Thursday, April 26, 2012

Global Warming Protest in front of UN building in New York: bloodbath for the human species when climate chaos turns world into Mad Max vs The Road

Not a pretty picture. Read POLAR CITY RED by Jim Laughter to see a fictional account
of WHAT MIGHT LIE AHEAD in 500 years IF we do NOTHING NOW....

'An Inconvenient Truth' gores climate falsehoods overseas

'An Inconvenient Truth' gores falsehoods overseas -- "Una Verdad Incomoda' anyone?

by Emmet Matridah...

Since its release in 2006, Al Gore's documentary cum lecture "An Inconvenient Truth" (AIT) has gone gliral -- globally viral --

and reached more eyeballs than producer Laurie David ever imagined. Well-received by climate cassandras and widely-criticized

by climate denialists, the Davis Guggenheim-helmed documentary perhaps did more to rally the troops around the

dual themes of climate change and global warming than any other film before it.

Okay, not everyone liked it. Marc Morano and Andrew Watts in the climate denialist camp hated the movie and never stop

saying so, even six years later. They will always hate that movie, most likely until hell freezes over -- or warms over even more,

as the case may be. Rush Limbaugh hated the movie so much he once wished on air for the death of New York Times

science reporter Andrew C. Revkin. (He later apologized for that tasteless and vulgar remark.)

Those who loved "An Inconvenient Truth" could not get enough of it. I, myself, saw it ten times, and with Chinese subtitles, here in

Taiwan. The film probably hit more eyeballs, and tugged at more heartstrings, than any environmental movie ever made. And

it screened worldwide, don't forget, from Sweden to Slovenia, from Poland to Peru.

And as AIT has travelled to distant climes across an ever-so-slowly warming world, its title morphed via translations into

a smorgasbord of convenient terms.

For example, in Mexico and Spain, it was titled "Una Verdad Incomoda." Even if you don't speak Spanish, you can guess that

"verdad' has something to do with "truth" (as in "cinema verite", from Spain's French cousins) and "incomoda" probably has something do with something being "non-commodius." Therefore, we might call it "A Non-commodious Truth" in the Spanish-to-English translation room.

In Israel, the film was titled "Emet Matridah," meaning "The Truth That Terrifies" or "The Disturbing Truth." Not having taken

Hebrew School lessons since grade school in the 1950s in western Massachusetts, my Hebrew is a bit rusty, but I can still

read the letters 50 years on.

According to Staffan Fenander in Sweden, a global friend I first met in the subways of Rome in the 1970s when he was busking

for cash singing Bob Dylan songs in the subways, the title of Gore's movie in Sweden was titled "En Obekvam Sanning." You don't need

to sit in a sauna to understand the meaning of those words, even if you don't speak Swedish, Staffan told me in a recent email. It's got

"inconvenient truth" written all over it, he said.

In China and Taiwan, the film title was given Mandarin characters that stood for "The Truth That Cannot Be Told."

For Portugal and Brazil, AIT was titled "Uma Verdade Inconveniente" -- and I think you get the message, even if you

don't speak Portuguese. Denmark called it "En Ubekvem Sanhed" and you can see the close relationship between Danish

and Swedish. Truth is universal, as is concern over climate change and global warming.

The naysayers. Pay them no mind. They are harmless, rightwing zealots for the most part, stuck in their ideological ruts

and afraid to see the world as she is. They mean well, but they do so much harm now. If they have their way, they'll

derail President Obama's climate concerns before they even become law. Lemmings? That might be a good word for our

friends on the right side of the aisles.

Hungary titled AIT as "Kellemetien Igazsag" and Greece called it "Mia Enohhitiki Alithea." Poland screened the Gore

docu as "Niewygodna Prawda", with Italy dubbing it as "Una Scomoda Verita."

France? France and Quebec did it the French way: "Une Verite Qui Derange" -- as in "the truth that could derange you if you

really understood what is happening to this third rock from the sun."

Germany and Austria went for "Eine Unbequeme Wahrheit" and on and on the foreign titles went, crisscrossing the four

corners of the globe, a globe that might be in for some heavy-duty climate chaos in the distant future if we don't get our

CO2 emissions under control soon. In 1988, Dr. Jesse Ausubel of Rockefeller University in New York made a prophetic

statement in an academic paper he published in some obscure journal that nobody read: "We must tighten the noose around coal."

He said that in 1988, and looked where we are now! Our use of coal -- and oil -- has only increased and we are in big trouble

as a species, the human species.

That's the inconvenient truth.

In related news, MSNBC recently pulled the wool over the entire media's eyes -- and the entire blogosphere as well -- with

its "faux interview" with climate doomsayer James Lovelock. I say faux because the interview was not a real interview, but

a mere PR gimmick by Lovelock's publisher's sales team to get the buzz rolling for his 2013 book on climate. Yes, at 93,

Lovelock still knows how to play the media for a good quote or two, and this time, he took MSNBC's Ian Johnston for a ride.

Sadly, the media fell for it, and headlines rang out with the news that "James Lovelock recants his doomsday predictions

on climate change."

In fact, and I say this as "James Lovelock's Accidental Student," Dr Lovelock merely told Johnston that his timeframe

for when the proverbial you know what will hit the fan will not be the end of this century, as he had earlier predicted, in

order to boost book sales six years ago, but rather in 300 to 500 years. So not now, but someday. Not now, but soon.

He did not recant. He did not backtrack. And yet that is what MSNBC mis-reported. Lovelock is a crafty old man,

with a great sense of humor, and he was just having fun with Johnston.

So the entire "interview" was a PR ploy, a planted story, a complete non-news story that had nothing to do with anything,

other than to boost pre-orders for Lovelock's 2013 book about climate, to be released by the Allen Lane imprint at Penguin

Books. And don't tell me Penguin doesn't have one of the savviest PR teams in New York because they do. Penguin just

set up Lovelock's 2013 tome for bestseller status, a good nine months before pub date. That's PR, that's marketing!


Few except denialists like Andrew Watt and Marc Morano challenge the notion that the planet is getting warmer. The debate over climate change is mostly about whether, or to what extent, Earth's warming is caused by humans, mostly in the form of burning fossil fuels, versus part of a natural warming and cooling cycle.

Christians and Jews and Moslems and Buddhists are also split on the issue. Some advocate stronger policies aimed at reducing atmospheric carbon, others worry such policies would be unadvisable without sufficient scientific evidence to justify them. What would Jesus say?

USA President Barack Obama this week, in a Rolling Stone interview, blamed rightwing Christian conservatives for raising doubts about human-caused climate change.

With Americans' concerns focused on the economy, Obama explained, "it's been easy for the other side to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to debunk climate-change science."

