The death of the comic genius, Robin Williams, has shocked the U.S. How could such a vibrant, talented, people pleaser end it all? His Tiburon home is on San Francisco Bay, he has two movies coming out later this year. He has controlled his addictions, which could have been his way of battling depression. He hid his sad, dark side from most of us. My wife, Pamela was struck by seeing him with a depressed, lonely gaze while having coffee by himself at a Squaw Valley cafe.
Robin was a fanatic San Francisco Giants fan, a snow boarder, and would drop in to substitute teach science at San Ramon High School.
I ran into him at San Francisco’s Marina Green while jogging in 1986. I said “Hi, Mork. Nano nano.” He laughed and waved and kept jogging.
I skied with him at Squaw Valley 18 years later, in 2004. He was nice enough to say “Hi, Greg, see you at the top,” in front of my daughters. That instantly gave me celebrity status with Lauren and Maddie. Lauren, my eldest, is in medical school and I believe in part from watching “Patch Adams.” I’m serious. And his teacher role in “Dead Poets Society” may have influenced Maddie, my youngest daughter to study elementary education. Maybe my career in media convinced them both to do anything but be a writer or have anything to do with publishing or marketing.
“Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area. I often walked my dog Spots by the beautiful house they rented for the movie on Fillmore. The restaurant scenes were filmed at Bridges in Danville. Some of the regular restaurant workers were in the movie.
I don’t know anyone who has had a negative thought of him. (Okay, maybe his first wife).
I interviewed Williams when he kicked off his “come back” tour at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in 2000. I chatted with him on the set of San Francisco law offices for a comedy with Billy Crystal, “Fathers Day.” Robin was wearing a patient’s garb and slippers. He said he just escaped from the mental ward. The movie didn’t come out for six months, he was playing a mental escapee. I thought he was joking.
I had a long talk with him in Lake Tahoe. He was juggling a lot of balls in the air and until now, was able to keep them from hitting the ground.
Billy helped get Robin into baseball at a Yankees game in the old park. They watched the Yankees and Marlins in the World Series in 2003.
Seize the Day. Gather the rosebuds while ye may. The late, great Robin Williams, now a dead poet.
He loved his family, including his dogs. He had a pug and Boston terrier. Take a look at Robin’s photo album on Instragram (below).
In June, Pope Francis spoke at a symposium of entrepreneurs and investment organizations about the ramifications of investing in poor communities and applying ethics in investment decisions.
That led environmental lobbyists to petition Pope Francis to apply ethics to wind and solar investment and to divest from “unethical” fossil fuels. Lobbyists behind the petition report that Pope Francis is indeed planning to state the Roman Catholic Church’s position on ethical investing and call for wealthy parishioners to divest from fossil fuels. The lobbyists expect it to be an October surprise http://www.romereports.com/pg157305-pope-francis-talks-about-ethical-investing-while-addressing-a-group-of-entrepreneurs–en According to one of the petitioners, the Pope will urge investors to back sustainable investments with a monumental proclamation and urge the boycott investment in “unethical” fossil fuels. The activists report that following the Papal decry, the Vatican Bank will smoothly divest its portfolio of fossil fuels throughout 2015. The Papal petition has the fingerprints of Democratic party strategists, solar power and electric car manufacturers all over it.
Why make the dramatic call to action in October? The scheme is to increase turnout for Democrats in the U.S. mid-term elections this November. The political plotters hope this is a game changer. All the Pontiff’s endorsement has to do is turn a portion of conservative and moderate Democratic party Catholics against the momentum of booming U.S. shale gas production and high-paying jobs. Their ultimate goal is to defeat Republicans for battleground U.S. Senate seats with Pope Francis’ mid-September endorsement. If the Democrat party can keep the majority in Senate, the eco-manufacturers will be paid back handsomely with increased subsidies for electric cars, wind turbines, solar projects and EPA mandates taxing and shutting down America’s chance for energy independence and spiking the price of conventional fuel. Higher home heating bills will hit the middle class and the con game continues until the next ice age.
Hopefully, the Vatican will weigh the potential negative impact of such an invasive declaration by the church and revoke the petition. I am confident this story will never be picked up or further investigated by the main stream media. It shows you how low politicians will go to strengthen their party’s influence.
By Mick Gregory
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has been caught red-handed manipulating temperature data to show “global warming” where none actually exists.
