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  • Unitarians divest from Fossil Fuels: Clear Commitment on Climate Change
  • If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance
    • different clue 07/06/2014 at 6:29 pm

      In fact, reading boing boing might be considered so self-targettingly dangerous as to increase one's "edgy-cred" even more than reading Noam Chomsky. Any American visiting Europe might find "boing-boing" opening as many doors as Chomsky's dropped name its-own-self.

    • Any boing-boing readers reading this post who stop reading boing-boing will be tagged as motivated by fear or caution and therefor as having something to be fearful or cautious about. Therefor any such boingboinger who suddenly stops will be targetted for twice as much double plus ultra super duper NSA surveillance. So you might as well keep reading boing-boing regardless.

  • As US Pressures Maliki to Resign, will Iraqi Gov't Collapse?
  • Does our and Obama's Paralysis on Global Warming come from American Exceptionalism?
    • different clue 06/07/2014 at 4:22 pm

      I don't see our governators showing any belief in "national soveriegnty". The whole Free Trade Agenda is designed to destroy what national soveriegnty we had, and TTP and TTIP as well as any other such naftazoidal agreements are designed to destroy the very last traces of economic and political soveriegnty not yet destroyed.
      What we have is simple carbon capture of government and the exploitation of carbon concerns in political culture-wars.
      If we abolished all free trade agreements and restored national economic soveriegnty protectionist exceptionalism, then we would be able to take unilateral carbon reduction steps protected by our ability to exclude imports or even economic relations entirely with emerging carbon dumpers like China and many others.

  • Faced w/ Global Warming Threat, Obama fudges EPA Carbon Reduction
    • different clue 06/03/2014 at 3:02 pm

      Since NOxs and methane and CFC-type compounds and black carbon soot have more global warming impact per molecule than
      CO2 does, and since those releases represent pure waste and loss of the molecules involved, perhaps it would make sense to try cutting their emissions to zero soonest while working through the political difficulties of CO2 reduction. We could also suck down more CO2 and sequester it in plant/soil systems with better encouragement and management of plant growth all over the world.

    • different clue 06/03/2014 at 2:58 pm

      Cam, the offshoring of industry was engineered by the Free Tradists in power. Normal Americans did not ask for that. Since that production overseas releases more carbon than what the equivalent production used to release here, the solution to that problem would be to abrogate all free trade agreements, withdraw from all free trade treaties and organizations, restore protectionism, and re-onshore all our captive production-in-exile.
      Free trade makes carbon skydumping reduction within America hard-to-impossible. Don't believe it? Keep free trade and see what happens.

  • Reconciliation between Judaism and Islam is Possible
    • different clue 05/30/2014 at 3:35 pm

      Oslo Diplomacy and post-Oslo sincerity may have worked under Rabin. The Revisionists were very afraid that it would work which is why they engineered the Rabin assassination.
      If the Lesser Israel Liberal-Laborists can't smash down the Greater Israel axis of Likud/Lieberman/Bennett/price taggers and destroy its power all the way to zero, then that Greater Israel axis will never permit Rabbi Bar-El's theory or any other theory to be reach successful application. The Greater Israel axis will either be smashed down by internal or external forces, or else it will win.

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu Vows never to Return Occupied E Jerusalem to Palestinian Residents
    • different clue 05/30/2014 at 3:27 pm

      And not only that . . . but a hexagon is also formed of six lines of equal length too! Eerier and eerier.

  • Boko Haram attack kills hundreds as Nigeria offers reward for girls
    • different clue 05/08/2014 at 2:58 pm

      Is Boko Haram a jihadista group with criminal elements? Or a crime group with jihadista elements? If it is mainly jihadista, it will never sell the girls back to Nigeria, lest Nigeria permit them to go back to school. If it is mainly criminal, it may sell the girls back if the price is high enough. And then do the same thing over and over again.

      Acting peaceful makes sense until the girls are back or it is clear they never will be. At the end of either of those two outcomes, the Boko Haram problem will be solved by the systematic extermination of every Boko Haram member. Stalin was sometimes right.

