Monday, February 18, 2019

Saturday, February 16, 2019

She's from Kent: her name Sian McCallister, @sian_mcal is her Twitter ID...丨A lively and animated discussion on the [mean] ''sunny'' streets of London during the "UK Student Strike for Climate"

Bella Lack   @BellaLack           
''I’m not sure who she is, but she’s a hero.''

Her name is Sian McCallister, Twitter ID is @sian_mcal

''When you’re scrolling through Twitter and by chance you come across a video of yourself!!!

========================= TO RECAP

It began like this:
16 year old British student Bella Lack posted this 2-minute video on her Twitter feed on February 16, depicting a very interesting and lively and animated and at times heated discussion on the streets of London between Sian McAllister, a 16 year old student from Kent who was in London for the climate strike (we are working at finding out her  age and school at this blog continues) and a 39 year old public transportation worker named Dave who tweets at @Daveboy79 ...a discussion that went viral gliral (globally viral in other words) on Twitter with hundreds of comments and thousands of page views worldwide. Please watch the video first and then watch it again two more times. Try to see both sides of the discussion, try to hear both sides of the discussion, and then read the rest of this blog post below.

Bella Lack posted the video clip, although we are not sure who took the video. Perhaps Bella, perhaps a friend, perhaps someone else that Bella does not know, but Bella posted the clip.

The man in the video is a British chap named Dave who tweets at @Daveboy79. The student who is addressing Dave is a young woman whose name and age we are still trying to pin down, but I think everyone reading this will agree that she is very articulate, informed, passionate and determined. At the same time, mild-mannered Dave, who whose full name and exact age and job in public transport we are still tryint to pin down via our sources in London and who we have contacted by Twitter and are awaiting his replies tomorrow, UK time, joined in the discussion and was as friendly and warm in his own way -- and yet the exchange between the two people just goes to show how far apart the divided sides in the climate debate still are, and as the approaching Climapocalypse gets closer and closer over the next 30 generations, this kind of discussion will go on and on, and both sides should be listened to. I listened to both sides. I hope you will, too. We all have  a lot of learn from this.

There's a chance some enterprising TV program in the UK will arrange to invite both the student and Dave on a morning talk show to chat with the hosts for a ten minute segment next week, if the TV producers can find the contact info for both of them and contact them to appear on the show.


Here is some of what Dave said on Twitter with other comments added in as well:

Many impolite people on Twitter attacked Dave for his appearance and other things, often in unkind ways, and rather than get angry and reply in kind, Dave replied in soft-spoken low-key ways with humor and wit, such as here:

family and music. @daveboy79           
DAVE Replying to
''So I’d like to take this time to say that what isn’t shown in this long THREAD are the points where I agreed with this articulate young lady! Also why do people stoop to insulting people about their appearance? Hey ho. On with life!! Peace and love!!"
FOR EXAMPLE when William John @WilliamJWrites           
Replying to asked on Twitter, referring to Dave as a GAMMON:
''Who's the gammon, and why has he taken it upon himself to try and fight her?''
DAVE replied to William this way: ''No fight, discussion.''
"Cli-Fi" follows @GretaThunberg @climateblooms    REPLIED TO:       
''Yes it was *not* a fight. A good now viral gliral discussion. Two good intelligent people. We need to get along. Dave was gentleman, age 39. She was articulate, age 16. Both people are important. Listen again.''
Then someone asked Dave what he does for a job. He replied to Clare:

clare connolly @clare_con_nolly  WHO HAD REPLIED          

''Amazing! To all the nay Sayers out there saying the kids were just thinking off, you've got not clue. They know the issues, shame you dont. Arguing with a teen about what they do for climate change, how about what do you do?''

