“Cold War” Combats Global Warming?

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Preface: Excuse my Earth Day, literal 11th Hour posting time. I had even considered not posting at all (I’ll elaborate approximately mid-blog).

On April 22, 1970, as a High School Sophomore, I took part in the very first Earth Day; our small town’s student body amongst the estimated 20 million other participating Americans (approximately 10% of the then 205 million total U.S. populace).

Earth Day’s Founding Fathers had been Senator Gaylord Nelson (D – Wisconsin), House Representative Pete McCloskey (R – California) and Harvard professor Denis Hayes. WOW, imagine THAT! An actual bipartisan environment where Democrats and Republicans worked well together; and better, yet, with nary a whiff of a climate change denier, to boot.

Initially, this trusty triumvirate, had tapped into that era’s Hippie parlance (e.g., love-ins, sit-ins, be-ins etc.); thereby dubbing these happenings (<—more hippie lingo) “teach-ins”.

My chemist / biologist / physicist father; in the role of our school’s Science Department Head, had become a local Founding Father; even lending out his vinyl LP to our teach-in’s DJ; requesting he spin the aptly titled track, Pollution, recorded by pianist / singer / song writer Tom Lehrer.

Anyway, from that day onward, Earth Day celebrations’ popularity did catch on, worldwide and… and…

Uh, excuse me folks… but… I cannot go on with this pretense… to be brutally honest…

This damned post, tho fact filled, is not much more than HOT AIR. And, seeing how (as I type / you read) Earth’s polar icecaps are rapidly melting down, that makes even metaphorical HOT AIR problematic.

While we, the poorly led people of our dying world, by and large, do dig how climate change is a grave matter, this all boils down to our alleged leaders’ butt dragging, which is burying any hopes of finding and fast tracking a long overdue end to our stomping our chasm deep, collective carbon footprint upon the Earth.

Problem, here, is how present day Republicans (and even a few Democrats) simply cannot locate the requisite, fearlessness, which humankind must muster; i.e., in order to bestow our undying respect upon Mother Nature.

More to the point… we must never forget that, within our vast multiverse, Mother Earth still remains the ONLY known human habitable planet.

Even were our nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri, to sport an orbiting Earth clone / “New World”, at an astounding distance of 4.246 Light Years (40,208,000,000,000 km / 24,984,000,000,000 miles), we could very well be multiple centuries away from constructing spacecraft, which could attain velocities to deliver us there in a timely manner.

In other words… for the foreseeable future, humankind is still facing down a stark, literal do or die reality. To continue permitting lousy leaders to, business as usual, bury our home world, is to bury humanity!

And that could easily be our destiny; i.e., unless every last damned climate change denier / head of state is on board with the following Climate Change science…

“The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.”

Non-Authored Google Search on Earth Day 2022

That’s not going to be any walk in the park, considering what we’ve been witnessing these past two+ years; namely, how Covid-19 and Climate Change deniers, frequently are one and the same.

In other words… when roadblocks to all progress entities fail to reduce metabolic fever, how can any of us ever expect them to lower the meteorological fever?

However, there may be a glimmer of hope; provided a working theory of mine would actually work; namely, WHAT IF we could convince hawkish leaders to stop waging asinine, conventional wars just to subjugate people and confiscate their territory; to INSTEAD, re-channel their fight to attack our actual Public Enemy #1; a.k.a. Climate Change.

In other words… redefine Cold War’s connotation into something painless, positive and peaceful; and then wage it, STAT, against Climate Change!

Cold War Combats Global Warming!

Now that’s a headline to a happily-ever-after story, which all 7.9 Billion of us humans could, quite literally, live with!

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Chewin’ the Fat

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Even tho I haven’t been an adherent of the Roman Catholic faith and regular churchgoer, since my preteen days of the 1950s/60s, I’m still a spiritual, moral man; fully aware that today is the advent of the Lenten Season; where the following doctrine will be playing out for my former sect’s estimated 1.2 billion, present day congregants:

“Summed up succinctly, Roman Catholics must fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 2, 2022 and Good Friday, April 15, 2022. Additionally, they must abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent.”

The Catholic Telegraph • 26 February 2022 • Read Full Article

Of course, back in that bygone era, such dietary restrictions were year-round; tho, our having always been allowed to substitute fish for beef / pork / poultry products, strictly speaking, meant “meatless Fridays” had been (still is) a misnomer.

