Post (s)Election 2018

Well, it’s mostly done. (s)Election 2018. Amidst a lot of turmoil, anguish, elation and the usual gerrymandering. Which is still going on (Florida in particular, and in the same places as before).

This the current results. Kinda interesting. Despite that inept, incompetent and deceitful creep in the White House stumping about the country as if his life depended upon it, Republicans took it in the shorts, big time.

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Earth’s Oceans Absorbing 60% More Heat Then Previously Thought

This is very bad news – because it means that things are heating up MUCH faster then we thought:

Earth’s oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously thought

This would also help explain the known problems with fish stocks, and fish migrations now unfolding. And this also means that the “carbon budget” claims are utterly bogus, because they failed to account for what was really happening in the world’s oceans. But I told readers that years ago. We do not have the time or budget that some science reports still claim.

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Collective Failure

[This is another previously written unpublished post from about two years ago. Still applicable, more then ever – Admin]

The public cannot discern between truth or fiction. The many lies, deceptions, distortions, omissions and outright fabrications being extolled are as  unperceived as whatever actual truths are being told. What this means is we’re in a particular point in human history where any kind of narrative (story) can be deemed real. Whatever the truth actually is, has become irrelevant to the narrative being promoted because almost nobody is capable of staying (verbalizing) on the truth. Any kind of narrative is now acceptable communication.

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The Biosphere is Dying

Two articles to share:

Ocean Shock – the planet’s hidden climate change

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

These are topics of great importance and significance for the future survivability of the human race, but they’re also going to be broadly ignored. We cannot seem to bring ourselves to address our faults, and those inherent in the civilization we’ve constructed.

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Brazil Votes Far Right

This is actually pretty scary when you consider what could happen. Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s election. But he’s a far-right violent hypocritical extremist and if you don’t actually know what he believes and wants, you probably should:

This year’s elections were particularly fraught, marked by dramatic polarization, political violence, and massive disinformation campaigns on social media, in a country that has been roiled by years of social, economic, and political crises. Since 2013, millions of people of all political stripes have repeatedly taken to the streets in protest; Brazil has struggled to climb out of the worst recession in history; massive corruption scandals have destabilized political institutions and major economic players; former president Dilma Rousseff (also from the Workers’ Party) was impeached on dubious grounds; her successor, president Michel Temer (the most despised leader in Brazil’s democratic history), has pushed through a series of unpopular austerity measures; and Lula was jailed, a process which has exposed the judiciary to relentless criticism for perceived partisanship.

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Bitcoin can push global warming above 2 C in a couple decades

Pretty sure I reported this already, but it’s still newsworthy. Bitcoin can push global warming above 2 C in a couple decades

The team found that if Bitcoin is incorporated, even at the slowest rate at which other technologies have been incorporated, its cumulative emissions will be enough to warm the planet above 2°C in just 22 years. If incorporated at the average rate of other technologies, it is closer to 16 years.

“Currently, the emissions from transportation, housing and food are considered the main contributors to ongoing climate change. This research illustrates that Bitcoin should be added to this list,” said Katie Taladay, a UH Manoa master’s student and coauthor of the paper.

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Here’s How Trump Is Being Manipulated By Industry and Phony “Climate Science”

If you want to get a “picture” of the disconnect between climate science (facts / reality) and what the Trump Administration “wants” – then read this article:

A look at the climate science sent to Trump

I’ll highlight the important points:

a) The Heartland Institute is a well-known climate denial organization representing big oil and corporate interests. They’re not going to be fair, unbiased or informative to the actual facts (as their history has proven, over and over again).

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Trump Approves America’s Energy Addiction – Drilling In Arctic Waters

For someone who claims he’s a “genius” but incessantly lies thousands and thousands of times now, we could reasonably expect the man and his Administration to go on lying about the environment and climate change. Which is of course, what they’ve been doing since he took office.

Now they want to drill for oil in the Arctic waters. What could possibly go wrong? More to the point – does anybody even care anymore? Continuing to feed the gusher demand for oil is alleged to be on the pathway to “energy independence” but in reality, it is a crack-like addiction to hell by planet-destroying companies who’s only real motive is profits.

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Science Uges Crash Program To Remove Carbon From Earth’s Atmosphere

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has urged the U.S. Federal government to launch a research program to remove carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere.

Incorrectly-termed “clean energy” isn’t coming about fast enough and immediate removal of carbon dioxide is needed to stave off dangerous temperature increases. However, it’s a bad time to make such a request in the anti-science, anti-fact, anti-everything Trump Administration, so don’t hold your breath.

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October 2018 Update

I’ve been dragging my feet on posting a new blog report (sorry). There’s just too much going on right now to add to the mix. I paid very close attention to the Kavanaugh hearings (guilty as charged) and am in shock with at least half the nation that this serial sexual abuser was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

A lot of things did NOT happen as they should have. Only 9 witnesses were ‘interviewed’ by the FBI after the week-long delay on the hearings was requested (and Christine Ford was NOT one of them). Trump directly interfered with the witness list and who the FBI could and could not talk to during this “delay”. In retrospect, that was their plan (the Rape Party) all along, and now we know why. Nearly 50 additional witnesses offered to come forward and testify against Kavanaugh – not a single one of these people were interviewed in the ‘allowed’ period. But several published their statements in the newspapers anyway.

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Methane Lakes

This is what a methane lake looks like:

Up in the Arctic, inland lakes are bubbling up methane directly into the atmosphere. As a greenhouse gas, this is bad bad news.

Scientists have been puzzling over a dramatic spike in atmospheric methane levels, which since 2006 have averaged 25 million tonnes more of the gas per year. Walter Anthony’s study found that Arctic lakes could more than double this increase as well.

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Malignantly Useless

One of the super shitty things about life is that you will lose everything that you have ever loved. It doesn’t matter what it is either, you’re going to wind up losing it. Either you die or they die, and one of you is now lost, forever gone. Never to be seen or heard again. All you will ever have left is the memories, and even these memories will fade out over time.

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Carbon Tax

I’m sure that we’ve all read where a “carbon tax” will reduce fossil fuel use. This seems to be one of the basic mantra’s of the carbon tax proponents. I disagree.

I remember when gasoline was really cheap (.25 cents a gallon) as a kid. Wages weren’t too good back then either. Since then, additional taxes and endless price increases have been enacted on fossil fuels (primarily gasoline and diesel). Consumption of these fuels has skyrocketed. We’re now burning 100,000,000 barrels a day or thereabouts (almost there). That is an ENORMOUS amount of fuel – and carbon – being spewed into the atmosphere.

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Climate Thoughts

Some thoughts on what humanity is facing as the world continues to warm…

The climate won’t “stabilize” for a very, very long time, far, far past the lifespans of your great, great, great, great, great, great, great… well, you get the idea. Therefore, humanity should be making mitigation and adaption efforts the #1 priority right now, with a focus on food production in a hellish world at the top of a very long list of “to do’s”.

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The Carbon Future

We now, in the year 2018, have a carbon problem of such gargantuan size and severity that it now presents an extinction level threat to most, if not all life on Earth no matter what we now do.

This problem remains totally unsolved. This dilemma facing all of humanity, indeed all of life on Earth is truly monumental. It staggers our ability to imagine the scale, scope and complexity of this threat. We’re still trying to come to grips with what this really means. Numerous past articles have tried to do exactly that – this is yet another attempt.

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