Octavia Butler, one of my favorite Science Fiction writers, and one of a tiny number of African-American Science Fiction writers, died this weekend. Blog Category:  Books Current Affairs

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Blog Category:  Current Affairs Religion Weblogs

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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. […]

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I've already told people I'm a sucker for quizzes. Well, I'm also a sucker for blog memes. So here's a new one. The countries and states you've visited…   create your own visited countries map or vertaling Duits Nederlands   Blog Category:  Personal

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This blog is definitely off of my beaten path, but this essay is really interesting. Sometimes, he seems to over-romantasize the past, but there's some good stuff, here. Here are some tidbits: Blog Category:  America Current Affairs

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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. Sigh. Blog Category:  […]

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