And, tho it’s unclear whether or not the earliest Catholics had even the slightest inkling re the actual health and environmental benefits of humans maintaining a more fish and plant based diet, that was the net effect.

One thing for sure, the earliest agriculturists had certainly realized how much simpler / cheaper sowing and harvesting crops is, in comparison to the breeding and slaughtering of livestock. Better yet, is the life cycle of fish, which requires very little human supervision / intervention.

Anyway… from the time where my age was still measured in single digits, I had actually felt a distaste for meat. You see, my folks had both been poorly paid public school teachers and, as such, had little choice but to purchase the far from choice grades of beef / poultry / pork.

To flesh that out further, whenever Mom had served up the typical hunk of beef-with-a-bad-attitude, it oft meant our biting into gristle; an eye tearing episode that, at times, required conscious suppression of the gag / hurl chunks reflex. To fully fess up, once the Morton brand salt had rained till it poured, I’d frequently chew (to no avail), discretely spit it out into a paper napkin and toss it into the trash.

ASIDE… you know, deep down, I would’ve much preferred meatless Friday rules being in play, everyday, and could’ve easily become a vegetarian; i.e. had my parents been more aware of / amenable to that alternate, far healthier lifestyle.

Be that as it may… the only thing worse than the chewing had been the flavor… uh…

WITH ONE NOTEWORTHY EXCEPTION…

My mom’s pot roasts, totally imbued with onions, garlic, black pepper and other seasonings; the drippings turning into savory gravy; pooling all around the accompanying spuds, carrots and green pepper slices.

I can still fondly recall our intentionally postponed, Friday night suppers, where she’d be slow roasting everything for approximately six hours and then, one minute past the midnight hour; our being safely ensconced in Saturday, temporal territory, we’d dig in and pig out.

Typically, these cuts of rump roast were all large enough to last our family of four, the entire weekend; the delectable leftovers getting served up as both warmed over stews and as cold thinly sliced beef, oft warmed up between two slices of fresh out of the oven, made from scratch, homemade bread.

Truth be told, what this all proves is how our being carnivores is far less about the meat, itself; is all about how expertly everything gets prepared.

So, as for my own observation of the Lenten ’22 dietary restrictions, I’d say all shall go well; seeing how, when I am feeding my face, my primary, protein sources are plant based; how, when I’m not chowing down, this is mainly due to my heightened awareness of all the tasteless, sickening, bad actors playing out their uniquely, ugly, unappetizing current events upon human-UN-kind’s world stage.

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Winter of My Discontent

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Well, idk if the word “normal” comes into play when describing Michigan’s winter weather events, these past 48 hours, BUT, the prognostications of high wind, torrential rain and major snowfall / freeze yer butt off cold; have all come true.

To give you an inkling of just how extreme each of these events has been…

  • Wind ~ It could’ve given Donald Trump an instant image makeover; i.e. a bad hair day that could’ve made him the spittiing image of Edward Scissorhands’ bleach blonde fraternal twin.
  • Rain ~ I sereiously thought my back yard was in the early stages of becoming the Sixth Great Lake.
  • Snow ~ I just came inside from a nearly 2 hour shoveling stint. Initially, I cleared at least 15cm / 6in, however, while working, another 5cm / 2in fell.
  • Combo ~ re whatever Rain the Wind failed to evaporate, the Deep Freeze (as I type / you read) is in the process of morphing into a massive, uneven skating rink; one that’d be quite the challenge to the 2022 Winter Olympic figure / speed skaters.
  • Epilogue ~ Considering how the storm is expected to hang out in my hood till 3a.m., the inevitable city snow plows messing up my lower driveway and drifting, too… well… I’ve got a busy Friday ahead.

Well, that’s the weather wrap up, for now.

If you’re experiencing similar conditions and have no particular place to go, play it safe by hunkering down in your bunkers; perhaps catching up on yer Z’s or binge watching yer fave TV shows.

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“You fools had better cool it!”

Headlined words’ citation…

Mother Nature

Mother Nature does her level best to benevolently guard and guide humanity; her immutable laws of physics, chemistry and biology acting as a system of checks and balances.

However, her goodwill / charity can only go so far.

