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Again, we are a stupid species!
 
It made me laugh last night on TV3 news when people were complaining that signs were being posted in areas of NZ (Christchurch I think) that are likely to be impacted by rising sea levels... because it was going to affect their property values. Not complaining that it is all actually happening.

I just thought, that right there is what is wrong with us a species. Bury our heads in the sand, shoot the messenger, bring in the lawyers and not deal with the problem.

I've suggested to WCC months ago that this is what we should be doing in Wellington. Make it visible - just like we do with Tsunami risk areas. Raise awareness and prod people into action, as well as help support political action.

This photo was from today at Wellington's submerged lagoon walkways. High tide yes, but 20 years ago the water at high tide was about 10 cms lower.

http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/

#climatechange   #sealevelrise  
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More fun poking at republican candidates!
 
TIPTON, IA—Following Gov. Scott Walker’s recent endorsement of building a fence along the Canadian border, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reportedly worried Monday that all the good foreign countries to wall off from the U.S. had already been taken by other GOP candidates.
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What a great summary, and +Mike Elgan's succinct commentary is hilarious :)
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What kind of minds make sweeping generalizations? :-)
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See how the gulf coast adapts to climate change; I thought this quote was crazy: "The Gulf of Mexico reclaims a football field-sized chunk of coastline every 48 minutes".
 
In "My Mississippi," photographer William Widmer reveals a region struggling to preserve its heritage and way of life in the face of rapid cultural and environmental change. (PHOTOS)
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Uh, pretending climate change is not happening is a stupid strategy.
 
Reminder: Ignoring climate change won't stop extreme weather or sea-level rise
As Obama visits New Orleans on the 10 year anniversary, Jindal tells him to shove his "lecture on climate change"
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We really are a dumb species!
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He's so right about that. 
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How many school children have to die before we restrict guns in the USA?
 
I've seen this one more than once, but I think it really bears repeating.

#shoebomb   #airport   #Columbine   #guncontrol   #JohnOliver  
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I've been mulling what to conclude from the as yet unprecedented #ashleymadisonhack  where the accounts of 31 million married men looking to cheat on their wives, and a handful of women looking to cheat on their husbands, were released for the world to easily discover.

While it's tempting to rubber-neck/scorn/laugh/judge/throw-your-bible at the utter horror that 31 million husbands and their families are now going through, I agree with this article that that's the wrong, overly simplistic approach.

I suppose the immediate tactical question comes down to whether the wives of these men consider "having a useless account on Ashley Madison" closer to, say, catching your husband browsing porn online, or closer to catching him in bed with another woman.

If it's the former, then maybe it's simply an eye-opening chance to see that your marriage is at risk and you have a real opportunity to repair it, and maybe in 9 months we see a big Ashley Madison baby bump, or if it's the latter, divorce attorneys will be thriving for years to come and our species suffers a huge drop in productivity.

We'll have to wait a few decades for historians to summarize what it is we are all going through now, but I think it's easy, as a society, to draw the obvious conclusion: marriage isn't working very well for men, today, as there are clearly a great many disgruntled marriages, at least from the male viewpoint.

But what is the root cause?

I think this surprisingly accurate article about how complex/conflicting/destructive our biological sex drive really is, is a big clue: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201212/twelve-rude-revelations-about-sex

I also think it's naive and absurd to blame the company Ashley Madison, and for its CEO to resign as the fall guy: they are simply the messengers, showing us that marriage is not working very well for our species, and they are just the one that got caught.
Here’s a safe bet: If your husband’s name turned up in the Ashley Madison data released by the hacker group Impact Team, he probably isn’t cheating on you. While Ashley Madison claims to have almost 40 million members, very few of them seem to have gotten much out of the...
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Gotta love The Onion, this time poking fun at the republicans problems with women voters.
 
WASHINGTON—Waiting in line and nervously watching as, one by one, his fellow presidential candidates took their turn inside the machine, Gov. Scott Walker told reporters Thursday that the GOP Female Experience Simulator had so far left every contender for the party’s nomination disoriented, confused, and deeply distressed.
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Never call your daughter a princess: she might believe you!
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let me know if it works for 'scarecrow'
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Apache Lucene hacker, co-author Lucene in Action 2nd edition
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Michael loves building software; he's been building search engines for more than a decade. In 1999 he co-founded iPhrase Technologies, a startup providing a user-centric enterprise search application, written primarily in Python and C. After IBM acquired iPhrase in 2005, Michael fell in love with Lucene, becoming a committer in 2006 and PMC member in 2008. Michael has remained an active committer, helping to push Lucene to new places in recent years. He's co-author of Lucene in Action, 2nd edition. In his spare time Michael enjoys building his own computers, writing software to control his house (mostly in Python), encoding videos and tinkering with all sorts of other things.
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