CLIMATE CHANGE: a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years*

Nobody likes to be ignored.   Including the Earth. Despite numerous optimal opportunities to speak on the issue of Climate Change, both major political parties have basically ignored the hot potato issue over the past year.   This past week the environment roared back, introducing Hurricane Sandy to a part of the country least capable of handling […]

WONK: a second look at the word

On June the 8th I wrote a blog posting about the word wonk and thought I was done with it.  [WONK]   I discovered in that process that a wonk could be anything from an Australian sailor to a Geek who is overly-obsessed with the pursuit of a specific topic.   There was a reference to the […]

VEEP: a casual, abbreviated way of identifying the Vice President

Now that it’s official, Paul Ryan will be the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, things begin to get a little clearer in the campaign.   There’s been an awful lot of “mush” over the past several weeks and months, but Ryan’s selection clarifies what the rest of the election campaign will be […]

MILITARISM: tending to prefer the use of military action over other alternatives

On Chris Hayes’ morning show, Up! with Chris Hayes, a very interesting and intelligent conversation was held regarding the increased use of military action by President Obama over the past couple of years.  Some are applauding the strength of his action against Al Qaeda, and some are deploring the shift from a more concilliatory position […]

SUSTAINABILITY: the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance*

The concept of sustainability revolves around the idea that elements of our environment and our attempt to live in a healthy way in this environment require an understanding of depletion and restoration.   If those elements, including food, are to be available to this and future generations care must be taken to avoid depleting the supply […]

“obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies” : a commetary on a political agenda

A posting by Robert L. Borosage in the Huffington Post takes issue with assumed Republican Candidate Mitt Romney, and he does it straight on.  In doing so, he accuses Romney of “obfuscation, misdirection and straight-up lies.”   That’s a pretty brave comment which  risks the chance of being  designated dangerously risky by some.   So I checked […]