DAVE REPLIED TO CLARE: ''Actually I work in UK public transport, taking kids to school, people on trips. Saving thousands of car journeys every year!!! You're welcome!''
  1. Jeremy McBurney @mcburney_jeremy 15 hours ago
  1. JEREMY Replying to
  2. ''This stuff makes me cry, when young people are so well informed and then actively opposed by an ill-informed cultural hegemony.''
    1. Replying to
    2. DAVE SAID: "I actually had to look this word CULTURAL HEGEMONY up!!! Bit harsh!''
    Keepingitreal @diggitytimes           
       Replying to
    ''She is a hero, very inspiring, that *weight-challenged geezer* is failing...badly.''
    ''Hey. I’ve lost 4 stones and still losing. 😊Go me!!!''
    Mike Billington @Billington_Book 10 hours ago
    Replying to and referring to DAVE as a fat white male politician:
    ''So, another fat, white, male, politician telling people that everything is okay... meanwhile, thousands are dying from climate-related events including droughts, hurricanes, and fires...''
    ''Fat yes, it is shifting slowly though! White, true! Male, questionable. Politician!! Sir you have crossed a line that may well lead to A fall out!! I am but a humble working class person paying my mortgage.''
    ''Babyboomer!!! I’m not that old despite appearances.''
    WHEN VEGANOEAN TWEETE: ''Things we no longer accept in 2019: 1. Climate change
    2. Middle aged men trying to silence passionate young women.
    DAVE REPLIED: ''Didn’t silence her we had a discussion!!''

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    Greta Thunberg deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019

     "The beginning of great change,'' is the way that teenage Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, 16, characterized the recent school climate rallies all over Britain and Europe,  as well as in Australia, when a reporter asked her for a comment.

    For her work in spearheading these climate change awareness rallies by young people all over the world, Greta, whose name can be re-arranged with the same letters to spell "great," deserves the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in October.

    Since she lives in Sweden, she will not have to fly anywhere to deliver her fiery and explosive acceptance speech since Stockholm is her home. She can walk to the building where the Nobel ceremony will be held or she can ride her bicycle to get there.

    By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Greta this year, the Nobel committee who decide such matters, will renew the international spotlight on Greta and the global climate rallies she helped start by her own pioneering example in the summer of 2018 of protesting in public in Stockholm.

    With the award, Greta can further galvanize youth around the world (and their adult parents) to fight harder to find solutions and technological fixes for the climate ''pickle'' we are in
    So what are we to make of the recent climate rallies by schoolchildren in Britain and across the world, part of a rapidly-growing movement aiming for a global walkout of kids on March 15?

    Jonathan Freedman, a newspaper columnist for The Guardian in London asks an important question: How should the world react to a phenomenon that began with a single child, a Stockholm teenage who skipped class one Friday last August to sit in protest on the steps of the Swedish parliament, and which has now seen primary-aged children, as well as teenagers, following her lead, wielding placards as they marched in Parliament Square in London on February 16 and in the streets of dozens of British towns and cities?

    "At first sight the reaction surely has to be one of unfettered joy," Freedland wrote. "Many will share the enthusiasm of those veteran environmentalists hailing this as the most exciting, most hopeful development they have witnessed in decades of campaigning, among them activists George Monbiot and Bill McKibben who both tweeted their admiration for Greta's movement. A young generation so easily caricatured as disconnected and self-absorbed, heads tilted permanently downward towards their mobile phones, Instagramming ''selfies'' and pictures of themselves, are instead taking a moral lead.''

     So is this the "teachable moment" we all have been waiting for?

    ''It’s not just the case against carbon emissions that this moment can teach," Freedland says. "Thunberg is also demonstrating the power of the individual act. It’s so easy to feel impotent given the sheer scale of the climate crisis. But Thunberg, whose Twitter bio describes her as a '16-year-old climate activist with Asperger', is the living embodiment of the case against defeatism. Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg in Britain, a tireless environmental advocate, is right to say that the ''Fridays For Future'' movement is not the first great change to begin with the action of just one person: human history is full of people who, alone at first, have changed the world.''

    But Freedland also notes that there’s an important question: Will this effort by so many young people worldwide actually work, or change anything at all?

    I don't know the answer, but as a climate activist of the literary kind, I'm rooting for Greta and her movement. And I'm rooting for the Nobel Peace Prize to land in her corner in October. It will be a global sensation!

