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Don't need no Rec's....

This an expression of joy and pure happiness. A rare thing. Very rare for the past two years. For many reasons.

None of which matter much, now.

My son-in-law got a Slope job. Eighteen bucks an hour and 35 hours guaranteed overtime. Three weeks on, three weeks off.  While I gave up fear years ago, I had some trepidation about the future of my granddaughters. I have been working very hard in order to guarantee their future: bought them a home; (the only one they've ever known) positioned them near potable water for at least the next one hundred years; begun teaching them (the older one anyway) about the changes coming to her State and home and how to cope. Now I can pull back a little and concentrate on the teaching aspect and not have to work so damn hard.

Yes, I get the irony: Had there never been a North Slope oil discovery, maybe they wouldn't have to worry about climate change. Well, I have news for you: We reached the tipping point sometime back in the 1920's.  What's done is done. Adapt or die.

And before you criticize, walk a mile in MY Bunny Boots!!


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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:57:30 PM PST

  •  yeah...oh well. (1+ / 0-)
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    second gen

    Can't argue with that. Money? Or climate? Money is much more important. And besides, we'll already be dead when it gets really bad.

    •  Me too... (4+ / 0-)

      ...I certainly will. However, I've been telling everyone who would listen EVER SINCE 1968 THAT THE PLANET WAS IN DANGER!!!!!!!!

      Your parents didn't listen. Or if they did they were too consumed with their own money chase.

      So unless we all agree to become organic fertilizer together, mankind will be in the shitter in 50 years.

      I'm sure you do everything you can to "save the planet" What hubris... The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas. (To quote George Carlin) and there will be fewer than 10 million of us by the end of the century.

      My genetic legacy is taken care of. What are you doing for yours?

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:28:34 PM PST

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      •  Mine are taking care of themselves and (6+ / 0-)

        both figured out in high school they would not be parents. Which they have been totally supported on.

        Once the kids are on the planet you have to be sure they are fed and cared for. Heh, my ex is an environmental engineer who was very committed to preserving the environment. He's worked the slope a fair amount, some teaching, some other aspects of meeting environmental regs. Still in Anchorage and mostly doing desk stuff when he can get it.

        Happy joy. Wish I could walk a mile in those bunny boots. ;)

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:17:56 PM PST

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    •  you are rude. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:02:37 AM PST

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  •  Adaptation Happens By Millions, Billions of Deaths (4+ / 0-)

    of those who weren't already better adapted to new conditions, allowing those who already are adapted to the new conditions to leave more offspring. Congratulations to your family for helping accelerate the culling.

    You can't instruct individuals to adapt, it's a meaningless concept.

    Give a cite that we passed the tipping point in the 20's.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:20:44 PM PST

    •  Simple math. (5+ / 0-)

      The planet has the resources to sustain a population of approximately 2 billion, using renewable resources and a minimum of hydrocarbons. Look it up.

      We passed that in the 1920's.

      Last time I checked, Polar Bears do not use hydrocarbons.

      With the acceleration in population due to agricultural advances, we have accelerated the use of hydrocarbons.

      Really, it's immaterial. We're passed the tipping point and can only accelerate from here. Even if oil use stopped completely tomorrow, we would still see a 1.5 to 2.0 degree hike in temperature at the end of the century.

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:36:53 PM PST

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      •  All resources are renewable, by definition. (0+ / 0-)

        Also, time has to be factored in. People take turns using stuff and nothing gets used up.
        Pumping the earth's crust into the atmosphere in tiny bits is probably a bad idea, but the natural cycles will adjust, though some species will not thrive and survive. Humans not only have a short life-span, but can die out in one generation, if they don't reproduce. Will they? Not likely.
        Cleaning up after ourselves would help a lot. Even birds know enough not to shit in their own nests.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 12:52:59 AM PST

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      •  the good news is that in japan and saudi arabia, (1+ / 0-)
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        there are new designs for automobiles that run on water! it converts water to hydrogen.

        the belgian designed midi runs on compressed air.  these WILL eventually make the market - it will take time to buck the oil industry - but the technology is there.  hydrogen fuel cell technology is, imho, the way of the future.

        we are adapting.  albeit slowly, but we ARE adapting.

        in the meantime, i'm glad for your family - congratulations!  and don't let anyone bring you down.  you SHOULD be happy for your family!

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 01:12:07 AM PST

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        •  I'm interested in where the compressed (0+ / 0-)

          air will come from?

          Because, all the ways I know to compress air are grossly inefficient - alot of heat tends to build up and be wasted along the way . ..

          •  the first videos of the midi showed the tanks (1+ / 0-)
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            being filled with air compressors much like filling a bicycle tire.  most were electric.  i can imagine a solar battery being used to run a compressor - and to fill the midi tanks, it took about 3 minutes for a fillup.

            there were prototypes running in smaller form in warehouses to transport goods and, the last i heard (about a year ago?) was the midi was being produced for countries like india.

            here, because the cars were "glued" together, they weren't approved for street use.  but... wasn't the space shuttle also "glued" in some areas?

            i am disappointed over how quickly this car has "vanished".  i'm guessing a lot of money went into buying patents to "store". (no proof, just suspicious nature of mine!)

            EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

            by edrie on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 11:33:39 AM PST

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            •  According the wikipedia article on this (0+ / 0-)

              technology, two fatal flaws were:

              1) lower energy density than batteries
              2) lower efficiency than batteries

              IOW, if the ultimate source of powering the car was electricity, batteries are a considerably superior choice.

              So there's probably no over-riding, Stonecutter-like conspiracy out there to keep the compressed air car down - instead the immutable laws of physics are doing that.

    •  One other thing. (6+ / 0-)

      I never wanted kids. I knew what was going to happen if mankind kept ignoring the self-imposed disaster happening around them, staring them in the face.

      We've proved that we're no better than bacteria in an apgar dish: We consume until we poison ourselves.

      But I had a daughter. It's immaterial how she got here, however I did not desire the thought of a child. But when her mother made the choice to keep her, I stayed by my daughter. I spent the next 30 years standing by her. I cannot control anything except my thoughts, feelings, actions, and attitudes.

      So she had two kids she couldn't feed. But I can.

      What the fuck would YOU do??

      "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

      by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:46:21 PM PST

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  •  No criticism. (7+ / 0-)

    Well, just as long as your SIL doesn't vote republican! I'm glad he found work and will be able to support his family.

    The larger issue of climate change belongs to all of us and it's our collective responsibility to keep demanding renewable solutions to our energy needs. Hopefully one day there won't be a need for north slope jobs but until that day may your SIL earn lots of money.

    Not this mind and not this heart, I won't rot • Mumford & Sons

    by jayden on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:38:42 PM PST

  •  I know it's hopeless (7+ / 0-)

    Stopping the CO2 train, but I'm not going to throw in the towel.

    But in any case, I'm glad your SIL found a good paying job.  I'd take that job if I needed it.  I don't believe in starving yourself because society is out of its mind.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:56:57 PM PST

  •  Thank you for your service (1+ / 0-)
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    on a personal level, I'll have to gas up again tomorrow and I know full well that that would not be possible without dedicated people like you.

    So, thanks again!!

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