The current presidential race will present an opportunity, Obama added, to voice "my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: My new book in 2013 will explain why I still believe in climate change and man-made global warming

James Lovelock, 92 going on 93 and bravo for that, he is in good health, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, and the book is due out in 2013. In a PR gimmick that worked, Lovelock recently gave an exclusive interview to an editor at MSNBC who fell for the PR gambit hook line and sinker and wrote a "news" story that went gliral.
As a result, both denialists and activists picked up on the story and used to further than own agendas. But Earth has her own agenda, and it aint a pretty picture:

In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.” However, the good professor admitted in a recent telephone interview with that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far" and that nobody knows exactly how many people will migrate north to polar cities in the future, nor how many billions will die or how many millions might survive.

The exact details are up in the air, you might say, and only the Earth knows, only God knows, only the Cosmos knows, only the Universe knows. But climate change is set to kill off billions of human beings within the next 500 years, or 30 generations, make no mistake about it. Even Lovelock still agrees with this assessment. He just cannot say when now nor how many. But get ready, and be prepared!
The new book, due to be published next year in 2013, will be the third in a trilogy, following his earlier works, “Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity,” and “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.” The PR gimmick with MSNBC playing along with the savvy marketing team that set the "interview" up worked perfectly. Just what the good doctor ordered. Or his PR team.

The book will now be a bestseller, given the tremendous pre-publication publicity that occurred in April and May of 2012. PR rocks. The new book will discuss how humanity can change the way it acts in order to help regulate the Earth’s natural systems, performing a role similar to the harmonious one played by plants when they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. It will also reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected. But it will also reflect that global warming IS happening and IS real, unlike the claims of the denialits like Marc Morano who want to pull the wool over everyone's eyes.

Lovelock pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of useful forecasts of the future. While he did not mention Emmet Matridah's POLAR CITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE website nor Jim Laughter's new cli fi novel titled POLAR CITY RED, Lovelock is aware of both books and has been in touch with Matridah about the issues.

In 2007, Time magazine named Lovelock as one of 13 leaders and visionaries in an article on “Heroes of the Environment,” which also included Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev and Robert Redford. “Jim Lovelock has no university, no research institute, no students. His almost unparalleled influence in environmental science is based instead on a particular way of seeing things,” Oliver Morton, of the journal Nature wrote in Time. “Humble, stubborn, charming, visionary, proud and generous, his ideas about Gaia have started a change in the conception of biology that may serve as a vital complement to the revolution that brought us the structures of DNA and proteins and the genetic code.”

Lovelock also won the U.K.’s Geological Society’s Wollaston Medal in 2006. In a posting on its website, the society said it was “rare to be able to say that the recipient has opened up a whole new field of Earth science study” – referring to the Gaia theory of the planet as single complex system. Lovelock, who works alone at his home in Cornwall, England. Asked if he was a climate skeptic, Lovelock told “It depends what you mean by a skeptic. I’m not a denier.”

He said human-caused carbon dioxide emissions were driving an increase in the global temperature, but added that the effect of the oceans was not well enough understood and could have a key role. “It (the sea) could make all the difference between a hot age and an ice age,” he said. He said he still thought that climate change was happening, but that its effects would be felt farther in the future than he previously thought. “We will have global warming, but it’s been deferred a bit,” Lovelock said. "

He said: ''As Danny Bloom told me in 2008, it might not happen until 2500 A.D. and I am beginning to agree with Bloom now. But we must be prepared. IT WILL HAPPEN!"

Lovelock -- who has previously worked with NASA and discovered the presence of harmful chemicals (CFCs) in the atmosphere but not their effect on the ozone layer -- stressed that humanity should still “do our best to cut back on fossil fuel burning” and try to adapt to the coming changes.

In the interview, Lovelock said he would not take back a word of his seminal work “Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth,” published in 1979. But of “Revenge of Gaia,” published in 2006, he said he had gone too far in describing what the warming Earth would see over the next century.

“I would be a little more cautious -- but then that would have spoilt the book,” he quipped in his humorous giggly British way, signaling that he understood how important humor and stretching the truth a bit is for marketing difficult to market books such as his.


'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change

'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change (Original post) bananas Yesterday OP He may be changing his opinion... relayerbob Yesterday #1 Chances are panopeagenerosa Yesterday #2 I am a climate change alarmist, and I have no problem admitting it. joshcryer Yesterday #3 This is unfortunate. DCBob Yesterday #4 He's wrong though. Climate change is not defined simply by temperature. joshcryer Yesterday #5 yes, I think you are right. DCBob Yesterday #6 Lovelock was wrong in 2004 sulphurdunn Yesterday #7 A picture is worth a thousand words PSPS Yesterday #8 You should see the then and now pictures of Yosemite before the the Cordilleran Ice Sheet melted. HotRodTuna 9 hrs ago #12 As Kuhn argued in "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", Lovelock won't change his science saras Yesterday #9 Joe Romm has responded to the article bananas 12 hrs ago #10 Thanks for those links. nt redqueen 10 hrs ago #11 Considered individually, none of the problems we face look catastrophic

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(n.) -- A combination of the words global and viral as a portmanteau word to mean a news story or a photograph that goes global and viral.

sample real life quote

"Wow, that Lady Gaga video went gliral today, after news leaked out about who was really in it!"

-- overheard at a watercooler in Manhattan on April 7, 2012

How the MSNBC Ian Johnston take-down article on James Lovelock happened and why NOW? I got the inside scoop here, and it aint a -pretty picture. Ian, fess up!

Climate denialists are in Seventh Heaven today, starting with Marc Morano's CLIMATE DEPOT webiste, where news of MSNBC's take down of global warming guru by MSNBC editor Ian Johnston has gone gliral -- that's global and viral mixed together for new portmanteau word. But in fact, this was not a normal news story and this was not a normal news day.

Facts: Ian Johnston is not a reporter for MSNBC. He is an editor. On his Twitter page, he admits as such. He writes: "I am an editor for, and I like to cover stories about [lists topics he likes, one
of which is environment]." He appears to be a British man.

Two: he interviewed Dr Lovelock by telephone at his home in Cornwall, England, from his news desk
in New York.

Three: why did this telephone interview take place TODAY when in fact there was NO NEWS about
LOVELOCK or climate change that would warrant such a big news story?

Answer: Aha, Lovelock's PR people at his publisher in London, or New York, most likely know
Ian and in anticipation of Lovelock's new book coming out in 2013, the PR people asked Ian if he would
like to interview James Lovelock by telephone person to person in the UK? Of course, Ian took the bait and ran with it. Great story too. Interesting. But why NOW? It seems that the PR people wanted to create
a pre-publication BUZZ a good 9 months before publication in order to create a waiting readership for the new book. A great PR move. Ian fell for it. Ian did not report why or how the interview came about and that is both unethical and unprofessional. But the PR team is happy. And Ian got his scoop. And Dr Lovelock doesn't mind, because he is a great man and he's always good for good quotse. Ian's story rocked. But
there's a back story to the MSNBC story we need to know. Now you know it.

