Gambit…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights Noun: a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position Ninety percent of Fox Propaganda employees are fully vaccinated. The employees are required to disclose their vaccine status. The network tests theContinue reading “Gambit…”

Dunning-Kruger Death Cult…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Existentialism, Fascism, Human Rights In a speech 40 years ago to a group of conservative preachers, Heritage Foundation founder Paul Weyrich said, “Now many of our Christians have what I call the ‘goo-goo syndrome.’ Good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. ElectionsContinue reading “Dunning-Kruger Death Cult…”

Thorium…

Topics: Alternate Energy, Climate Change, Nuclear Power, Thorium The Royal Society of Chemistry: Thorium (named for a certain Marvel character). If China’s experimental reactor is a success it could lead to commercialization and help the nation meet its climate goals. Scientists are excited about an experimental nuclear reactor using thorium as fuel, which is aboutContinue reading “Thorium…”

The Eye of Horus…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Human Rights, Politics Note: Because certain states are tied umbilically to coal, fossil fuels, and natural gas, this is a quandary. The same industry that’s known about this problem since 1979 (my senior year in high school) hired the same law firms that obfuscated the risk of lung cancerContinue reading “The Eye of Horus…”

Stupidity Exhaustion…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Democracy, Existentialism, Fascism “Against stupidity, the very gods themselves contend in vain.” Friedrich Schiller “Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself theContinue reading “Stupidity Exhaustion…”

On Fire…

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming The hundreds of climate experts who compiled the mammoth new climate report released today by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had to work under unprecedented pandemic conditions. At vast meetings forced online, scientists wrestled with how to convey the extent of the global crisis and the urgent needContinue reading “On Fire…”

ARPA-E, and Emission-Free Metal…

Topics: Climate Change, Green Tech, Materials Science, Research When it comes to making steel greener, “only the laws of physics limit our imagination,” says Christina Chang of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA–E). Chang, an ARPA–E fellow, is seeking public input on a potential new agency program titled Steel Made via Emissions-Less Technologies. During herContinue reading “ARPA-E, and Emission-Free Metal…”

Survival of Community…

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Climate Change, COVID-19, Environment, Existentialism Like his more famous contemporary, Spencer was enamored with the idea of evolution. But where Darwin focused on biology, Spencer imagined that evolutionary thinking could be applied much more broadly. In his mind, it governed entire societies. Today, when Spencer is remembered at all, it is usuallyContinue reading “Survival of Community…”

COVID, and Fieldwork…

Topics: Climate Change, COVID-19, Research, STEM Just before dawn in the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve, a patch of Ecuador’s lush coastal forest, Abhimanyu Lele unfurls a tall net between two poles, then retreats out of sight. A half-hour later, he and a local assistant reappear and smile: Their catch—10 birds that collided with the net andContinue reading “COVID, and Fieldwork…”

The Caveat of Cul De Sacs…

Topics: Climate Change, Economics, Environment, Existentialism, Global Warming The finding comes out of an effort to map where vegetation is emitting and soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Earth’s trees and plants pull vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere during photosynthesis, incorporating some of that carbon into structures like wood. AreasContinue reading “The Caveat of Cul De Sacs…”