Santa Fe Does This To People

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Makes them a little bit crazy.

Reader View: Climate change — the affects are real and local

By Mary Wolf

Forest fires, persistent drought and record temperatures are now more of a threat to my business than or e-readers. And it’s not just local weather extremes that affect us. We’ve lost sales because of delivery delays caused by climate change: planes grounded in Phoenix due to extreme temperatures, devastating tornadoes across the South and Midwest, crippling floods and snowstorms on the East Coast.

For businesses such as Collected Works that survive by offering superior customer service, superstorms are now a bigger concern than superstores.

Reader View: Climate change — the affects are real and local – My View – Santa Fe New Mexican

I was born in New Mexico during the fourteen year long drought of the 1940s and 1950s. It was much worse than the current drought.

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New Mexico precipitation has been far above normal this monsoon season.

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The giant aspen groves above Santa Fe are the result of much larger fires which occurred in the 1890s. Fire is an essential part of the forest cycle.

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As far as snowstorms on the East Coast go, how about this one from 1888.

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If Mary was dealing with reality, she would realize that the Internet is killing her business. It has nothing to do with CO2. Also, you would think that the owner of a book store would know the difference between affects and effects.

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22 Responses to Santa Fe Does This To People

  1. Onlooker says:

    Truly stunning levels of ignorance on display. Not too surprising though, as a keen historical perspective shows that there are always these kind of reactionists and idiots among us (as well as opportunists, of course). But you’d think that in the internet age it would be better, with the abundance of info at our fingertips, and all. Maybe it is. Hard to know for sure.

  2. Hugh K says:

    Methinks Mary has confused cultural change with climate change. If the culprit is climate change, as Mary insists, she should move her book biz to thriving Detroit where the climate isn’t quite as hot.

  3. Caleb says:

    I also am amazed at the degree of ignorance on display. It is not so much that people leap to the wrong conclusion, (as I do that all the time,) as it is they stick to the wrong conclusion.

    • Jason Calley says:

      Caleb, I mean this sincerely, no joke. You are a smart man. I think you are worth at least six regular academicians. Maybe eight.

      • Caleb says:

        Thanks. Sometimes I feel smart, but only sometimes. I leave behind plenty of evidence I’m less than brilliant other times, I’m afraid.

  4. Byron says:

    Please, everyone, I’ve found a new fake crisis that we all need to promote. Around the turn of the 20th century the magnetic north pole began to accelerate away from the USA to the northwest. This is right around the beginning of the wide spread use of electricity! Of course there is no real cause and effect relationship here but who cares really? I need everyone to write scholarly papers on this. We can get rich just by lying. We missed the boat on the whole global warming thing because we got distracted by the fact that it simply wasn’t true. How naïve we all were back then! But now we have a chance to redeem ourselves and give the world the precious gift of being seriously concerned about the planet. Guilt is beauty, beauty truth, and truth is whatever you want it to be. A new secular religion is born! I’m writing a book “Directionless Earth” all about Polar Change. It even has a hockey stick graph. So don’t miss this golden chance to be rich and famous!

  5. Justa joe says:

    I work for a company that moves $100’s of millions goods worldwide. I’ve never heard a peep about climate ever. More goods are moved around the globe today than ever more RELIABLY than ever.

    If this gal’s yarn were true the claimed climate issues would hurt the big guys worse.

  6. Pathway says:

    Shirley McClain says it is because of the crystals in the rocks, but I believe it is because of he great rift that is tearing the Rocky Mountains apart. The rift now extends well into Colorado, hence the craziness that has now invaded our lovely state.

    • gregole says:

      Please let Arizona be free of the insanity. And I really do hope her bookstore business improves. So she stays in New Mexico.

      • Jon says:

        Well, she could always join her brethren in Montezuma, Nederland, or Boulder. Kinda a kooler Sedona, all of them.

        • Jon says:

          She could probably do affiliate marketing off the “dead guy days” festival, then do some dreamin with the rest of the aging hippies. Interesting, she has that gaunt face look, that I’ve seen on women in Appalacia, and in some O’Keefes, as well as the classic rarely fat hippie look. Anyone know what that is about?