It was   a PR stunt, a marketing set up, a news gimmick. And MSNBC fell for it.

Still, the news IS interesting and good on Ian for telling it. Just wish he had been more forthcoming about the genesis of the alleged "story." In fact, there was no story here. When the book comes out in 2013, yes, there
is a legit story then. NOT NOW. Now the entire story was pre-marketing pre-publication bullshit to set the the stage for book sales later on.

PS; I am "ames Lovelock's Accidental Student" == google the term and I admire, respect and revere the man. We have been in touch over the years. He has seen my POLAR CITIES website and wrote back to me two years ago, "DANNY, thanks for showing me your polar city images by Deng Cheng-hong. It may very well happen, and soon!" But he did not give a timeline or a timeframe, just soon. Could be 2100, or 22222 or 2323 or 2400 or more likely, as I have always said in my polar cities work, 2500 or so, 30 generations from now.

So Ian, fess up. How and why did this story appear today, now, all of a sudden, out of nowhere. wants to know. Me too. DISH!

Monday, April 23, 2012

James Lovelock admits he, Al Gore and others over estimated the speed of climate change and were too alarmist, but Jim Laughter's new cli fi novel POLAR CITY RED still remains an important read in the Lovelock canon

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being a wee bit “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.

However, he still says that climate change and global warming are real and that books that exploer this theme, such as Jim Laughter's new cli fi thriller POLAR CITY RED, can add to our emotional understanding of what is going on. Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.

But he will say, for sure, it is STILL HAPPENING. Maybe not for 100 or 400 years, but it IS happening. That is what makes Jim Laughter's new novel POLAR CITY RED so timely and important to read NOW! He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”

When Danny Bloom read that, he started the Polar City Research Institute in Taiwan.

It will also reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected. “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened,” Lovelock said. “The climate is doing its usual tricks.

There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now,” he said. “The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising -- carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added. He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future. BUT Jim Laughter's new book POLAR CITY RED, still stands as an important climate novel:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Webposted by Emmet Matridah, aka אמת מטרידה

by Emmet Matridah, aka אמת מטרידה

[b]Is Climate Change Alarmism as Seen in ''POLAR CITY RED'' by Jim Laughter a Kind of a Religious Belief?[/b]

A new book in France by French philospher Pascal Bruckner titled ''The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse'' (Le fanatisme de l'Apocalypse) likens climate change alarmism as evidenced in Laughter's sci fi cli fi novel POLAR CITY RED to a religious cult.

He calls Climate Change Alarmism a kind of a A 'Pagan Religion.'

"It is very difficult in France to fight the pieties of climate change, let's put it like that," adds Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, a Paris columnist for the London Telegraph, according to sources.

Moutet terms the belief in climate change, a kind of "a catechism:"

"Yes, it's a piety that they repeat over and over," she said. People like Jim Laughter are part of

a new insane cult.

French philosopher Pascal Bruckner calls the belief in climate change "a pagan religion."

He describes how this belief follows a "pagan religion" scenario where man must be punished for sinning against mother earth.

Although he supports environmentalism, he likens the climate change alarmism to a religious cult.

"Because it uses all the elements of traditional religion, especially the theme of the apocalypse," he explained. "In France and in Germany still more, you have this culture of fear: 'You have sinned, now you have to be punished.'"

Emmet Matridah named special UN climate refugee envoy

GENEVA (AP) — After a decade of promoting polar cities as possible places for survivors of climate chaos in the distant future, American climate activist who goes by the pen name of Emmet Matridah has been promoted to a new non-paying volunteer position as a UN envoy for climate refugees.

The United Nations refugee agency has elevated Emmet Matridah to a special climate refugee envoy, a role that will see him represent the organization to governments and diplomats.
It is the first time the U.N. refugee agency has named a special climate refugee envoy, said its spokesman Adrian Edwards. Elsewhere in the global body such posts are usually reserved for career diplomats or retired politicians.

"His work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador," Edwards told reporters in Geneva. "I don't think you need a rocket scientist to see the benefits that he is bringing in terms of the attention that he is getting for the plight of the world's climate refugees with his polar cities ideas."
Emmet Matridah's new position will focus on the complex crises that result in the mass displacement of climate refugees. In addition, on special occasions he will represent the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.
"That can mean conveying messages to governments. It can mean conveying messages to other people and partners that we work with," said Edwards.
UNHCR works to help almost 35 million refugees and internally displaced people around the world. It was established to aid millions of Europeans displaced by World War II and has since become one of the world's most prominent humanitarian organizations.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


by Emmet Matridah

Glenn Close is right on about how we humans have evolved to be empathetic.

In a recent interview in London, she told the Guardian newspaper:

"People desperately need connection. There's a danger now of getting

further and further away from two human eyes looking into two human

eyes. The thing that I love is that we have evolved to be empathetic.

We have these neurons called mirror neurons, which reflect what you

see in other people's faces. But now people think communication is

texting and tweeting. On TV, too, you see something horrific on the

news and then you go to an ad and then to something else and it

becomes this amorphous jangle. It's an emotional disconnect."

So true.

Close, who is known for her wonderful acting career (and her cute blog

about pets and dogs and other living things), nails it here with this


"The thing that I love is that we have evolved to be empathetic."

It's true, we humans have evolved, well, some of us, and our evolution

has been in the direction of empathy. Of course, it's still a long way

to go before

we all become empaths, but we are getting there, step by step. Another

10,000 years, and it should happen.

Meanwhile, as you ponder the fate of humankind today, reflect on Glenn

Close's powerful vision: "We have evolved to be empathetic."

Confucious never said: "'Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life." -- The phrase does not appear in Confucius' Analects (''Lun Yu'').

The quote "Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life" just appeared on my screen in a pop-up ad, attributed to Confucius. Even theater agent at the De Wolfe Agency Wendy Scozzaro in London seems to think he really said that. This seems suspect to me -- like attributing a quotation to FDR or Winston Churchill because it seems vaguely appropriate. I had previously seen this on my office building's 'quote of the day', and it wasn't attributed to Confucius. Does anyone know if this quote really does come from Confucius, or was it taken from someone else?

I googled the phrase and, while I did find a few references to Confucius, most of the time the phrase was used in the context of 'the saying goes' or 'my father always told me'. It seems like a bit of folk wisdom, or a corporate suggestion. The phrase does not appear in Confucius' Analects (Lun Yu).