    Thursday, February 14, 2019

    [dark scenario] with DICK RAUSCHER

    [dark scenario]
    *Insights From The Wilderness – Human Civilization Will Not Survive
    Climate Intensification*
    By Dick Rauscher, originally published by
    January 4, 2019
    I recognize that the title of this StonyHill Nugget is alarming and that
    I will be accused of holding extremist views on global warming and
    climate intensification. But I am concerned that the media and our
    government are not telling us the truth. Stated simply, the 1% that
    control the media, and the reigns of political power in Washington and
    other nations around the globe, have absolutely no desire or motivation
    to talk about the real threats embedded in global warming.

    They know that the global economy is extremely fragile….and talking
    about the deeper truths embedded in global warming and climate
    intensification would quickly kill the golden goose that is laying eggs
    of pure petroleum gold for them.

    The realities of global warming embedded in the Governmental Global
    Warming Crisis Report released by governmental scientists on the Friday
    following Thanksgiving were clear. Global warming is not only going to
    change life as we know it by the end of the century, but also the
    impacts of global warming are already changing life as we know it….and
    the rate of change is going to continue to accelerate.

    Unfortunately, the report which was mandated by Congress tended to gloss
    over the climate impacts that are coming in the near future or already
    happening. It focused primarily on climate impacts that will not be
    experienced by humanity for fifty to eighty years in the future!

    *Here Is What Concerns Me…And Should Concern You*
    Global warming has been metaphorically described as a cliff we are about
    to walk off. Unfortunately, it's more like a minefield. The further we
    walk out onto that minefield, the more we are likely to set off
    explosions and tipping points that can't be reversed.

    The report gave accurate information on the coming climate crises, but
    it tiptoed very carefully around the sobering reality that virtually
    everything produced and consumed in our modern global economy is
    manufactured using energy provided by petroleum and natural gas. They
    understand that all of the short-term solutions that need to be
    implemented now, such as powering down from petroleum 95% in the next
    few decades, would immediately trigger a massive collapse in the world's
    global economy; a collapse that would very quickly bring human
    civilization as we know it to an end.

    In other words, the writers of the government climate report knew a
    rapid powering down from petroleum and carbon energy cannot happen in
    time to effectively reverse the impacts of global warming. They also
    recognized the simple truth that the petroleum industry and the 1% who
    are profiting from the extraction and burning of carbon-based petroleum
    and gas are not about to let that happen. The 1% are not the least bit
    interested in killing the golden goose that is laying the solid
    petroleum gold eggs that are making them incredibly wealthy.

    Humans are rarely able to internalize the impacts of a crisis that will
    happen in the distant future. But the 1%, and the CEO's of the petroleum
    industry, know full-well the day humanity does fully accept and embrace
    the severity of global warming, their golden goose will die. So they
    will continue to aggressively support those who deny that global warming
    is human-caused....or that it is an immediate threat.

    *And this brings me to my concern and what I believe should concern you.*
    When humans are frightened and feel powerless, they can quickly become
    angry. And they will aggressively seek to project that anger onto those
    they believe are responsible for creating their fear.

    As a mental health therapist, I'm concerned that when humanity awakens
    to the reality that global warming and global climate intensification
    are a serious survival threat to their future...their fear and anger
    towards those who created this life-threatening situation could very
    quickly turn violent and extreme. This social anger and backlash could
    not only kill the golden petroleum goose; it could collapse the fragile
    financial structures of human civilization itself.

    *Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.*
    When a) the actual financial and social impacts of global warming and
    global climate intensification are fully recognized by humanity and then
    combined with b) the growing recognition that powering down from the use
    of petroleum (the only realistic way to reverse global warming in time
    to save the planet) is not possible because it too would create an
    immediate, massive, and devastating collapse of the global economy and
    the economic foundations of human civilization.

    As I pointed out above, virtually everything we produce and consume in
    our modern global economy is a) manufactured and created by carbon-based
    petroleum and natural gas energy, b) shipped around the world using that
    same carbon-based energy, and c) this includes most of the food we grow,
    eat, and ship around the world.

    Stated simply, the inevitable emotional backlash of fear and anger that
    I'm concerned about when humanity finally digests these frightening
    realities…….will not bode well for the future of human civilization as
    we know it.

