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What Shapes Our World: II. The Reign of Power

What Shapes Our World: II. The Reign of Power (Second in a three part series on “What Shapes Our World.” The first was on...

How We Come to Our Beliefs (Evidence vs. Authority, and the...

This piece will be my newspaper opinion piece for the coming week in my very red congressional district (VA-06). **************************** (Almost everything we humans do, as...

What Shapes Our World: I. Evolution (First of a Three-Part Series)

I am publishing in the Lynchburg newspaper -- the News & Advance -- a three-part series, under the theme, "What Shapes Our World." The purpose...

A Better Human Story # 11– Humankind as Tragic Hero

Previous installments in this "Better Human Story" series can be found here. *************************** We are now in a position to see the main elements of the...

A Better Human Story #9 – Understanding Evil

Understanding Evil The effort to understand evil has a long history in our civilization. At a minimum, people have felt a need to be able to...

The Sacred Space of Lovers — the Op/Ed

This is the piece I wrote about toward the end of the article I posted here yesterday. It's a piece that ran in the...

The Solar Eclipse: A Non-Inconvenient Truth

We all know how right wingnuts, fossil fuel interests and religious zealots like to deny any science that's inconvenient for their economic interests and/or...

The Sacred Space of Lovers (Third in the Series, “A Better...

Never Underestimate the Light Side of the Force The answers I promised in the first installment related mostly to the problematic aspect of the human...

Video: For Anyone Who For Whatever Crazy Reason Takes Mike Pence...

...a science-denying theocrat who doesn't understand, well, much of anything. Can you imagine this ignorant buffoon a "heartbeat away" from the presidency? I mean,...

Ocean Water Acidification; Outpacing 100,000 Years in 150

Ocean water acidification is the third and possibly the most immediate threat to national security. Admiral Titley calls it the silent cousin of global warming. Simply put, a whole lot of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean where creatures have adapted to different conditions.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the pH of the oceans has dropped from 8.0 to 7.9. What's the big deal?

"We have changed the acidification of the ocean more in the past 150 years than it changed, in best we can tell, in about 100,000 years. So the critters, again a technical term, have gone and evolved to living in a pH of 8. All of a sudden, in just like "bang," in terms of evolution, we have shifted the environment." - Admiral Titley

If that turns out bad (and there is evidence it already is) there will be a billion people who currently rely on the oceans as a source of protein stressing agricultural resources. And those agricultural resources are no longer as predictable because of changes in rain patterns and water resources. Competition for natural resources at the national survival level drives nations to kinetic conflict. So there will be two reasons to respond: famine and war. Both demand scarce assets. Our nation's current role in the world demands our involvement. Or, we forfeit that role and the moral advantage it potentially provides. And so begins a downward spiral that ends up with our motivation in all commerce as base as survival interests. And that is not the America we know and love; the values we hold dear.

Threat 1: Opening of the Arctic Ocean
Yesterday: Rising sea levels
Today: Ocean water acidification
Tomorrow: A little more ammunition against skeptics (but they can't handle the truth)