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I don’t know a single person on any end of the political spectrum who doesn’t want to see an end to police shootings of black folk. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t want to make sure that shootings like the Charleston one never happen again. But most ordinary white people also don’t have…

Not That There Was Any Doubt…

But just in case you were wondering, there is basically no chance whatsoever that Climate Change could be happening without human intervention. I realize that we’ll be hearing about this point 0.01 possibility until we all die, but just so we all know.

My children made me try a chocolate-covered gummy bear the other day. Now a chocolate gummy bear is not a local, sustainable or home-grown food, and frankly, I don’t like gummy bears (the only good use I ever had for them was in college, where nothing would keep posters on cinder-block walls without damaging the…

Hmmmm….

This is an interesting paper indeed – a new PNAS paper argues that before an abrupt climate change, there is a characteristic SLOWING DOWN of climate change that might be a warning sign: Putting our results in an even wider perspective, it is important that slowing down is a universal property of systems approaching a…

Stuart Staniford has a WONDERFUL post about what I think is the most likely scenario – we finally acknowledge the (obvious, scientifically clear) reality of climate change and panic, and try and fix it…having waited too long.  He asks…what might that look like?  He’s not shooting for perfect accuracy here, just some general scenarios, and…

The Dinner Party

I was asked this by a friend recently, and it has been stuck in my head (even though the whole idea requires an egomaniacal suspension of disbelief) – “If you could sit down to dinner with the people you think see the world we’re in most clearly and spend dinner working on how to change…

Fire!

Whenever I mention to people that my stove set my house on fire last week, they assume it must be my wood cookstove.  But no, it was the electric stove that nearly burned down the house last week.  I was canning raspberry jam on a warm indian summer’s day, and thinking about our anticipated sukkah…

Winding Up the Season

We missed frost earlier this week by a degree or two, just enough to clip the basil (basil is wussy that way ;-)), but tomorrow night should be definitive.   We’ve moved from steaming amber spice orchards (as the poet puts it) to “post-frost” quiet.  We brought the pumpkins in earlier this week, picked the…

What’s Up Here

I have more to write, but it may get done tomorrow, or maybe after Rosh Hashana, depending.  Right now I’m just recovering from the frantic compulsive worrying and cleaning the preceded my annual home inspection to remain a foster parent. I shouldn’t have worried, but I do – our way of life is sufficiently different…

The View from the AIP Class

M. is back with her view from how the class is going – after an amazingly brief pause to give birth to a new baby!   o my week 4 update was simply labor, labor and more labor. We finally had the baby!  We are home and healthy. And I get to brag that he…