Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pledging the money or stopping the problem?

Here Great for countries to pledge 10 billion dollars to Climate Fund, but why not stop the problem (cheaper) and more effective in the long run now?

"Stunning NASA Visualization Reveals Secret Swirlings of Carbon Dioxide" -- Natty Geo

Hhttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141118-nasa-video-carbon-dioxide-global-warming-climate-environment/ere NASA CO2 graphic, for a full year. Very interesting, kind of pretty, and scary too. Wonder what it would look like if they color-coded gas emissions from a leak in someone's house, before they all died. Probably would look similar?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Multiple posts -- Huff Post

Robert Reich -- .01% now own 11% of nations wealth. Most in 100 years, more than before the Great Depression Here And the largest increase in where they're spending their $$$? Politics.
Citizens United + Rich = (see below)

Fossil-fueled Republicanism Here "For each modest step forward on climate stabilization, the latest election ensures that Americans are destined to march several steps backward when it comes to reliance on climate-altering fossil fuels."
"The GOP... should be called the Grand Oil Party."
= destruction of a livable planet; impoverishment and debilitation of the middle and lower class (and the relative legislative input and fairness for the 'masses') 

But we fight back, in the tradition of oppression.
Francis Beinecke on 5 reasons Keystone XL is a patently stupid and dangerous idea: Here

Al Franken on net neutrality Here


Monday, November 17, 2014

Multiple posts

Cali gets more water from Owens Valley... how exactly? Minimizing dust bowl blow-off that we caused with some other methods, so we don't have to flood the dry lake bed to keep the dust down (largest particulate problem of its kind in the country). ? Here. Saving billions of gallons. ?

Battle over a dirt Laurel Canyon road... Paving it creates more development, land and erosion unstable there. The city council rolled over, why? Here

Inequality getting WORSE in the US... Here But the GOP is ready to tackle taxation... and will make it even WORSE. Here

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Great Net neutrality points from techies -- Computerworld

Here Smart folk. Needing to keep the internet fair with even speed, without excessive regulation and/or taxes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cradle to Grave GHG Emissions from Various Energy Sources

Here from NREL, very interesting

US and China Reach Deals After Months of Talks

Here Some climate targets, removal of tariffs for tech products, some military tolerance in disputed island waters off China, and some cybersecurity cooperation. Good stuff.
More good reportage in the Wall St. Journal Here And CNN Here

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

Antidotes to Violence, a.k.a., Take Charge of Where Your Head's At - here

Tell Congress to Strengthen Gun Control Laws NOW - here

Good News & Brain Food News -
Christians & Muslims Gather, for Peace here
Good News - Top RIO+20 Summit Posts here
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
here