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Focusing on GHG emissions is deceptive because it makes it look like our ecological crisis might be fixable without reversing GDP growth in the Global North.

But as this BIOS piece shows decoupling CO2 is not enough. We need economy-wide decoupling.


One of several new words concerning the climate crisis added the OED is ‘natural capital’, the ‘natural resources and environmental features in a given area, regarded as assets having economic value or providing a service to humankind’. Sounds like a conflict of interest, ‘capital’ being the obvious adulteration. ‘Natural resources’ is better.

I like this old entry, though: ‘natural magic’, ‘magic practised for beneficial purposes, involving the making of images, healing, and the use of herbs.’

and each have a (1.45B and 1.39B, resp.) greater than the entire continent of combined (54 countries, ~1.3B).[1]

That’s nuts.

India is expected to increase more rapidly than China, but wealthier China recently instated a three-child policy, a reversal on its one-child policy ending in 2015.

‘China and India will play critical roles in determining the trajectory of [global] warming.’[2]

[1] salon.com/2021/10/23/how-the-1

[2] dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/a

'species risks extinction' is a bit of tongue twister.

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What I think about repetition: Fiction writers try to remove all repetition of words—when you read what they wrote, this lack of repetition comes across as writerly. If you leave in (or add) just a touch of repetition, it won’t sound like it was written by a writer (writerly).

If some non-avatar sporting dumbo uninvitingly drops into your timelines with the excuse of warrioring their agenda du jour, block ‘em without wasting a word back. Nothing you say will matter to them at that point, no matter how fair you try to be. They’re just out for personal vindication and self-elation at anyone else’s cost of time and attention.

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Sea urchins like to pick up shells and rocks and wear them as "hats"; the reason isn't well-understood, but it may protect them from predators or help weigh them down so they're less likely to be washed away during storms. So some aquarists have taken to making tiny hats for their sea urchins, which the urchins voluntarily pick up and put on:

‘Watch how Prisha’s passion for vlogging turned to an interest in digital marketing that lead to a job at Google.’

I’d rather rip my eyes out with barbed wire.

Where is that website that maintains a list of ethical software alternatives to the proprietary surveillance capitalist shit the world mostly uses?

By the way, women who smoke pipes are rad! But only when it’s sincere. Don’t be fooled by all the posers you see in pipe magazine websites, recruited to promote the market but look like they’ve never held a pipe before.

Unlike this…

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I missed the opportunity to visit Rich’s again this last trip to see family. I’m regretting it. Behold these tantalizing pipe tobacco blends…


Two in the list, Bill’s Blend (a personal fave) and Midnight Express, I recognize from way back. Another favourite of mine, Sunday Morning, has been discontinued. Boo. But those others!

And Rich’s has magnificent pipes!

I smoke infrequently but do enjoy the ritual and pleasure of a pipe now and then, especially in the Fall.

_Natrix natrix_ is a frequent target of _Buteo buteo_ and _Bubo bubo_. :)

Bubo, a large eagle owl with wingspans up to 6-feet plus, will eat anything it can take, from beetles to roe deer fawns. Prey is largely a function of location and availability: mammals (voles, rats, mice, foxes, hares…), other birds (crows, ducks, grouse, seabirds…other owls!), amphibians, reptiles (like Natrix), fish, crustaceans…

Imagine if BoP were the size of ostriches. Trail running would have new meaning.

A giant Shelley's eagle-owl, a species not seen since 1870, the year it was first describe, was spotted a few days ago in Ghana. 150 years unseen. That’s amazing.

Just found this on a consultancy’s site. I’d say it’s relevant, even if meaning web content only and focused on more than dropping a few overused adverbs. :)

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“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality.” - Ursula LeGuin


I meant to include this report with the other. This one being more recent and specifically focused on climate and it’s immediate risks to security through 2040, such as the water tensions and migrations.


Recognize that we already see tensions happening around the globe, still worse in the poorer regions at this point. But things are changing fast, faster than society can adjust to.

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After reading that report, I’m thinking it’s not solely about money anymore—at least not as it concerns looking to the future, and not the far future either—but about securing vital resources for a nation’s survival. This is the competition I really see the US report talking about, if not so many words, and every country has similar studies, no doubt. When we get to that tooth and claw in another decade, the focus will shift from between nations to intra-nation conflicts. That’ll be fun.

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This might be the most telling thing I’ve read in a while; the climate section alone, and the notions on water scarcity and resulting population migrations.


I wonder what the classified report actually says.

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Only after accepting, saying, and repeating the truth, that the demon is loose and uncontainable, can society make sensible steps to degrow and adapt with the least amount of violence.

We need more Thunberg honesty from the top.

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One hour watching Aljazeera, one of the better examples of news, will make clear that nations are not coming together on climate or anything else, and when they try they mostly fail. One hour reading reports from the arms of the UN will back it up.

No single nation can get its shit together, in fact. North/south, east/west, rich/poor…it makes no difference, and they all rely on money to exist.

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