  • On Eve of Pope's visit to Israel, Radical Israeli Settlers attack Christian Village
    • different clue 04/19/2014 at 1:25 am

      I believe a radical settler group decided it did not like Netanyahu's participation in any peace process (however derisory in reality). They have decided to perpetrate "deflection attacks" against designated hostages every time the government does not support the radical settlers as strongly as they wish. They hope to destroy relations between Israel and the Catholic Church, the US, etc. by creating more and more hate, rage, and eventual blowback.
      Do Israelis against "price tag" outnumber Israelis for "price tag"?
      I don't know. But even if there are, they are not ready to wage and win the Total Civil War against Israelis for "price tag" which would be necessary to crush and eliminate "price tag" activities and price tag supporters.

  • Tutu: Climate Crisis Demands we Boycott Big Oil just as we Boycotted Apartheid
    • Even if such a Boycott Fossil Carbon movement is not quickly effective, it can be an organizing motivator for many people over time. Those people can begin to discuss parallel solutions and approaches to run concurrently with the BFC effort.

      Perhaps the role of human support of plantlife all over the above-sea-level earth may also be considered. Much carbon has been gassed from soil into the sky over the last couple centuries. Can managing land guided by new knowledge start a process of plantlife/soil carbon restoration sufficient to suck some of the excess carbon back down out of the sky and re-store it in millions of square miles of plants and soil-under-plants?

  • Poof! John Kerry Blames Israeli Squatting in E. Jerusalem for breakdown in Peace Talks; Bennett: It's Just Zionism
    • Canadian blogger Jeff Wells at his Rigorous Intuition blog was inspired by the Israel/Hezbollah war to write a post about the assassination of Rabin. There was good reason to think a Rabin-led Israel would have followed Oslo in good faith to reach a peace a peace with Palestine after. There was good reason to think that the Israeli right wing thought so too. Wells goes into how powerful right wing forces within Israel designed and executed the Rabin assassination using Yigal Amir as their disposable "lone gunman". The goal was to take over Israel in order to renege on Oslo in order to drive more violence in order to right-wingify the Israeli electorate.
      link to rigint.blogspot.com

    • I voted against McCain/Palin in 2008 because I suspected McCain's primary desire was to start a war with Iran to show that we could win such a war, the way we were winning the Vietnam War and would have won it if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.

  • Saudi King channels John McCain, demands Obama Take Hard Line on Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood
    • different clue 03/29/2014 at 3:38 pm

      Support for Saudi Arabia is a mystery? Huge oil and huge money. Where's the mystery?

  • Israeli Kibbutz uses Robots To Combat Desert Dust that obscures Solar Panels
    • different clue 03/29/2014 at 3:27 pm

      If Saudi Arabia deployed stuff like this on 50,000 square miles of the Empty Quarter, they could become the . . . uhh . . . "Saudi Arabia of solar energy."
      And so could Iran and Iraq and Egypt and Libya and Algeria and Morocco and and and . . .

  • Billionaire Victimology is the Worst
    • different clue 02/07/2014 at 7:01 pm

      Much of the problem occurrs at the topmost layer of the "one percent". How much of "the one percent's " income goes to the opoop (one percent of one percent)? How much of it goes to an even smaller fraction of people called the opoopoop (one percent of one percent of one percent)?

      Also, what percent of the nations medicare taxes does the one percent pay? What percent of the nation's SS FICA taxes does the one percent pay?

  • Dear President Obama: Tar Sands & Keystone XL are more Dangerous than an Iranian Atomic Bomb
    • different clue 02/05/2014 at 8:18 pm

      Obama has no more elections left to run for. He is strictly working for the highest possible private sector payoffs and paybacks after he leaves office. Based on his goals and record to date, I think he will okay the Keystone XL Pipeline Northern Half.

  • Messianic Israeli Minister obsessed with Palestinian Land accuses Kerry of Messianic Obsession
    • different clue 01/15/2014 at 7:55 pm

      The last time Israel's liberals tried that, Israel's conservatives assassinated Prime Minister Rabin.
      It is not pleasant to think that the only way for Israel's liberals to guide Israeli policy would be to wage and win a civil war against Israel's conservatives. But is there anything else that would work?

