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Reply,Cloud cover is one of the mighty variables that have not been even closely discoverred. Believe it or not, much cloud cover is the result of cosmic rays. These rays vary over time, but I am unaware of any definitive study on this matter.Cloud cover over the Pacific Heat Vent seems to very with the temperature of the water underneith. Warmer Water, more clouds. It is yet one more variable that does not seem to be well understood. These are a few of the things that keep me a skeptic. One poster claims I am technically a denier. It is an epithet true believers use when they have no intellectual contribution.
Karsten - I wrote: "...[I am] a skeptic. One poster claims I am technically a denier. It is an epithet true believers use when they have no intellectual contribution."Then you wrote: "Man, you want to get kicked out for not being able to any longer keep it civil?" MY RESPONSE: First, I am not a denier, I am a skeptical agnostic. Denier is the standard epithet used by true believers when they have no intellectual contribution. Second, if you believe this statement is so abhorrent as to require immediate banishment [not even a trial for heresy] then you are one very thin skinned customer indeed. Accordingly, I suggest you stay out of strong sunlight as the climate continues to improve.PS: At least we hope it will continue to improve. Apparently Denver climatologists are all-a-twitter because current climate models are insufficient to account for current cooling. The actual word used was 'travesty'. Regardless of the insufficiency of current climate models, I hope we can all agree lower temperatures sufficient to walk an elephant across the Thames over the ice MIGHT be less then optimum....
Karsten - You wrote: "I have the feeling that you were pushing your luck..."My posts here are so relatively mild I find myself chuckling. In the old days when feeling my oats I spent time on Islamic Maniac sites where I routinely received death threats. And believe it or not, I may very well have been a target. Half a dozen bearded, black leather jacketed individuals rented the isolated house below mine. Some of them began a walk towards my house then I forcefully confronted them to leave the property. They were indignant. I called the cops and we trapesed down to view the situation. They claimed to be from Peru; on my property just chasing a rabbit for the grill. They had hispanic accents like I have a Japanese accent. The cop and I consulted on accents. I knew they were not hispanic. Neither were they Eastern European nor Arabic. And not Romanian or Hungarian. My best quess is Balkan of some sort. Like Albania or Kosovo. They were gone that very day.Perhaps just a coincidence. But a coincidence incarnate with precisely the characteristics HomeLand Security tells us to be wary of. And of course I was legally packing a KelTek .380 just in case. And you think banishment from this small accademic forum means something to me?