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Rant: Feeding our Kids more Progressive Cr@p
« on: November 05, 2011, 02:15:03 AM »
My Saturday Morning Rant: (I used to have some respect for www.ScienceNewsForKids.org but not so much anymore. :( )

It now seems some are trying to convince our kids that Columbus created the little ice age by killing the native Americans. (More of the same old forced guilt)  Of course they use words like 'conquest' to describe Columbus, and go on to claim that the Indians were loggers.  What a load of cr@p!  There may have been an element of conquest in the European's doings here, but the native Americans never logged - And even if they did, what little they could have done wouldn't have caused global warming.

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Christopher Columbus and his crew set sail in 1492, enduring a five-week journey that launched the European conquest of the Americas.

After Columbus and other explorers arrived in the Americas, some native Americans fled, but most died from new diseases, like smallpox, introduced by the Europeans. The native people left behind large patches of land cleared to create fields. Over time, trees grew back.

Carbon dioxide traps heat and helps the atmosphere stay warm, so a massive withdrawal of carbon dioxide could cause a drop in temperature. Nevle and his team found that the carbon dioxide taken in by North America’s new trees could have lowered the temperature.(Emphasis Mine)
More: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/2011/11/did-columbus-contribute-to-a-little-ice-age/

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After two centuries of decline, the area of US forestland stabilized in about 1920 and has since increased slightly. The forest area of the US is about two-thirds what it was in 1600.

More: http://www.fao.org/docrep/meeting/x4995e.htm

This kid's science site tries to make the case that a miniscule amount of supposed clear-cutting by the Indians kept the world warm enough for the Northern Europeans to grow wine grapes in England before the little ice age.  OK, since we now have far fewer trees than even before Columbus, why is it that England is not again growing grapes?

Gawd how I hate progressives!

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Re: Rant: Feeding our Kids more Progressive Cr@p
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2011, 10:29:21 AM »
Seeing that the publishers are rewriting the history books yearly...as the biggest buyers are schools I'm not surprised. 

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Re: Rant: Feeding our Kids more Progressive Cr@p
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2011, 11:14:42 AM »
Well, one could argue the longhouses built by some native American tribes were a form of "log cabin" (and I use the term loosely) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longhouses_of_the_indigenous_peoples_of_North_America

But the concept they someone how sparked a mini ice age is downright laughable.

Whatever happened to historical accuracy?
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Re: Rant: Feeding our Kids more Progressive Cr@p
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2011, 12:45:58 PM »
No room for historical accuracy when there is money to be made.
 
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Re: Rant: Feeding our Kids more Progressive Cr@p
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2011, 01:37:58 PM »
Facts:
1. Northeastern Indians were farmers, as well as hunters. They practiced their agriculture by chopping trees down to make clearings. The clearings weren't large, so I wouldn't call them "clear cuts," or use any other, similar logging term.
2. The world, and especially the Northern Hemisphere, experienced a "little ice age" between, generally, 1450 and 1800. This extra-cold period was due to the usual, natural cycle of sunspot-and-solar-flare activity. It can be seen documented in paintings from this period, particularly from the Flemish Masters.
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