I'm curious to know as well. I'm dubious that Confucious would have emphasized "choosing" very much. He was much more into meeting social obligations and the expectations of your betters.

That's true, and it would've been very difficult for someone to choose their job in Confucius' time. It was even difficult in 19th-century Europe/America. If your father was a farmer, you get to be a farmer. If your father was a blacksmith, you get to be a blacksmith. Most men would have known from an early age what they would grow up to be, and many were likely exposed to it so much and so early that they would at least like the job. (Some forms of the quote use 'like' instead of 'love'.) It really seems like the quote comes from What Color Is Your Parachute? or some similar book, or is just something people have said, and it's been back-attributed to Confucius to make it look more wise.

Exactly. Wendy in London, wake up. Fact check your quotes, next time. Don't be so lazy!

Leonardo DiCaprio Tuning Up Gaia to Play James Lovelock in Biopic?

Leonardo DiCaprio may be tuning up to play British climate change
activist James Lovelock on the big screen.

The Earth-friendly superstar is eyeing the lead role in “A World Like Ours" --Money Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures’ take on David Sharpe's biography titled "Lovelock and the fate of mankind".
DiCaprio is attached to the project, but there is no deal on the table at
this point, and the feature hasn’t yet been greenlit, according to an
individual familiar with the situation.
Gaia executive producer Katie Smythe optioned the 2008 book
about Lovelock and is slated to direct from Emmet
Matridah's script. Lorenzo di Feducci is producing.
Production could start later in the year, according to Variety.




contact: HERE, for immediate release: ......April 2o EARTH DAY

 Jewish climate activist with Hebrew pen name of EMMET MATRIDAH envisions end of Israel, America, Europe by 2500 C.E. A Jewish climate activist, who has been deeply involved in climate change and global warming issues (and protests) since 2006 writes under the pen name of "Emmet Matridah" (Hebrew for "The Truth That Terrifies") and is now warning Israelis and the rest of the world that by 2500 C.E., if not sooner, Israel and all other nations below the Arctic Circle will cease to exist "due to climate chaos impact events beyond human control by then."

Matridah, who grew up in Boston and graduated from Tufts College, is now in his 60s and is devoting the rest of his life to issuing a wake up call about climate and global warming.

"This is my life's work now, 24/7/365," he says. "Most people don't take me seriously, and the mainstream media in particular won't go near my ideas, but I am determined to say my peace before my time here is up. I am not doing this for fame or money or career boosts, I have never wanted those things. I live an independent life based on my own ideas and savings, and nothing now can stop me from issuing my Jeremiah-like prophecies about global warming. I cannot see the future, and I am not a prophet. But we are in big trouble, and if we do not take strong measures soon, very soon, to tighten the noose around coal and oil and stop c02 emissions before they spin out of control, then it might be curtains for Israel as a nation within the next 500 years and perhaps as early as 21oo. America and Europe too will cease exist as well. Billions will die. Millions will trek north to survive in polar cities in Alaska, Canada and Russia."

Matridah calls himself "James Lovelock's Accidental Student" and says Dr Lovelock of Cornwall, UK, is his teacher and knows about'his work with polar cities ideas and has seen his website's images and illustrations and even wrote back to him saying "Dear Mr Matridah, I have seen your images of polar cities. It may very well happen and soon!" Matridah is the producer of a new cli fi novel titled POLAR CITY RED, which was commissioned by Matridah for Jim Laughter in Oklahoma to write.

The novel, pure fiction, focuses on life in a polar city in Alaska in the year 2075. Cli fi stands for climate fiction, Matridah says, who also says he is "dead serious'" with his public predictions, his websiite since 2006 and his newly produced fiction novel by Mr Laughter.

An oped essay on his blog, penned by Emmet Matridah, says Israel will cease to exist by 2500 if not sooner, due to climate chaos in nations below the Arctic Circle. "Am I a modern day Jeremiah?" he asks. "No, I am not a prophet and I cannot see the future. But I feel deeply that these things must be said in public, and I am willing, and committed, to speaking out. My PoLar Cities work is a cri de coeur, and comes from deep within my Jewish soul. I was raised to take life very seriously and i still do. I am doing this work now for the future of the human race, not for me. i want no money or fame from this work. This is for us, the human race."

In a recent oped on his climate blog, Matridah wrote in a oped titled ''By the Year 2500 C.E., Israel will be under water and cease to exist as a Jewish state'' :

''Climate change is indeed an issue that is on everyone’s mind, and while Israel seems to be far removed from the experts who recently made their way to Copenhagen to try to hammer out blueprints to prevent global warming from having a Doomsday impact on humankind, Israel will also be on the front lines of these issues. Why? Because Israel will not exist as a country by the year 2500. Everyone there will have migrated north to Russia and Alaska.

''By the year 2500, Israel will be largely uninhabited, except for a few stragglers eking out a subsistence life in the Golan Heights. The rest of the population will have migrated north to Russia’s northern coast or northern parts of Alaska and Canada to find safe harbor from the devastating impact of global warming.

By the year 2500, most likely, Israelis en masse will have left the country for faraway northern regions to find shelter in UN-funded climate refuges in places such as Russia, Canada and Alaska. Israeli climate refugees will join millions of others from India, Vietnam,Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. It won’t be a pretty picture.

Glenn Close on how we humans have evolved to be empathetic

"People desperately need connection. There's a danger now of getting further and further away from two human eyes looking into two human eyes. The thing that I love is that we have evolved to be empathetic. We have these neurons called mirror neurons, which reflect what you see in other people's faces. But now people think communication is texting and tweeting. On TV, too, you see something horrific on the news and then you go to an ad and then to something else and it becomes this amorphous jangle."

She laughs abruptly, then continues. "It's an emotional disconnect. ''

Novel about dark future of global warming is more than 'cli-fi' thriller

April 21, 3012

By  אמת מטרידה
pen name of Emmet  Matridah

I have seen the future and it's dank, dark and dystopian. At least in one Oklahoma author's eyes, it is.

As a global climate activist focusing on the concept of polar cities for survivors of climate chaos in the distant future, I commissioned sci-fi writer Jim Laughter in Oklahoma last summer to write a novel about mankind's shaky future on this third rock from the sun, and he immediately said yes. His book, titled “Polar City Red” is out now from AWOC Books in Texas,  and the entire story, from page one to the final paragraph, belongs to Mr. Laughter. His name is on the book cover, not mine, and all profits, if any, go to him.

I've read the book, of course, and I can tell you this: climate denialists are going to say it's not science, and die-hard climate activists are going to say it's just fiction.

But Mr Laughter's book would make an interesting movie in the future dystopia department, following up on such Hollywood films as “City of Ember” and “The Road.” Not to mention "The Day After Tomorrow."