  • John F. Kennedy's Thanksgiving Ideals, 1962-- How different they are from Ours
    • different clue 11/28/2013 at 3:24 pm

      There is a semi-leftwing econoblog called Naked Capitalism which has run posts on ACA among other subjects.
      Some of those posts analyze in great detail the various hidden traps and restriction of access to degraded care which the Insurance Industry very carefully wrote into the law. The readers might ask themselves why Justice Roberts performed so many legal-logic contortions to uphold ACA (especially the Forced Mandate) when he realized it would not get 5 other Justices to uphold it without his help.
      It is easy enough to go to Naked Capitalism and find those posts and comments.

  • Tim Berners-Lee Warns "Tide of Surveillance and Censorship" threatens Democracy
    • different clue 11/23/2013 at 4:22 pm

      Corporate takeover, monopolizatin, and subversion to private profit and control purposes also threatens the existence of free information exchange and access on the internet.
      I read a critical post against TPP on Naked Capitalism recently, and one of the TPP provisions which the Obama Group is trying so hard to keep secret is a provision to permit private corporate owners of anything to do with internet transmission a free and high hand to prevent or remove any content or item at all which they please to prevent or remove.
      For example, if I understand this provision right, under TPP the private owners of whatever cables or pipes or tubes this blog and these comments travel on . . . would have the perfect right to pre-ban or ban and remove your every post concerning global warning, carbon wean-off, etc. At least now, before TPP, the NSA can only record every keystroke and keystroker.

  • 43 Dead, 500 Wounded in Tripoli attack by militia on peaceful Protesters
    • different clue 11/16/2013 at 8:51 pm

      Actually, my understanding was that France and Italy in particular pushed hardest for this right from the start because they feared a huge influx of Lybian refugees. We went along with the Franco/Italian request and lent our particular military abilities to it.

  • Pakistani family testifies to empty room on Hill about US Drone that killed Granny
    • It seems to me that most, or maybe almost all of the civilian drone deaths are due to the CIA's own drone program
      and few or almost none being due to the Military's own drone program. They are two separate programs. If my understanding is correct, would cancelling the CIA's own drone program solve a lot of the problem?

    • He should not get them. At the very least the NYTimes should invite Iyad Alawi to write an equal-billing guest editorial about the nature of al Maliki's rule and methods of governance. And how al Maliki came to have so much power over Iraqi government to begin with.

  • Elites Stick together against Us: Feinstein Slams NSA Merkel Tap
    • Her base is latte' liberals, perrier populists, silk and satin socialists, etc.

      Her base was just fine with "Impeachment is off the table."

  • The American Genocide Against Iraq: 4% of Population Dead as result of US sanctions, wars
    • I would agree with careful use of terms. If our killing level in Iraq was genocide, then the Civil War was genocide against the Confederacy, considering that something like 10 per cent of all men in the Confederate States were killed.

      If the Civil War wasn't genocide, then the Iraq War 2.0 wasn't genocide either.

    • We can thank Pelosi and Obama specifically and by name for that lack of prosecutions.

      "Impeachment is off the table". I would call it the Pelosi-CheneyBush Administration.

  • Whatever Happened to the Somali Pirates?
    • different clue 10/11/2013 at 4:58 pm

      These are the same industrial strip-fishmining fleets which destroyed the Newfoundland Cod fishery too.

  • Dear Tea Party: The Gov't Shutdown is Hurting White People, Too
    • different clue 10/09/2013 at 8:13 pm

      The policies of the DLC Free Trade NAFTAcratic Party have been more detrimental to working class white Americans than anything the Tea Party has achieved so far. I wonder how many Tea Party supporters were primed for Tea Partyism by having their jobs exported and lives destroyed by the Free Trade Mass-Jobicide of the last few decades? If we are really looking to blame somebody for the rise of Tea Partyism,
      do the Free Trade Clintocrats deserve some of that blame?

  • Top Ten Signs Solar Energy is rapidly Winning
    • If solar farms in the SouthWest could be built to reliably
      provide as much power as all the dams in the West provide, and wired into the Western Grid; then the solar farms could provide power by day and the dams by night. That would allow for storing more water behind the dams to be even more sure of having enough to use through the night.

