Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Skewed Priorities

(NOTE: My oldest daughter guest blogged this post. She is a freshman at the University of Southern California whose Blogger name is "gategirl.")

The world will be safer once our military takes on global warming.

That, at least, is what is suggested by the new bill being proposed in the Senate, which would require the CIA and the Pentagon to assess the national security risks of global warming. The bill would require that these agencies spend time figuring out which areas would be "at highest risk of humanitarian suffering and assessing the likelihood of wars erupting over diminishing water and other resources."

Let's take a quick breather here, shall we? Let us first consider that global warming as a dire trend hasn't been confirmed at all, as pointed out by the article by MIT Professor Richard Lindzen in the latest Newsweek. Then let's consider that we are currently at war in the Middle East and that a large group of people wish we were all dead.

And a new national military priority is based on the vague idea that the world is about to erupt into civil war due to a little-proven scientific theory? The CIA must spend energy tracking this problem over tracking terrorists?

The logic is baffling.

Update: A humorous response from Ugly Naked Guy.


Blogger UGN said...

I'm the first, I'm the first! No one has ever posted a comment to gategirl's post until now. I am honored.

While you are at it, could you research and let us know what the militaries plans for the bogeyman is?

3:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Know she'll be honored to receive her first-ever comment from you. :) :).

LOL re your comment re the bogeyman!!!


3:27 PM  
Blogger UGN said...

No, I used the wrong military! it should obviously be the possesive military's and not the plural, militaries. Got to set a good example for the kids.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Laura said...


Laura :)

3:28 PM  
Blogger UGN said...

Ok, I've got to slow down when I comment. Of course it should be plans are, not plans is. Good thing I am only an English teacher and not the guy with his finger on the nuclear bomb.

But seriously, you should be very proud of how well-spoken she is. I look forward to more from you in the future, gategirl.

3:37 PM  
Blogger UGN said...

Laura and Gategirl (caps on that, or no?):

You inspired me to blog about this too, so I wanted you to be the first to know. I gave you proper credit of course.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

This was a great article. Like mother like daughter :) I also have enjoyed the comments between you and ugly naked guy. I was intrigued enough to check out his blog too. Another good blog which I've bookmarked.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you both! Gategirl (gategirl? maybe she'll tell us for sure) tried to log in a post a comment but is having a little trouble with her password not working. :)


5:24 PM  
Blogger Caitlin G. said...

Thank you both for your comments! I also highly approve of your blog post ugly naked guy. :-) So far the bill just calls for planning for contingencies and doesn't lay out any specific military plans. But we all must be prepared for the nuclear holocaust that is about to erupt over the water supply, musn't we? Never mind that we have finite resources; we'll just divert some from monitoring those pesky religious tensions in the Middle East. It's not like those have any immediate impact on our lives.

As for the capitalization issue, I don't have any preference at the moment. Capitalize or uncapitalize to your heart's content!

7:18 PM  

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