Mr Laughter's pulp “polar Western” is set in the Last Frontier of Alaska in the 2070s and it poses a very important and headline-mirroring question: Will mankind survive the “climapocalypse” coming our way as the Earth heats up over the next few centuries?

As sea levels rise and millions of “climate refugees” make their way north to Alaska, Canada, Russia and Norway, think scavenger camps, “Mad Max” villages, and U.N.-administered “polar cities” — cities of domes, as Mr Laughter (his real name) calls them.

“Polar City Red” is more than mere science fiction. Laughter is a retired USAF technical writer who has lived all over the world on military assignments. The retired grandfather of four comes across as a probing moralist and a modern Jeremiah. His worldview befits a former Christian pastor who built two churches and still finds in his inherited religion both an anchor and a place for hope.

His book is not just about climate change or northern dystopias. It's also about the moral questions that must guide humanity as it tries to keep a lid on global warming's worst-case scenarios while also looking for solutions to mankind's worst nightmare: the possible final extinction of the human species due to man's own folly and extravagant ways. Can a small 200-page book do all that? No, it's just entertainment, a good book to put on your to-read reading list.

Writing the novel took Mr Laughter seven months of nonstop research and keyboarding, he told me, but I have a feeling that what he wrote will last 100 years.

It's more than a “cli-fi” thriller. It also exposes the underbelly of humankind's most terrifying nightmare: the possible end of the human species and G-d's deep displeasure at what His people have done to His Earth. Even if you're an atheist, as I am, Laughter touches a nerve.

The book is prophetic, futuristic and moralistic. As a reader, you will get through this one alive. But will our descendants, 100 or 1,000 years from now, survive the The Grear Interruption we find ourselves in now? That's the question that Mr Laughter poses.

Fortunately, the book ends on a note of hope and redemption, so it's not a downer at all. You and your loved ones need to read it. As Laughter himself says in the introduction, quoting Christopher Morley: “When you sell a man a book, you don't sell just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life.”

“Polar City Red” won't give you a whole new life, and it just might give you a headache and heartburn instead. But as the world heads closer and closer to climate chaos, Laughter's book is prophetic and visionary.

Emmet Matridah is an American climate activist based in Taiwan. His climate blog can be accessed at

Friday, April 20, 2012

By the Year 2500 C.E., Israel will be under water and cease to exist as a Jewish state -- an oped by Emmet Matrida

[Editor's note: The following oped by Emmet Matrida is intended as both a warning and a wake up call. The author is a pioneering climate activist. See author ID at bottom.]

Two recent newspaper articles about climate change in the far distant
future, say 2500 or so, (titled, respectively, “How much more proof is needed for people to act?” and “Ignoring the future — the psychology of denial”) emphasized the importance of facing major issues that will have an impact on the future of the human species.

Climate change is indeed an issue that is on everyone’s mind, and while Israel seems to be far removed from the experts who recently made their way to Copenhagen to try to hammer out blueprints to prevent global warming from having a Doomsday impact on humankind, Israel will also be on the front lines of these issues. Why? Because Israel will not exist as a country by the year 2500. Everyone there will have migrated north to Russia and Alaska.

Despite most observers’ belief that solutions lie in mitigation, there are a growing number of climatologists and scientists who believe that the A-word — adaptation — must be confronted head-on, too. The fact is — despite the head-in-the-sand protestations of deniers like former Alaskan Governor Sara Palin in the US — that we cannot stop climate change or global warming. The Earth’s atmosphere has already passed the tipping point, and in the next 500 years, temperatures and sea levels will rise considerably and millions, even billions, of people from the tropical and temperate zones will be forced to migrate in search of food, fuel and shelter. This includes the people of Israel.

By the year 2500, Israel will be largely uninhabited, except for a few stragglers eking out a subsistence life in the Golan Heights. The rest of the population will have migrated north to Russia’s northern coast or northern parts of Alaska and Canada to find safe harbor from the devastating impact of global warming.

Okay, how do I know all this, you ask? I don’t know. I am just saying that we all must be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

By the year 2500, most likely, Israelis en masse will have left the country for faraway northern regions to find shelter in UN-funded climate refuges in places such as Russia, Canada and Alaska. Israeli climate refugees will join millions of others from India, Vietnam,Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. It won’t be a pretty picture.

When I asked a professor at National Taiwan University in Taipei if this was a possible future scenario for Israel and other nations in the Middle East some 500 years from now, he said it was very possible, and that these issues needed to be addressed now, if only as a thought exercise, and even if it all sounded like a science fiction movie script. When I asked acclaimed British scientist James Lovelock if such a scenario for Israel was likely, he said to me in an e-mail: “It may very well happen, yes.”

We humans cannot engineer our way out of global warming, although
scientists who believe in geo-engineering have offered theories on how
to do it. There are no easy fixes. Humankind has pumped too many
greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the result of the industrial
revolution that gave us trains, planes, automobiles and much more,
enabling us to live comfortable and trendy lives — and now there is so
much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that the Earth cannot recover.

Israel, like the rest of the world, is doomed to a bleak future filled with billions of climate refugees seeking shelter in the far north, and
in places like New Zealand, Tasmania and Antarctica in the far south.

Meetings in Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro and at the UN in Manhattan
will not stop global warming.

What we need to focus on now is preparing future generations for what
our world will become in the next 500 years and how best to survive

For the next 100 to 200 years or so, life will go on as normal in
Israel in terms of climate change and global warming issues. There is
nothing to worry about now. For the next 100 years posh department
stores will hawk their trendy items, computer firms will launch their
latest gadgets and airline companies will continue to offer passengers
quick passage here and there, to the Maldives and to Manhattan, for
business and for pleasure.

But in the next 500 years, according to Lovelock and other scientists
who are not afraid to think outside the box and push the envelope,
things are going to get bad. Unspeakably bad.

Those of us who are alive today won’t suffer, and the next few
generations will be fine, too. The big trouble will probably start
around 2200 — and last for some 300 years or so.

By 2500, Israel -- and Zionism -- will be history, and so will be all the nations of Africa,
Asia, the Americas and Europe.

We are entering uncharted waters, and as the waters rise and the
temperatures go up, future generations will have some important
choices to make: where to live, how to live, how to grow food, how to
power their climate refugee settlements, how to plan and how to pray.

Emmet Matrida is the pen name of a Jewish writer and climate activist.
who blogs daily
about climate change and global warming at his “Polar Cities for Survivors of Global Warming” blog.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

By 2500 AD, Israel will be under water and no more -- an oped by Emet Matridah (c) 2012

This following oped explains why Israel as a nation will cease to exist after 2500 AD as global warming and climate chaos will have forced the entire Middle East region to send its residents north to Scandinavia and Russia and Alaska and Canada to survive in isolated, remote polar cities run by some kind of UN administration for The Great Interruption (aka The Long Emergency).

