Monday, November 25, 2019

What Will Be Will Be; Que Sera Sera

A smallish butterfly the color of fresh buttermilk flutters upward in the crisp, sun-laden air of a beautiful Fall morn — and, as it is lofted suddenly from sight, a sudden spatter of oak leaves wobbling earthward, loosened from their moorings by the same puff of air that had taken the ‘flutterby’ from view, silently meet their shadows on the ground, where previously unnoticed tiny shadows jerkily transverse the view, being cast by a pair of finches flitting high up in the tree twittering,“What will be will be.”

Note: ‘Que sera sera’ is Spanish for "what will be, will be." This is something you say when you are fully engaged in an ongoing situation and have come to embrace the unchangability of it all. This is similar to the phrase ‘it is what it is’.

Song: Que Sera Que Sera (with lyrics) -

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Satirical Comedy / YouTube Channels

Introductory quotes:
“Some things are truer than others.”
“It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.”

“Jonathan Pie” — is a fictitious British news reporter, created and played by British actor and comedian Tom Walker, who formerly co-wrote the character with comedian and journalist Andrew Doyle:

China Uncensored — with as much a focus on solid research as satirical humor, the China Uncensored team does their best to cover interesting stories from China:

Juice Media — is an Australian film and media company that produces contemporary political and social satire. They are known for their Internet series Honest Government Ads and Juice Rap News:

Patriot Act — is one of the more positive, and prominent, instances of ‘infotainment’ that late night-style television has seen in some time:

We the Internet TV — is a political comedy channel. It’s like watching the news — only intentionally funny... tackles controversial topics from gun control to free speech issues:

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Carbon Cycle

Only those who fail to appreciate the interplay between the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle and our biosphere can feel complacent about our increasing use of fossil fuels for energy. 

Note: It’s more than ironic that average global temperatures are continuing to steadily increase in conjunction with rising greenhouse gas levels during a solar minimum and a time when the Milankovitch Cycles indicates we should be living in times of temperature decreases.

“Global Carbon Cycle” (10 minutes):

Carbon Cycle:

“4.6 Billion Years of Earth’s Climate History: The Role of CO2” (24 min.):
For more, search “Richard Alley”.

Global Warming vs Cooling:
Whenever the ‘Milankovitch cycle’ increases the the amount of sunlight energy striking the surface of the Earth, this causes the ‘carbon cycle’ to begin releasing more CO2 into the biosphere — which, in turn, amplifies the natural warming. When the Milankovitch cycle decreases the amount of sunlight hitting the face of the Earth, then CO2 levels gradually decrease and the ‘greenhouse effect’ is weakened. However, when large amounts of greenhouse gases are dumped into the biosphere by events such as large igneous provinces (LIPs) or the massive burning of fossil fuels by humans, then the amplification factor of the greenhouse effect is strengthened.

Search: ‘interplay Milankovitch cycle Carbon cycles greenhouse effect’

Global Climate Temperature Graph (18,000 years ago to present):