While she might’ve been cool with sustaining all 7.9 billion of us, that would’ve necessitated our so-called leaders becoming better stewards of her environment; e.g., switching over to renewable energy sources (wind / water / solar) and encouraging their citizenry to act more responsibly, too.

But, instead, they insist on pledging their undying allegiance to the fossil fuel industry; thereby insuring the vast majority of us will remain hardcore, energy junkies.

The consequent greenhouse effect, having triggered and intensified our planet-wide fever, she’s had little choice but to roll with the punches (our punches).

Since the heat is already on, she has repurposed Earth into a massive incubator; that apparatus efficiently utilizing these excessive degrees to facilitate debilitating and deadly microbes’ reproduction; be these bugs liberated from the thawing, ancient, permafrost/glaciers and/or [2] mutations of preexisting strains and/or [3] never-been-seen-before novel superstrains and their variants.

And speak of that #3 devil… lo and behold… for the past two years, 5.7 Million (known) pandemic deaths, world wide, and well over 900,000 stateside fatalities, have resulted from novel coronavirus infection; that (SARS-CoV-2) death toll likely under-reported due to underfunded, overwhelmed diagnosticians and an overabundance of immune from all accountability ideologues (and their propagandist pals).

It’d not be hyperbolic to postulate that Mother Nature has been utilizing Covid-19 (in tandem with her climate change generated, freakish storms) to thin the human herd; which, at least in theory, should lower humankind’s need for energy.

Now, more than ever, it is up to us to heed her “You fools had better cool it!” admonishment.

Our failure to literally cool it will leave her little choice but to, once more, turn up the heat on her checks and balances; to further weaponize the very heat we, ourselves, have supplied her.

In other words, we could be speaking of Mother Nature allowing the human race to race towards our own extinction.

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[Storm Update] Not griping, but…

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…what was supposed to be the onset of this past Wednesday’s, two day duration, meteorological cataclysm, actually turned out to be a typical, Michigan snowstorm; so much so (so little so?) that the weather prognosticators wound up moving up yesterday’s projected 10 p.m. end time to 4 a.m.

To stay ahead of “the game”, I did manage to stick to my early-and-often snow shoveling strategy, however, right from the get-go, could sense something was amiss; e.g., when the predicted switchover from rain to heavy wet snow was slow in arriving and lacking in intensity; when the later in the day, accumulation could not keep pace with the anticipated 2.5cm / 1in per hour.

Prior to suppertime, I had shoveled only twice; my planning for a third session cancelled when my after dinner “brief nap” resulted in a many hours later, 2 a.m. wake up time; at which point my threefold, revised game plan became:

  • Do last night’s KP
  • Prepare my oatmeal b-fast
  • Complete that 3rd shoveling task

All the while, I could not help but wonder how this forecast could’ve been so wrong? Well, sorry to say, my conclusion boils down to global warming / climate change; my primary corroborating evidence:

Once upon a time, Michigan’s first major winter storms, typically, arrived in early November; i.e., did not wait until early February.

Additionally, for the past ten years, the Weather Channel experts have actually been “personalizing” these storms. While they claim such nomenclature helps avoid confusion, I believe their treating storms more like hurricanes is linked to how, with increasing frequency, these weather disturbances have been packing freakish, hurricane-like wallops. BTW…

“The storm names for 2022 are Atticus, Bankston, Carrie, Delphine, Elmer, Frida, Garrett, Hatcher, Izzy, Jasper, Kenan, Landon, Miles, Nancy, Oaklee, Phyllis, Quinlan, Rachel, Silas, Tad, Usher, Vega, Willow, Xandy, Yeager and Zion.” [Read Brief Article]

U.S. Sun Journalist Zoe Hu • Updated: 7:13 ET, Jan 30 2022

True, in my neck of the woods, Landon didn’t live up to the expectations, but, what’s the guarantee that some of the M thru Z named storms won’t wind up dangerous and, perhaps, even deadly next month? Next week? Tomorrow?

Even these events falling short of expectations, can be dangerous when the “Crying Wolf” syndrome kicks in; i.e., when the dismissive public stops paying attention. Beyond that…

Sadly, by the time our leader / legislator ostriches get their heads out of the sand (outta their butts) it will be too late. Alas, the best time for humanity orchestrating a climate change intervention will have come… and gone.

BTW, if you have any climate change observations, of your own, how about posting your what, where and when data in the comment section?