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Author ID: Emet Matridah is an American climate activist based in Taiwan, born in 1949 and
educated at Tufts College in the 1960s. He believes that climate change and global warming
will cause massive die-offs of human within the next 500 years, with a world population of some
25 billion then in 2500 being cut down to just 200,000 souls survivng as "breeding pairs in the Arctic" to
ensure the survival and continuation of the human species. Tasmania and New Zealand will also
house such breeding centers.

POLAR CITY RED -- a climate novel about global warming and mankind's future -- PRESS RELEASE

Oklahoma author Jim Laughter is at it again! Just in time for Earth Day 2012, Jim’s new climate novel, Polar City Red is being published worldwide in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and all other electronic formats.
Polar City Red, is a fiction set in the Arctic Circle in the year 2075 after global warming destroys the Earth’s ecosystem and forces millions of people to migrate to the polar regions above the Arctic Circle to escape the heat and destruction of the major continents.

The characters include a Russian scientist, a migrant family, a crusty old hunter, a military combat squadron, and a whole host of other interesting and believable characters just trying to survive in an isolated geodesic city in the frozen tundra at the base of the Yukon Mountains.
The New York Times says that the idea of polar cities is “A thought experiment that might prod people out of their comfort zone on climate.''

Leading global warming activist and author of Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth, Dr. James Lovelock says, “We cannot regard the future of the civilized world in the same way as we see our personal futures. The planet may have already passed the tipping point on global warming.”
WHO IS JIM LAUGHTER? After graduation from Kellyville High School in 1971, Laughter enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served tours of duty in Texas, the Philippines, Louisiana, Japan, and England. He spent 20-years active duty and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1991. He and Wilma, his wife of 40 years, live in Mounds, Oklahoma just south of Tulsa.

Jim Laughter's aerlier books include a co-authored young adult science fiction series called Galactic Axia. At present, there are four books available in this series -- Escape to Destiny, The Horicon Experience, Space Trader, and Ghost in the Dark. His most challenging book is his novel, From Victim to Hero -- The Untold Story of Steven Stayner, the true crime story of a 7-year old boy from Merced, California that was kidnapped while walking home from school and held captive for seven years before escaping from his captor and rescuing another kidnapped child, returning the second child to his family.

Jim will be appearing at the Will Rogers Public Library in Claremore on Monday, April 23 at noon, and at the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc., famous authors autograph party at the Embassy Suites on Saturday, May 5.
He’ll also be speaking at the Kellyville Public Library on Friday, June 1 at 10 am. He welcomes speaking invitations from schools, rotary clubs, libraries, or any other public or private forum. To see his website visit

Laughter published 2 books in 2011 -- The Apostle Murders, a novel about a serial killer that believes God has called him to recreate the martyrdom of the original apostle of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Murders made the bestseller list in the United Kingdom in three categories.

Jim also released his first children's book in 2011. Strangers in the Stable is a full-color 3-D illustrated look at the nativity from the viewpoint of the animals in the stable on the night of Christ's birth. The voice of the book is that of the mother in a family of goats that are displaced by the holy family when there was no room in the inn.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Who's reviewing the book and who's not reviewing it:

Not reviewing it, or even mentioning it, confirmed:

Bradley Winterton, Taipei Times
Noah Buchan, Taipei Times

Andrew C. Revkin, DOT EARTH blog, New York Times

Mentioning POLAR CITY RED:

Margaret Atwood, Twitter
Climate Depot by Marc Morano, climate denialist blog, frontpage snarky mention
CHINA POST newspaper, Taipei, Taiwan, oped by Jim Laughter, April 11, 2012 (published)
TAIPEI TIMES newspaper, letter to editor, Dan Bloom, March 2012

New warmist scare book: 'North America, North Asia and Europe will see millions of climate refugees from southern lands trekking northward.........the entire Lower 48 in 'climate chaos'

New 'warmist' scaremongering cli fi novel by Jim Laughter, titled 'POLAR CITY RED': 'North America, North Asia and Europe will see millions of climate refugees from southern lands trekking northward.........the entire Lower 48 in 'climate chaos'

CLIMATE DEPOT frontpages POLAR CITY RED in tabloid style headline!!!!!!

New warmist scare book: 'North America, North Asia and Europe will see millions of climate refugees from southern lands trekking northward.........the entire Lower 48 in 'climate chaos'

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The genesis of Jim Laughter's ''cli fi'' novel ''POLAR CITY RED''

In April of 2012, Jim Laughter's cli fi novel POLAR CITY RED was released worldwide and available
on a variety of reading platforms, from ebook formats to old-fashioned printed paperback. The book tells the story of a group of Americans eking out a life of sorts in the remote parts of Alaska in 2075 AD, when
climate change has turned the Lower 48 into a vast wasteland and those who have survived have trekked
north to find shelter in a network of polar cities. It's not a pretty picture, despite the pretty picture on the cover -- very well-designed by Dan Case in Texas, by the way -- and the story that Laughter tells is gripping and prophetic. This really could be our future, if we are not careful. Life in polar cities? It could happen. Let's hope it never does.

How did the book take shape? It's a long and involved story, the book's genesis and backstory, but it basically happened like this: Dan Bloom, the founder of the Polar Cities Research Project in 2006, which wanted to probe into the future possibilities of life in polar cities up north, and in Tasmania and New Zealand as well, come the climapocalypse, spent 4 years looking for a novelist to write a book about life in a polar city in the distant future. He wanted to set the story in 2500 AD, since that was always his time frame for the
work he was doing. But through a series of lucky encounters online, and with the serendipitous introductiion of Jim Laughter by fellow Oklahoma novelist Charles A. Sasser, Dan met Jim online via Chuck in late August of 2011.

Dan explains: "I was looking for a writer of a polar city novel for 4 years, and placed HELP WANTED ads on my blog and on climate forums for years but I never could find anyone who had the time or inclination to write the kind of novel I had in mind. Through Chuck Sasser, I met Jim Laughter. We emailed back and forth for a few days, and really, in the space of about a week, Jim agreed to try his hand at writing a sci fi novel about polar cities, speculative fiction, a thriller, a good yarn. Jim had a track record with several books already to his name, some of them sci fi, some of them non-fiction reportage, and I felt Jim was the man to write the book I had been dreaming of for four years."

''The book POLAR CITY RED is entirely Jim's book. He wrote it, he plotted it out, he created the characters, he wrote it. It's his story, his theme, his ideas, his everything. The only thing I did was to serve
as a kind of midwife, er, mid-husband for the book's arrival and due date.''

