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Ten Human Fingerprints on Climate

April 29, 2012


Climate School Humanity tosses 30 billion tones of CO² into the atmosphere every year.  (See CO2 Information Analysis Center.)  Where does it go?  It is possible to answer this question because fossil fuel carbon is different from the carbon in the atmosphere.  Explanation:  There are two stable carbon isotopes, isotopes that don’t break down over […]

Legends of Myself 44

April 24, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 43 44.  Cowboys and Indians and the Mythical West In among my books somewhere there is or was an atlas of imaginary places.  Middle Earth is mapped there, and Barsoom, which is the Mars of John Carter.  Utopia, Atlantis, Dante’s Inferno and, I think, even Oz are included, along with numerous […]

A Prison of the Mind by Charles Dickens

April 19, 2012


In his childhood, Charles Dickens’ father was imprisoned for debt, throwing his family and young Charles into circumstances which forever haunted the writer.  In his fiction, Dickens returned to prison many times, often exploring the theme of the terrible power of prisons over the soul.  As the following passage makes clear, Dickens understood as well […]

Legends of Myself 43

April 18, 2012


Continued from Legends of Myself 42 43. Prince Rupert, 1958:  Movie Shows and Sarcastic Cowboys It was five or six blocks over, down and around the corner, from Eighth Avenue where I lived to Third Avenue, Prince Rupert’s main drag, where the Capitol Theatre was located.  I made that journey many times, climbing a number of […]

First Nations to Harper: Protect Our Fisheries

April 3, 2012


The following letter, from some of the most important First Nations groups in British Columbia, warns Stephen Harper that proposed changes to environmental regulations, and in particular, proposed changes to the Fisheries Act, may in fact violate the Constitutional right to consultation of First Nations.  That right arises in this case because proposed changes to […]

Deniers R Us – Syun-Ichi Akasofu

April 1, 2012


Temperature on a trampoline. About 30 years ago, Dr. Akasofu (born 1930) was the go-to scientist in respect to anything concerning auroras and the magnetosphere.  Much of his fame emanated ultimately from seminal observations he made about these subjects beginning nearly fifty years ago, in the early 1960s.  His importance in his own field can’t […]