  • Americans Drawing the Line on Day of Action against Keystone XL (Lazare)
    • A few posts ago I left a comment linking to a Counterpunch article about how the Obama Administration has re-written Administrative and Agency rules to greenlight and redball a whole spider-webwork of pipelines leading from the tar sands, "around" the Keystone XL Northern Half proposal area, and linking up to the northern end of Keystone Southern Half or to other pipelines going right straight to refineries and/or coastal ports.
      Obama will keep tactically delaying decision on "Keystone Northern Half" as part of his strategy of tricking the 350 activists into thinking stopping Keystone matters, and diverting their attention from the Huge Pipeline Web Workaround which Obama is assisting various oil companies in getting built. Once Obama is satisfied that the other workaround-pipelines are able to carry as much oil as Keystone Northern Half would have carried, then he will announce that it is "cancelled" and the 350 activists will be allowed to congratulate themselves on their "victory".

  • Israeli Troops attack European Diplomats on Aid Mission
    • Aren't a majority of Jewish Israelis descended from North African and SouthWest Asian heritage groups nowadays? If so, wouldn't a majority of Israeli soldiers be descended from North African and SouthWest Asian heritage groups? (Unless the Gorbachev-and-after era Soviet/Russian influx changed those numbers again?)

  • I lived to See the Day when the Pope and the President of Iran are more doctrinally Flexible than the GOP
    • different clue 09/22/2013 at 5:01 pm

      I see that someone up above beat me to pointing out that this could all be a sneaky bait-and-switch kabuki dance between Obama and the Republicans where the Republicans will drop "defund Obamacare" at the last minute in return for Obama supporting "degrade and attrit Social Security" the way he has tried to ever since getting elected.
      If Obama and the Republicans pull off this Grand Deceit, enough Democratic Senators will support the Republican Senators in passing "destroy Social Security" to get it passed. Obama will then sign it into law. Let's all watch out for that.

  • Neil Young: Alberta Tar Sands fields 'Look like Hiroshima' (Chamberlain)
    • different clue 09/14/2013 at 5:25 pm

      I read recently an article at resilience.org saying that Bill McKibben either knowingly or unknowingly uses "stop Keystone XL!" as a decoy to keep climate change activists wasting their time and energy and failing to think about how to lower use of carbon fuels in general, including thinking about how to force the issue of political-economic changes to make it possible. And the Obama Administration cleverly delays decision on Keystone XL to keep the activists thinking they are achieving something and to keep rope-a-doping them.

      Here is an article from Counterpunch about how the Obama Administration works with the oil industry to green-light and speed-up construction of a whole webwork of pipelines that will bypass the whole "Keystone Northern Half" planned pipeline area. Once the whole pipeline workaround network is completely built, all the oil that would have moved through Keystone XL Northern Half will move through these other pipelines anyway. Obama will then pretend to surrender on Keystone XL after it doesn't matter anyway, and McKibben and the 350 group will be permitted to think they have won something. Here is the link.
      link to counterpunch.org

  • American Jews Divided on Syria Strike, Many Oppose AIPAC
    • different clue 09/07/2013 at 5:53 pm

      AIPAC may be even more narrow than just an Israel Lobby in general. It may be a Likud Lobby in particular. It may have been penetrated and captured by Likudists ever since the Begin Prime-Ministership. It may even be involved in funding and supporting the Likudists and further-rightists within Israel itself to "keep Israel Likud" and keep "Greater Israel" on the table. Do those possibilities deserve some research?

      By the way, I am surprised that Representative Ellison is in fact pro al Quaeda and wants to create an al Quaeda government in Syria in order to exterminate a million or more Syrian Alawites and a million or more Syrian Christians. I thought he was a more moderate Muslim than that.

  • Egypt: Military announces 'War on Terror,' Calls for Massive Demos Against Muslim Brotherhood
    • If some of the Tahrir Revolutionaries 1.0 were opposed to al Sisi's call and were quick enough on their feet; they could have pretended to support it and eagerly yelled: "Where do you want us to gather to show our numbers?" And then they could all hav avoided that spot.

