5 Questions About the #Climate.

We live in a beautiful world. Yes, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Or, you haven’t and don’t care. Or, the whole idea terrifies you and you’d rather not know. But this isn’t a piece to frighten, bamboozle or preach. Looking at the news; hearing, watching, and reading items about what has now popularly …

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What If?, by Randall Munroe: #BookReview.

304 pages Comic Strips/Physical Chemistry/Web Graphics and Animation Subtitled ‘Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions’, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. The author is at pains to inform readers that, although he has a degree in physics, he works as the owner/creator of a webcomic, XKCD, he also warns that he …

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The Time is Now, the Place is Here

In October 2018, just 7 months ago, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced we had 12 years to deal effectively with Climate Change, otherwise we’re likely to reach a tipping point beyond which our ability to predict future changes is at best unreliable. It is likely such a scenario will result in widespread devastation, …

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Fundamental #ClimateEmergency Action

This post will raise many concerns, objections and even outrage in some readers. Be warned. Most of the world is now, at last, aware of the dangers we face from climate change. Some refuse to accept we, the human race, are the major contributor to the looming disaster. Some doubters, like Donald Trump, are in …

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Leaders: Do We Really Need Them?

There’s a peculiar, but worldwide, obsession with and respect for leaders of nations. Why? What good do they do? If we look at history, ancient and modern, we find leaders have taken their nations into war, most often to increase the size of the region over which they hold power. Does such action benefit the …

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I’d Like to Know: Why? #4 Leaders

This is the fourth in an occasional series of posts asking sometimes awkward questions. Some topics are trivial, some serious, and others vital. I’d love you to join in any ensuing debate using the comments at the foot of the posts. Enjoy! Why Do We Keep Appointing Leaders? We’re living in pretty tumultuous times, aren’t …

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I’d Like to Know: Why? #3 Religion

This is the third in an occasional series of posts asking sometimes awkward questions. Some topics are trivial, some serious, and others vital. I’d love for you to join in any ensuing debate using the comments at the foot of the post. Enjoy! Why Are We Required to Respect Religion? This question has been at …

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I’d Like to Know: Why? #1

For some time, I’ve been tempted to run a series of questions here. I’ve serious issues I’d love to open for debate, silly matters that might cause amusement, trivial irritations that cause me grief, and fairly vital matters that demand answers. I’m opening the series with a minor peeve. It might result in some relief …

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Question For the Week: Do Cheap and Free Books Devalue Books?

I was inspired to ask this by a short blog post I came across on ANewDomain, via Book2Book, a daily email from BookTrade. It set me to wondering whether we, as writers, are our own worst enemies. And it was reinforced by another short piece I read a little while ago at Digital Book World …

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