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No Affinity For Xfinity

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For the benefit of anyone who may be wondering, Xfinity is a trade name of Comcast Cable Communications, LLC; AKA an ISP with a MO that doggedly barks at / hunts down / chases after new customers.

So, just how doggedly is their pursuit?

Well, I’ve been rejecting their snail mailed come-ons 52 times a year for (at least) the past 5 years (likely longer); which begs the question:

How long before the Xfinity Team geniuses connect the dots to conclude that I do not respond well to hard sell tactics; that I’m hardly unique in this regard.

Look, I have no problem when businesses promote their products and services in a reasonable, responsible manner. How would I define that?

  • Reasonable: No more than one advert campaign per Earthly season.
  • Responsible: Business practices, which do not destroy planet Earth.

Alas, it’d appear Xfinity’s bite is even worse than its bark. Yep, it’s bye-bye bark, branches, leaves and trunks when their hatchet men chop down entire forests just to restock that LLCs supply cabinets with untold, metric tons of paper stock.

BTW, I did take a few moments to pour over Xfinity’s latest one pager and nowhere within the voluminous fine print is there any mention of that text getting printed out on recycled paper.

Worse yet, their bad for the environment SOP doth not end with deforestation; seeing how they frequently, pointlessly, manufacture utterly nonredeemable PLASTIC “gift cards” to glue to their mailers. As if what? Simply stating their offered discounts would not suffice?

And, lest anyone forget, low demand for recycled plastic means that it oft ends up getting dumped into our oceans.

So, what’s a beleaguered junk mail recipient to do? Well, were it not against United States Postal Service regulations (and City Ordinance), I’d park my recycling cart next to my front porch and ask my letter carrier(s) to deliver all Xfinity correspondence (and other junk mail) therein.

Yet, such an extreme could never even begin to reclaim the energy needlessly wasted during the manufacturing stage of such adverts AND the subsequent, secondary energy waste when the recycling trucks make their never-ending, weekly rounds to collect this pitched paper and plastic.

After all, it’s impossible to defy the laws of Physics.

At issue, too, is how everyone doesn’t recycle conscientiously. One needn’t look any further than the Post Office lobby trash receptacles; typically over flowing with the junk mail discarded by the renters of on-premises P.O. boxes.

After all, it ain’t easy to defy the laws of Human Nature.

Going beyond even these concerns, one has to question the reliability of Xfinity’s Internet connection and speed. Look, advertising doesn’t come cheap, which means wasted bucks means less funds allocated for the upkeep and upgrades of their Internet infrastructure. In other words inadequate funding equals inadequate service OR Rubbish In equals Rubbish Out.

After all, it’s unwise to defy the GIGA* law of Computer Science.

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* Garbage In / Garbage Out

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COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference

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Fortune Cookie Blog: UnClean Coal

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Ironic how the climate change deniers can get all hot and bothered
about saving the never endangered Christmas, YET, fail to work up
a sweat re saving our endangered, overheated, burning down world.
Santa Claus should stuff lumps of coal in their Christmas stockings.
Nope, bad idea. Such firebrands would burn them in their fireplaces.

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Sleep-Blogging? Flight of Fancy? Hallucinations?

 

Even the most hardcore science denier would have to acknowledge the following truths…

[1] The Coronavirus Pandemic necessitated, government sanctioned, en masse sequestration of Earth’s polluting populace has not only begun to flatten the curve of disease transmission, but has also started to back-fill the massive depths of our collective, carbon footprint. Now, that’s certainly an effect / side-effect we can all live with! Of course, qualifying words such as “only begun” mean we must continue to heed all of the medical community’s recommended disease fighting protocols.

[2] Considering how our quarantined world’s hubbub / noise pollution has also abated, there is yet another (in this instance) unintended side effect. The creatures we share our world with, have now become emboldened… resulting in their reclamation of the turf, which humanity had robbed them of.

My own backyard’s rabbits now seem to be fearless… behaving in a far less skittish manner. They now stay put, even when I suddenly step outside for a breath of the (slightly) fresher air. Prior to that damned pandemic, at the first snap of a mere underfoot twig, they’d have hit Warp Factor 10 when needlessly fleeing to safety.

