Thursday, September 18, 2014

World population set to peak at 11 BILLION in. 2100, not 9 Billion

Here  Researchers say the models were off by 2 billion. Shit.
They still think population will peak around 2050 in Asia, and then taper down, which is good news.
But that extra 2 billion is going to stress the carrying capacity, resources, and ecosystem in a bad way. Shit.

Search for population and other keywords on this site for more info.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Defeat of campaign finance amendment especially bruising for Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post

Defeat of campaign finance amendment especially bruising for Bernie Sanders - The Washington Post 



Heartbreaking this try was not bigger nationally.



"In an interview Wednesday, Sanders admitted that the amendment was
likely to fail. But he said Congress and a grassroots movement of
concerned Americans need to continue working to overturn the Citizens
United ruling, which he considers "one of the worst in American
history."



"The most important domestic issue facing the country is turning over Citizens United," Sanders said, because the court ruling "creates an open door … to pour unlimited sums of money into the political process."

"It’s
a real undermining of American democracy and will undermine every
aspect of our lives, because the candidates they support will help the
rich and powerful and will ignore the needs of the middle class and
working families," he added later."

TerraPass | Fight climate change, reduce your carbon footprint

TerraPass | Fight climate change, reduce your carbon footprint 

Just bought carbon offsets for myself and my girlfriend's plane travel in 2014. 18,000 miles for about $47.

They capture gas from landfills, erect wind turbines (to replace the need for fossil fuel energy), etc.

It's $5.95 for 1000 lbs of offsets.

For example, a cross country, non-stop flight: Los Angeles, CA ↔ New York, NY

Round trip (4,936 miles)
Direct flight

1,925 lbs CO2

So for $11.90 you offset the pollution for one person from the jet (2000 lbs of offsets).

I just bought a gift of offsets for 10 friends going from LAX to Dallas for the UCLA - Texas game.

This is pretty cool. Ought to be worked in the price of tickets on the front end.


No Aspens? Hotter Climate Endangers Rocky Mountain Forests: Study - NBC News.com

No Aspens? Hotter Climate Endangers Rocky Mountain Forests: Study - NBC News.com 

Ouch. I'm going to Colorado this fall. My buddy has moved back to Idaho.

The report said whitebark pines, pinon pines and quaking aspens will be
especially hard-hit. Aspens could lose 77 percent of their habitat in
the Rockies by 2060... with Idaho losing 97 percent of
its aspen range.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Recovery

Here Good news.

Internet Neutrality: Do You See It as a Rorschach Test or Rubik's Cube?

Today's generic news article in Time here 

Sign one of the petitions to the FCC and Senators here
http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home  
http://www.alfranken.com/landing/w140504/  


I thought about net neutrality this morning, and the anecdote seemed simple.

People look at something, like a Rorschach test, and see what they want, or what their subconscious wants them to see.
It's nothing. It's a bat. It's a sexual organ. It's my phone bill. It's Wile E. Coyote from a couple of different angles. I don't care what it is.



 Ok, so we've been reminded of that.

News is similar. Syria, ISIS, climate change, net neutrality.

Some people react similarly to the Rorschach test.
I don't really see myself in that. It's not a bat, or a sexual organ. It's more like a bat. It's ugly, I don't really fully understand what it is, and I'm inclined to page down and pretend I did not see it.

Ok. Other people see some of these things too, and more quickly see there are are manipulable facets in there, that need to be arranged properly. Things difficult to ignore. Not really chaos, but a situation with logical aspects. Moreover, that things will be unbalanced and result in worse things if some good moves aren't made. Like a Rubik's Cube with potential for some harmony and symmetry much worth affirming.



ISIS needs containment. Climate change needs to be decelerated, and reversed.

Net neutrality needs to remain neutral.

Certain powers are spinning their pieces of the Rubik's Cube furiously.

Big business wants a fast lane in the internet.

They want the cube to come up all AT&T, or Coca-Cola, or Facebook.
Even if you are looking for a new band's webpage, or your friend's blog, or some pictures on a site that is remote but precious and gives you hope and enjoyment that the world is ok. But will take forever to load, or even find, in search queues.

Don't let Big Business rig the internet, with slow loading speeds, more pop up ads, and the like.

Underneath this seemingly uninteresting tag 'net neutrality' are really some of the fundamentals of fairness and equality. That content, and free speech, should remain fair and free.

Please help and support the notions of keeping the *internet* *neutral* -- so we can all communicate freely and happily in this multi-cultural, 6-billion-person, strongly (or not) opinionated junkanoo band of modern society.

It seems the dark forces are there.

We bring the color, we bring the antidote. Each of us.

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