the jar wall. She was also dealing with a sample of 100% co2 whereas our atmosphere only contains around 394 ppm (parts per million), and is relegated to being an atmospheric trace element. Normally, the heat trapped by the small amount of co2 in our atmosphere is released by means of convection. Our atmosphere is a homogenous blend of several elements but mostly nitrogen and oxygen. We do not have a layered atmosphere like Venus, on which there is a 40+ mile layer of co2 blanketing the planet.

That distinction is important because convection currents prevent a large buildup of heat around our planet. CO2 is only briefly able to hold on to any trapped heat because of the convection currents in our atmosphere. You can see the results of convection by looking up at the sky. You see those big puffy cloud formations? They are the result of convection currents. The warm air rises and loses its heat to the colder upper atmosphere. The moisture in the air condenses because of the heat loss and forms clouds

There is another point to be made. CO2 is heavier than air. It does not gather at the upper levels and form a heat trap that would prevent heat from escaping the planet. The classic definition of a greenhouse is a structure where heat can be trapped. Gardeners and farmers use greenhouses to trap heat in order to grow temperature sensitive plants during cold weather. The Sun is able to warm a greenhouse using the same principle as the lady with the jars. Once warmed, the heat trapped inside the greenhouse has only one main escape avenue and that is by way of conduction through the structure plus a small amount of convection through any leaks that may exist. Please read the information about co2 at the following website: That ad with the lady and the jars is just another razzle-dazzle production meant to impress those who have little information on the subject. Taking advantage of ignorance is the tool used most by co2 alarmists.

Open Office

MS Office 2010 is here, and I can't see investing more money into a program group that is duplicated for free. Open Office is a suite of programs that duplicates those of the MS-Office suite. Up until now I have been using and investing my money into MS-Office because of its superior grammar correction. Good grammar correction has been a hallmark of MS-Word and one of its main attractions for me.

I will be transferring what I write between the two programs as a test of the grammar prowess of Open Office compared to that of MS-Office Word. Stay tuned for my comparisons between the two. One last note – I had to download an extension for the grammar correction to the Open Office Suite. (It was free as with all Open Source programs.)

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