Jan
30

You just have to giggle at people who start talking about an ice age due to the current…

You just have to giggle at people who start talking about an ice age due to the current cold spell.

Arctic Heat Wave Sets off Hottest Ever Winter-Time Temperatures, Major Melt, Disasters for Coastal and Interior Alaska
Major melt in the midst of winter. Doesn’t sound quite right, does it? We tend to think of winter as the time of freezing, as the time of ice accumulation. Not the time of melt and thaw. Now try th…

Jan
29

There is an unwarranted focus on the global heat budget of the atmosphere

It is the heat budget of the total system that matters.

"The ocean is quickly accumulating heat and is doing so at an increased rate at depth during the so-called “hiatus” – a period over the last 16 years during which average global surface temperatures have risen at a slower rate than previous years."

Reshared post from +risa bear

Warming oceans consistent with rising sea level & global energy imbalance
Key Points:

The ocean is quickly accumulating heat and is doing so at an increased rate at depth during the so-called “hiatus” – a period over the last 16 years during wich average global surface temperatures have risen at a slower rate than previous years.

This continued accumulation of heat is apparent in ocean temperature observations, as well as reanalysis and modeling experiments, and is now supported by up-to-date assessments of Ear…

Jan
27

Facepalm.

Facepalm.

Stephen Hawking on Black Holes Shows Danger of Listening to Scientists, Says Bachmann
“If black holes don’t exist, then other things like climate change and evolution probably don’t either.”

Jan
24

Listen

Reshared post from +Samara Sonmor

Listen

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught  - Baba Dioum

Today's gorgeous image is by Elena Shumilova

More images here: http://goo.gl/Pw1ezc

Jan
23

Diversification, the enemy of conformity

The system is clearly broken and the game needs to be changed: We need a new blueprint for the economy and a new infrastructure and culture to support it.

Sharing: Direct Action for the new economy

The system is clearly broken and the game needs to be changed: We need a new blueprint for the economy and a new infrastructure and culture to support it.

Jan
22

The Baltic graph gives much food for thought

No wonder governments are gutting science. If you don't have observations to explain, you can just make shit up and drive it to the bank.

Awakening the Horrors of the Ancient Hothouse — Hydrogen Sulfide in the World’s Warming Oceans
“Dead Cthulu waits dreaming…” H.P. Lovecraft In the 1930s, pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft penned tales of ancient monsters called Old Ones that, if awakened, would emerge to devour the world. …

Jan
22

The scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human…

The scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human phenomenon, a product of sheer complexity of our emotional, linguistic, moral and intellectual lives. Denial is a complex unconscious defense mechanism for coping with guilt, anxiety and other disturbing emotions aroused by reality. – Stanley Cohen

Jan
21

Considering that most deniers are free market types who think that the whole 'global…

Considering that most deniers are free market types who think that the whole 'global heating' thing is a socialist conspiracy to keep them away from the shiny things, I too often wonder why no scientists are willing to step up and publish and receive all that oil company cash which is just waiting for 'real' evidence against AGW.

To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with).

Why Don’t Climate Change Deniers Publish Papers?
To me, one of the most fascinating aspects of climate change denial is how deniers essentially never publish in legitimate journals, but instead rely on talk shows, grossly error-laden op-eds, and hugely out-of-date claims (that were never right to start with). In 2012, National Science Board member James Lawrence Powell…

Jan
20

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Jan
13

Comfort, the prevailing word for Progress, in its many different aspects and to varying…

Comfort, the prevailing word for Progress, in its many different aspects and to varying degrees, forms a sufficient aim for the majority of civilized men of our era. Under these conditions of our times, man is only open to divine values in carefully measured doses, kept within limits so that they do not trouble his bourgeois conscience or threaten the material well-being he has acquired. – Boris Mouravieff

Jan
05

But we sure are creating shareholder value like mad

And harnessing innovation to improve efficiency, which will bring us to the end that much sooner.

Are we really that insane?

Our quenchless capitalism has driven us to the brink of ecological destruction. And our endless consumption has given way to the rampant industrialization of this beautiful planet. It has resulted in the poisoning of earth's precious waters, the extinction of innocent species, the destruction of our majestic forests, the genocide of future generations, the polluting of our air, and the desecration of our planet.

Daily Kos: The Boulevard Of Climate Catastrophe : Humanity’s Path To Perdition & The Moral Imperative To Act
The Climate Reality
We are hovering around 400 ppm for carbon in the atmosphere which is 50 ppm beyond the safe threshold; 350 ppm. The planet, as a result of CO 2 being pumped into the …

Jan
04

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Jan
03

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of…

Real power is achieved when the ruling class controls the material essentials of life, granting and withholding them from the masses as if they were privileges. – George Orwell

Dec
29

Fear not the path of truth, fear the lack of people walking on it

- Robert Francis Kennedy

Dec
20

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscribed

In one self place, but where we [the damned] are is hell,
And where hell is must we ever be. - Mephistophilis

Dec
13

“Without music, life would be a mistake” –Friedrich Nietzsche

“Without music, life would be a mistake” –Friedrich Nietzsche

Dec
01

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate…

History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance, hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization. By its servility it is the prey of tyranny, and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment. – Lemuel K. Washburn

Nov
29

I wonder what the treatment is

The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.

Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses | The Unbounded Spirit
Critics charge that it’s because they have too much time on their hands. New mental illnesses identified by the DSM-IV include arrogance, narcissism, above-average creativity, cynicism, and antisocial behavior. In the past, these were called “personality traits,” but now they’re diseases.

Nov
28

As soon as your level of activism requires a paycheque, it's over

Money buys things. Taking makes you owned. And from there it is only a matter of time.

If a doctor determines that you have a deadly disease and fails to fully inform you, that’s Medical Malpractice. If a green activist knows full well the seriousness of an issue and fails to address it head on and instead comes up with a plan that diverts movement energy to useless efforts that merely prop up bad politicians instead of noting, much less seriously challenging, the underlying causes of the eco-threats – all the while cashing substantial foundation grants and selling books – that’s Activist Malpractice.

Activist Malpractice » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Activist Malpractice

Nov
23

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you…

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. – C. S. Lewis

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