01 April 2014

To my family, friends, friends of my friends, and anyone else who feels like they have a stake in their own future, please read and watch this.





The IPCC, a part of the UN created specifically to provide science and policy to the entire world, has just released Working Group II's report on the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability from Climate Change. The IPCC was set up in 1988, with full endorsement from Presidents Reagan and Bush (no, not W). The term Climate Change was felt to be more accurate than Global Warming, in spite of the push from the press. No, it's not something that 'them damned liberals' invented because there was no Global Warming.


Having learned their lesson from the last 4 Assessment Reports, Working Group II has revised their reporting format to make things easier for non-specialists to understand. One of those improvements is a video designed to be seen by anyone who has access to a computer.

Please take time to watch the video, it's about 12 minutes and it's worth 12 minutes of your time, somewhere in the immediate future, to understand what is confronting us, and our children.




04 October 2013

Global warming and heat waves – our bodies working to stay cool | John Abraham | Environment | theguardian.com

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John Abraham has posted a nice summary about why the increase in heat waves are a problem now, and will increase as a problem in the near future.

I am a person that does not survive the heat well. I've been told that I was exposed to too much heat at an early age, leading to my sensitivity. What I do know about heat is that I automatically avoid becoming too hot, and do not cope well once it's happened.

Have a look at the article, and what current medical thinking is about heat and its impact on our bodies.

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16 September 2013

Twitter do's and don'ts for law enforcement actions - a work in progress

I'm going to start a new list, and if I can find better information from reputable sources it may turn into a page. I'm not putting it here for the public, but as a way to compile info. If it becomes large I may turn it into a page:




Twitter Media Reminders - never disclose location of person sheltered in place. Do not air or tweet law enforcement maneuvers.

Do no harm! RT @HumanityRoad Verify twice tweet once - misinformation and rumors put lives at risk #NavyYardShooting #hmrd ^BT

Remember, unconfirmed reports" means "this could be bullshit."

This is more about disasters but it works in other contexts.
RT @HumanityRoad: In a disaster let your emergency contacts know you are ok - send a brief text message "IMOK" after danger passes #hmrd



07 June 2013

Marketing campaigns influence your future

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Graham Readfearn provided us with a fairly succinct review of the PR campaign mounted by people who care more about profit than about pretty much anything else... the so called "Climate Deniers".



I dislike the term "Climate Denier" simply because the "Denier" part implies that there is some sort of debate, an Approve versus Denied false dichotomy. The use of the term promotes the idea that the changes that we see, that we record, that are wreaking havoc around the world might not be real. It's pretty much real as the massive destruction, the body blows to our economy, and the body counts continue to climb. These soulless spawn keep on pushing their positions in the face of verifiable facts, their eyes glazed over with the need to grab all that wonderful money before someone else gets it.



The people who succumb to the "denier" bullshit are the ideological descendants of people who wanted to stay aboard the Titanic because they believed the "unsinkable" hype from the newspapers and White Star Line mouthpieces. (For more of this discussion to chew over, have a look at "How an ‘Unsinkable’ Marketing Campaign Led to the Titanic to Disaster")








What's interesting to me here is how the Fossil Fuel Industry has adopted the same tactics that the tobacco companies used over a generation ago. Some sharp marketeer figured out that they didn't have to disprove anything, they just had to raise doubts and keep raising the doubts, no matter how clear the evidence was. If you keep doing this, you paralyze effective effort to change the status quo. Which in the case of the cigarette folks meant that people kept buying their products, and kept becoming sick and dying, all the while hanging on to the "reasonable doubt" that said they "might not" die from their habit. Here's an old commercial I remember seeing quite clearly, have a look.



Surely Peabody Coal and Exxon/Mobil aren't anything like R. J. Reynolds was back before we stopped them from marketing cancer to our kids.... wait... uh...



Well, so what color is your lifeboat going to be?


Read the article... it starts here:



The Campaigns That Tried To Break The Climate Science Consensus (via Desmogblog)
So just in case anyone wasn’t sure, a major study of almost 12,000 scientific papers on global warming between 1991 and 2011 finds less than one per cent disagree that humans are the main cause. Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the study led by John Cook, the Australia-based…