Sunday, February 25, 2018

                       THIS  IS  WHY  RAINING FROGS  REMAIN

Danny Bloom says:
23 Feb 2018 at 12:05 AM
A ‘cli-fi’ stage play ‘Extreme Whether’ written and directed by veteran playwright Karen Malpede is set for March 1-18 run in Manhattan.

If you live anywhere near New York City, like in New Jersey or Connecticut or Pennsylvania — or Boston or Washing or Chicago for that matter — make a beeline for the La MaMa theater to see this timely show.

Heralded as “brilliant” and “important” in performances in French and English in Paris several years ago, ”Extreme Whether” has been performed at live reading and theater workshops as well,  and  its  new show  in  Manhattan  is... timely, in this Age of Trump, expect drama critics from the New York Times, the New York Post, The Village Voice, the Nation, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Reuters, not to mention U.S.-based reporters for the BBC and the UK Guardian to catch this topical show.

It’s cli-fi...cli-fi comes in an assorted of colors: novels, movies, stage plays, poems, paintings, performance art and song lyrics...

“Exteme Whether” — not ”weather” but ”whether” please note — is a fierce expose of politically motivated censorship and a look at the courage it takes to keep up the fight for truth against immensely powerful forces.
It is, also, equally, a love story: of people for nature, a girl for a deformed frog, two  embattled  climate scientists  for  truth and one another, and an old man , "Uncle" ...

Theater Three Collaborative is a social justice internationally touring theater company.

The Times of Israel

‘Blade Runner 2049’ gives climate change a starring role with ‘global cooling’ meme

Danny Bloom 17 October 2017

When I lived in Tokyo in the 1990s,... Tokyo at night was and still is “Blade Runner” writ large.
The film was set in a near future of 2019. We are almost there.
Now comes the latest iteration of the “Blade Runner” meme in 2017 and it’s titled “Blade Runner 2049” since it takes place 30 years later — in 2049.
And this new movie is a cli-fi film, and it gives climate change a starring role.

 But there’s just one problem: while the movie talks about climate change, viewers will see that Los Angeles in 2049 is 30 degrees cooler than today’s temperatures and is also hit by strong sub-Arctic blasts of cold air. ”Global warming,” or ”global cooling”?
Leah Schade, a visionary ”eco-preacher” who is a Lutheran professor of preaching and worship at the Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, recently wrote a very good article on the Patheos website about the new movie, which she headlined 

Blade Runner 2049: Cli-Fi at Its Best

Cli-fi, short for climate fiction, is a genre that narrates the present and future world through the lens of climate change. Cli-fi can help folks understand climate change more effectively than charts and numbers alone.  Because it’s the stories that help us imagine what lies ahead – and what is worth saving now.  As John Siciliano notes in the Washington Examinerclimate change gets a starring role in Blade Runner 2049.

Blade Runner 2049 is cli-fi at its best.

Not only is the film a cinematic masterpiece, it imagines a future shaped by the effects of climate change and explores what it means to be human in an inhumane time.  The original Blade Runner was itself prescient about climate change.  The movie rendered a Los Angeles landscape saturated with rain (a warmer atmosphere absorbs more moisture) and devoid of any animals except those that are genetically-engineered (due to loss of habitat and toxic environments leading to species extinctions).
Blade Runner 2049 continues the saga.  According to the film’s website, the planet 30 years later is affected by dramatic shifts in weather and climate.  Huge sea walls are built between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean to protect the city from rising sea levels.  The desertification of Las Vegas is stark and total (at least at first glance).  And the only greenery is seen in a holographic bubble of a scientist’s laboratory.  But, oddly, snow squalls swirl unexpectedly in LA.  How can this be? 
Blade Runner 2049 is premised on an environmental twist.  According to the movie’s timeline, a nuclear detonation explodes in 2022 over the West Coast which obliterates electronic data and shuts down cities for weeks.  Data and financial records are obliterated, and communications are severed, leading to chaos and mass hunger.  Presumably, this also leads to a kind of nuclear winter, and ensuing sub-arctic blasts that periodically turn LA’s rain into snow.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

                        A  MAJOR  IRONY  MALFUNCTION



Doubts raised over Australia’s plan to release herpes to wipe out carp
Warm water may render the virus ineffective against the invasive fish, say researchers.

An Australian plan to kill invasive carp by releasing a virus into waterways has come under fire from researchers who argue that the tactic will not eradicate enough fish... The proposal is to infect carp with a strain of herpes called CyHV-3, which has caused mass fish deaths in the United States and Japan.

