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Protecting Climate Scientists from Frivolous Lawsuits

January 27, 2012

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Anybody following the climate file knows about the ongoing attacks on climate scientists.  They are regularly smeared on right-wing blogs and in the media, particularly media controlled by the shady media baron Rupert Murdoch.  Lies are invented about them out of whole cloth and circulated uncritically by a large climate denial echo chamber.  Hate campaigns […]

It’s Not Just Ocean Acidification Anymore: Study

January 22, 2012

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CO² Makes Fish Drunk.  Something like 2.3 billion metric tons of human CO² emissions (approximately 2.5 billion US tons) dissolve into the world’s oceans every year.  The dissolved CO² has been demonstrated to form into carbonic acid, which is slowly tipping the ph-balance of the oceans towards the acidic.  The acidification which results has already […]

Ethical Tar, Ethical Disconnect

January 20, 2012

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Have you noticed that Conservative talking points about opposition to tar sands oil and pipeline construction are identical to those used by the organization “Ethical Oil”?  (“Ethical Oil,” a newspeak naming that Orwell would be proud of.)  Here’s why. And you might be interested in seeing Kathryn Marshall on CBC not answer, again and again, whether […]

Attack of the Enviro-Monsters!!

January 18, 2012

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The United Nations has a new poster campaign truthing it up about who the real enviro-monsters are.  You might want to peek at this one from under the blankets with your mother near at hand. Apes beware!  The beast comes… Creature from nightmares!  No arachnid is safe. Just when you thought being at the top […]

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

January 18, 2012

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I reprint this famous essay on the occasion of it being banned in Arizona.   (Arizona also banned Shakespeare’s “Tempest.”  Get your copy soon.)  On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau [1849] I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted […]

Legends of Myself 38

January 14, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 37 38.  Old Pop, Part 3:  Wobblies on the Job Scene from La Belle Époque France:  The chagrin of my grandfather, Catholic school boy, mocked by his Freethinking father for all the “superstitious” rigmarole that the school forced him into. Scene from 1903, Philadelphia:  Children employed 60 hours a week at a […]

Legends of Myself 37

January 12, 2012

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Continued from Legends of Myself 36 37.  Old Pop, Part 2:  Wobblies on the Street When radicalism appears among people whose bellies are full, whose children are protected and whose daily needs are comfortably met, they can sometimes find time for conventions, resolutions and well-turned phrases.  It is still radicalism, mind, still sometimes requires border-hopping to […]