Saturday, April 13, 2013

Livin' La Vida Verde: LWV April panel notes and commentary

Meeting: Sat. April 13, 2013, League of Women Voters of Nevada County (link); a 4-person panel presentation and Q and A on "living green" in Nevada County. Fairly exhaustive yet incomplete, mostly-substantive notes (and the occasional editorial aside and assessment) follow.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Drone assassinations, Beale AFB and civil disobedience on Sharon Delgado's blog

... although you wouldn't know it from NCVoices, whose script isn't parsing her blog feed correctly (the post "Resisting the Reign of Death" may have a format error.)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NaNoWriMo, OctoLearnMo

(revised Oct 6,8)
You may know that November is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, for those so inclined; according to this LA Times article, in 2009 it had 167,000 participants, of whom a little more than a fifth did finish their 50,000+ word novel.

I'm christening this October OctoLearnMo, for self study.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Excellent NYTimes op-ed on how horse-race journalists are falling short even in horse-race analysis

Why Campaign Reporters Are Behind the Curve
"This is why [even non-science parts of] newspapers are worth reading," - me (*)

Worse than models projected: Record low arctic sea ice already, and still another couple weeks to go

Click for the animation:

Uncertainty is not our friend. The risk can be greater than models suggest: for Arctic sea ice, the loss is happening much faster than predicted.   So relying on the model projections to inform your decisionmaking may not be enough;

Water planners, there may be a lesson here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lessons learned (or at least taught), #234567 and #234568

Lesson #234567: 
When you submit a letter to the editor, suggest a title for it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Solutions journalism sketch: Hirshman's Pond trail issues

I'm one person and there's too #$%^& much to do, most of it far more important than this, but I think it's worth at least laying out what "solutions journalism" coverage of the recent Hirshman's Pond trail issues might look like.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

EXCELLENT "climate weirdness" NPR Fresh Air interview with Climate Central's Lemonick this a.m.

This is why NPR deserves our support - in an hour or so, asking good, open-ended Qs and then letting his guest talk, Fresh Air host David Davies let Michael Lemonick (with a new book) give the straight scoop on climate change.
... "We've had time to act — and essentially we haven't acted," says science journalist Michael Lemonick....

There'll be a recording up later today; download it, since this is one to listen to with friends, family, neighbors...

(The only add'l thing I would have liked to hear would have been pointers at the end, on where to go for various info, eg. to  SkepticalScience.)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Marooned in meatspace, more or less (PITA computers...)

Apologies for any failures to attend or respond... connections are spotty, so please be patient.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Nevada County environmental activists, it's past time for vision. Why so quiet?

What does the future hold for our rivers?   Are our river protectors aware?

From the [U.K.] Independent, Heatwave turns America's waterways into rivers of death.
"Significant tolls of fresh-water species, from pike to trout, have been reported, most frequently in the Midwest..."

 Climate change is here — and worse than we thought, says James Hansen, the climate scientist who's got perhaps the best track record on climate change. His Aug 3 Washington Post op-ed goes on to say,
"...the past six decades of global temperatures...[show] a stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers, with deeply troubling ramifications for not only our future but also for our present.

This is not a climate model or a prediction but actual observations of weather events and temperatures that have happened."
I think we can all see the likely fate of Sierra rivers and their fish, if we continue to act like ostriches and let climate change have its way with us.

Hansen concludes,
"We can solve the challenge of climate change with a gradually rising fee on carbon collected from fossil-fuel companies, with 100 percent of the money rebated to all legal residents on a per capita basis. This would stimulate innovations and create a robust clean-energy economy with millions of new jobs. It is a simple, honest and effective solution."
Where are Nevada County's activists on this issue? There's a bizarre "dog that didn't bark" aspect to the local selective blindness.  Folks, this issue will doom your mission if we don't address it; surely you do realize this?

What do you need, in order to speak up?

I don't want to be an activist - I'm not suited for it, I'm not good at it.  The people who are, really need to step up to the plate.

Friday, July 27, 2012

A world without coral reefs

"we airbrushed view of the crisis... Coral reefs, like rain forests, are a symbol of biodiversity. And, like rain forests, they are portrayed as existentially threatened — but salvageable. The message is: “There is yet hope.” 

Bradbury says no, there isn't.

 "...these forces are unstoppable and irreversible. And it is these two features — acceleration and inertia — that have blindsided us."
Time to wake up.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bill McKibben on climate threat to localism; "we've got to work globally."

Should local-first advocates also help tackle global climate change? On Sunday night in a taped discussion, Bill McKibben told us yes -- "The only thing that can derail this [localism] revolution is how we're degrading the planet." He pointed out that the extreme weather which hit Vermont (in 2010(?)) "washed away the local farms" that had taken 20 years or more to build up. "So we've got to work globally, which is what is for."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nevada City hot summer nights, and the crush of humanity

The question we came up with in town tonight is, by what alchemy could you take our streets seething with human ferment and produce some kind of civic output?
("everybody out having a good time" is one civic output, but what others might be possible?)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Explainer: "Obamacare" synopsis, presented neutrally

It's here on Reddit.

In about 3 pages, Obamacare "explained like you're a five year-old... without too much oversimplification, and (hopefully) without sounding too biased. ... What does it do? Well, here is everything, in the order of when it goes into effect (because some of it happens later than other parts of it):"

It's a quicker read than the original. (pdf, huge)

Welcome to the rest of our lives

From Peter Sinclair.