Octavia Butler, one of my favorite Science Fiction writers, and one of a tiny number of African-American Science Fiction writers, died this weekend.
From Energy Bulletin:
The scientific uncertainty in global warming isn’t about whether it’s occurring or whether it’s caused by human activity, or even if it will "cost" us too much to deal with it now. That’s all been settled. Scientists are now debating whether it’s too late to prevent planetary devastation, or whether we have yet a small window to forestall the worst effects of global warming.
I had already decided to drive the present car I have into the ground, so that by the time I needed a new (to me) car, I would likely be able to afford either a used hybrid, or a used diesel that could converted to biodiesel. Well, imagine my surprise that apparently, a whole new raft of little cars are headed to the US from Japan, one of which is going to be a really cheap hybrid.
There have been some interesting developments in the death penalty issue in California this week. Michael Morales was supposed to be put to death on Monday, but that has been indefinitely postponed. The basic reason is this: A judge had declared, based on a study about lethal injection, that California had to change their procedure.
I don't really "get" enneagrams although apparently, they originate with Gurdjieff, who is someone I've always wanted to read, but haven't gotten around to (and his books always look so intimidating.) Anyway, there's a quiz I found, thanks to Poppy, that looked kinda interesting, and, as you'll see if you know me, is pretty close. So here are the results:
Yet another study came out yesterday suggesting how much we are screwing up the planet.
Greenland's glaciers are melting into the sea twice as fast as previously believed, the result of a warming trend that renders obsolete predictions of how quickly Earth's oceans will rise over the next century, scientists said yesterday.