“Fallen Angels,” Extensive Quote From Mr. Pournelle’s Blog

“Fallen Angels”: Science or Fiction

Throw another log on the fire…


Robert Forrest

Yours is one of many pointing to that article. We don’t know what halts Ice Ages; we do know that there was a great deal of ice and much lower seas during much of pre-history of mankind, and that the ice sheets have come and gone more than once.

We also know that it was warmer in the Viking age than it is now. We know that the seas have been rising at about a foot a century for at least 300 years, and we are fairly certain that this rate goes back a very long time (you can see the ruins of coastal cities in the Mediterranean, for example).

The problem with the cult of Global Warming is that we aren’t studying what is really happening.

Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us! FALLEN ANGELS


What a lovely headline. Swedish boffins: An ICE AGE is coming, only CO2 can save us. Have a look:


“A group of Swedish scientists at the University of Gothenburg have published a paper in which they argue that spreading peatlands are inexorably driving planet Earth into its next ice age, and the only thing holding back catastrophe is humanity’s hotly debated atmospheric carbon emissions. “We are probably entering a new ice age right now. However, we’re not noticing it due to the effects of carbon dioxide,” says Professor of Physical Geography Lars Franzén, from the Department of Earth Sciences at Gothenburg uni.”

Fallen Angels seem to be coming home to roost. I guess it’s time for me to dust off my old copy.


via Election hangovers, global warming, death panels, and other matters « Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle.

The first time I had a notion that life wouldn’t be pretty much like high school– tolerated and able to take care of myself, able to socialize with anyone but not having any friends and needing to watch my back, having a handful of friends that were scattered around the world and much preferring to talk to those adults who would humor me– was when I picked up a copy of Fallen Angels and was introduced to what I call the geek sub-culture.  My family makes up funny lyrics for songs all the time– it’s a basic “get the baby to stop crying without going insane” tactic– and with my mom being an original Tolkien fangirl, some of them were geeky.  But there are entire groups of adults who do this?  It’s not just Star Trek fans on a couple of Yahoo! boards?

It was amazing to consider, even while I found the exaggeration of the crystal dragon science woo-woo crazies in charge of the future world to be a bit extreme.

Sadly, it’s looking like that part should’ve grabbed my attention, too….


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