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Life imitates dammit!

[ by Charles Cameron — imaginatively vacationing in the pleasantly Mediterranean atmosphere the of the North Pole twenty years hence ]

Oh well, once Camus said it, you know it had to move from fict to fact..


My source for the Arctic is a Wapo piece, North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists which begins:

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

Although a rosy future beckons to those of us who believe this “intense pulse of heat” is but the precursor to the Mediterranean arctic I’m imaginatively vacationing in, twenty years hence, a more sober assessment might be grim, as is the graphic accompanying this tweet from Jack Labe quoted in the WaPo piece —


The grimness, of course, is simply the result of a graphical choice of colors — it could be quite cheery on a white background, in reds and oranges with cerulean blue as the highlight in the center.


And there’s the question of “global warming” implicit in all this — but for my purposes here on Zenpundit, that “invincible summer” in the midst of winter which Camus found within himself is what I’m working on. Summer in the interior life, which can indeed be found anywhere, even amidst winter.

4 Responses to “Life imitates dammit!”

  1. Grurray Says:

    It looks like the North Pole and the UK exchanged weather this year.

  2. Charles Cameron Says:


  3. AnaBeth Says:

    Grim, indeed. That line concerns me. I’m trying to locate a chart that shows the actual progress of temperatures over that same range of time, but cannot. There are some lines for years prior that don’t seem too much less extreme than the current year. I wonder if those lines were mid-90’s or 2000’s? Anyways, I’ll end up having to look into that more another time – I might as well just make the graph I’m looking for.

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    Keep us informed.

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