At Amberley, Queensland, for example, the data at a weather station showing 1 degree Celsius cooling per century was “homogenized” (adjusted) by the Bureau so that it instead showed a 2.5 degrees warming per century.
Breitbart reports a global warming fix was discovered in Australia. At Rutherglen, Victoria, a cooling trend of -0.35 degrees C per century was magically transformed at the stroke of an Australian meteorologist’s pen into a warming trend of 1.73 degrees C per century.
Last year, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology made headlines in the liberal media by claiming that 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record. This prompted Australia’s alarmist-in-chief Tim Flannery – an English literature graduate who later went on to earn his scientific credentials with a Ph.D. in paleontology, digging up ancient kangaroo bones – to observe that global warming in Australia was “like climate change on steroids.”
But we now know, thanks to research by Australian scientist Jennifer Marohasy, that the hysteria this story generated was based on fabrications and lies.
Though the Bureau of Meteorology has insisted its data adjustments are “robust”, it has been unable to come up with a credible explanation as to why it translated real-world data showing a cooling trend into homogenized data showing a warming trend.
“Repetition is a propaganda technique. The deletion of information from records, and the use of exaggeration and half-truths, are others. The Bureau of Meteorology uses all these techniques, while wilfully ignoring evidence that contradicts its own propaganda.’’
This is a global problem. Earlier this year, Breitbart reported that similarly dishonest adjustments had been made to temperature records by NASA and NOAA. Similarly implicated are the UK temperature records of the Met Office Hadley Centre and at Phil “Climategate” Jones’s disgraced Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
One of the many disingenuous arguments used by climate alarmists against skeptics is mocking and accusing them of being conspiracy theorists. “How could global warming possibly not be a problem when all the world’s temperature data sets from Australia to the US to the UK clearly show that it is? Are you seriously suggesting that so many different scientists and so many distinguished institutions from across the globe would collude in such a massive lie?” their argument runs.
Our answer: yes we bloody well are.
The world has been cooling the past 15 years, so change the term global warming to climate change Populist politicians know that a crisis does not have to be based on facts. A crisis can be created with dramatic appeal to the emotions of the masses. Cropped photos of polar bears seemingly stranded on an iceberg, file video of glaciers sliding into the arctic sea, shots of a desert waste land. Captivating pictures for a junior high assembly.
Basic geology and earth science textbooks introduced just a few years later in high school, explain the evidence of multiple ice ages and warming periods for tens of millions of years. Alligators swam in warm seas in present-day Alaska and Canada. The tar sands in Canada were formed from red tide microbes in tropical seas. The Great Lakes were formed from receding ice sheets a mile high that covered present-day Chicago. Glaciers are advancing when you see sheets of ice falling into the Arctic Ocean. Glaciers are receding when the pull back from the coast. Polar bears are known to swim for miles in open water hunting for food. Wooly mammoth remains from the last ice age, 20,000 years ago are discovered regularly in the Arctic. Some studies have shown that mammoths died out from hunting as late as 7,000 years ago.
For more than a century scientists have speculated that Earth’s ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet’s orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions. I’m not an Einstein by any measure, but I have an above average IQ. It wobbling of the Earth’s orbit caused the ice ages, why not consider the other shape of the wobble? Why are they not named hot ages?
Some researchers believe the 17-year cicadas have survived millions of years, through ice ages because they developed prolonged hibernation, emerging from underground every 13 or 17 years, depending on the species. The periodic cicadas emerge as part of a specific brood in order to look for a mate. The group that came out last spring in 2013, and have some stragglers this summer, is known as Brood 2. They are in the Northeast, the offspring of cicadas last seen in 1996. The genetic mechanism that prompts the hibernating cicadas to emerge every 17 years or 13 years is when the ground warms up to 64°F. During an ice age, they would have to wait several thousand years for the temperature to warm to 64°F. The Northern Hemisphere’s last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago,
Some researchers think the timing of a brood’s emergence is a defensive mechanism—appearing at infrequent intervals means that it’s harder for would-be predators like birds and squirrels to anticipate when the insects will be available to eat. I believe this theory gives too much credit to rodents’ planning skills.
The South has cicadas emerge every summer and fall. The Southern region of the U.S. didn’t have the ice sheets covering the ground for thousands of years.
How much warmer will the earth be before the turn to the next ice age? Some experts cite watermarks and ancient clams in cliffs 70 meters high. Florida has underwater caves with artifacts from humans who lived in the caves during the end of the last ice age when water levels were much lower because water was locked in massive ice sheets.