  • Israel's Newly Multi-Cultural Army Stirs Controversy: Ultra-Orthodox Jews & Palestinian-Israeli Christians (Goldman)
    • If they don't want their children serving in the Army, they could have their children doing National Service, like counting sewage or breaking rocks or whatever.

  • Top Ten ways Corporate Food is Making us Fat and threatening our Food Supplies
    • different clue 09/24/2012 at 1:33 am

      Here might well be an eleventh way that certain modern foods or modern methods of eating them are specifically making us fat. It is in an article called Is Sugar Toxic?
      and is about the possibility that one particular sugar in particular, called fructose; is uniquely obesogenic. Fructose comes from HiFructose Corn Syrup and ALSO from SUCROSE which is also called "cane sugar". Every sucrose molecule divides in the intestine into a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule, and the fructose molecules from "cane sugar" are just as obesogenic as the fructose molecules from HiFructose Corn Syrup. Here is the link:
      link to nytimes.com

  • Top Green Energy Advances Mitt Romney doesn't Want to Hear About
    • different clue 09/01/2012 at 3:52 am

      An energy-engineering-and-efficiency commentator blognamed Engineer Poet runs a blog called The Ergosphere. He has discussed the renewable-source-electricity storage problem in some of his posts. One of those posts (which I don't have the patience to try finding) notes that while we can't easily store electricity, we can store some of the things it does. He gives the example of windpower in Holland. When windpower-electricity is excess to ongoing power use needs, that windpower-excess is diverted to Holland's deepfreeze foodstorage warehouses to chill them even colder than the safe deepfrozen temperature. When the windpower dies down, those deepfrozen foodstorage warehouses can cruise on stored superchill for several to many hours, warming "up" to a still-safe very cold temperature. Then they draw conventional power through the grid from conventional sources to stay at that still-safe temperature until there is another windpower surplus which can superchill them back to even-colder-than the safe storage temperature. In essence, these deepfreeze warehouses are being used as "super-chill storage batteries", storing the cold which windpower electricity produced.
      link to ergosphere.blogspot.com
      (Engineer Poet also supports various in-his-mind new and improved nuclear power technologies. I hope that doesn't scare or repel anti-nuclear people from reading all the rest of his work).

      And a thought occurred to me: renewably produced electricity could be used to electrolyze water into oxygen and hydrogen and the hydrogen could be stored until needed for electricity generation by fuel-celling it or conventionally burning it to turn turbines.

  • Tampa Area Republicans terrified of Tea Party, Ryan (Guzzo)
    • different clue 08/25/2012 at 7:06 pm

      Didn't the Insider Republican Party inspire and organize and bring out these Tea Party activists to begin with? And now the Republican Inner Party members don't like where their proteges are going?

      Too bad. So sad.

      They have filled their toilet. Now let them swim in it. Or drown in it. Or flush themselves down, as the case may be.

  • Hurricane Isaac may Threaten RNC convention of Climate-Change Deniers in Tampa
    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:20 am

      Reality is the stuff that stays real, no matter how hard one tries to wish it away, or pray it away. People who expect to live for several more decades either will or won't feel the effects of global warming, depending on whether it is or isn't really happening.

      So make your choice and make your plans. "Him who is not surprised when the future comes, lives very close to the truth."

    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:16 am

      There's nothing wrong with the Global Warmocaust Deniers that a few F6 and F7 tornados full of melon-sized hailstones won't cure.

    • different clue 08/24/2012 at 1:13 am

      That seems to be more of a diversion than a reply. If we went metric and measured hurricane windspeed in metric, but still left Cat5 open ended from X kph-Infinity kph, we would still have the same problem of information-hiding openendedness of the Cat5 category.

      The metric system is just a silly legacy of the French Revolution. It bears no more relation to reality than the customary culture-rooted measuremement systems it affects to replace.

      We here in America have gone as metric as we need to. We have metrified science and pharmacy and so forth. Dividing the temperature range between the freezing and boiling points of water into one hundred degrees is just as arbitrary as dividing it into 180 Farenheit degrees. And since the metric degrees are bigger and cruder, they mask finer grained detail which Farenheit degrees reveal and make
      it possible to discuss.

