I will allow comments through by default for repeat commenters again, first time commenters will still need an initial approval. I will however now be a more active moderator and delete things that are useless or unnecessarily personal from now on, except on this thread. This is unavoidably subjective but I will try to err … Continue reading Unmoderated Post on Moderation
August 13th was Earth Overshoot Day. The correct date, if calculated precisely, would come earlier and earlier each year, the current choice is just an approximation. This year, the year 2015, by sometime around August 13th, humanity had consumed as much of what we require from the lands and seas as our planet can sustainabley … Continue reading Global Day of Overshoot
A gentle reader recently asked for a "status of the blog" report. As the two week delay between ask and answer can attest to, things are rather slow moving around here at the moment and I am mainly just my own lurker.Â I do have some new content that I will offer very shortly and … Continue reading AFTIC Status Report
A very good video on the gulf that exists between the climate science experts and the general population in terms of awareness and alarm regarding anthropogenic climate change: (from a comment on a P3 thread) The essence of this impending calamity is, more than anything else, a story of betrayal: betrayal of a naively trusting … Continue reading Experts, “plebs” and hope.
Via un-climate-related readings, I came across this gem (from the victim article of the link): My job is to assess not the rightness of each argument but to deal in the real world of campaign politics in which perception often (if not always) trumps reality. I deal in the world as voters believe it is, … Continue reading One of the biggest problems for humanity
Okay, sorry about that title...it is an actual quote from a History Channel documentary on, well, the universe.Â I nearly spat out my cool beverage with laughter when I heard it the first time and have really wanted to share it since then.Â I have yet to finish watching that series on the huge DVD … Continue reading “The universe is expanding at an alarming rate!”
Via MT at Planet3, we have a nice quote from FAIR: This is what I like to describe as the difference between objectivity and "objectivity." Objectivity is the belief that there is a real world out there that's more or less knowable; the "objectivity" that journalists practice holds that it's impossible to know what's real, … Continue reading Objectivity
What do they have in common?Â Apparently some methodologies, uncovered by the hacktivist group Anonymous. Details can be found in an interesting, if dense, article at The Nation, which describes how Anonymous revealed dealings the Chamber of Commerce was having with a Cyber Security firm that did not limit itself to defensive measures. Attorneys for … Continue reading Chinese corporate hackers, the Chamber of Commerce, Fakegate
So it is about one year ago that Peter Gleick exposed the too-ashamed-to-admit-it donors of the science denialist industry flack Heartland Organization.Â Michael Tobis has a very comprehensive run-down and analysis of the event over on P3, I recommend it, especially if you need to get up to speed on what I am talking about. … Continue reading Happy anniversary FakeGate!
Did you ever wonder just how it can be possible that the same, thousand times debunked, climate "skepticisms" keep re-emerging, month after month, year after year? Obviously, there are those individuals (like Singer and Soon), organizations (like HeartlessLand), and media outlets (like Faux News) who deliberately lie and misinform with no concern for scientific or … Continue reading Ever wonder…?