Commentary: “Global Warming Is Real No Matter What Anyone Says” by Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’

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I don’t know, if the global warming is totally man made or not, but I know this much that it is real. It is obvious by increase in average global temperature, forest fires in the United States and recently in the Amazon rain forest. The fire in Amazon happened because of deforestation activities. It is no secret that natural calamities are occurring more frequently. Such disasters are rooted in climate change. It has been reported that Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, is sinking and so is New Orleans. Ice caps over Arctic are melting giving way to new sea routes. We don’t need any more evidence to realize that global warming is real. This exploitation of the earth’s resources will impact the future generation and that is exactly what is happening now.

Any new structure that we build must be part of nature and not exploit nature. As an evidence, the temperature in cities is higher than the periphery of cities where large green areas are available. This allows the heat to reflect from buildings and roads to dissipate, whereas in dense cities 70 per cent of the area is covered with buildings which re-radiate heat after absorbing solar heat and there is very little green area for the heat to dissipate. The frequent floods in Houston and Mumbai are the result of disappearing green space replaced with concrete. Whenever the earth is excavated for any construction and development, the flora and fauna and the remaining open area of the excavated soil around the building and structures must be restored to its original position.

Another warning: electric cars are not going to reduce global warning as long as we keep generating electricity using fossil fuels. Think about it. Go to the root cause of the problem.

Non-degradable plastic containers have become one of the major polluters of the environment; they choke the surface and underground sewers, water channels, sea beds and coral reef. There is need to reduce the use of plastics in the form of plastic bottles, carry bags and containers. Instead, glass, laminated cloth and jute bags and earthen containers are preferable. I for one have stopped using plastic and take reusable bags to buy groceries.

Man must take urgent action to restore whatever is destroyed in nature. The earth must be restored to its original state so that the next generation can inherit a sustainable living environment. It’s time to act, otherwise we won’t have much left to save.

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Book Review

october 19 black swan
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Publisher: Random House (400 pp)
📷Prediction is that our universe will come to an end in ten billion years. China will surpass the USA economically by the year 2030. Arctic will become ice free in another 25 years from now.
What if those predictions don’t happen? Yes, improbable is possible and this is the theme of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, “The Black Swan.” People used to think that all swans are white until they found a black swan swims by in Australia. The improbable happened. At the same breath, Taleb gives the example of stock market predictions. According to him, stock market predictions are useless because no one can say accurately where the stocks are headed.
What experts predict are liable to be wrong because experts usually use bell curves where most distributions gravitate towards the center. In real life, this doesn’t always happen increasing the chances of improbable happening.
The book cites examples of events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union or the fall of the Berlin Wall that very few foresaw. Taleb wants the readers to expect what may be unlikely to happen such an s asteroids colliding with earth. Taleb’s mistrust in academicians’ forecasts is obvious from his ridicule of economists like Harry M. Markowitz and William F. Sharpe, winners of the 1990 Nobel Prize. He states that they are nothing more than quacks and swindlers.
The Black Swan is not an easy read. It systematically goes through examples and situations that are complex and sometimes difficult to comprehend. Taleb is painstaking, almost encyclopedic, in his enumeration of ways in which our understanding of information breaks down. He draws on ideas from Greek, Roman, Arab, French, and English thinkers spanning more than two millennia.
After reading “The Black Swan,” I started feeling extremely skeptical of anybody who makes any prediction about the future. I don’t know that’s good or bad.  Reviewed by Musafir
The Art of Racing
Author: Garth Stein
Publisher: Harper Collins (338 pp)
📷“This was a good read… not in an ebullient way that I suspected at first when I picked it up, but on a different level. A bitter sweet story.
I loved the perspicacious dog Enzo, the true protagonist of the book, who tells the story and ruminates on the meaning of life, who longs to be a human being in his next life (“Here is why I will be a good person. Because I listen….”) – ha!…; even though he wonders “…how difficult it must be to be a person. To constantly subvert your desires. To worry about doing the right thing, rather than doing what is most expedient” (hmm… indeed!); who discerns so well what people are all about: that “be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves”…; who likes “to live every day as if it were stolen from death, that is how I would love to live”… (much agree!); a dog who loves to eat pancakes and bananas!… And I truly don’t think that the idea for this book is too uncanny – in my own experience dogs are extremely sensitive and intelligent creatures.