      I remember many years ago once meeting a visiting Soviet Professor of Economics here in Ann Arbor. We talked through a Ukrainian friend-of-mine interpreter. At some point he asked me when America would go metric. I offered the thought that America had a greater chance of going communist than going metric. I still think so. So there.

    • As hurricanes and tornados get bigger and better, perhaps
      we need bigger and better ways to measure and describe them.
      Currently the strength-category awarded to hurricanes tops out at C5 and the strength-category awarded to tornados tops out at F5. But that C5 and F5 are open ended and will be less specifically helpful as hurricanes and tornados get stronger.
      So since every step up from Cat1 to Cat5 is like the rungs on a ladder, we should just add more rungs to the descriptive ladder. Since Cat3 is 111-129mph and Cat4 is
      130-156mph, why make Cat5 be 157-Infinity mph? Why not cap out Cat5 at . . say . . 182mph? And make a new Cat6 class for 183-210mph? And a new Cat7 class for 211-235mph? And so on?

      And why not do the same for tornados?

  • Romney shills for dirty Big Coal as Obama touts Iowa Wind Power
    • different clue 08/16/2012 at 3:04 am

      Two old-wisdom sayings: Reality is the stuff that remains real no matter how hard you believe otherwise. Also stated as "you can't bullshit the ocean. It's not listening." And . . . "him that is not surprised when the future comes lives very close to the truth."

      I am planning my life in the expectation of a future of runaway Global Warming and Climate DeChaos Decay thanks to unrestrained carbon-loading of the atmoshphere. I gather you are planning on a future of no-such-thing happening. We shall see who lives "very close to the truth" and who will therefor "not be surprised when the future comes".

      I will say this: if you are correct, then the Global is not really warming and will not warm, and none of the changes I expect to be happening will happen. If you are right and we are all wrong, you have a contrarian investing opportunity of historic dimensions lying at your feet. You should invest all the money you have, and all the money you can borrow, in raw land/ real estate/ REITs/ etc. based along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts . . . most especially in Florida/Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana/Texas. When the oceans fail to rise the way we Global Warming Alarmists expect them to, you will have planted the seeds of a vast family fortune for your heirs to inherit. If you think you are right about the Climate Future, then I encourage you in the very strongest terms to put your money where your mouth claims to be.

  • Poisoning the Seas to get out Oil that Poisons the Atmosphere (Banerjee)
    • different clue 08/04/2012 at 1:45 am

      I wrote a long comment and then erased it by hitting a wrong button. I don't have the patience to type it all again.

      For possible solutions to carbon emmission problems I would suggest reading Peak Energy Blogspot and The Ergosphere and this low tech magazine article:link to lowtechmagazine.com

      For possible solutions to the problem of sucking back down and bio-sequestering the carbon already in the air I would suggest googling words like biochar, eprida, CHAB unit
      (Combined Heat And Biochar unit) etc. Here is an article about an approach to carbon-sequestering shrub-and-tree based protein and starch agriculture:link to energybulletin.net

      These changes can only be achieved by the sort of force
      embodied in energy taxes (especially carbon emission taxes) eventually rising to punitive levels. People who wish to suggest that sort of thing will have to earn the personal credibility shown by reducing their own carbon footprint in their own daily lives as much as feasibly possible. Individual action will have no effect on carbon emmissions, but it will gain those individuals the credibility needed to be taken seriously when they discuss the sorts of society-wide forced changes which will have to be imposed on the unwilling and the uncaring in order to prevent further excess carbon release . . . and to suck down the carbon already released.

  • The Collapse of the Climate Change Contrarians and the End of Coal
    • different clue 08/03/2012 at 3:39 am

      Perhaps we could speak of coal as being "mine-ufactured"
      heh heh heh . . .

  • Heartland Climate Scam Sinking, but so is Planet (McKibben)
    • different clue 06/05/2012 at 2:11 am

      I haven't personally met any serious global warming deniers. If I ever do, I will suggest they think about the possibility that if they are right, they have a tremendous contrarian investing opportunity.

