Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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Poland Spring water trucks fill up at a Fryeburg spring. Nestle, Poland Spring’s owner, and the Fryeburg Water Co. want to enter into a contract “that would compromise Maine’s groundwater resources for future generations,” a reader says.
2005 File Photo/John Ewing
Calling us an "order" suggests an arcane faith, rooted in the past.
In fact, the Quaker meetings in the Portland area, like the Friends School of Portland, are lively, vital communities, deeply engaged in today's world.
Finally, I'd note that our silence is not a proxy for a doctrinaire prayer that is intended but not spoken.
Students at the Friends school, like attenders at any Quaker Meeting in this area, are not expected to adhere to any particular belief.
The silence affords us all a space for worship, prayer, meditation, reflection, renewal, comfort or guidance.
Sitting in silence may also lead to a healthy sense of discomfort, as we reflect, individually, on how our lives speak, perhaps seeking spiritual guidance about the right ordering of our lives.
Scientific evidence points to cooling, not warming
I am extremely tired of reading about the dangers inherent in global warming, with almost never an article saying it is a suspect viewpoint.
The mainstream media has accepted the premise that man is causing global warming, and if we do not soon stop burning fossil fuels, we will cause a world crisis of huge proportions.
The Al Gore camp makes it sound as if all scientific inquiry is heading in this direction, and the only people opposed are fools and scientific misfits.
This is most definitely not the case.
I quote Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age."
I challenge the reader who does not agree with me to Google the professor's name, and read what he has to say about "man-caused global warming."
There is all sorts of scientific evidence, put forward by people of high academic standing, which postulates that rather than global warming, we are rapidly approaching a period of global cooling, which will become obvious even to Al Gore within 15 to 20 years. This cooling may develop into a "Little Ice Age," which could last for hundreds of years.
For thoughtful readers, I recommend "Climate Change in Prehistory" by William J. Burroughs. And, although you will not read about it in The New York Times or hear about it on CNN, no less an authority than NASA now suggests that solar irradiance patterns point to the imminence of another Little Ice Age.
John A. Nelson