What I didn’t care for was the “car racing” metaphor for “life”, or, rather, I didn’t care for the technicalities and history of car racing itself (I really felt like skipping those parts…). Even though it is so interconnected with everything that’s going on in the book – Enzo’s master being a car race driver… But for me, it didn’t take away much from the novel. A case in point is this quote: “There is no dishonor in losing the race… There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose” (even though it’s a bit of a cliché).

This is not a book where you rapturously re-read this or that sentence, just for the beauty of expression. The characters are at times over-simplified in their description. But it’s nevertheless, a good, fast, and even poignant read.”  -Reviewed by Clara


Short Essay: “Victim of His Own” by Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’

October 19 Essay“When you victimize yourself, you rid yourself of responsibility”

The other day I got reminded of a story that I heard years ago. It goes something like this:

A man moved to a new town and asked an old neighbor, “How are the folks in this subdivision?”

The old man replied, “How were the folks where you lived before?”

The new neighbor replied, “They were kind, friendly and compassionate.”

“You’ll find similar people in this subdivision also,” replied the old neighbor.

After a few years another person moved to the same neighborhood and asked the same old neighbor, “How are the folks in this subdivision?”

The old man asked, “How were the folks where you lived before?”

The new neighbor replied, “They were cruel, selfish and unkind.”

“You’ll find similar people in this subdivision also,” replied the old neighbor.

The moral of the story is that we are the makers of our own world and today if the world is an ugly and nasty place, it’s because that’s what we are.

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t complain, criticize, blame, gossip or compare ourselves to other people. Many of us live with a victim mentality which comes from the idea that we are not responsible for our actions and circumstances. Today, thanks to the internet and social media, this disease has taken the proportion of a pandemic. The so called victims portray themselves as unfortunates who demand to be rescued. My typical question to them is, “So what are you doing about this?”

The fact remains that most of us are not fighting to survive genocide, poverty, or daily street violence from an insurgent militia. We just have the gift of time to surmount negative emotions.

The Japanese are ingenious and hardworking folks. They rebuilt their country into an economic powerhouse after they were ruined in World War II. On the contrary, many countries in the Middle East are in a pitiable condition because they cannot rise above the victim mentality.

As a society, we are so quick to assign blame and pull out all the excuses as to why something did or did not happen. All the “He made me, she made me….” finger pointing are signs of victim mentality. Stephen Covey writes in his famous book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort.”

Independent people work on things that can change their situation using positive energy whereas dependent people focus on concerns only without doing anything about it. They spend their time in blaming and accusing others with increased feeling of victimization.

It does us no good to shield ourselves from our own inertness and inability. Unfortunately, it is convenient to be lazy and blame others for our own plight. There are reasons why people do that. That way they avoid responsibility. They like it when others feel sorry for them and society feels compelled to help in getting what they want.

In fact, the world owes us nothing, so the folks with victim mentality should stop crying about entitlement and get out there and work for getting what they want. This will give them a push and will show them the reality of existence.

“You saw what was coming,

You could have resisted everything,

It was our time to get up,

And that was our day to win,

You are victims of your own.” –Rotten Sound

“In Praise of Futurists” By Anil Shrivastava “Musafir”

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“In Praise of Futurists” By Anil Shrivastava “Musafir”

Now that September 2019 is almost here, the year 2020 can’t be far behind. Although I personally don’t have a 2020 vision in that matter, it is interesting to look at some forecasts in retrospect that were predicted for the year 2020.

• President Hillary Clinton will be a one-term President.

• The U.S. will not be a Democratic country, but a totalitarian one.

• By 2020, every road and street in America will be “replaced by a network of pneumatic tubes

• In the year 2020, the humans will arrive on Mars –Wired magazine in 1997.

• By 2020, “There will be no C, X, or Q in our everyday alphabet. – John Elfreth Watkins Jr.

• Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners would become a reality by 2020 – CoAlex Lewyt, president of Lewyt vacuum company in 1955

• By 2020, the machines will be producing so much that everyone in the U.S. will, in effect, be independently wealthy. –Time magazine in 1966.

I am not trying to poke fun at the futurists or prove them ridiculous. On the contrary, I marvel their aspiration and enthusiasm that we’re actually going to get to something which may sound far-fetched at the time. This also inspires the innovators among us to work on something that would one day overcome human boundaries and limitations.