      If the earth-surface ice-features are not melting and will not melt, and if the oceans are not rising and will not rise; then seaside coastal ocean-front land will not start going underwater. Such land would be a tremendous investment and would plant the seeds of future family fortunes when we global warming accepters discover that the global isn't warming after all. I encourage everyone to encourage all the deniers to put all the money they have into coastal property, most especially along the Gulf Coast.
      If I could stand to listen to Limbaugh, I would try to get on his show by feigning ditto-headness so I could get all his listeners thinking about contrarian investments in global no-warming.

  • Big Coal and Big Oil Wipe Kiribati off the Face of the Map
    • different clue 03/09/2012 at 1:33 am

      Nathan,

      If you are correct in your belief that the global is not warming and will not warm, and that therefor the icecaps and glaciers are not melting and will not melt and the ocean is not rising and will not rise . . . you have a tremendous contrarian investing opportunity lying before you at your feet.

      You should borrow all the money you can against all the pledgeable assets you have or will have, and use that money to buy oceanside seafront property in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Gulf Coastal Florida, etc. When the ocean fails to rise just like the wise men at Von Mises assure you it will fail to do; you will have planted the seeds of a vast family fortune for your heirs.

      So what are you waiting for? Buy seaside oceanfront coastal land today!

  • Hurricanes and Global Warming
    • different clue 08/28/2011 at 3:26 am

      I have been thinking about an open-ended method of hurricane rating for a while now. I gather that every 50 mile-per-hour incremental increase in a hurricane's sustained windspeed gets it a higher number up to Five. So why not continue raising the rating by the same increments?
      Every 50 mph increase gets another number. Also, why not rate hurricanes according to how "wide" they are? A hundred
      mile wide hurricane could be assigned the letter A, a hundred and fifty mile wide hurricane could be given B, a two hundred mile wide hurricane could be given C, and on up.
      So a huge low-windspeed hurricane could be a 1-G or a small
      high-windspeed hurricane could be a 4-B, and so forth.

      By the way, perhaps we should think about open-ended rating increases for tornados too. F6, F7, etc.; if tornados rotate faster than before.

      Phil D, a popular science writer who wrote a little book of some clarity on the subject called Hothouse Earth ( by John Gribbin) might be a small part of what you want.
      link to amazon.co.uk He is no Rachel Carson, but then, who is? Only Rachel Carson, and she's dead now. Other people have been writing books but I can't remember their names. There is someone who has been setting up timelapse photo-cameras overlooking various glaciers and icecaps to capture their growth or shrinkage, and so far he has been capturing mainly shrinkage. It is called the Extreme Ice Survey. link to extremeicesurvey.org One can look at the pictures of retreating ice in place after place to see the real effects made visible.

  • Carbon Emissions Record, Food to Double in Price
    • different clue 06/01/2011 at 3:21 am

      Ways exist to stimulate plant growth so as to suck down some of the airborn carbon and bio-sequester it either in plantmass or in and under the soil. Ways also exist to manage agriculture so as to raise the amount of persistent rootmass and humus below the soil surface. The problem is how to support using these methods over millions of square miles of ag-and-pasture/range land so as to suck down and bio-sequester billions of tons of carbon over millions of square miles of land area. But people can't begin to even think about driving carbon bio-sequestration unless they know it even exists and can be applied.

      A first step might be for growing numbers of people to realize such a possibility actually exists. And offering pathways to information about it might help such growing numbers to realize it. Then they can think about how to drive the process a tiny bit by their own individual actions, and how to drive it harder by organized political and economic pressure.

      So here are a few links to bio-sequestration possibilities. First, a very elementary Wiki-Overview:
      link to en.wikipedia.org
      Then, terra preta: link to en.wikipedia.org
      and biochar: link to biochar-international.org
      Finally, a researcher with a company has been studying mycorrhizae and micorrhizal production of humus-precursors in the soil around their host plantroots as a way to increase soil humus loads. Just because he has based a company around his researches does not automatically make him suspect, I don't think.
      link to soilsecrets.com
      link to sustainableabq.com

  • Fox Management Ordered Reporters to Spin Global Warming
    • different clue 12/16/2010 at 2:09 am

      I believe that Prince alWaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia is the next-largest owner of NewsCorp (Fox News's parent) after the Murdoch Family their own selves. Shortly after Fox hyped up the fakey controversy over that South Manhattan
      Islamic center, various people wondered why Prince bin Talal
      would continue supporting such a company by owning so much of it?