    But the reality of global warming that most concerns me is not just the
    coming destructive impact of global climate change and storm
    intensification. Those will certainly threaten the future of our planet,
    but they are not the most immediate problem.

    I believe the actual impacts of climate change and storm intensification
    will pale in significance compared to the violence and potential for
    social collapse of human civilization that will be created by the fear,
    powerlessness, and anger of a humanity that knows there is no way to
    avoid the suffering they will experience…a suffering that was created by
    greed. A greed that intentionally ignored and suppressed the long
    recognized reality of global warming, and the deeper reality that
    unlimited economic expansion is not physically or economically possible
    using the limited ecological and physical resources available on a
    limited planet.

    Stated simply, my concern as a mental health therapist is the high
    probability that the emotional backlash created by social fear and anger
    will create a level of social violence that will threaten the economic
    and social structures of human civilization far sooner than the actual
    destructive impacts of global warming and climate intensification.

    *So What Can We Do? How Can We Embrace Hope?*
    We know there is currently no social or political will to prepare for
    these rapidly approaching and inevitable realities.
    We also know that without preparation there will be no resilience for
    We know there is no way human civilization can power down from carbon
    energy fast enough to reverse global warming and avoid the social and
    economic collapse that a rapid powering down from petroleum would create.
    Stated simply, the future is not what it used to be! Whether we a) do
    nothing and let global warming continue, or b) come off petroleum energy
    and reverse global warming in the next few decades, there is no way we
    can avoid a global collapse of the current global economic economy and
    human civilization as we know it.
    We know life as we know it will end. But that does not mean the end of
    the world.
    It simply means life as we know it is going to change. How it changes
    will be up to us! If we have the imagination needed to embrace the
    possibilities that change always offers, we could begin working together
    right now to create that new possible future.
    It is critically important to remind ourselves that this is not the end
    of the world. It is only the end of life as we have come to know it. We
    created this life, this world, and we can begin creating a new possible
    future…..a new way of life. But we are very rapidly running out of time
    to create a future we would actually want to live in. We have to act now.

    *The Path Forward: The Possible Futures We Can Not Allow To Be Re-created*
    Here are some realities to think about as we prepare to create a new
    possible future; a future that will have to include the reality of
    further global warming, climate intensification and the looming threat
    of social collapse; the dark future that will be our reality for

    The possible future we create together cannot be the future that used to
    be. We cannot simply re-create the world we are living in today.
    Self-focused greed, denial of reality, avoidance of reality, and
    ignorant resistance to the inevitability of change in a changing
    universe…….are not options we can embrace as we work together to create
    our new possible future.

    If we re-create the dangerous realities listed below in our new possible
    future human civilization……they would only lead to the same rapid
    economic and social collapse  we are about to witness in our present world.

    *Possible Futures To Avoid*
    1) A possible future that again allows our global debt to reach roughly
    $247 trillion. (To internalize this number consider that a million
    seconds is 12 days. A billion seconds is 31 years. A trillion seconds is
    31,000 years. And 247 trillion seconds is roughly 7,657,000 years).

    Debt is prosperity today, but poverty tomorrow when that debt has to be
    paid back…plus interest. We have allowed humanity to accrue a level of
    debt that no city, state, or nation has enough extra money left over
    after operating expenses are covered to pay back that kind of debt.
    Person A's debt is always person B's wealth, so when this massive debt
    begins to default, and it will, it would create a massive social and
    economic collapse.

    *Debt cannot be part of the economic system in our possible new future.*
    2) A possible future in which 80% of all pensions and social programs
    are again underfunded. Consider the emotional impact and anger that will
    happen when our current retirees fail to get the monthly checks they
    were promised in retirement. Or when social security underfunding enters
    the picture. Or when those retirees have to pay out of pocket for
    medical expenses when Medicare and Medicaid are cut back. Or when we add
    the hopelessness and anger of millions of retires that currently have
    little to no retirement savings, major credit card debt, and home equity
    loans well beyond their ability to afford due to decades in which the
    extreme wealth inequality favored the 1%.