  7. There Is No Substitute for Victory says:

    And I quote:
    “Future generations deserve to enjoy the same New Mexico that Henry Shukman wrote about, the New Mexico that Georgia O’Keeffe painted, the New Mexico that has inspired countless writers, artists, photographers, dreamers and travelers. Climate change isn’t a political issue, it’s a human issue. Our children are depending on us to protect their world.”
    Mary Wolf is co-owner of Collected Works Bookstore.

    Me thinks that Mary should lay the blame for her difficulties where the blame lies, with the inventor of Global Warming and the Internet, Al Gore.

  8. redc1c4 says:

    too much moonbat for just one rubber room…

  9. Wyguy says:

    Spend a year in Santa Fe in school during 1944, my parents are buried in the National cemetery there. Love that town, but would not want to live around all the old hippies there.

  10. Scott says:

    I saw the affects/effects and figured at that point that I didn’t need to read the rest of the article…then saw you pointed it out at the end. Awesome!


  11. gator69 says:

    “Santa Fe (meaning “holy faith” in Spanish)…”

  12. Sand and cute little lizards all over the place (when I visited there), and adobe subdivisions. Thinking back, I am kind of surprised I didn’t see the Flintstones driving around; I will now link Santa Fe and Bedrock together in my mind. But there are people living in their own little world everywhere, just as batty as that woman in their pet ideas–and they all voted for Obama, probably, and some of them acquitted Casey Anthony, etc..

  13. Mike D says:

    Since much of her business is due to tourists, she should actually blame publications like The Atlantic, with their description of Santa Fe as ““…Sweltering temperatures there have broken records this summer, and a seemingly permanent orange haze of smoke hangs in the air from multiple wildfires.”

  14. John M says:

    That Penn & Teller video is priceless! Good thing I wasn’t drinking milk when I got to the part (at 5:39) about Al Gore’s international travel, “…which he does on a camel with a sh*tbag on its ass.” But seriously, the comparison of modern-day carbon offset credit peddling to the medieval practice of selling indulgences is spot on. “It’s like watching Picasso paint with bullsh*t!” 🙂

  15. Mary Wolf says:

    Oh dear. Somehow I had managed to miss this take on my opinion piece until today. How have I lived.

    First of all, I used “affect” properly. [And “that”, for that matter. I suppose some of you less, um, literate readers think that I should have used “effect” (and no doubt some of you would also push for “which”, as in “which effect us”). Wrong.]

    “Effect” is a noun, unless you’re talking about bringing about change, as in “the article effected no change in their ignorance” or “the explanation was made in order to effect their understanding.”

    “Affect” is a verb, as in “The blogger affected a tone of superiority, which affected his readers in such a way that they echoed his uneducated sarcasm.”

    The editors of the New Mexican wrote the title of my opinion piece—they took my use of “affect” and screwed up the headline. Not unusual for the newspaper, but your assumption that it was my error is a flawed assumption based on your desire to bash me. Making assumptions because you want to believe (or disbelieve) any theory is always unwise.

    I am neither a hippie nor any of the other names you all called me (really, were you all studying bullying in school instead of grammar?). I know about all of the changes that are affecting my business, including the internet. I have co-owned the business since 1995: before Amazon, before e-readers, before big-box stores became the massive sucking sound of China that they are today. My business is increasing every year, despite these monstrosities.

    What boggles my mind is why conservatives aren’t more concerned with conservation. It’s a puzzle. President Roosevelt — President Theodore Roosevelt, that is — once said, ““Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”

    And Justa joe? Large companies like yours are obviously less vulnerable than smaller companies, because large companies can better absorb any hit from any cause than small companies can. Shipping companies can re-route and reschedule, and they still get paid if a package is delayed. Your assertion makes no sense and does not take into consideration the economies of scale and scope.

    BTW, I think Casey Anthony should rot in a miserable cell somewhere. Just sayin’.

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