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 Hmmm2 comments
picture22 May 2007 @ 00:43

With no more human flesh to cannibalize, the infected have starved to death...  More >

 There is time still1 comment
picture10 May 2007 @ 16:22

"Very late already, but still not too late"

“I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility… It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and, through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment.”
---14th Dalai Lama

During an interview with the German Press on Tuesday (05/08/07), the Dalai Lama criticized China and the USA for a myopic vision of the world, which, according to him, has been driving both nations to further narrow-minded nationalistic interests at the expense of environmental protection:

To the German newspaper, Bild, he declared:

"The USA and China often place their nationalistic interests ahead of the environment. It's a tunnel vision of things because they, too, are part of the World and they, too, will also eventually suffer from the consequences of Global Warming."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest findings in the first part of its fourth assessment report (AR4), last month, indicating that it is likely climate change will cause greater impacts and that they will be of increasing severity. The findings detailed in "Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" include: the mass extinction of species; billions of people facing water scarcity; increased drought; sea level rises; storm surges; river flooding and increasing hunger in the poorest parts of the world due to reduced food production capacity.

"To destroy the environment is to commit suicide," the Dalai Lama added, pointing out that "even though it is very late already, it is still not too late" to act.

Stressing the importance of "scientists", he commented that "more attention ought to be given to their previsions and estimations." And he called upon big industry companies "to consider carefully the consequences of the impact of their activities on the environment."

On May 4 2007 the third volume of the Fourth Assessment Report by the IPCC, containing recommendations dedicated to climate change mitigation, sustainable development and technology research, was eventually unanimously approved in Bangkok.

The Reagan administration wanted to forestall pronouncements by self-appointed committees of scientists, fearing they would be 'alarmist.' Conservatives promoted the IPCC’s clumsy structure, which consisted of representatives appointed by every government in the world and required to consult all the thousands of experts in repeated rounds of report-drafting in order to reach a consensus. Despite these impediments the IPCC has issued unequivocal statements on the urgent need to act. [HNN]

An outline of the report is available here and here (links go to pdf files). More reports can be downloaded from the IPCC website.
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 Climate Change: Can America Rise to the Challenge0 comments
picture7 May 2007 @ 22:51
"I want to send word to our American friends to tell them they can count on our friendship, which has been forged by the tragedies of history that we have confronted together. I want to tell them that France will always be at their side when they need her. But I also want to tell them that friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions."
----Nicolas Sarkozy, first address, after his victory on May 6, 2007

As part of his first address as France's President-elect, Nicolas Sarkozy also strongly urged the United States to take the lead on climate change and said that the issue would be a priority for France:

"A great nation, like the United States, has a duty not to block the battle against global warming but — on the contrary — to take the lead in this battle, because the fate of the whole of humanity is at stake."

We shall see...

Last January (01/17/07), the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS), founded in 1945 by former Manhattan Project physicists, and whose board periodically reviews issues of global security and challenges to humanity, has added climate change to the prospect of nuclear annihilation as the greatest threats to humankind. link

This is the first time BAS has included climate change as an explicit threat to the future of civilization.

"We foresee great peril if governments and societies don’t take action now” to offset climate change, said astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

While the harm done to the planet by carbon-emitting manufacturing technologies and automobiles was more gradual than a nuclear explosion, nonetheless, it could also be catastrophic to life as we know it and "irremediable", the board said.
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 A Night In Lonesome October0 comments
picture24 Apr 2007 @ 21:05

Narrated by Snuff, loyal watch dog and companion of Jack, A Night in the Lonesome October (Roger Zelazny, 1993) details the sometimes poignant, sometimes macabre, and pervasively charming actions of an array of characters drawn from classic horror and folklore sources. Snuff interacts with a witch, a druid, a werewolf, Sherlock Holmes, Count Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein and his gentle yet ungainly creation, and several others readily recognizable from a rich tradition of literature.

A "Game" is to be played, in which the Players - some mortal, some undead, but all professionals in the dark arts - and their animal familiars are quietly gathering on the outskirts of the city in preparation.

The title for A Night in the Lonesome October is taken from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Ulalume":

Our talk had been serious and sober,
But our thoughts they were palsied and sere -
Our memories were treacherous and sere, -
For we knew not the month was October,
And we marked not the night of the year
(Ah, night of all nights in the year!) -
We noted not the dim lake of Auber
(Though once we had journeyed down here) -
Remembered not the dank tarn of Auber,
Nor the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

These Players in "the Game" collaborate and plot, make alliances and murder enemies, all with an eye on the final ritual to take place on Halloween night under the full moon, the combination which drew them to the appropriate area to engage in contest. There are two kinds of players: those who wish to release the dark forces into the world at the death of the moon, and those who wish to shut them out - and at the beginning, no one knows which is which.
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