On the Existential Risks of Abrupt Climate Change and a chat on Chomsky Election Thoughts // Oct 31, 2020
Hello Everybody, I agree completely with Chomsky on the following statements, and have said these things for years:
“Definitely the worst one I can think of in history, Adolf Hitler was pretty hideous – [but] he wasn’t trying to destroy organized human society on earth,” — Chomsky
“The facts are pretty straight; there is almost universal consensus among serious scientists that we are racing towards the cataclysm, if current tendencies persist,” — Chomsky
“By the end of this century, you might have reached the level three, maybe four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And every analysis concludes that’s a total cataclysm. Organised human societies – nothing survives.” — Chomsky
Repeated for emphasis: “Definitely the worst one I can think of in history, Adolf Hitler was pretty hideous – [but] he wasn’t trying to destroy organized human society on earth,” — Chomsky
Challenged on this, with the fact that the Nazi Holocaust killed at least six million Jewish people, Chomsky, whose parents were Jewish, says Hitler also killed “30 million Slavs, but not human civilization”.
Here is the article link; please read it and think about it carefully:
Trump’s denial of climate change represents worse threat to humanity than Hitler, says activist Noam Chomsky, Andrew Buncombe in Seattle, Oct 30, 2020.
I agree with Chomsky, and have been saying these exact things for many years; it’s why I study climate change and have done so for many years. Presently, we are only 1.1 C above the 1880-1910 average (1.4 C above 1750) and we already experience weather extremes, loss of the Arctic ice and cold, mega-wildfires, and looming global food shortages.
We face civilization collapse. Global food shortages. Frequent pandemics due to loss of global biodiversity. Collapsing political systems. Fascism and lies.
Climate destabilization is the fundamental root cause of all this accelerating chaos.
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Super-typhoon Goni Strikes Philippines with 195 mph winds; likely strongest storm landfall on Earth // Oct 31, 2020
While the eyes of the USA and much of the sane world are focused intently on the elections, the world is blissfully ignorant of the massive Superstorm Goni that has just hit the Philippines.
Goni has maximum sustained winds estimated at 195 mph (170 knots, 315 km/hr) with gusts exceeding 235 mph (295 knots, 380 km/hr).
The minimum central pressure in the eye reached a staggeringly low 876 mbar. Normal atmospheric pressure at the surface is 1013 mbar, so this enormous drop gives rise to a very large pressure gradient which drives the high winds.
Philippine Sea temperatures are in the 31 to 32 C range, representing an anomaly of 2 to 3 C warmer than normal for this time of year, and Ocean Heat Content above 150 means that not only is the surface sauna-like but the heat extends downward into the depths. Basically, rocket fuel like ocean conditions to feed the storm. Driven inexorably worse by climate change.
Also, wind changes in direction with altitude, known as wind shear was minimal, so there was no hope of shear induced chopping off for the storm tops.
Essentially, conditions were ideal for rapid storm intensification over 48 hours from 35 knots to 155 knots.
Damage in the Philippines, including the capital Manila will be extremely severe. The storm had a direct hit on a western Philippine island with a population of 250,000 people, and that will have unbelievable catastrophic damage.
One of Strongest Storms EVER, Super-Typhoon Goni Strikes Philippines with 195 mph Winds: Part 2 of 2 // Oct 31, 2020
A Halloween Treat: The “Dance with Emily” Troupe in the Glebe, Ottawa blocks traffic! // Oct 31, 2020
A Halloween treat: The students of my local community centers “Dance with Emily” troupe blocking a street in the Glebe neighborhood of Ottawa to bust some moves, and shake some tunes.
How could I not stop and film a video. Happy Halloween. It’s pretty much cancelled in Ottawa due to our most estimate city council.
Notice name of Street:
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This study of 1.6 million chess moves found the age we hit our cognitive peak, Victoria Masterson:
‘More than 24,000 chess games played in professional tournaments over 125 years have been analyzed by scientists to measure how age affects cognitive ability.
They conclude that humans reach their cognitive peak around the age of 35 and begin to decline after the age of 45. And our cognitive abilities today exceed those of our ancestors.
The most important thing is to defeat Trump and Trumpism. Not to worry who is worse. And then to move on to climate change struggle!