Mar
21

It is only painful if you were paying attention in the first place

What “used to be” is painful to remember.

Elegy for a Country’s Seasons by Zadie Smith
There is the scientific and ideological language for what is happening to the weather, but there are hardly any intimate words. Is that surprising? People in mourning tend to use euphemism; likewise the guilty and ashamed. The most melancholy of all the euphemisms: “The new normal.” “It’s the new normal,” I think, as a beloved pear tree, half-drowned, loses its grip on the earth and falls over. The train line to Cornwall washes away—the new norma…

Mar
13

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches of rainfall. This is nearly 30 times the average yearly rainfall for this desert land, which it received in just one day.

Global Warming and a Mangled Jet Stream: Germany Breaks All-Time Record Highs for Early March, Aswan Egypt Experiences First Rainfall Since 2012
According to reports from WeatherUnderground and WetterOnline, Germany experienced some of its hottest ever recorded temperatures for early March last week. A large region including a swath of citi…

Mar
13

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches…

In total, Luxor, the city of the famed Valley of the Kings, received nearly 1.2 inches of rainfall. This is nearly 30 times the average yearly rainfall for this desert land, which it received in just one day.

Global Warming and a Mangled Jet Stream: Germany Breaks All-Time Record Highs for Early March, Aswan Egypt Experiences First Rainfall Since 2012
According to reports from WeatherUnderground and WetterOnline, Germany experienced some of its hottest ever recorded temperatures for early March last week. A large region including a swath of citi…

Mar
12

Reality denied comes back to haunt

Reality denied comes back to haunt. – Philip K. Dick

Mar
12

Reality denied comes back to haunt

- Philip K. Dick

Mar
01

We truly are a force to be reckoned with

The current pace of emission has no corollary in the geological record. Based on best observations, the fastest CO2 increases in the past were during either the PETM extinction event of 55 million years ago or the Permian Extinction, or Great Dying, of 250 million years ago. During these periods, rapid rates of CO2 increase were observed at about .35 parts per million each year. The current pace is now six or seven times that seen during these dangerous geological epochs and expected rates of CO2 increase during this century could exceed 20 times that seen in the record.

CO2 Continues Dangerous Rise, Hits 400.2 Parts Per Million in Late February
(Daily and hourly CO2 readings at the Mauna Loa Observatory from February 20 to 26. Image source: The Keeling Curve.) More than two months before typical annual maximum in late May or early June, g…

Mar
01

We truly are a force to be reckoned with

The current pace of emission has no corollary in the geological record. Based on best observations, the fastest CO2 increases in the past were during either the PETM extinction event of 55 million years ago or the Permian Extinction, or Great Dying, of 250 million years ago. During these periods, rapid rates of CO2 increase were observed at about .35 parts per million each year. The current pace is now six or seven times that seen during these dangerous geological epochs and expected rates of CO2 increase during this century could exceed 20 times that seen in the record.

CO2 Continues Dangerous Rise, Hits 400.2 Parts Per Million in Late February
(Daily and hourly CO2 readings at the Mauna Loa Observatory from February 20 to 26. Image source: The Keeling Curve.) More than two months before typical annual maximum in late May or early June, g…

Feb
22

When a man is no longer allowed to make important decisions, he begins to think that the decisions he is allowed to make are important

When a man is no longer allowed to make important decisions, he begins to think that the decisions he is allowed to make are important. – C.N. Parkinson

Feb
22

When a man is no longer allowed to make important decisions, he begins to think that…

When a man is no longer allowed to make important decisions, he begins to think that the decisions he is allowed to make are important. – C.N. Parkinson

Feb
15

I am outraged that so few people are outraged

Do we like being complicit?

Feb
15

I am outraged that so few people are outraged

Do we like being complicit?

Feb
15

A very helpful service for local food initiatives

A very helpful service for local food initiatives.

Welcome to MeatSplit

Feb
15

A very helpful service for local food initiatives.

A very helpful service for local food initiatives.

Welcome to MeatSplit

Feb
08

Each of us tend to think we see things as they are, that we are objective

Each of us tend to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it. – Stephen. R. Covey

Feb
08

Each of us tend to think we see things as they are, that we are objective

But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it. – Stephen. R. Covey

Feb
02

100 million people here, 100 million people there

Pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

The Population Reference Bureau, which in 2012 projected that the world population in 2050 would be 9.624 billion people, foresaw in 2013 a 2050 population of 9.727 billion, resulting from a slight rise in the global total fertility rate. There is little sign of consumption abating, with purchasing power increasing on average globally (but with great geographic differences).

Collapse: What’s Happening to our Chances? | MAHB
Apocalípico I by Mauricio García Vega. Collapse: What’s Happening to Our Chances? Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. It’s been a little over a year since we tried to assess the probability that today’s perfect storm of environmental problems will lead to a collapse of civilization.

Feb
02

100 million people here, 100 million people there

Pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

The Population Reference Bureau, which in 2012 projected that the world population in 2050 would be 9.624 billion people, foresaw in 2013 a 2050 population of 9.727 billion, resulting from a slight rise in the global total fertility rate.  There is little sign of consumption abating, with purchasing power increasing on average globally (but with great geographic differences).

Collapse: What’s Happening to our Chances? | MAHB
Apocalípico I by Mauricio García Vega. Collapse: What’s Happening to Our Chances? Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich. It’s been a little over a year since we tried to assess the probability that today’s perfect storm of environmental problems will lead to a collapse of civilization.

Feb
01

Carrying Capacity Deficit, Overshoot: the condition wherein the permanent ability of a given habitat to support a given form of life is less than the quantity of that form already in existence

Carrying Capacity Deficit, Overshoot: the condition wherein the permanent ability of a given habitat to support a given form of life is less than the quantity of that form already in existence.

House of Cards Falling Down
These definitions are from Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by William J. Catton, Jr.. Do not read this book if your dream in life is to sit on as much money as Billy Boy Gates #3. There is only need in the world for one like he. Besides, the Mexicans have overcharged …

Feb
01

Carrying Capacity Deficit, Overshoot: the condition wherein the permanent ability…

Carrying Capacity Deficit, Overshoot: the condition wherein the permanent ability of a given habitat to support a given form of life is less than the quantity of that form already in existence.

House of Cards Falling Down
These definitions are from Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by William J. Catton, Jr.. Do not read this book if your dream in life is to sit on as much money as Billy Boy Gates #3. There is only need in the world for one like he. Besides, the Mexicans have overcharged …

Jan
30

The cheerleaders for the status quo always say 'It will be different this time'

For once, I am inclined to agree.

To believe that somehow our current situation is really different from prior civilizations with respect to the possibility of collapse is just wishful thinking. There is, of course, one difference with the current state of affairs and the consequences of collapse. In all other local civilization collapses the survivors had somewhere else to go where resources were still available. This time we are talking about the planet as a whole. There is nowhere else to go.

Question Everything: The Real State of the Union (and World)
The Formulaic SOTU You know the drill. The POTUS starts by spotlighting some highlights of what s/he thinks is going well in the US. Here are our strengths, as a country – Blah, blah, blah – look at us, we’re…

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