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How I Learned My Place

August 30, 2012

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Some windows on a racist education: First Nations Education in the City, Pt. 2 In grade eight I found myself in a remedial math class in Cloverdale.  Because that’s what they do.  They put you in a remedial math class whenever you change schools, and I’d just moved to Cloverdale.  The teacher was asking questions, […]

American Meteorological Society Statement on Climate Change

August 29, 2012

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This is a repost of the original statement by the AMS, which may be found here.  I admit to adding illustrations, maps and graphs (from highly reliable scientific sources) to enhance on-line readability. (Adopted by AMS Council 20 August 2012) Climate Change    An Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society The following is an AMS Information […]

9 Reasons to Oppose the Northern Gateway Pipeline

August 28, 2012

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These are not even all my reasons, but they’ll do for a start.  Fossil fuels cause climate change.  The heatwaves of Europe, Russia and the United States, droughts in the US, Australia and East Africa, floods in Canada, the US, Australia, Pakistan, China and Colombia, wildfires in Canada, the US and Europe are the result […]

Aboriginal Education, Yes or No

August 27, 2012

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First Nations education in the city, pt. 1 The question got asked, Should we open a school in Vancouver for Aboriginal students?  It became obvious to me right away that it was a question with no meaningful short answer.  There are too many questions and considerations behind that issue which we have to get past […]

Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Shatters Previous Record – A Month Early

August 26, 2012

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On August 15th I posted a note about how the Greenland ice melt had already set a new record—a month early.  The thing about that record was that, although we knew a new record was set, we didn’t yet know what the record was, and wouldn’t know until some time in September when the Greenland […]

The Generation That Didn’t Go to the Moon

August 26, 2012

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I grew up on science fiction.  Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison.  Etc. The entire history of human space exploration has happened within my lifetime, within the lifetime of Baby Boomers like me.  From Sputnik in 1957, through the moon landings in the ‘60s […]

The Climate Escalator

August 24, 2012

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From Skeptical Science, licensed under creative commons attribution.   This graphic illustrates the way some climate deniers would have you look at the evidence about climate. Their technique:  choose a period of time within which there is a decline or leveling off of apparent warming–since climate graphs are always jagged lines these periods of time are […]