I’ll admit, I’m human and that venomous trash talk of V and others is irritating and since I’ve never been one to roll over for malicious jerks I want to share some general thoughts (perhaps it’s just “processing”) that I wove into a quickie blog post this evening. I’m sure it’ll go right over their heads, but hey, we do what we can do.
Suffice it to say it’s some general observations - introduction to two talks I’ve embedded by Stephen Schneider which are excellent and well worth listening to, if you have the slightest interest in this topic.
I'm ever amazed at how little has changed so far as human thinking and the public discourse is concerned. Most of us continue to have no conception of, nor interest in, this thing we live on, planet Earth, nor for the biosphere we depend on for everything, nor for how all that is intimately tied to the state of our climate system. The Republican/libertarian crowd has staked their existence on digging ever deeper into their Faith-Based reason-hating alternate reality. A place where the state of our planet's health shrinks to irrelevance, while their self-pity and self-interest inflates to consume their entire world outlook. As for those who see our Earth differently, who appreciate it's interwoven folds within folds of complexity and dynamic balance, well we're seen as their enemies. It all seems stupid and counterproductive, hopeless even. I can't understand why so few are speaking out and complaining about that general acceptance of lies, slander and irrelevant emotion charged distractions in a discussion of such profound consequences. Lately work commitments have really piled up so my engagement with the AGW dialogue is pretty much shrunk down to quickie responds to those depressingly childish YouTube comments and my CFI 'hangout' - it bothers me that I can't focus on writing more, but hey, it's nice to still be in demand, and the jobs have been interesting, so I'm not complaining,… not too much. That's why I want to compensate by sharing some deep thoughts on the topic from someone who Presidents took advice from. You see a couple days ago I came upon one of Stephen Schneider's last talks. Sad to think he's been gone nearly six years already. It was also sad to see how few people had viewed the video, because here's another example of what a scientist sounds like, and this scientist was among the most knowledgeable of the old timers. He was also unfettered by professional constraints, since he knew this was among his last opportunities to share and he's as worth listening to today as he was back then. Even more so, considering how little among human thinking and attitude has actually changed these years and how important some of his insights are. For the videos, link to Crisis of Life, considering what AGW means. Stephen Schneider http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2016/05/crisisoflife-agw-schneider.html