    *Poverty, hunger, and wealth inequality cannot be part of our possible
    new future.*
    3) A possible future in which a denial of the social costs of global
    warming, floods, forest fires, dislocation, droughts, hunger, and storm
    refugees who have lost everything again begins to bankrupt insurance
    companies, states, and federal governments. When the global financial
    systems are no longer able to cover the overwhelming costs of food,
    medicines, and housing that will be urgently needed by the suffering
    victims of global warming, their suffering will quickly turn into an
    anger and violence that will threaten the very social structures and
    fabric of human civilization.

    *Compassion, empathy, and quality of life for all persons must be part
    of our possible new future.*
    4) A possible future in which there is again no social or political will
    to embrace the irreversible and uncontrollable global warming
    consequences which are already baked into our environment and global
    economy for generations to come. The same lack of social and political
    will that was needed to urgently embrace the actions that could have
    helped us avoid the no-win situation the world is in today. Ignoring
    global warming or powering down from carbon energy to reverse global
    warming…… would both quickly lead again to the collapse of our global
    economy and the foundations of human civilization.

    *Ignoring reality is not an option in our possible new future.*
    5) A possible  future in which the global wealth inequality is again
    allowed to get massively out of control. A future in which the globe's
    richest 1% currently owned half the world's wealth. Consider the reality
    that no empire in human history has ever survived at this level of
    wealth inequality.

    *Our possible new future will require a just and equitable distribution
    of wealth and an economic system that includes all members equally.*
    6) A possible future in which everyone is again encouraged to become
    rigidly hyper-partisan, angry at anyone considered to be "other",
    racist, ideologically inflexible, and hyper-nationally tribal. A human
    culture that again embraces rigid, black-and-white, zero-sum thinking.

    Our possible new future will require a significant awakening and
    evolution of our collective human consciousness.

    I could add more examples to this list, but I would like to close on a
    more positive note.

    *Final Thoughts*
    If we could find the courage, wisdom, and will to aggressively and
    decisively take action now,  it might not mean the end of human
    civilization. It might only mean the end of human civilization as we
    know it.
    **The courage, wisdom, and will to take aggressive and decisive action
    now would require:*
    a willingness to embrace voluntary simplicity,
    a willingness to recognize that unlimited economic expansion on a
    limited planet is one of humanities most dangerous myths,
    re-learning the self-reliant survival skills of our grandparents and
    previous generations,
    learning to work together cooperatively,
    the courage to become more self-aware, more evolved, to intentionally
    awaken our collective human consciousness by intentionally taming our
    collective childhood primitive ego……including our childhood egos need to
    be "right", its illusion of separateness from the rest of reality, and
    it's what-in-it-for-me self-focused greed.
    learning to live in right relationship with nature and reality,
    a radical and voluntary reduction in the "things" we currently extract
    and consume,
    joining or creating self-reliant small local communities often referred
    to as sustainable eco-communities,
    growing, preserving, and stockpiling our own food,
    hand pumped wells for local water, and relearning the skills required to
    survive without electricity, gasoline, imported food and energy, how to
    stay warm in winter, weaving, knitting, hunting, fire starting without
    matches (which could eventually run out)……and most importantly,
    starting this preparation and learning process now! The time to create a
    new viable possible future is far more time-limited than we ever imagined!
    The lives of you, your family, and the billions of other individuals,
    families, and children all over the world…….will live in whatever
    possible new future we create together. Survival in this possible new
    future will require the skills of a self-reliant, sustainability-focused
    local community; a local community with the ability to work
    cooperatively together.

    Going it alone will not be an option in this possible new future……if
    your goal is survival.
    I don't claim to be omniscient and unerringly "right", but I do follow
    the facts and the scientific data of people who are a lot smarter than
    me. What if the vast majority of the world's scientists and economists
    are right? How long do we want to continue ignoring them? Perhaps a
    better way to think about that question is how long can we continue to
    ignore them……and still survive as a species?
    My guess is…..not very long.