"Congratulations to Jim Laughter! He has written a book that is more than prophetic: it goes where no book
has ever gone before, and while it's entertainment on one very important level  -- in other words, it's a great read! -- on another level, Jim's novel serves as a blueprint for the future, and I am sure the CIA and the Homeland Security Departnebt will be reading it, too, not to mention President Obama! It's that important of a book."

"And thanks to Chuck Sasser of Tulsa who was the godfather of this cross-Pacific team effort! Without Chuck introducing me to Jim, POLAR CITY RED never would have happened. Life is amazing, yes!"

....gems like “Daniel Bloom,” a love letter to a departed boyfriend, set in a laid-back Southern tempo and punctuated by ethereal Moog-synthesizer lines....

Hope for Agoldensummer, one of the warmest and most appealing groups to emerge from the musically fertile town of Athens, Georgia, just released its fourth album, “Life Inside the Body.”

The group, founded a decade ago by two sisters, Claire and Page Campbell, have gone through numerous lineup changes, but the sound has always centered on the sisters’ arrestingly beautiful and gentle vocal harmonies.

The new record, its best yet, is highlighted by gems like “Daniel Bloom,” a love letter to a departed boyfriend, set in a laid-back Southern tempo and punctuated by ethereal Moog-synthesizer lines.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

POLAR CITY RED by Jim Laughter published at SMASHWORDS

A curious reader in Taiwan checks out Jim Laughter's new book on Sunday, April 14, 2012.

TRAILER VIDEO for "POLAR CITY RED '' - sci fi novel by Jim Laughter

POLAR CITY RED info link:

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Novelist Jim Laughter predicts Lower 48 will be history by 2075 --

POLAR CITY RED goes where no American novel has ever gone before: to the land of POLAR CITIES in the future.
'Cli-fi' novel predicts Lower 48 will be history by 2075


Lucy and Linus on Climate Change and Global Warming?

Lucy: Our generation has been given the works. All of the world's problems are being shoved at us.

Linus: What do you think we should do?

Lucy: Stick it [to the] next generation!

Why GOD has nothing to do with global warming or sea levels rising

Why GOD has nothing to do with global warming or sea levels rising:  [SEE ABOVE and SEE FULL CARTOON STRIP BELOW]. The Very Old Testament's Book of Genesis is based on a supernatural myth the result of which is sinking Tuvalu and other island states today, and yet the islanders still think that their God will save them. ["SIGH!" as Charlie Brown would say.]

Friday, April 6, 2012

How Much Does It Cost to Own a Vagina? Men Want to Know too, So ....An Itemized List

Tracie Egan Morrissey writes:

Given the USA national debate regarding birth control coverage, it's increasingly clear that many people have no idea how much it costs it to own a vagina — folks are getting up in arms about the idea that the pill could set uninsured women back about $1000 a year, but in the grand scheme of things, that's nothing. Do you even know just how much you're shelling out for your clam? Were you aware of the fact that in your 20s alone, you will spend over $26,000 on vaginal maintenance? Herewith, we do the math on just how much that cooter is costing you.

Note: Annual quantities of drugstore-type purchases and personal grooming treatments are estimates based on Jezebel staffers' personal experiences.

Birth Control
Studies show that oral contraceptives have been used by about 80 percent of women in the U.S. at some point in their lives. And it's a huge expense—particularly so without health insurance. While Planned Parenthood does offer generic forms of certain pills at a discount, many women are prescribed specific pills for specific reasons and thus, cut-rate pills are not an option. Birth control pills are made of hormones—sometimes just one hormone and sometimes a combination of two hormones (progesterone and estrogen). The combinations and sequences vary and are selected for each patient to distinctly meet her needs. For example, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) will need a different level of hormones than other women and thus, her presciption needs to be carefully managed under a doctor's care. The same goes with women suffering from irregular menses, dysmenorrhea, vaginal bleeding, ruptured cysts, or hemorrhagic cyst. That being said, birth control can cost a woman up to $129.99 per pill pack. Because they are taken daily like vitamins and not simply whenever a woman has sex like Viagra, a woman goes through a pill pack every 28 days. So this is actually what Sandra Fluke meant when she testified that it would set back law students $3000 over the course of law school if insurance didn't help defray the cost of birth control.
$129.99 a pack at 13 packs per year: $1689.87

Yes, there are reusable devices, like the Diva Cup (which has its own cult-like following), but about 70 percent of American women use tampons. And on average, a woman will, in her lifetime, use more than 11,000 tampons or pads. That's a lot of disposable cotton. And it's a necessity. Could you imagine if we just free-flowed? The entire world would look like a murder scene.
$6.79 per box at, at 9 boxes of tampons per year: $61.11
$7.99 per package of maxi pads at, at 7 packages a year: $59.43

PMS Relief
A woman's period does not just involve blood, but also bloating, cramping, headaches, constipation, fatigue and irritability. Research shows that about 85% of women (aged 25 - 35) deal with the physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Midol, the over-the-counter medication used to deal with the effects of PMS, is a common remedy.
$6.99 a bottle at at 3 bottles per year: $20.97

Pelvic Exam
Pap Smear
Pelvic exams are vital to a woman's gynecological health. A healthcare provider examines the entire pelvic area—internally and externally—to determine if there are any infections or other conditions that need to be addressed or treated. An annual pap smear will help to detect cervical cancer. Planned Parenthood—for the time being, anyway—provides this service to uninsured women for a discounted rate. Otherwise, a woman could pay upwards of $500 for an exam and lab results.
$175 at Planned Parenthood

Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so condoms play an important role in a woman's sexual health. And while a man should certainly pitch in with this expense, it's best to never rely on someone with a boner to be looking out for your best interest.
$17.99 per box of 36 at, at 2 boxes per year:

"Feminine itching" is very real, and unlike with men—who think nothing of readjusting their balls mid conversation—it's generally unheard of for women to dig at their crotches. Anti-itch creams are really the only socially acceptable way for women to handle the problem without scratching.
$6.29 per tube at

Urinary Tract Infection Remedies
UTIs are more common in women than men, partially because a woman's urethra is shorter than a man's, and as a result the bacteria has a shorter distance to travel to reach the bladder. Additionally, the urethral opening in a woman is much closer to the rectum than that in a man, meaning that the E. Coli that live in the lower intestine has a better chance at making it into a woman's urethra. The treatment for UTIs, if done correctly, can be costly, between antibiotics—particularly if one is uninsured—and all-natural cranberry juice, which is about eight times as much as the better tasting, but not very helpful, cranberry juice cocktail.
$40 per prescription of generic antibiotics
$8.81 per 32 oz. bottle of all-natural cranberry juice at

