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Friday, January 28, 2011

Catch, but, Release?

Posted on Renaissance Post in early January, this essay has been modified to ask if the "catch and release" philosophy is yet another form of denial of being human.

We Are All Killers
A stark truth to a modern mind, unfettered by the need to stun, choke, hook, net, skewer, drown or trap other denizens of the planet. True, nevertheless. Some still say that others can do the killing. What, exactly do they mean? How is it preferable to depend upon others to take the lives that sustain you? Does this slaughtering place those who conduct it on a moral platform above or beneath our own? How dare we seek to assign such a judgment!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Fallout of Global Warming

Today, we return to the commentary about climate that we started last December. There (archives, Dec. 2010) we noted unusual precipitation in the continental US just before Christmas. To complete the picture globally, we have only to reflect upon the news and weather reported from all over the world during the past year. Beginning with lowland flooding in the British Isles and across Europe during the fall and winter of 2009, torrential rains in the Spring of 2010 in China, followed by intensification of monsoons in Pakistan and southern Asia, an Austral summer of record-setting rains and flooding in Northeastern Australia, and massive floods in Brazil, we have witnessed an entirely unprecedented increase in severity and frequency of precipitation events world-wide.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It's About Tyme!

Rejecting the patronage of the last two gubernatorial administrations, Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, today appointed Tom Landwehr to the vital post of Commissioner of Natural Resources.