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I came across the site which shows the impact of the recent heavy rains in California.


It is amazing how much the situation has improved over the last year.

I guess with Climate Change one never knows how it will impact different areas.



On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they witness a total solar eclipse. The moon’s shadow will race across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of this shadow, also known as the path of totality, is where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun. And thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, coupled with detailed NASA topography data of Earth, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date.


Here’s a link for safe viewing.https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Don midwest

75 th anniversary of the internment of Japanese in WWII. Up on a twitter feed for a while before displaced by a sports star or a movie star. Most focus is on the US but also happened in Canada.

The Japanese dissent naturalist, David Suzuki, was 5 years old and they were moved from the west coast into the interior of Canada. David later was a student planning to become a doctor and a book just came out, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson and at the point he changed to biology. His mother never forgave him. He started out in DNA research and then later had a nature TV program for about 30 years in Canada. He says in the speech that his work as an environmental activist was a failure. Yes they did stop destruction of forests and led many demonstrations and organized, but the push to climate destruction continued.

This morning I am rereading Bruno Latour’s Gifford lectures from a couple of years ago. It is an important lecture series focusing on Natural Theology.

The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. The purpose of Lord Gifford’s bequest to the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen was to sponsor lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God”.

Since the first lecture in 1888, Gifford Lecturers have been recognized as pre-eminent thinkers in their respective fields. Among the many gifted lecturers are Hannah Arendt, Noam Chomsky, Stanley Hauerwas, William James, Jean-Luc Marion, Iris Murdoch, Roger Scruton, Eleonore Stump, Charles Taylor, Alfred North Whitehead, and Rowan Williams.

David Hume, 1771-1776 was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.

In Bruno’s second lecture in the series he focuses on David Hume and the dialogue among a couple of people. He points out that Hume views rationality as information transfer, not which is the case of true religion, namely, to transform the listener. He shows that there were 16 dimensions involved in this extremely narrow view of rationality that was too thin to deal with either religion or science. Bruno is about widening the scope of rationality through 15 modes of existence of which religion is one of those.

Here is a talk I went to about 5 years ago given in Cleveland for an award to David Suzuki. Have to start at about 22 minutes in when he starts talking. We are heading down the freeway at 120 miles per hour, in the trunk.

2012 Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony and Lecture

Are the counters of youtube valid? It shows only 578 views. I also learned about the 1992 letter to Humanity about the environment signed by most of the Nobel Prize winners. This is only 2 pages long.

1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity


Thank you, as always, Don. I didn’t know that he said he had failed! OMGoodness. He contributed so much and continues to, i believe. If we squeak out of this one, he will be one of the major reasons why.

I’m betting that even Trump has to hear from the Pentagon, and they have a study about the horrendous effects of climate chaos. Of course, from their point of view, it may be a positive–culling the herd, new workers, more births here, more unrest, more need for all those outsourcing corpses.

I heard that Trump is building a sea wall around some golf course (Florida?) so he’s at least somewhat aware. So hateful. I hope the Dalai Lama visits him and somehow blasts a blessing into his demented soul.

Don midwest

Bruno talks about this several places.

During the rise of socialism, he points out, there was a massive effort across culture, architecture, government, arts, language, etc. There has not been this effort in regard to the climate. The stance is to point out scientific results and wait for the consensus to form. That includes almost all the players, including David Suzuki.

The long standing gap between nature and culture and the various disciplines, and subject/object dichotomy, have led to a climate dialogue within which both sides use the same frame. Hence no way out from that intellectual approach or cultural approach.

The Water Protectors are bringing ancient, archaic, non modern, culture out in public, to be on the same stage as us moderns. The ancient cultures had a much stronger bond between human and non human that we have lost as we turned the non human over to scientists.

Now all humans are under attack like the former archaic people and there is no political, economic, religious institution, etc. to turn to.

In Bruno’s politics is the collective which needs to be brought together to deal with the problems that face us.

Lecture given at Cornell University, 25th October 2016
My hunch is that the disorientation everybody feels about the dislocation of politics — even more evident at this time of the presidential election — is the direct consequence of this other disorientation regarding the territory. If politics appears so vacuous, it might be because it has not a solid and shared ground on which to raise issues of substance. How can you expect to have substantial policy debates if there is no territory to map, no cosmos to share, no soil to inhabit? How could we maintain a minimum of decent common institutions if we have no land in common, literally no common ground? In this lecture I want to diagnose the origin of such disorientation and to imagine how this very special institution that we call the University could in some ways help us to land somewhere, to reach a place drawn realistically enough so that politics could start afresh. Let me look at some of the reasons why we feel so disoriented.

Is Geo-logy the new umbrella for all the sciences?
Hints for a neo-Humboldtian university


Excellent Ted Talk on microbiomes. I’ve been following developments in this field for about the last twelve years or so. My confidence in probiotics has grown to the point where my wife and I and our Beagle consume probiotics every day. I rarely get sick and, when I do, I recover quite quickly. Our Beagle is 15 1/2 now and is in great shape for his age. I think the saying treat your body like a temple is most apt. Keep your consumption of processed food, sugar and trans fats as low as possible and always try to eat whole, real food as much as possible. It’s always a challenge to eat healthy while on a tight budget but it can be done. Thanks for the video.


Agree. Probiotics are the bomb. :O)


Ditto everyone else. Fun and interesting. Our own Bill Nye, the Science Guy! :O)


Glad bebimbob takes the time for this series always informational. Read the 1992 article, the sad thing is we have the tech so solve the climate ,environmental issues but the PTB-Mic are more concerned with power and profit above all. I really don’t expect much help from Trump inc or the repubs over the next 4 years most likely will regress on environmental issues. The earth’s environment will survive in some form. The question is will mankind be able to survive in it? even if their is a nuclear holocaust life will find a way. I’m still holding out hope that we can effect change and live in better harmony with the environment it can be done.

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