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Thursday, August 24, 2023
Friday, August 4, 2023
The story of the frog being boiled to death in gradually warmer water is often used to explain the reality of a warming Earth. The Earth in July experienced the warmest month ever recorded. The 1.5-degree increase is projected to be the Earth every month in 2030. Some places in Iran reached a heat index of 142 which is unsustainable for human existence. Reading this story made me think about how this reality doesn't seem to resonate with many of the purchasers of vehicles today. The past decade has seen the pickup truck become the most purchased vehicle among the American public. A vehicle that was once seen as a vehicle for people as a work vehicle is now marketed as a general public vehicle that is used for everyday use. The reality for most truck owners is that their purchase of a truck is more for image than practicality. This reality is further shown when almost 80% of truck buyers are male. Apparently, trucks are a boost to testosterone production and endangering our future survivability.
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
With the news from the Special Counsel that Trump has been indicted for his involvement in the January 6th attack on the Capitol I thought of the lyrics to an old Cat Stevens song "Morning has broken." For those of us who have been mistified how a criminal could become the leader of one of the two major political parties and elected President because of the crazy Electoral College, yesterday felt like the morning of accountability for criminal Trump. This process unfortunately will not be resolved quickly with the way the justice system works and we can look forward to months or years of appeals. All of this will be also playing out in our political system over the next 16 months. With 30-40% of the electorate in the Trump cult our future as the leader of the "free democratic world" is at risk. This Country took 100 years to recover from the Civil War and another Trump election would put us back in that troubling period of national trauma.
The reality is that half the Country supports a former President that tried to overthrow the election certification shows that we are at a point in our Country's future form that is uncertain. The divisions between the Red and Blue states is as great as when it was Confederate and Union states.