Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

The first article is an overview by TheGuardian newspaper, the second link is to the actual paper written by the scientists. We need to take this seriously.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/13/top-scientists-warn-of-ghastly-future-of-mass-extinction-and-climate-disruption-aoe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcosc.2020.615419/full

“Don’t let the bees follow the butterflies.”

an Interactive Virtual Earth

The EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences of The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading research groups for global and regional plate tectonic reconstructions and for studying the interplay between the deep earth and surface processes. They have provided GPlates which enables the interactive manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and the visualization of geodata through geological time, and it facilitates interoperability of plate tectonic data and models with geodynamic computing services for applied and fundamental research purposes.

The 3D visualisations are powered by Cesium, an Open Source library for viewing globes and maps.

What that all means is you can click below and find ways to imagine the world in many different ways, from Pangea forward! If you are interested in geology or plate tectonics, you should take a look at these amazing visualizations.

http://portal.gplates.org/

Many views of earth! Wow! Play with it. It worked on my iPad, but it works better on a computer with a mouse! And some browsers work better than others. Read the side info!


” You will move in the direction of the people you associate with. You really want to associate with the people that are better than yourself.” – Warren Buffet


America’s flawed democracy

The Guardian, my favorite newspaper (I am a subscriber), recently (16 Nov 2020) ran an article by Ed Pilkington titled “America’s flawed democracy: the five key areas where it is failing”.

The five areas where Pilkington believes we need to fix are:

    1. The electoral college
    2. Voter suppression
    3. The Senate
    4. Judges
    5. Redistricting

This article is excellent, in my opinion, and needs to be read by anyone who cares about this country. To see the article CLICK HERE. Our government needs structural changes.

A copy of the article is available here for you to print and discuss with your friends. PDF HERE


“Denial is not just a river in Egypt.” – an old saying


Unbreaking America

There is an action group called Represent Us whose goal is to pass powerful state and local laws that fix our broken elections and stop political bribery. Their strategy is central to ending political corruption, extremism and gridlock. I’ve always thought highly of them as a group. Given that Jennifer Lawrence is on their Board of Directors doesn’t hurt either! You can find their web site here:

https://represent.us/

But that is not why this post is here. Jennifer Lawrence has launched a campaign to get people to take action using a short 12 minute film called Unbreaking America.

The campaign page is here:
https://represent.us/unbreaking-america/

Or to save time, you can go straight to the YouTube film here:
https://youtu.be/TfQij4aQq1k

People who watch this short film are more likely to take action.
And studies show that when just 3.5% of a population engages in sustained activism, they have the power to push the entire nation to change. That’s 11 million people.

I’m trying to do my part by helping you find their campaign! Be sure to watch Jennifer’s film. It is worth your time!


“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it’s Hell.” – Harry Truman