Factory

Consider, once again the current political discourse and *major* issues in the news. Consider the *major* policy announcements of political parties prior to an upcoming Australian Federal Election. Then take a moment to ponder this. The highest weekly average CO2 ever measured at Mauna Loa: 412.4 ppm, almost 4 ppm above same time last year. February seems on its way…

New Home

Ten Years. February 2009 February 2019 The Journey - Some Links Six Years “There is no cure for trauma” – David J. Morris – Salon  “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” by David J. Morris. Black Saturday – ABC Settlement for Murrindindi Kilmore East Bushfire Class Action Settlement I was free before - By Grace Five Years On -…

EarthRise

Seems like yesterday. The far side. 69 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds after launch, the crew reached the far side of the Moon. They burned their engines for a lunar orbit insertion (LOI), which lasted four minutes. The burn slowed the spacecraft down so it could be captured by the Moon’s gravitational pull, making it the first ever manned…

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Both spacecraft carry with them a 12-inch (30 cm) golden phonograph record that contains pictures and sounds of Earth, along with symbolic directions…

Fake News

The New York Times produced a three-part film series, “Operation InfeKtion” on Russian dis-information campaigns and the current world of 'fake-news'.

Today that trade has exploded into a data industrial complex. Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.

Tim Cook

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks

Christopher Hitchens

Five “The last five Septembers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) rank as the five warmest on record” https://t.co/WMe5rwS1CM — Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) October 17, 2018 Let's be clear September 2018 and year to date were 4th hottest on record for the globe. The 10 warmest September global land and ocean surface temperatures have occurred since 2003 The last five…

X-Roads

Cross-Roads. After attending a 2016 public lecture at Lab-14 co-hosted by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, the Climate Institute and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, I mused [pessimistically] that 1.5 or 2 degrees no longer seemed a choice. The IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C has just been released today. In essence, zero net emissions by…

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