Many researchers have previously warned of possible far-reaching consequences of the plan, including rivers  clogged with decaying fish corpses and further disruption to native ecosystems. Now, six researchers argue in a letter published in Science1 on 22 February that the virus is unlikely to be effective.
Carp carnage
The common carp was first introduced to Australia from Europe in the nineteenth century, but the biggest disruptions to ecosystems happened after a particularly hardy strain escaped from a fish farm in the early 1960s. With a single fish capable of producing more than one million eggs in a breeding cycle, carp now make up an estimated 80–90% of the fish biomass in parts of the Murray–Darling Basin, the breadbasket region of southeast Australia...
In 2016, the Australian government... tested the effects of the virus on animals including 13 native fish species, as well as chickens, mice, frogs and turtles, and concluded that it is safe for them. The virus is only known to affect the common carp and ornamental koi, in which the expected mortality rate is over 70%.
However, the Science letter says...   that the disease develops only when water temperatures are between 16 ºC and 28 ºC. Populations of carp that survive the initial viral epidemic in hot or cold spots would be able to replenish the population quickly, say the authors.

Friday, February 23, 2018


In a sermon to  interview with the  Christian Broadcasting Network published yesterday,  EPA  Administrator  Scott Pruitt said his faith inspired him to be like the nation's founding fathers-- before entering politics, he prayed for insight into God's plan for him and found an answer  in The Book of Isaiah:
"Specifically, in the latter part of Chapter 1, where God says to Israel,  
'I will restore your leaders as in the days of old, your judges as at the beginning.'  
There was just a desire that welled up in me to say, 'I want to be like those leaders that we had at our founding at the inception of our country...

The biblical worldview with respect to these issues is that we have a responsibility to manage and cultivate, harvest the natural resources that we've been blessed with to truly bless our fellow mankind,...

Truly and clearly, the climate changes,... For someone to say that someone's a skeptic or climate denier about the climate changing, that's just nonsensical. 

We see that throughout history. "

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Tuesday, February 20, 2018


There is a cooling, and there's a heating. I mean, look, it used to not be climate change, it used to be global warming. That wasn't working too well 
because it was getting too cold all over the place.

Monday, February 19, 2018

                      A  RISING  SWAMP   LIFTS  ALL  DOLTS

Greenwire  reports:
Trump energy adviser's White House run went up in smoke
Unless George David Banks, who resigned  last  week  after  being denied  security  clearance  over marijuana use in 2013,  moves on to another Trump administration post at the Department of Energy, or the Department of the Interior, he may beat a happy retreat to the fever swamps of K Street. 
"Going back  to be  a  full-time  swamp  creature ”
 he said, “ is certainly an attractive option."...
The administration, Banks said, 'is mulling positions for him at the Interior or Energy department. It's not clear yet what's available"

He said he plans to rejoin the American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) next month and has taken a seat on the advisory board for ClearPath, the conservative clean energy advocacy group... and the "clean coal" initiative he had been leading.
" It was  Energy  Secretary  Perry's  idea, the "clean coal" initiative.  He announced it  in  Africa.  The idea has been accepted by the administration, and what's to be decided is the shape and form of  its implementation. It's going to be "clean fossil." It's  not  just  a  clean  coal coalition."
Asked "How do you blow off steam?" Banks replied:
It's not pot.
I love flea markets. It's really going to flea markets and collecting stuff I'm really into. Vintage baseball cards, coins, "Star Wars" toys. But I definitely spend a lot of time over the next months getting healthy again..."

Sunday, February 18, 2018

                                         BALL'S  THEOREM

Mustelid finds Tim Ball incredible

"There's been a long-running lawsuit of Andrew Weaver against Tim Ball, who said naughty things about him. For background, or the-right-guys-won, see the Smoggies or Sou or doubtless others. And you can read the judgement itself. If you'd like to be told that TB won, then WUWT is your source; or in somewhat more detail, but be careful how much of that you read because even they can't help but quote some incriminating material. Judith Curry has a reasonably balanced set of quotes which cannot but look bad for TB, but of course she can't help veering off to her hobby-horse, Mann. The main substance of the judge's conclusion is that

the Article is poorly written and does not advance credible arguments in favour of Dr. Ball’s theory about the corruption of climate science. Simply put, a reasonably thoughtful and informed person who reads the Article is unlikely to place any stock in Dr. Ball’s views, including his views of Dr. Weaver as a supporter of conventional climate science. In Vellacott v. Saskatoon Star Phoenix Group Inc. et al, 2012 SKQB 359 [Vellacott], the court found that certain published comments were not defamatory because they were so ludicrous and outrageous as to be unbelievable and therefore incapable of lowering the reputation of the plaintiff in the minds of right-thinking persons (at para. 70). While the impugned words here are not as hyperbolic as the words in Vellacott, they similarly lack a sufficient air of credibility to make them believable and therefore potentially defamatory.