    Denis Villeneuve's Dune Movie Could Be a Cli-Fi Masterpiece in the Making

    Denis Villeneuve's Dune Movie

    Could Be a Cli-Fi Masterpiece

    in the Making

     ... it's considered impossible to adapt into a film.

    This year, production is set to begin on the latest film adaptation of Dune, Frank Herbert's beloved fantasy epic. With maestro Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2019) behind the project, his Dune adaptation is one of the most anticipated movies of the decade, given the property's long, complicated history.

    So, what is Dune actually about?

    Published in 1965, Herbert's Dune is the world's best-selling climate fiction novel of all time. It's also considered one of the best books of all time, along with a seminal work in the genre. The book is set far into the future in an intergalactic feudal society where powerful noble houses fight for control over resources, armies, and planetary power. Paul Atreides is the heir to his powerful house, whose Duke Leto rules the planet of Caladan. House Atreides is ordered to take control of Arrakis, a barren desert planet with a brutal climate, but is the only place to mine Melange—a natural resource that produces a drug called Spice, which allows humanity to unlock their minds to be able to perform highly complex tasks.


    On Arrakis, however, Duke Leto is betrayed by the Emperor and their rival House Harkonnen, which sets off a battle over the valuable planet of Arrakis. The planet itself is inhabited with giant sandworms and a native population known as Fremen, who, over generations, have learned to survive with water as their most precious resource and currency. When Paul is targeted as a potential messiah to lead the planet—and galaxy toward a new era—an epic story of war, betrayal, and mysticism unfolds.

    Why was it so popular?

    Well, upon its release, Dune received a heap of critical praise. It kicked off an entire series that included five sequels. But the book itself was considered groundbreaking for its unique depiction of the future that tackled complex issues of environmentalism and gender dynamics. It also was hailed as the seminal work of a generation fascinated with psychedelics, as the Spice substance resembles a drug that helps the user reach untapped areas of the mind.

    If it was such a big deal, has it become a movie?

    Well yes, and that's exactly what's so controversial. There have been many attempts to adapt Dune into a movie over the decades, most famously by film genius David Lynch in 1984. That version was a massive failure, both critically and commercially, and is considered one of the biggest flops in movie history. Other attempts have been made by Ridley Scott, Peter Berg, and even Frank Herbert's son, but none ever made it into production.
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    An underwhelming miniseries version was released in 2004, but there remains no movie adaptation that has done the book justice. Because of its scope—and the complex internal dialogues and depictions of psychedelic visions—many critics have considered the book impossible to adapt into a movie.

    So, now we might actually get a good Dune movie?

    Well, that this is being directed by Denis Villeneuve—whose fantastic Arrival was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and Blade Runner 2049 was a visual wonder—is very promising. Villeneuve has proved himself more than capable at adapting time-bending narrative structures into films (like Arrival) and create visual masterpieces (like 2049, which included stunning scenes that would make for a very gripping Dune).

    Who is going to be in the new Dune film?

    This is also very promising. Timothée Chalamet will play Paul Atreides. Rebecca Ferguson is his mother, Lady Jessica. Oscar Isaac is his father, Duke Leto Atreides. Stellan Skarsgård will be the villain, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Dave Bautista is the Baron's nephew, Glossu Rabban. Zendaya is Chani, an important woman in her Freman tribe. Javier Bardem is in talks to play Stilgar, the leader of the Fremen tribe. And Josh Brolin has joined the cast as Gurney Halleck, a minstrel warrior.

    When is it supposed to be out?

    Production is expected to being sometime this year, making the release date sometime in 2025, most likely.

    Giulia Abbate: The conspiracy of the inquisitor

    Giulia Abbate: The conspiracy of the inquisitor
    Here, then, Giulia Abbate, who gives life to a protagonist is courageous and will create a suffering world, to a narrative that they could define cli-fi, with a remarkable ability to bring to the pages the female point of view, that of the protagonist and his daughter.

    ''Liquefatio H. G'' (this is the title of the story of Abbate)

    The ''cli fi movies awards show'' in Hollywood: We need your nominations for 2018 and 2019

    The ''cli fi movies awards show'' in Hollywood:
    We  need YOUR