Never have cared for liars, or lying for profit.
While North America freezes in autumn and shovels snow, it is entertaining to hear the latest logic-contortions--coming from corrupted scientists, heads of state and news-mouths.
Whistle-blowers, who make data-waves with Global Warming rebuttals, have been fired from high-powered university and research positions. They've been mocked by political hacks preaching party line.
BELIEVE global warming... Think globally and act locally... Pay us your carbon taxes.
(Oinking is heard offstage.)
Historically lots of sunspots have created periods of warmth and good harvests on earth. Most of us now alive have basked in that abundance.
Few sunspots brought deep snow, poor harvests, illness and famine.
We're rich in entertainment now, but poor in sunspots in this expected solar maximum.
Over the last thousand years, earth has experienced five periods of few sunspots, according to Dr. Abdussamatov, the Russian climate expert and astrophysicist:
"A global freeze will come about regardless of whether or not industrialized countries put a cap on their greenhouse gas emissions."
The EU's scrutiny of cow-poop in hilly alpine dairy country inspired rule-making on the angle of slope... where poop will be allowed. A Bavarian dairyman's response:
Buffalo, NY has been buried in record-breaking snow, over 70 inches (180+ cm.) in 24 hours. Do we know its like from historical record?
The miserably cold "Maunder Minimum" of the 17th century launched Brits to the New World, with rickets from Vitamin D deficiency and bad teeth. Given the cold, they considered bathing unhealthy. They reportedly stank.
"Casey predicts food shortages and civil unrest caused by those shortages due largely to governments not preparing for the issues that colder weather will bring. See: http://feastandfamine.blogspot.com/2008/06/7-fat-years-7-lean.html
"He also predicts that wickedly bitter winter temperatures will see demand for electricity and heating outstrip the supply..." http://www.thedailysheeple.com/nasa-admits-that-winters-are-going-to-get-colder-much-colder_112014
Most of North America counts on the exceptional-ism of central heating, electric or natural gas.
What could possibly go wrong? What has happened already, and what might be sound steps to take?
1) Power Grid Precedent: In Jan. 1998, a monster ice storm knocked out the regional power grid serving a swath of eastern Canada and Maine. Homes and business lost power for weeks. Pantries, candles, wood-heat and community became the things of value. See:
2) Natural Gas Lines Fail: My first winter in the Southern Rockies, the temperature plummeted to -25 F (-32 C.) Most of the homes were heated by natural gas. Pipeline flow north to sparsely populated mountain areas was cut off, to service demand in the cities.
It lasted five days in brutal cold. Businesses closed their doors. People moved in with family or friends who had wood heat.
The last electric heater going out of a hardware store caused a fist fight by the next in line. Use of small electric heaters nearly took down the mountain power grid.
I was living in an old adobe without a working fireplace. The house stayed warm for a day then faded into root cellar temperatures while I piled on sweaters and quilts. See: http://www.amazon.com/Wayfaring-Traveler-Whale-Rider-Tide/dp/1482520192/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416486325&sr=1-3&keywords=wayfaring+traveler
3) Firewood: May be scarce this winter. My aunt lives in the country on a ranch and reports that all the locally cut firewood has been bought up by big city scalpers. They take truckloads into megalopolis and sell tied bundles for a killing.
Country families who heat their homes with wood, not just for ambiance, may come up short.
Not many of us have wood heat. Cities are actually a little scary to contemplate if apartment furnaces and water pipes go inert as snow falls.
Cities have expelled their homeless with one way tickets. How would a whole population be sheltered?
I don't know. Bless the urban planners and first responders with Mensch-capacity.
Let's consider a smaller and do-able scale, one's own body heat.
In colonial America the bedding in icy rooms was pre-warmed with long-handled, ember-filled and covered copper pans, swished between the linen sheets.
Stones warmed at the hearth were wrapped in cloth and put at the feet. Bed curtains were drawn.
Long ago and far away? A lot of the world does not have central heating.
In Britain, northern and eastern Europe, water is heated and poured into covered hot water bottles which stay toasty warm till morning.
I mentioned this to a friend, as good for a chest cold, reliable in a power outage, and better for health than emf-emitting electric heating pads. It struck her as ancient history; she laughed.
It may seem silly while we're warm and snow drifts prettily to the windowsills--an aesthetic rather than a visceral experience.
Loss of power soon means loss of body heat.
Hot water bottle covers can be knit, sewn or purchased and represent low-tech luxury on a cold night:
While I was tenting, a solar shower, hot and plenty for shampooing, approached ecstasy.
Now at high elevation and bright most of the year, I solar-cook quite often. I see that the oven below will be back in production soon: