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Chicken Little Comes Home to Roost

Media scare stories make us overreact, but they also make us miss real threats. Crap.

Posted August 27, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 1 Comment on Chicken Little Comes Home to Roost

Climate change: not like other problems

I’ve been drawing analogies between climate change and the civil rights movement lately (here and here), and I’m at risk of overgeneralizing. To reign myself in, here are two ways in which climate change differs from other social problems for which successful movements have been mounted in the past: It’s Continue Reading →

Posted March 11, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 3 Comments on Climate change: not like other problems

Well that’s disturbing

A new study (summary from USA Today here, original pdf paper here) suggests that the world recession is driving climate change skepticism. If true (I haven’t scrutinized the research because this morning I feel more like editorializing than thinking – hey look I just summed up everything that’s wrong with the Continue Reading →

Posted March 09, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 1 Comment on Well that’s disturbing

The greatest most terrible environmental logo ever

Looking at it, I feel a twinge of hope. It invokes the sun, and blinding light, and its symmetry and geometry sing enlightenment. It’s pure. It’s beautiful. And it’s a lie. Only when “Beyond Petroleum” implements a plan to stop selling oil will they have earned that beautiful logo.  Until Continue Reading →

Posted March 07, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 1 Comment on The greatest most terrible environmental logo ever

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

I’m not naturally inclined toward activism. I have some British blood and I inherited the stiff upper lip. I keep calm and carry on. Because of that, along with the standard-issue, lazy self-involvement of first-worlders everywhere, I had never lifted a finger for any cause, until recently. I haven’t changed. Continue Reading →

Posted March 06, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 3 Comments on Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Applying for Jobs = Exploration of the Soul?

Our species would be better off if more of us, especially the first-world folk stuffed with power and wealth and discretionary money and time, were more uncompromising about finding and pursuing our passions. Real ones, deep ones. Things we’re willing to die for (i.e. playing Starcraft really really well doesn’t Continue Reading →

Posted March 03, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 2 Comments on Applying for Jobs = Exploration of the Soul?

Inspire the Choir, Shush the Denier: A Climate Communications Manifesto

This is a repost of a piece I originally wrote for CleanTechnica This is why I wish Johnnie Cochran was a Climateer: he could sell the rhyme in the title of this post. If you don’t know who he was, then a) you’re young; and b) he was the lawyer Continue Reading →

Posted January 08, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 3 Comments on Inspire the Choir, Shush the Denier: A Climate Communications Manifesto

More Pink Objects to Help You Further Decide What to Do Before You’re Dead

The world has more problems than it should because too many of us settle. We think we’re incapable of finding a calling and that becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy which is reinforced by our universal tendency toward cowardice. Ergo…teeming hoards doing work they don’t much care for while our unaddressed problems Continue Reading →

Posted January 02, 2012 in Random Thoughts | 5 Comments on More Pink Objects to Help You Further Decide What to Do Before You’re Dead

Cap and Trade…for Chinese Babies?!? Also Chickens

China, bless its many souls, has a one-child policy, as you know, which is more accurately described as a one-child-but-sometimes-two-and-even-on-rare-occasions-when-China-is-feeling-magnanimus-three-count-them-three-children policy. Though many in the West view it as a rights violation, China won’t stop because: It’s part of the culture now. It’s as Chinese as whatever the Chinese equivalent of Continue Reading →

Posted December 12, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 4 Comments on Cap and Trade…for Chinese Babies?!? Also Chickens

Pink Circles to Help You Decide What to Do Before You’re Dead

I think if we all chose our work according to this thing, we’d be happier and civilization might not have as much of that Held-Together-By-Bubblegum-and-Chicken-Wire feeling. The bottom circles are straightforward, the top one less so. How do we know what’s good for the world? I can only tell you Continue Reading →

Posted September 29, 2011 in Random Thoughts | 2 Comments on Pink Circles to Help You Decide What to Do Before You’re Dead

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