      Well, I theorize that the Prince wishes to see Saudi Arabia remain able to sell gigabucks worth of oil to the boilers, engines, and furnaces of the world. And since Fox News does such good work clouding the global warming issues and delaying public demand for a solution to the problem; Prince bin Talal must find the money that Fox helps assure that both he and Saudi Arabia will continue making from oil to be worth the minor embarrassment of being caught co-owning a Muslim-bashing media property.

      Oh! if only someone reading this comment were able to influence the Prince's thought-processes directly! That person could persuade the Prince to decide that global warming really is just as fake as Fox says it is. That person could further persuade the Prince to buy millions of acres of beachfront oceanside property all over the world so as to make a killing when the oceans fail to rise. Thus would justice be served.

  • Why our Afghanistan War Dead don't Seem to be News
    • different clue 12/09/2010 at 3:18 am

      If it takes a 2-opposing-teams contest about a situation to get ordinary Americans to take interest in the situation; then perhaps a place to introduce some team-versus-team conflict would be within the Democratic Party itself. If a genuinely "cut and run from Afghanistan" primary challenger were to fight Team Obama for the 2012 Democratic Nomination, and fight in the rudest and most unsportsmanly way possible;
      then public onlookers might decide to take an interest in rooting for one team or the other. If Team CutAndRun were actually able to defeat and destroy Team Obama for the 2012 DemPres nomination, then the Democratic presidential campaign team would become Team CutAndRun. The Republicans would become Team StayTheCourse. Americans would have a choice of which team to root for and which team to root against. The Afghan War would become an important football field for political sports fans all over America. It could become the World Superbowl Series of political grudge fights.

      The political-effectiveness difficulties which Luke Ryan cites probably concern enough millions of people that those millions of people could have a system-redirecting impact if they gave up on ineffective methods and found some effective methods instead. I don't know for sure what those methods would be. They would have to be diffuse and non-illegal to avoid meeting with immediate repression from the authorities. I suspect those methods would have to involve millions of changes of personal economic behavior by millions of those concerned people. Perhaps millions of little changes might cause a big shift if the changes are the right changes. Suppose, for example, that 50 million people who imagine themselves to be "peace-minded" were to
      stop using credit cards for all but emergency uses? How much revenue would cease to flow to the major credit companies? How inspiring and hope-generating might their visible loss of size and power be?

      Such a "shift the system" movement might develop a culture of passive-aggression,
      sullen rejection, uncivil obedience and so forth; designed to slowly erode certain carefully selected pillars of system and regime power. At the same time, people who see eachother engaging in such passive-aggressive peacefully obstructive behavior might also support eachother in creating parallel mini-cultural and mini-economic spaces and systems.

  • Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says God Promised no More Catastrophic Climate Change after Noah
    • different clue 11/10/2010 at 3:33 am

      How many people voted for a Representative in this district in 2008? And how many people voted for a representative in this district in 2010? And did people who
      voted for the D candidate last time come out and vote for Shimkus this time? Or did
      D voters from election 2008 not come out and vote this time? And if not, why not?
      Someone should take the time to ask all those millions of D-voters of 2008 who did not vote at all this time what their reasons for not voting were. Actual research would give us information which mere speculation can never yield. Since I voted, I am not qualified to say why the non-voters non-voted. They will have to be asked.

      One hopes that Shimkus is defeated for Chairman of the Energy Committee. But that is up to his fellow Republicans.

      Those states, cities, regions, etc.; which voted for Climate Change Realists in their own non-federal-level localities will just have to try crafting energy conservation policies and actions in their own areas in the teeth of ferocious federal resistance and obstruction against every effort to conserve energy and lower fossil carbon use. Perhaps commenters on this thread might offer some ideas and resources for helping people in the Blue Zones to de-fossilize the energy supply sources for economic activity
      within their own Blue Zones.

  • Suzuki: Our Global Economy is not Sustainable

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