Monthly Archives: October 2012

Climate Lulls and Lullabies

Following the long hottest summer and unprecedented fires in the western US, along comes October and Sandy-Franken-Super-Storm. And that’s only the climate happening in the headlines. How’s the weather right now where you are?

Sandy’s projected path 10/25/12

If we listen only to mass media, we could be lulled into believing these thousands of weather-breaking records across the U.S. (yup, some thousands were broken just this summer) and around the world are one-offs. The media doesn’t want us connecting dots. If we did, we might get upset. Very upset indeed. Which brings to mind one of my favorite anti-Bush slogans:

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. Continue reading


Felix, You Rocked Our World

Felix rocked me today. And a lot of others from the sounds coming out of the cyber stratosphere.

Austrian Felix Baumgartner, broke a record that had been set 50 years ago in a death-defying jump by retired Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger. Kittinger, now 84, coached the 43-year old Baumgartner and today talked him through the 2+ hour ascent into the edges of outer space. He coached,comforted  and cheered him until the bunny jump — Baumgartner’s leap into space, 24 miles above sea level.

Here’s what I love about this. Continue reading


Sound Bites for Dinner

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”

Poor Americans. The vast majority of the potential voting public* are pathetic huddled masses indeed. An outsider might say this is an overweight country stuffed with folks that feel entitled to all the goodies and seem to keep grabbing them.

May be. But it is also a country on the brink of starvation. Sensationalism is Coke Cola — an addictive, zero content, high calorie, sugar-oozing carb. America, never really full, keeps coming back for more. So what looks well-fed on the outside, is just excessive bloat. Continue reading