Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The good stuff, as usual, is elsewhere

On Yubanet, a special report on the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The NCFocus staff is humbled; it makes us feel like we're all talk and no action, which is entirely too close to reality.

Thank you.

In other news, spring has sprung. Local weather forecast:
Experts are predicting sunny and clear conditions - and maybe record-breaking temperatures - for at least the rest of the week...
...which harmonizes with this:
Everything in this country - daffodils, primroses, almond trees, bumblebees, nesting birds - is a month ahead of schedule. And it feels wonderful. Winter is no longer the great grey longing of my childhood....Across most of the upper northern hemisphere, climate change, so far, has been kind to us.

And this is surely one of the reasons why we find it so hard to accept what the climatologists are now telling us. In our mythologies, an early spring is a reward for virtue.
If climate change is to introduce horror into our lives, we would expect - because throughout our evolutionary history we survived by finding patterns in nature - to see that horror beginning to unfold....But the overwhelming sensation, experienced by all of us, almost every day, is that of being blessed by our pollution...
But don't let it get you down - go shopping, have your beloved buy you some jewelry. ("A single gold ring leaves 20 tons of mine waste behind...")

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