Most of us don’t know what we don’t know. In order to know something we must know what we don’t know. The futurists and innovators know what they don’t know and they try to seek answers unknown realities.

Stanley Davis wrote in his book, Future perfect, “The newborn, for example, is not able to distinguish itself from its environment; it must sense the environment as “not me” before it can develop any distinct sense of “me.” The infant moves from not knowing that it doesn’t know, to knowing that it doesn’t know what is out there beyond itself, to knowing.”

“The child is father of the man,” penned William Wordsworth (1770-1850). This is true for the curiosity displayed by the futurists and innovators.

Unknown is a source of fear. The less we know, more threatened we feel. Lack of knowledge means we don’t know what we need to know to protect ourselves. Therefore Neanderthal and our ancestors in Stone Age worshipped rain and thunder gods instead

of inventing protective equipment such as umbrella and roof over their head. They didn’t know what they needed to know to protect themselves

There is nothing funny about trying to visualize what lies around the next curve. Futurists, whether it’s in books or movies, or experts predicting what may happen tomorrow are speaking to our innate desire we have for some control over our future, our fate, our survival. And even when they are wrong many a time, at least they give food for thought to innovators among us. One thing I know for sure that we humans will keep imagining and will keep reaching for the stars. So it be.

“What’s the Fuss over Kashmir?” by Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’


Last week while I was asleep under the knife, the Indian government revoked special statuskashmir for Indian-controlled Kashmir. Now that I am awake, I am trying to put the pieces together and understand what really happened that is so upsetting to the big powers and the Western world alike.

The Western world and China don’t want to accept that India is a truly secular country. They have been painting India as a Hindu oligarchy to demean her and put her at par with Pakistan forgetting that, unlike India, Pakistan was formed on the basis of hatred towards other religions prevailing in India. India is the home of around 200 million Muslims. The Indian Muslims are the most civilized and tolerant compared to the Muslims elsewhere in the world. So let us accept the fact that India’s action in Kashmir has nothing to do with religion as falsely painted by India haters.

Though Kashmir has a majority Muslim population, it cannot be dubbed as a Muslim state in a secular India. It’s just like asking the United States to declare Parts of Michigan a protected area because of the majority Muslim population there or ask China to declare Xinjiang, Gansu, and Ningxia as Muslim states with special privileges to their citizens. In the same context Great Britain should let North Ireland (a truly occupied area) break away from the empire.


India is an ancient country not artificially carved like many other nations around the globe.   Before the partition of India in 1947, India had two different kinds of territories, one was directly ruled by Britain and others were princely states administered by local kings and princes who were under the British subjugation. But for millennia they were all a part of Greater India (Akhand Bharat). During India’s independence, those princely states were given a choice to join the Indian Territory or remain as separate countries (British divide and rule tactics). King Karan Singh of Kashmir chose to merge with India. Pakistan, being an Islamic country wanted Kashmir to be a part of their country. As a result they attacked Kashmir and grabbed Gilgit-Baltistan part of Kashmir under their authority.

Another important point to understand here is that Kashmir was already there as a part of contiguous India. India didn’t occupy by marching on to some other continent as the French have done to Guadeloupe, Martinique or Britain has done to Falkland, Gibraltar and many others. Remember, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Did India Kill Kashmiris?

India didn’t kill Kashmiris On the contrary, extreme Kashmiri Muslims and terrorists from Pakistan killed Kashmiris. They also routed out the entire Hindu population living in Kashmir by killing, raping and snatching their properties. You never hear any mention of this fact in the West because of their hatred towards non-Abrahamic religion.  On the contrary they side and sympathize with the Muslim terrorists in Kashmir who have been on rampage for the last 70 years.

India’s action last week:

 For the last 70 years India provided special treatment to the Kashmiris through Article 370 and 35A. The former meant having two different constitutions one for Kashmir another for most of India. Article 370 was a filter between the two constitutions. 35 A meant that no Indian could settle or buy land in Kashmir but the Kashmiris could buy land anywhere in India. No non-Kashmiri could be admitted in their schools while they could avail of any facility anywhere in India. Unlike colonial powers, India didn’t take anything from Kashmir; it rather poured billions in Kashmir free of cost.

