The movie “Endless Summer” featuring Mike Hynson and Robert August was one of those movies/experiences that left searing memories in my head at a young age. As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, after watching two guys traveling the globe in search of the “Endless Summer” and endless waves, I dreamed of someday living somewhere where summer never ends.
After living and traveling to many countries, I found that dream in Puerto Vallarta. Weather-wise San Diego is 70 degrees, give or take 5 degrees every day. In PV it’s 85 degrees give or take 5 and the summer never ends there (and there are no mosquitoes).
You can probably say the same about Cabo San Lucas. It just comes down to personal choice. Cabo is desert and PV is Santa Barbara-esque and despite all the twisted news we read and hear nowadays, zero Americans have been killed in either of the two places since, well, not sure if anyone has unless that person was tied to drug cartels.
In 2011 there were 131 Americans killed in all of Mexico. Per my call to the State Department in Washington, D.C., every one of those 131 persons were of dual citizenship and involved in the drug business and/or cartels. No drug culture … good life.
Our news reporting media doesn’t always tell all of the truth. Half-truths are lies. Speaking of which, and related to the endless summer I seek, climate was a major factor in my decision-making.
All we ever hear about nowadays is global warming (recently changed to “climate change” when universal data are showing that we stopped warming about 16 years ago). I’ve become mystified by it all. To me, trying to tame the weather is foolhardy.
When I was in college in Santa Barbara in the 1970s everyone was freaking out about “global cooling.” The so-called experts were saying that 50 percent of the population in the world would perish by 1995 due to the earth’s cooling. When I hear the alarm pundits saying the same thing today about climate change, I just shake my head.
Here are some excerpts from a recent column in Newsmax Publications (April 22, 2014) that caught my eye: “Study: Global Warming Enhances Output and Health, Helps Poor” (newsmax.com/Newsfront/global-warming-climate-change-NCPA/2014/04/22/id/567032#ixzz2zgdLdWoG).
“The modest increase in temperatures observed across the globe over the last century has helped to raise the standard of living of people around the world, according to a report from the National Center for Policy Analysis. The NCPA report stands in stark contrast to the most recent report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which consistently advocates giving the United Nations authority to tax and regulate fossil fuels, along with the power to subsidize and compel the use of alternative energy. The IPCC document, known as the Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report, was released earlier this month. The paper predicts severe consequences for the planet if the global warming trend continues unabated.
“But this simply isn’t true, according to the NCPA. The Earth’s climate has shifted many times through history and prehistory, from tropical to frigid and back again. Over the preceding century and a half, average temperatures have gone up slightly, though the ongoing warming trend has apparently been on pause for the last 16-year period. ‘Contrary to popular belief, climate change thus far has had positive effects, and the net benefits of warming are likely to be positive for the foreseeable future,’ according to the report by NCPA senior fellow H. Sterling Burnett. The 0.8 degree Celsius (1.4 degree Fahrenheit) increase in the Earth’s temperature since 1880 has boosted global economic output by 1.4 percent, he asserts. It accomplished this by increasing agricultural production, cutting heating costs, and generating many other economic benefits. Decreasing worldwide temperatures, on the other hand, portend upheaval and death, as they have for millions of years. ‘Cooling kills, and that is what is to fear,’ climate expert Christopher C. Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute told Newsmax.”
I appreciate that I don’t have to exercise in smoggy air here as I did in the ‘60s and ‘70s but changing the climate? Clean air and water yeah, but controlling the earth’s temperature? Really now! It’s all just a power and greed scam.
A recent poll shows that out of 32 topics that concern Americans, climate change ranks 32nd. Americans are more concerned with their pocket book, not some hypothetical computer model and photo-shopped propaganda movie about global warming (“An Inconvenient Truth” used photo-shop. Check Snopes). Everyone should read this article in Newsmax because we just can’t afford any more of our government taking from the middle class where the majority of the middle class is still the baby boomers.
Recent studies have shown that the middle class in America has been and is being hosed. I think we all pine at times for the ‘50s and ‘80s when life seemed simple compared to today and we were a country that believed in individuality and self-reliance.
Being taken care of by the government was something to be ashamed of in those decades. Now, all we have is government wanting more and more from us only to see our money given away and mismanaged. Watch what happens to paychecks starting January 2015. Being hosed may be a mild term. All the tax rates will be going up and all the Affordable Care Act taxes will kick in on top of that.
Baby boomers it’s time to downsize and cast off burdens, otherwise you’ll be working for the government more than 50 percent of the time. My next column will be written from the tropics on my deck overlooking the Pacific with its Mediterranean-like city nestled into the Sierra Madres. I’ll be enjoying my endless summer while the power and greed mongers in government are trying to figure out how to hose the middle class over healthcare and climate change.
I’d rather focus on peace and tranquility instead.