Archive for the 'Environment' Category

[NEW] ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

December 3rd, 2016

DAPL from December 2014 to December 2016 In the past I’ve asked if the DAPL protest could become this century’s Wounded Knee. I’m now thinking that Tienanmen Square might be the better comparison. [Update @ 0514 on 3 December: Just as they did during the Vietnam war and numerous other public calls for the country […]

IS GOOGLE ALERTS SHADOWBANNING DAPL NEWS…?

November 28th, 2016

Back on 5 November I created a Google Alert to follow daily news on the Dakota Access Pipeline. I haven’t received an alert since Wednesday, 23 November. What with all the holiday activities, I looked away until this morning. Boy, was that a mistake. A lot has happened since last Wednesday, not the least is […]

GLOBAL WEIRDING, PART V: YES, WE’VE KNOWN…

November 17th, 2016

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GLOBAL WEIRDING, PART IV: HOW DO WE KNOW…?

November 10th, 2016

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I’M A LARK AND I HATE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…

November 8th, 2016

I’m a Lark, a person who is at his best before noon. I know that there are owls out there who can’t think straight before noon and so what I prefer is counter to their best interests, but I also think that we’re at our bests when our internal clocks actually synchronize with the natural […]

EXPLORING GLOBAL WARMING THE WEIRDING WAY…

November 7th, 2016

Joanna Walters, reporting in Katharine Hayhoe, climate evangelist, takes to the web to convert nonbelieversfor The Guardian, writes: While most US climate scientists live amid constant controversy, [Katharine] Hayhoe believes she is enduring an acute level of abuse because she reaches parts of the population many of her peers cannot reach. She’s an evangelical Christian. […]

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS EVENTS…

November 1st, 2016

So, what’s the CCPC up to? Road Trip to Standing Rock to support the Water Protectors: NextGen Ohio is organizing one. If you think you might be able to go click here. This Road Trip is considerably longer and bolder than the one’s we took in the spring. If you end up going please contact […]

FACING 45 YEARS FOR THE CRIME OF JOURNALISM…

October 22nd, 2016

Muckraking is a proud and storied tradition for Journalists in America. Perhaps my favorite example is Ida Minerva Tarbell, the woman who singlehandedly brought down the giant that was Standard Oil. In my lifetime I have followed the journalistic careers of I.F. Stone and Roldo Bartimole. Judge John Grinsteiner threw out rioting charges related to […]

OUTSIDE IS WAY HEALTHIER THAN INSIDE…

October 19th, 2016

In addition to my daily early morning walks with Buster along the Cleveland Metroparks trail that passes adjacent to our backyard, I also spend time between students circling the campus at the high school where I teach. The primary goal is physical health, but I also recognize the mental health benefits of these walks. While […]

MOTHER SUN’S FAVORITE SON…

October 14th, 2016

Big carbon really, really hates is scared shitless by the far bigger hydrogen because you can’t turn an obscene profit off of the Sun the way you can by extracting coal, oil and gas from the ground. Advocates of solar power, are getting their message out and burning through the flack-generated waves of dis-information that […]

THE RECORD WE DON’T WANT IN THE GBWR

October 4th, 2016

We cannot afford to sink another well, dig another mine nor build another pipeline. Full stop. This summer we set yet another temperature record for Earth. Sadly, the record is not likely to stand for more than a year. Oliver Milman, writing in Planet at its hottest in 115,000 years thanks to climate change, experts […]

THE POLITICAL BETRAYAL OF THE 99% CONTINUES…

September 21st, 2016

I wrote earlier that party platforms are not worth the paper they’re written on and once again Hillary Clinton demonstrates that you can’t trust her any further than you can toss a wonk. Karl Mathiesen, writing in Hillary Clinton ‘dropped climate change from speeches after Bernie Sanders endorsement’ for The Guardian, tells us: Hillary Clinton […]

WHAT CLIMATE DENIERS DON’T WANT YOU TO SEE…

September 16th, 2016

I’ve only included the beginning and end of a very long—22,000+ years, duh!—timeline. Please take your time to view the entire history so that you can more fully understand the dastardly lies the fossil fuel industry are spewing out their smokestacks so that they can acquire more toys. You can so find a detailed explanation […]

ATTACK DOGS THEN, ATTACK DOGS NOW…

September 7th, 2016

Alan Taylor, writing in Tempers Flare During Protest Against the Dakota Access Pipeline for The Atlantic, sets up Robyn Beck’s photo essay: In south central North Dakota, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been joined by hundreds of other Native Americans and supporters in a protest against the ongoing construction of the Dakota […]

INDIAN LANDS ARE SACRED, UNTIL THEY’RE NOT…

September 6th, 2016

The United States has a horrible record with treaties and honoring the lands of Native Americans. Given the most worthless parcels of land, Indians find ways to survive, yet, when White Men discover unbeknownst wealth\, all deals are off and the fights begin anew. Sara, writing for 350.org, emails: Friends, Over the weekend, peaceful protesters […]

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME…

August 25th, 2016

Oh gawd! I do not need another suggested reading list to make me feel even less informed and lazy. Curse you Ralph Nader! Ralph Nader, writing in Readers Think. Thinkers Read, suggests: Here are my recommended books to read for the late summer holidays. The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life, by S. David Freeman, Authorhouse. […]

EXXON, NOT ISIL/ISIS, IS OUR GREATEST THREAT…

August 21st, 2016

We have spent billions creating a security infrastructure to keep us safe from a threat that pales in comparison to the existential danger to humanity: Global Warming/Climate Change. We are playing shuffleboard on the Titanic while the waters rush in. Writing in Green Party candidate Jill Stein calls for climate state of emergency for The […]

WHAT THE POLAR ICE IS PROTECTING US FROM…

August 18th, 2016

I’m sure that there are ignorant people who think that if all the ice disappears from the Antarctic that we will enjoy lots and lots of new land to build condos on. What Peter Wadhams, The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics at Cambridge Peter Wadhams, wants those […]

SAVE LOUISIANANS: CANCEL THE OIL AUCTION…

August 18th, 2016

In my lifetime we’ve gone from 100-year floods to 1,000-year floods; from hurricanes to super storms. How long will we put our homes and our families at risk so that Exxon’s executive can buy more toys? 350.ORG emails: Friends, This week, central and southwestern Louisiana have been slammed by unprecedented floods. Over the weekend, I […]

WHAT MILLENNIA GREW, A CENTURY IS KILLING…

August 17th, 2016

Back in 1978 I, and the rest of the crew of the USS Bainbridge, transited Australia’s Great Barrier Reef en route from Darwin to Tonga. Standing on the bridge wings we could look down at the reef and marvel at the teeming ecosystem that had taken thousands and thousands of year to form, nearly forty […]

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