Now, tell the ignorant media and diplomats to allow any state, say, New Jersey, to oust the rest of the Americans from their state and snatch their properties or deny admissions to the outsiders in their schools while allowing the folks from New Jersey to own property and go to any school anywhere  in the US. Sounds fair?

Fade up with this nonsense, the Modi government finally decided to end the special privilege for the Kashmiris. The changes the Indian government announced last week would overturn Article 370, as well as another provision that prevent nonresidents from buying property in then  Jammu and Kashmir. The government also said it would reconstitute the state administratively and reorganize it into two federal territories. One of these — still called Jammu and Kashmir — would have a state legislature, while the other, a remote mountainous area called Ladakh, would be a union territory like Washington DC.


You may here about UN mediating in Kashmir or having a plebiscite to let Kashmiris decide their future. Yes, some blunders were made by the old leaders of India who were weak and obsequious to stronger countries. India is strong now and it considers its action in Kashmir as its internal matter and denies the UN or the US to intervene in its internal matters.  The USA, China and Russia have done the same in the past to protect their own interest. Those days are gone when India succumbed to the pressure from others. This is a new India and it will protect its sovereignty at all costs. As for Kashmir, its future is bright. They will have new industries and opportunities so that they will also become like the rest of India very soon.


Trump’s Foreign Policy: Too Many Irons in the Fire? By Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’​

Mr. Trump has engrossed himself in too many dramas. It will be interesting to know how his end game will shape up. Seems like he has stretched himself too thin. Trump has opened up too many dizzying foreign policy battlefronts including an array of trade wars around the globe. Mr. Trump has a wide range of enemies compared to friends.

He is involved in major economic deal with China, while threatening them with incremental tariffs. He’s having a war of nerves with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to try to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, an effort inextricably linked to China. He just wrapped up renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, after threatening both countries with massive steel and aluminum tariffs. He’s threatening the rest of the world to create a fair playing field for equitable trade or else. He is threatening Iran to stop its nuclear ambition. He is trying to get a stronger deal with the Europeans and is striving for regime changes in Venezuela and Cuba. It seems that there are too many balls in the air for him to juggle all at once.

People are getting anxious specially fueled by media and leftist frenzy about uncertainties of the outcome of his maneuvers. One possibility may be that it is all work-in-process (WIP). Everything takes time to materialize. Wars are not won in a day. What matters most is the effectiveness of Trump’s policy over time and its consistency with U.S. national interests, not the personal qualities his demeanor.

People also doubt his competency in foreign policy matters because he tends to make important decisions against the advices of his cabinet advisors. He has had unprecedented turnover in senior foreign and defense policy positions and already has had three national security advisors. It seems that there is no steady decision-making process within the administration because the president apparently does not believe that he needs one.

At the same time, there is no doubt that Trump deserves more credit than his critics give him, but less than his most fervent fans – and the president himself. After all, the Europeans are paying more for NATO as their share of the budget. He stood up to Syria against using chemical weapons against its citizens;  He has gotten rid of ISIS; North Korea has not tested any ICBMs in recent months and China is paying as Trump keeps increasing tariffs on their products. The American companies are choosing to shift manufacturing elsewhere from China including Apple, Nintendo and Dell.  They are going to Vietnam, Malaysia and India instead. Among Chinese companies themselves, electronics giant TCL is moving its TV production to Vietnam and Sialon Tire is shifting its tire manufacturing line to Thailand. Others are relocating manufacturing operations to more established, lower cost countries including Mexico.Yes, the American manufacture

rs will suffer too to some extent in paying higher consumer prices and loss of crop exports to China. But those losses will be far less for the US and can be managed in a short run. People can live by paying a little more for their TVs and iPhones but they cannot sustain themselves in lack of food and fuel that the United States has in plenty.

Trump’s foreign policy is totally America centric. But this has been the case with the greatest foreign-policy presidents identified by the historians which include George Washington, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon. All of the above presidents’ primary concerns have been the security of the nation, the prosperity of its people, and an understanding of the global situation at the time rather than pursuing idealistic fantasies all the time. America’s interests change in different times and places, so realism means different things to different presidents, and encompasses a broad range of policies.