If these critters possess even half the intelligence I assign to them… well… let’s just say…

It’s almost as if they, along with all other creatures great and small, have now (consciously?) come to believe that the destiny of coronavirus dominated / decimated humanity is for us to become an endangered species heading towards extinction. As such, that’d make their heightened assertiveness akin to each one of them mockingly “saying” to us…

“Listen up, you guys! We’re taking over your world… so get used to it, damn it! That’s what you get when too damned many of your species opt to empower dumb-ass narcissists who can so easily get outwitted by a mere microbe. Ha-Ha-Ha! And to think that some of you humans have the damned gall to call US dumb-bunnies?”

Granted, so far, that immediately preceding paragraph and blockquote are highly speculative / anecdotal.

Were I to ever, actually, hear hares talking, that’d mean EITHER my fingertips are now sleep-walking across my keyboard (sleep-blogging?) OR I’m indulging a flight of fancy OR I’m undergoing end-stage, stir-crazy induced hallucinations.

Considering how, so far, humanity has over one month’s worth of social isolating under our collective belt, any of those above-listed eventualities could, someday, come true.

How soon might that someday be? Stay tuned!

And more importantly…

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking Caps YES / Santa Hats NO

 

Check out these sobering stats…

• An estimated 790 million people (11% of the world’s population) drink / “wash up” in dirty water.

• An estimated 1.8 billion people (25% of the world’s population) have no access to adequate sanitation.

• An estimated 3.85 billion people (50% of the world’s population) cannot obtain essential health services.

So how, pray tell, within our so-called enlightened and evolved 21st century society, could any of that even be possible?

The answer… in part…

Due to ill-advised, unwarranted deregulation and tax breaks / loopholes, the wealthiest of the wealthy, are amassing so much loot, it’d take thousands of lifetimes for them to “go broke”. Ergo, they wind up EITHER pissing it away by acquiring meaningless golden baubles and shiny trinkets, OR WORSE YET, hoard their bonanzas.

Yet, too many of the well-heeled remain adamantly opposed to spreading the wealth, in any way, to the poorest of the poor… i.e., those who slave away at non-living wage jobs and get taxed to death (net effect, the poor pay the rich folks’ taxes).

• I am NOT suggesting that all upper-crusters [1] grow snow-white beards, [2] don brilliantly red hued Christmassy costumes, [3] fly a fleet of reindeer powered sleighs above all economically depressed areas, [4] yell out their “HO HO HOs” and [5] air drop bundles of greenbacks upon the masses.

That would be totally impractical in some societies where paper
currency’s value is measured in the BTUs released, once ignited.

• What I am suggesting gets linked to the wisdom and truth released by this Lao-Tzu’s adage…

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

First, the prosperous people need to don their altruistic thinking caps… that headgear need not be Christmassy red but, why not cheer up our dreary world a bit, huh? Next, they need to apply Lao-Tzu, on the Grandest of Scales… the goal being to invite, incite and unite a worldwide workforce to labor towards the betterment of society.

OK… full disclosure time… in the beginning there’d need to be handouts… e.g. feeding the starving and curing the ailing. But, once quality of life standards are met, the hard work / real fun could actually begin. HEY! Who the hell says that work designed and dedicated to ward off societal disaster and death… can’t be a fun thing?

We’re talking about  21st century, forward thinking rivaling, perhaps exceeding, visionary John F. Kennedy’s Sixties era, man-on-the-moon-within-one-decade goal. A few specifics…

• How about the manufacture and installation of worldwide, renewable, energy generation systems where the power gets distributed by a planet-wide power grid. The construction of a world-class WWW could be piggybacked here, too.

• Let’s fund and train a whole new generation of medical professionals / researchers who’ll work, tirelessly, towards eradicating AIDS, Cancer and other dread diseases and genetic disorders.

You get the idea.

Naturally, there’d be fringe benefits, too. To cite just one…

Aspiring microbes that cause plagues and pandemics (on par or worse than Coronavirus / COVID19) would find it tough to coexist within an enlightened, evolved, ecologically and economically sound world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune Cookie Blog (carbon footprints)

 

Generally, a woman’s shoe size is smaller than a man’s.
Ditto that regarding her carbon footprint. Studies suggest
a man behaves in a less eco-friendly manner, due to his
perception of green behavior being “too feminine”. Ergo,
the best advice to men: If this shoe fits you, don’t wear it!