Tom, you are exactly right, these wasted bits and bytes online in fact do tend to obfuscate the character of the growing problems globally, problems, it's worth noting, that are not secrets or hidden at all. The most astute are noting that the actual problem is not climate change, but the failure of the infinite exponential growth model, but that goes way beyond what people who can't even follow relatively simple science that is purely empirical can grasp, so I'll leave that one alone.
The best use of a thread like this is to educate and expand awareness of the issues, it's actually sad to have to waste even a second on the denialist nonsense, but my feeling is they are losing the race, actually I think they've already lost it, and are now just floundering wildly in a vain attempt to keep believing that things will remain as they were because, well, because that's how people want them to remain.
Here's a good one, A LNG tanker just completed its trip from Norway to Japan, in Winter, over the Arctic. Link is in norwegian, sorry, but you can find the story on google news too. Ice thickness averaged 40cm, about 10 inches. One icebreaker was used to accompany. This is the first time in human history I believe this has occured in winter. One thinks of the bunker fuel residue darkening the ice and increasing melt next summers season, but hey, they saved 20 days off the trip.
As to your comments about the rapture, I'm not certain, but I believe I will be positioned high enough above the earth to avoid the heat upsurge, but I'll consult with the Jehovah's Witnesses re climate change and heat entering the land of the chosen. I'm feeling solid about it myself.
Stuff is hitting fast and hard now though, this Nova episode, Drilling in the Ice - it's a video, so even people who have a hard time processing text data should be able to sort of follow it, though it uses some big words, but I think the basic ideas are not so hard to grasp. Drill hole in ice, down through water, then drill into sediment layer to get core samples going back millions of years, can't remember the exact number, it's an ongoing process. Brrr, cold down there.
Now, personally, I don't fall for any of that nonsense, I know perfectly well that God placed every molecule and radioactively decaying particle everywhere in order to test my faith, and to catch up the doubters and skeptics, and I'm for one glad they are all getting tricked by this obvious shell game, there's, if the Jehovah's Witnesses are right, only 144,000 available seats for the elect, so the more of you suckers that get pulled into false beliefs the better is what I say, lowers the competition.
However, I do take heart that even the denialists can't keep up with the rates of change in the data, it's hard to spin webs of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, when people begin to see the stuff with their own eyes, that leaves really only the most clueless followers as the base.
By the way, am I the only one to note that God hates the Midwest and Southeast, which, even now, as we speak, are still in drought conditions, in winter? Clearly he is annoyed at hypocrites who take his name in vain, I know if I were him, those sleazy suburban mega churches so popular in the midwest would make me want strike down with thunderbolts and lightning, with a vengeance, you know, cherish and care for the earth, and all that stuff. His attempt to clean up NYC is easy enough to understand as well, of course. However, I see this all as just removing the non select from the pool, sort of a tidying up, a pre rapture type thing is my guess, though who am I to put motivations into the divine's mind? All I can do is note his actions.