As the great political philosopher of India, Kautilaya said, a King should use four different policies in four different circumstances. A king may have to make friends with certain enemies such as North Korea; he may have to bribe and favor certain countries as Trump is doing to the opposition in Venezuela; certain enemies may need punishment such as Iran and Syria and the king may have to divide-and rule in certain conditions as our policies in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Yemen signify.

So, it makes sense to give Trump’s WIP some more time to rip the benefit from his seemingly confusing foreign policy.sb10067075q-001

Idle Thoughts: Spending Wasteful Time By Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’

spending timeI am going for a major surgery tomorrow (written on August 4, 2019). I had the same surgery done on me fifteen years ago. So, what has changed? I am retired now while after my first surgery, I went to work. Now I have more goofy time to waste everywhere. One thing for sure, I am not planning to plant trees every day or attend non-value-added office meetings anymore.

Another major difference between the two surgeries is that this time I have less time left on this earth. I read everywhere that this should give me a different perspective on life. I don’t exactly understand what does that mean. Should I spend less time on the Internet and social media? Should I read more than I already do? That will be quite boring I believe. Should I renounce all attachments and join Dalai Lama and convert to Buddhism? I am confused.

I enjoy leading a life that is completely kind of random, silly and uneventful. That’s about, how much I can think of doing until I get some better idea. The fact is that life is like our favorite movie that we have seen many times. Similarly, no matter what happens, we repeat the same cycle in life just like the New Year resolution which generally expires on February 28.

Whether I have a little bit of time or a lot of time, the only thing that really matters is how much of my time I can give to other people. That’s what I think I can do best without breaking a sweat or missing my favorite chair in the house. Plus, it’s free!

I know a lot of folks who live in isolation which is one of the under-reported miseries of humanity. I am pretty sure that I can make them happier with my company. I can start by helping someone in my family (say, my wife) in a small way – do the dishes, pick up after her, listen more and be extra kind.

I’ll indulge in the pleasure of doing small things instead of trying to reinvent the Internet or redesigning a better light bulb. I’ll live in the moment and be what I really am. Simplicity and honesty are like horse and buggy that keep the wheels in motion until we reach the last stop.

If I start giving my time with intention, every day, it can make a real difference in my life too. May be people will start to treat me differently because I will treat them differently. I’ll start to ask “how” can I do this, rather than “why.” Hey! That’s a nice idea. With that good thought, talk to you when I wake up after surgery. Good Night!

“I Am Not A Sinner and You May Not be Virtuous”​ by Anil Shrivastava ‘Musafir’​

If you follow me around, you may find me using the Internet or social media most of the time when I am not driving, taking shower, eating meals, socializing, running errands, talking to my wife and children, doing chores, visiting doctors, exercising, watching movies, reading, writing or sleeping. One reason why you’ll find me on the internet is my paperless way of life. I read books, newspapers and magazines on digital platforms. I don’t carry voluminous dictionary or thesaurus, I check the words on line. I do my banking and bill payments digitally. I find that more convenient.

You will also find me on the Internet because I keep in touch with my readers, friends and relatives through email and social media. I don’t find anything wrong in that. People complain that the Internet and social media have made us impersonal and detached with the rest of the world. On the contrary, before the advent of the Internet and social media, I hardly kept in touch with my long lost friends and relatives. I am more connected to them now than I was ever before.  We’ll soon be entering the third decade of the twenty-first century. If we don’t adopt to the new ways soon, we will be fossils.

Yes, I am completely dependent on the internet. I use the internet for learning, for entertainment and for working. I am learning new crafts, meeting fellow authors, business partners and clients through the new innovation. I am also learning new languages without any expense or hassle.

If you are one of the people on the planet who has the privilege of being able to access the network of networks, you must know that you have access to a tool that can bring about a great improvement in your life; provide  health tips and instant knowledge on any topic under the stars. That is, of course, as long as we apply common sense when using it.

I know many folks who are getting online degrees. I taught online for the University of Phoenix for years. My students were soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, air hostesses who logged in from wherever they were at the time and handicapped (yes, I prefer handicap instead of physically challenged) folks who were not privy to continued education before. Besides that, many universities including MIT have their courses online for anyone to peruse.

