When did Russ Ortiz get traded back to the Giants, and why did nobody tell me? I loved that pitcher ever since his debut; he’s a workhorse.
On Monday night, a pair of very powerful storms blew through our area. 80 mph wind shears, two inch hail, some flood and tornado watches, knocked out power, lightning and thunder, the whole kit and caboodle. I really wanted to get out and see it, but my wife made me stay in the basement with her and the off their rockers cats. The boy was actually staying the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s, and wound up sleeping through the whole thing.
This is who I would have elected. It is most definitely not who is currently holding office.
Shhh… don’t tell my Granddad:
Heretical Thoughts about Science and Society
By Freeman Dyson
Here is another heretical thought. Instead of calculating world-wide averages of biomass growth, we may prefer to look at the problem locally. Consider a possible future, with China continuing to develop an industrial economy based largely on the burning of coal, and the United States deciding to absorb the resulting carbon dioxide by increasing the biomass in our topsoil. The quantity of biomass that can be accumulated in living plants and trees is limited, but there is no limit to the quantity that can be stored in topsoil. To grow topsoil on a massive scale may or may not be practical, depending on the economics of farming and forestry. It is at least a possibility to be seriously considered, that China could become rich by burning coal, while the United States could become environmentally virtuous by accumulating topsoil, with transport of carbon from mine in China to soil in America provided free of charge by the atmosphere, and the inventory of carbon in the atmosphere remaining constant. We should take such possibilities into account when we listen to predictions about climate change and fossil fuels. If biotechnology takes over the planet in the next fifty years, as computer technology has taken it over in the last fifty years, the rules of the climate game will be radically changed.
When I listen to the public debates about climate change, I am impressed by the enormous gaps in our knowledge, the sparseness of our observations and the superficiality of our theories. Many of the basic processes of planetary ecology are poorly understood. They must be better understood before we can reach an accurate diagnosis of the present condition of our planet. When we are trying to take care of a planet, just as when we are taking care of a human patient, diseases must be diagnosed before they can be cured. We need to observe and measure what is going on in the biosphere, rather than relying on computer models.
It has been a regular debate in my mind the past month as to whether or not to renew my subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I love the paper, but hardly get a chance to read it daily, and usually only skim what I can before someone calls my name and I’m off to save the world yet again. Plus, with money being the necessity to feed and clothe my son (I still say kids should just be wrapped in towels until they get to school age) those things might take precedence over my reading tidbits of one of the last good news sources in the United States.
There have been other reasons for my lack of posting lately: I can’t seem to write a full thought anymore. By the time my mind finally puts itself into a place where a topic has formed enough to explore, something comes up. Even just now. Always, something breaks, some timer goes off, some chore must be done, someone’s yelling at my from across the house, or some dumb animal gets themselves into trouble.