Friday miscellany…

Wanna know what climate change “looks like”?

Well, here you go:

Extreme weather events are textbook examples of an effect that an overall warming of the planet will have.

But since at least 1988, climate scientists have warned that climate change would bring, in general, increased heat waves, more droughts, more sudden downpours, more widespread wildfires and worsening storms. In the United States, those extremes are happening here and now.

So far this year, more than 2.1 million acres have burned in wildfires, more than 113 million people in the U.S. were in areas under extreme heat advisories last Friday, two-thirds of the country is experiencing drought, and earlier in June, deluges flooded Minnesota and Florida.

“This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona. “The extra heat increases the odds of worse heat waves, droughts, storms and wildfire. This is certainly what I and many other climate scientists have been warning about.”

Of course, the far right believe that climate change is all a bunch of BS made up by lefties in some sort of vendetta against big business. And the far right is driving the government’s agenda right now with regard to environmental policies, so don’t expect any changes anytime soon.

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Canadians are NOT becoming “more conservative”…

… in spite of the CPC’s best efforts to drive us in that direction.

Six years into the Harper era, Canadians are inching inexorably into the conservative, and Conservative, columns. Right? And though not all are pleased with this incremental, rightward shift, most — the so-called silent majority — tacitly accept it.

Well, no, actually. The latest data from pollster Ipsos Reid, part of a wide-ranging examination of popular sentiment for Postmedia News and Global Television, doesn’t suggest this at all. If anything the numbers indicate Canadians today are more solidly progressive than we have ever been. Perhaps we are a more complex and mature people than the received wisdom gives us credit for. And perhaps this means that our national political leaders, across the spectrum, don’t understand or reflect our views nearly as fully or as precisely as they might.

I think that most Canadians – with the possible exception of the majority of those in Alberta – are firmly wedded to the core principles of social justice and are by and large a progressive bunch. We are also a conservative gaggle from a financial perspective; we want our governments to be fiscally prudent.  The Harperites are failing on both fronts, and as soon as there is a viable progressive alternative, they are screwed.
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Speaking of rodents, a squirrel followed me this morning for the full length of my walk to the bus stop (about 400 metres).

This one:

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It hopped along  about 10 feet behind! Then it sat in front of me on the sidewalk at the bus stop… staring expectantly. It was very weird!

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Again, speaking of rat-like critters, the slimy tentacles of the Koch bros. are everywhere it seems.

They are spending 100’s of millions to try to oust Obama, plus they have funneled a cool half mill to the CPC’s fave “think tank”.

Though “think” and Fraser Institute are two words that should seldom be used in the same sentence.

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Speaking of anachronisms: Yay. Catholic school labour peace is upon us in Ontar-i-ar-i-ar-i-o. But wouldn’t it be even more efficient if there were only ONE teacher’s union representing educators from ONE school system in Ontario?

Wouldn’t it?

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Learned a trick last night about Facebook. One can filter the number / type of updates that you get from specific friends. I’m already happy as hell about this as I don’t have to even so much as glance at some of the fluff that goes across my screen!

Thank you, Facebook!

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Finally, it is sad to see OCDSB Trustee Cathy Curry say enough is enough and resign from her position on the Board. While I personally do not know her, I am told by those who do that she has been a tireless worker for the advancement of education in Ottawa – always putting sound principles and evidence-based thinking into her decisions… unlike some of her soon-to-be former colleagues…

Thanks for your service!

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