There is more, which I'll get to, but that's the main point; and of course, it is the version that makes Ball the loser: his article cannot be defamatory, because it isn't credible to any but the credulous."
For a more disinterested legal commentary, WUWT offers:
Tim Ball’s Victory in the First Climate Lawsuit Judgment – The Backstory
By, wait for it      Dr. Tim Ball

This is not a polar bear
In one of his better efforts, Ball proposed changes in 16th & 17th century landscape painting as  a proxy for  cosmic rays.
The noted Hudson Bay blanket authority and Canadian goose historian theorized that increased cloud cover in paintings constituted a better cosmic ray flux proxy than the inconvenient CERN cloud chamber results. He opined in WUWT that the  shift in baroque painting, from  blue skies  to  cloudy gray, signified that rising cosmic rays must have caused the Little Ice Age.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

                         MAKE  MURDOCH  OP-ED  WRITERS

In Defense of Carbon Dioxide

The demonized chemical compound is a boon to plant life and has little correlation with global temperature.

By Harrison H. Schmitt  And  William Happer

Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That's simply not the case.

 Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity...

Recent excavations suggest these Heartland Institute  elder  statesmen are at odds with The Wisdom Of The Ancients:

Archaeological & Anthropological Sciences 12 February 2018

Deadly  CO gases  in  the Plutonium  of  Hierapolis

        (Denizli, Turkey)

  • Hardy Pfanz
  • Galip Yüce
  • Ahmet H. Gulbay
  • Ali Gokgoz 
  • Using a portable gas analyzer system, the geogenic gas regime below and around an ancient gate to hell at Hierapolis/Phrygia was characterized. The site was first described by Strabo and Plinius as a gate to the underworld. During centuries, it attracted even ancient tourists. In a grotto below the temple of Pluto, CO2 was found to be at deadly concentrations of up to 91%. Astonishingly, these vapors are still emitted in concentrations that nowadays kill insects, birds, and mammals...

    They reach concentrations during the night that would easily kill even a human being within a minute. These emissions are thought to reflect the Hadean breath and/or the breath of the hellhound Kerberos guarding the entrance to hell. 
    The origin of the geogenic CO2 is the still active seismic structure that crosses the old town of ancient Hierapolis as part of the Babadag fracture zone. Our measurements confirm the presence of geogenic CO2 in concentrations that explain ancient stories of killed bulls, rams, and songbirds during religious ceremonies. They also strongly corroborate that at least in the case of Hierapolis, ancient writers like Strabo or Plinius described a mystic phenomenon very exactly without much exaggeration. 
    As Colin Burras observes in Science:

    This Roman 'gate to hell' killed its victims with a cloud of deadly carbon dioxide

    Rediscovered just 7 years ago, the gate to hell at the ancient city of Hierapolis, in modern-day Turkey, is a stone doorway leading to a small cave-like grotto. The gate was built into one wall of a rectangular, open-aired arena, topped by a temple and surrounded by raised stone seating for visitors. The city itself sits in one of the region’s most geologically active areas; 2200 years ago, its thermal springs were believed to have great healing powers. But a deep fissure running beneath Hierapolis constantly emits volcanic carbon dioxide, which pours forth as a visible mist. The gate—also known as the Plutonium, for Pluto, the god of the underworld—is built directly above it. In 2011, archaeologists showed that the gate is still deadly: Birds that fly too close suffocate and die.
    Now, a research team led by volcano biologist Hardy Pfanz at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany has studied the shrine’s killing potential in greater detail.  Pfanz and his colleagues measured the CO2 concentration in the arena over time. 
    During the day, the sun’s warmth dissipates the gas. But at night the gas—slightly heavier than air—billows out and forms a CO2 “lake” on the sheltered arena floor. It is particularly deadly at dawn, when the  CO2  concentration  40 centimeters above the arena floor reaches  35%, enough to asphyxiate and kill animals or even people within a few minutes, Pfanz says.