Monday, February 26, 2018

"climate and weather events displaced more than 1 million Americans from their homes last year"

I appreciated Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell's recent article from which the quote above was taken.  The article "Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration" gives news that is needed. He is also the author of an interesting book The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World praised by Bill McKibbenElizabeth KolbertSenator Sheldon Whitehouse, and others. Goodell gave me permission to use a quote from his book as an epigraph to introduce my new book Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018), a collaboration with English artist Guy Denning providing sketches, murals, and paintings of activism, refugees, human vulnerability, and realism. Goodell wrote "Fish will school in classrooms. Oysters will grow on submerged light poles."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Four Horsemen of Distraction vs Peace Pilgrim

These are the four horsemen of distraction:


Stakeholders,

Funding Sources,

Constituencies,

Agendas.

Here is what Peace Pilgrim taught:


"Overcome

evil with good,

falsehood with truth,

and hatred with love."

Choose.

(The Peace Pilgrim link above is part of a film about her more than 25,000 mile walk for peace to prevent nuclear war. Instead of money, she carried "a pen, a comb, a toothbrush and a map" walking, she said, "until given shelter, fast[ing] until given food." Thanks to
visitors from Russia, Portugal, France, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia, South Korea, Peru, and Thailand. Your interest motivates me to write these posts.)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Happer vs MacCracken

One of my longtime friends (47 years) sent me a Happer video disputing the ability of climate models "TO PREDICT THE FUTURE [overall] TEMPERATURE OF THE PLANET" due to too many variables, and too much unpredictability of direction over time. Happer used Hurricane Irma as an example, noting with just two days out, the forecast it would hit Miami and the east coast of Florida was wrong. The Feb 5, 2018, video "Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?" has 1,920,989 views in four days so it seems people are interested in this topic.

Here was my reply: "'You do your best to disprove your own findings.' -- Isaac Asimov. I watched the entire Happer video, and to put it kindly, he seems sincere but is too narrow in reading outside his field. To put it unkindly, there is too much at stake for him not to [respond to] the best arguments on both sides. I have two resources to consider. The first is an approx. five min. video from former skeptic Richard Muller which you can judge yourself: [reposted below]. The second is a list of specific refutations to Happer's arguments": http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/The-Real-Truth-About-Greenhouse-Gases-and-Climate-Change_1.pdf