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Robert Nagle
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Fiction Writer, Ebook Publisher & Climate Change Activist
Fiction Writer, Ebook Publisher & Climate Change Activist

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Here's a fascinating and necessary response to a response of an important science paper. Two groups of climate change scientists are proposing different paths to achieve 100% renewable energy use by 2050. Jacobsen et al believes it can be accomplished solely with Wind, Water and Solar (and better storage). Clack et al believes that Jacobsen's assumptions are flawed and that nuclear needs to be a much bigger part of the mix. This is a healthy and constructive debate. I've been following Jacobsen for years and I trust his grasp of the subject, but we need a public debate about the best and most affordable way to remove fossil fuels from this earth. https://www.ecowatch.com/pnas-jacobson-renewable-energy-2444465393.html

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CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR HOUSTONIANS: Tomorrow (Friday) I'll be attending a FREE symphony performance at Miller Theater. I'm excited! I have never attended a live performance of Beethoven's Eroica symphony before -- and HSO usually does some topnotch shows. http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/events/939/

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Every year I download and listen to about 1200+ free tracks from South by Southwest Music Festival. I spend the next few months listening to them, grouping by genre, ranking them, discarding the truly awful. Tracks from the rap/hiphop genre are usually cringeworthy; many are full of vulgar sexist language; conversely many have insipid Christian themes; many are just dumb jokes of a song. B ut I listen to them all (250 this year) and rank them. It's really hard to make a decent rap song ; you have to produce and mix it right, write good lyrics, have interesting vocals and melodies. Here's my favorite so far out of the 250, a beautiful song by a Cuban flutist (whose father directed the famous Buena Vista Social Club). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGJ9MEcqXx8


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Apparently, Texas elected a Senator who thinks that calling something "fake news" is an intelligible way to weigh in on contentious issues. "Fake news" is now the mantra of brain dead politicians. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-gop-will-kill-to-get-their-tax-cuts.html

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The past week or so I've been finding some great interviews on David Letterman Show from 1982 and 1983. Here is Pee Wee Herman in 1983. The video is 15 minutes long (and great!), but I wish to call your attention to the first 4 minutes where Pee Wee tells a complicated story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8SZLQOgmy4

SIX MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD? A few days ago I linked to the "Solutions Project," a Stanford U. group that tries to present a viable plan for all countries in the world to switch 100% to Wind Water and Solar by 2050. Here's a 6 minute video (warning: mp4 link!) that uses a single chart by the project lead to explain why this plan is viable and capable of solving the climate change crisis. Enjoy! http://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/Articles/I/CountryGraphs/139-CountryTimeline.mp4 

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Wow, why didn't anyone ever tell me about this? (It can keep me going until Discovery in September!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G-ziTBAkbQ

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Here's some important numbers about civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria. Since January or February, the US Coalition forces have been estimated to be killing more civilians per month than the Russian forces. FROM A READER COMMENT ON A RELATED NYT ARTICLE: "President Trump doesn't get that as commander in chief every civilian death falls on his shoulders. Instead he has chosen to hand off the decision making to the generals and he will blame them for any and all military mistakes.

"Whether you agree with their decisions or not previous presidents were much more hands on about military action. Our first president fought side by side with his soldiers as our first general before becoming president. George Washington set the standard and 26 out of 44 US presidents served in the military before becoming president. That gave them first hand knowledge of how complicated the thick of the battle can be and how important it is to make sure that civilians don't get caught in the crossfire if at all possible.

"During WWII even though we were angry about the attack on Pearl Harbor our men were always careful to minimize civilian casualties. Truman struggled with the decision to drop the atomic bomb and both the US and Japan have struggled with the civilian casualties ever since.

"Our war on terror has done a lot to damage our credibility. There has been a lot of scandal and a lot of unnecessary death. The US needs to rethink our strategy but sadly Trump isn't the man for the job. Instead he treats the longest American war as a game. These deaths aren't just a stain on his presidency, they're a stain on everything the US claims to be. <ENDQUOTE> https://airwars.org/data/

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This interesting chart evaluates the relative bang for the buck for various measures to fight climate change. At the TOP: better management of refrigerant chemicals, onshore wind power, reducing food waste, plant-rich diets, improving education for girls and protecting forests. At the BOTTOM were: ride sharing, paper recycling (and recycling in general), ridesharing, increasing bicycling use and composting. That is not to suggest that the bottom-of-the-list stuff is not worth doing, but they produce insignificant improvements compared to stuff at the top. http://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank

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Here's a long forgotten song from the 90s, a soulful specimen of London triphop -- by a band that came and went -- leaving a single album, "Formica Blues." I just discovered that Mono's gifted singer Siobhan de Mare paired with Cocteau Twins producer, Robin Guthrie to produce a few albums under the name "Violet Indiana" in 2000s. Some hidden gems here. https://youtu.be/HR3iWRq8ymI
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