Global Warming

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There's been a lot of interest, pro and con, lately about global warming. As some of you know, I'm an environmental biologist. So, I've studied, well, read up on the subject of global warming, and have definitely come to an opinion. Note that it's an opinion, not a scientific fact. As far as I can tell, the science about this matter is still out.

Have you read Michael Crichton's book "State of Fear?" It’s a great novel. He did a lot of research and I think he put it right. Global warming may (note the operative "may") be happening, but it's not being caused by us puny humans.

Take for example the changing ocean currents. They are what influence the weather around the globe. So, what's been happening? Well, how about underwater volcanoes? Seismologists have detected more underwater volcanoes in the past several years than ever before. What happens when they erupt? Hot water. This hot water changes the ocean currents and warms the air, and “warms” the globe.

But! And I think this is interesting. Parts of the world are actually cooling. Hmm! Why is that? Well, if you look at the Antarctic ice shelf, part of it is melting, just as the global warming crowd claims. But on the far side of the continent, the ice is getting thicker. Horrors! How can that be happening? It’s called changing ocean currents caused by the underwater volcanoes.

It is my opinion, since the science is still out, that so-called global warming, if truly happening, is being caused by underwater volcanoes, not our puny efforts to pollute the atmosphere with our exhaust emissions.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favor of clean air. But I don’t think we need to put our industry and out transportation systems out of business to accomplish that.
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Published: Monday, March 24, 2008

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I've resumed the query process again. I know, it seems like an exercise in futility, but like they (whoever "they" are) say, "nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Here's hoping this go-round works better. I think my query letter is better than before, and I've revised the novel to the point it's practically a new story.

Wish me luck.

(P.S. Can someone tell me how to turn this italics thing off. I keep selecting the text I want as normal type, and clicking the italics button and even the erase formatting button, but nothing seems to work.)
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Well, after nearly 3 weeks, it looks like nobody likes my pitch for "GERTA!" Oh, well. Back to the drawing board.

I've been absent on my blog site due to some very sad reasons. One of my very best friends passed away last Saturday and we had to bury him on Sunday after church. For the previous two weeks, we'd worried about him. He seemed to be going down hill fast, getting weaker and weaker by the day. The doctor made some tests and told us it was liver failure. He put my friend on antibiotics but they didn't seem to help. I think the case was far too advanced for anything to help. I called all my kids to tell them to prepare for the worst. Two of my kids who live nearby came to visit him on Saturday afternoon just before he died, and gave him the love he always craved. I too gave him as much love as I could, then laying him in his bed, he quietly slipped away.

Tigger was a beautiful kitty. Yellow, with white boots and chest. He was the most loving cat I've ever owned. Loyal as any dog could ever be. He loved to follow me around the yard, watching me work, hoping to get a pat on the head or a stroke along his silky body. He would even follow us when my wife and I went for a walk down the street. He was deathly afraid of dogs, however. A German Shepard almost killed him a few years ago, and we had to nurse him back to health. We had two cats, actually. Our other one, called Sassy, is a lovey cat too, and purrs if you just look at her. But to me, that's not a sincere purr. Tigger, on the other hand, would purr, but only if you gave him love, and he would snuggle against me, wrapping his arms around my neck, and purr loudly. That to me was a sincere purr. I never thought I could love a cat as much as I loved this cat. I never thought a cat could be as loyal as a dog. But Tigger was an exceptional cat, and I miss him.

Now, on to a less depressing subject. Yesterday, as I tried to bring up some of my writing files from my jump drive, I accidently hit the delete key instead of the enter key and lost all three of them. Evidently, once files on a jump drive are deleted, it's permanent. Fortunately, I have back ups. But they're more than a week old, and I'd made some major changes in that time. I just hope I can remember the changes I made and redo everything.

Oh, what a week!!!
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