Yeast infection
Studies show that about 75% of all women have a yeast infection at some point in their lives. While over-the-counter medications are used to treat yeast infections, women should confirm her diagnosis with a doctor before treatment, to rule out any other conditions. That can be upwards for $200 at a regular doctor's office, without insurance, but Planned Parenthood offers discounted rates for yeast infection screenings.
$16.68 for Monistat at
$90 for a Planned Parenthood screening

Pubic Hair Removal
Recent studies indicate that most women, aged 18 - 39, engage in pubic hair removal—whether partial or total—through various methods (waxing, shaving, laser removal). A 2009 survey released by the American Laser Centers claimed that the average woman shaves 12 times a month, spending about $15.95. Women who are committed to waxing do so every 6 weeks.
$35 per waxing at 9 times per year: $315
$15.95 for shaving products per month at 12 times per year: $191.40

Toilet Paper
Because women use toilet paper every time they go to the bathroom—for urination and defecation—they use at least twice the amount of toilet paper than men, if not significantly more. (Unfortunately, no studies have been done at this time regarding this difference in usage.) So if one man uses an average of one roll of toilet paper per week, it can be safely assumed that a woman would go through at least two rolls per week.
$11.99 per 9 pack at, at 12 packs per year:

Total: $2,663


Owning a vagina is a lot like owning a car: Even though you have a set amount of expenses when it comes to care and maintenance, sometimes we have accidents and need to draw on a rainy day fund.

Emergency Contraception: $50 without insurance
Pregnancy Test: $15
Abortion: $400 through Planned Parenthood
$1500 without insurance through a private provider
Variables Total: $465 - $1565

A simple and effective way of visualizing CO2 levels

excerpted from Chapter 5 of Stephan Malone's upcoming book titled:

"Polar City Dreaming: How Climate Change Might Usher In The Age Of Polar Cities"

A simple and effective way of visualizing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is to imagine a Big Jar filled with 1000 colorless marbles. Of those 1000  marbles, color just 3 of them red, then go ahead and throw them back into the Big Jar. Those 3 little red marbles are responsible for all life on Earth as we know it today. Every animal, tree, insect, person, fish, blade of grass, bacteria and flower can only exist if there are about three or maybe 4 red marbles in this Big Jar of a 1000 marbles. These 3 little marbles represent the approximate volume ratio of carbon dioxide in the entire atmosphere of Earth. Take 1 marble away from the Big Jar, and the entire surface of the Earth would freeze over. Add 2 or 3 red marbles to the Big Jar, and the Earth becomes super-heated by a positively ramping greenhouse effect whose energy input is greater than it’s radiative and absorbing outputs. Sometimes, losing one’s marbles isn’t always analogous to being crazy. In fact, gaining more marbles may prove to be more detrimental.

A good example of extreme runaway greenhouse effect is found on the planet Venus. Venus is very hot, about 460° F, but not because it is closer to our Sun than our Earth. In fact, it is hotter on Venus than on Mercury, even though Mercury is about 60% closer to the Sun (Mercury’s orbit comes closest at about 0.3 AU, or 28 million-ish miles from the Sun, compared to Venus’ 0.73 AU perihelion, about 68 million miles or so.) The difference between Venus and Mercury is that the atmosphere of Venus is very dense, and is almost entirely carbon dioxide, about 95%. Because of this, anything living on the surface (excepting, perhaps, the hardiest thermophilic organisms) would be cooked in it’s own tissues unprotected. Most metals would soften on her surface. Solder, used to hold most modern electronic components together would melt or at least soften to the degree where electrical conductivity would become severely compromised. It is very difficult to land anything with a computer onboard onto Venus without it failing soon after it’s arrival. The current record for an operating probe on the surface of Venus as of March 2012 is a mere 127 minutes, achieved by the Soviets back in 1981 with their Venera 13 spacecraft. Venus is very hot simply because it’s atmospheric Big Jar is almost entirely filled with red marbles.

Using my Big Jar analogy, you can easily explain to just about anyone how important it is for those of us trapped on Earth to have only about 3 or 4 red marbles, and not 5 or 6 or 10 out of 1000. To be sure, it’s is easy to visualize how we will be adding a red marble here, a red marble there, into the Big Jar of A Thousand Marbles, as we continue burning our way through the remainder of our fossil fuel driven pseudo-utopian dream-state.

(c) 2012 Stephan Malone

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The ''Niagara Falls analogy'': If you want to visualize in your mind just how much oil the world burns at any given moment, just picture the water going over Niagara Falls

excerpted from Chapter 5 of Stephan Malone's upcoming book titled
"Polar City Dreaming:  How Climate Change Might Usher In The Age Of Polar Cities"

If you want to visualize in your mind just how much oil the world burns at any given moment, just picture the water going over Niagara Falls. The world uses about 86 million barrels of oil per day (2008 statistics), which is about 3.78 billion gallons. On average, 750,000 gallons of water fall over both the American and Horseshoe Falls every second (the flow rate varies based on power plant diversion volumes), which calculates out to roughly 84 minutes worth of Niagara Falls water, and that’s including both falls. If you have ever visited Niagara Falls, which you should at some point in your life, just look at the Horseshoe Falls, then peek over at the American Falls with it’s lesser sister, the Bridal Veil Falls. Now imagine that the falling water is gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, oil. Volume-wise, that’s how much we are burning, every single day, 24 hours a day. Eighty four minutes worth of Falls volume. That translates to an incredible amount of atmospheric carbon that was previously locked in the earth’s crust for millions of years. Remember that everything I am saying here is plain fact, data derived from government sources and raw calculation. I couldn’t possibly make any of this up on my own power.

But does it really matter? Not really. It is a reasonable projection to state that we are simply going to burn through as much fuel as we possibly can, for as long as we can, until we cannot do so any more. There is no government system currently in place, anywhere in the world, that has the political will to radically change our addiction to oil, and there probably never will be. The scientific front that hosts the datasets revealing radical earth changes, from increasing melt-ponds in the Arctic to confused birds migrating at wildly different times than they should be, will never have a unified front, nor be heard to make any significant difference. Politicians seek out votes. Scientists seek out funding. And so we continue onward, driving into the hazy and quite misted future, to a destination that is uncertain and unsure.

(c) 2012 Stephan Malone
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Monday, April 2, 2012



"You've been Morano'd" is a new internet term meaning that someone, pro global warming or in denial or skeptic or warmist or whatvever, has been singled out for some news item and frontpaged on climate activist Marc Morano's CLIMATE DEPOT blog: examples include Kari Norgaard, and 100s of others over the years. Not all posts are negative, but mostly they are making fun of the person's ideas.