I also love the way the Internet users are enriching the English language. Remember, language is dynamic. Those who do not adopt to changes die. English is a dynamic language. It has changed from Chaucer to Shakespeare to the modern day. I feel that writing or saying ‘LOL’ is more expressive than stating, “I am breaking into laughter.” I have no qualms about using ‘B2B’ instead of “business to business.” As a matter of fact, that sounds more slick and business like.  For the same reason I don’t say, “Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit” anymore (Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet). I prefer to say, “You’ll lay on your back when you grow up.” (A sexual innuendo to baby Juliet).

Unfortunately, it has become fashionable to blame social media for everything that ails our society. Do you know how the social media is helping people in rural India? Facebook, the famous social networking site has helped to make a difference in lives of rural people. It saved many farmers of Maharashtra from perishing due to oversupply of turmeric. Using social media, 25000 turmeric farmers boycotted the distributors of turmeric. The boycott served its purpose as the prices doubled. Farmers were quick to point out the advantages of social media.

Social media networks have played a pivotal role in improving the health of rural people and creating awareness among rural people. Also, media has played a role of whistle blower in case of poor quality of mid-day meals provided to children in rural schools in India. I rather like to see those villagers hooked to the Internet than rusticating in the dark world of ignorance and antiquity.

Fear of technology is nothing new. Before we became the digitally-driven society we are today, fear of new technology commonly served as one of the greatest threats to innovation. What we see as dated and relatively harmless inventions of the past were once the new technology that people freaked out about.

When the telegraph was first introduced, critics insisted the new technology would ruin the poetry of the English language. The widespread belief was that by encouraging people to communicate in short, incomplete sentences, the telegraph would eventually train people to always speak in sporadic, choppy thoughts.

There was a fear that radio would turn people away from reading or having intimate conversations with one another. Sounds familiar?

So, the next time you follow me around and find me using the Internet or social media when  I am not driving, taking shower, eating meals, socializing, running errands, talking to my wife and children, doing chores, visiting doctors, exercising, watching movies, reading, writing or sleeping, please don’t call me an addict.

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall”innovation

Friday Fun: “I’ll Survive Global Warning” -Musafir

global warming 1Whether you believe climate change is imminent or you’re a skeptic who thinks it’s a hoax, you’ll have to tolerate this till the 2020 election is over. It’s July and temperature is hitting 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If this continues this way, we’ll witness cremated leaves instead of fall colors. So, what have you done lately to save our planet?

Did you just ask what have I done about it? I lost all my hair so that I don’t spend all my time shampooing and rinsing them. It’s one of the many selfless acts that I perform every day to make our world a better place. I don’t have use for plastic combs, or hair dryers either so that I can save on electricity. I think we all ought to go bald. Walking around with a full head of hair is like driving an SUV. It’s irresponsible. Hey, you hair people, shame on you!

Men, do you need motivation to do that? How ‘bout impressing women? When you meet a woman, start talking about global warming and then show her your resolve by pointing to your bald head. It’s a real icebreaker.

The politicians motivated by Al Gore, who won a Nobel, an Oscar and an Emmy by showing slide shows on global warming, are warning that global warming outlook is much worse than what Al Gore originally projected. Well. Al Gore predicted that global warming will destroy our planet. What could be worse than that? It’s a real challenge for our politicians to come up with worse cataclysm.

A Congressman from Alaska answered that his people lived in igloos. Once the igloos melt, they’d lose their privacy.

The Congressman from Iowa warned that if the global warming was not checked, the corn crops would turn into popcorn. That may starve the Iowans who live on corn and drive on ethanol.

A Congressman from Georgia lamented that the poultry farmers in his state were already losing their livelihoods as the chickens were laying hard boiled eggs.

Joe Biden took the reporters in his chamber and asked them to feel the heat. Unfortunately, as the fuddled VP was making his point, Kamala Harris pointed to him that the thermostat in his chamber was set too high.

President Trump twitted that all Sleepy Joe had to do was switch to the Celsius system while he was still in power. That could have dramatically lower the temperature from 90 degrees to 32.

I personally support saving the earth from disastrous global warming though, personally speaking, it’s not going to be an inconvenient truth for me. I grew up in India. I didn’t have a car. I used to either walk or ride a bike everywhere. We hardly used to get an uninterrupted supply of electricity. Our home was lighted by sunlight during the day and lantern during the night. We cooked over fire. So, I’ll survive global warming. Not sure about you!

“I’ll get up, 8 AM
Every day just like any other day
Won’t erase who I am

You’ll be surprised” –B C Jean