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Funny?

This week, I laugh to keep from crying or flying into disgust and stifled rage. So I've inserted some jokes.
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Byron Says . . . (August, 2018)

Here's some of what I've posted online during August.  (Climate Comments, The Raccoon Saga, Stop-if you-must) all the while also painting my house with three colors, all purchased inexpensively because they were returns.  Here's my front door: Same day to Cleantechnica forum on EPA potential overrule of California standards, specifically a photo of a big pick-up belching out black smoke, saying “Fuck you, earth” and a second photo of a huge hurricane, saying, “Well, fuck you, too.”   Laurence Jenner  IMPOed • 6 days ago That whole Mad…

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Byron says . . . (July 2018)

If interested, here's what I sent out on-line to various forums or other communications.   7-8-18 to Cleantech on Tesla Short Sellers, specifically deliberate slam piece by New York Times Wallace  neroden • 2 days ago The New York Times hit piece on Tesla had its reporter claiming that he couldn't easily make the trip. Here's a partial list of what the reporter did in order to make a story about running out of juice... "As the State of Charge log shows, the Model S battery never ran out…

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Good Earthkeeping Tools and Trends – July, 2018

Every Tuesday morning I report at KSKQ radio about those policies and technologies that are helping rescue our environment (or that hurt it).  I've decided to post them here (Sorry the formatting is lost; I can't lay it out in a more attractive way): KSKQ 7-3-18 Good Earthkeeping Tools and Trends May was the fourth warmest May on record since measurements started in 1880.  Now, some 6,300 metrological stations take the measurements. https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2750/may-2018-was-fourth-warmest-may-on-record/ The ice is melting in Antarctica far faster than usual.  Combined measurements…

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Lungs, and Future

Don't let the lovely sunset image fool you.  Taken weeks ago, the smoky skies here have gotten worse.  There are fires all over the west coast, burning the grasses, trees, cars, and houses in their way. I recently tried to escape to Mt. Shasta, but it was as bad there; it is impacted by fires up near Ashland and a huge one down at poor, hot Redding, California. There have always been fires.  There have always been storms.  There have often been heat-waves.  What gets…

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You are Here, Now: a Geology Report

You are Here, Now: a Geology Report Breaking news!  Continents Clash! But slowly.  The Pacific Ocean once beached near here where Ashland later grew.  The whole continent we now know as North America slowly slid westward over the hot magma underlying it.  The remnants of southeastern Oregon mountains started as volcanos blasting out of the same huge hot spot that now underlays Yellowstone.  The hot spot didn’t move; the continent pushed westward above it.  Similarly, Hawaii is pushing northwest over a hot spot now generating…

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Tesla Factory a Shrine?

Because I’m a minister long-concerned for the ethics of how we get and use energy, my recent trip to tour the Tesla factory to the San Francisco bay area (Fremont) had an inspiring feel to it, like going on a pilgrimage to a shrine. Tesla doesn’t advertise or use dealerships, yet it is rapidly transforming the car world.  This isn’t just for money.  CEO and early investor Elon Musk’s life-intention has a “massively transformative purpose.”  Above the doorway to the factory it reads, “Our Mission:…

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Love Trump?

Despite my many criticisms of Donald Trump, I haven't given up all hope. Between the few good things he's done and the Women's March, I've come to a place of potential loving welcome for this rascal. He's a rascal, but he thinks for himself and can go his own way. He's bold enough to skillfully hide his ordinary bald head with a crown of golden fleece.  He has a better hair-do than most women!  This shows a can-do spirit of someone who masters his personal…

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Shoot Trump?

As of tomorrow, I can’t even raise the question without violating the law about threatening presidents.  But the question and possibility will remain if Trump begins to copy Philippine President Duterte’s slaughter of over 5000 supposed drug pushers and users.  If Trump okays living by the sword in other countries or here, he deserves that same sword. They’re called “extra judicial” killings, meaning “lawless,” only using terms that make it sound “especially legal.”  Calling them “sub-human beings who deserve to die,” Duterte bragged he’s like…

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Trump Victory as Republican Funeral

At this inaugural moment, Republicans should consider Lao Tzu’s warning: conduct your victory as a funeral.  Your gloat of power could turn on you. For the next four years, or forty, or four hundred, you could be making America groan again. After eight years of disloyal, insulting, relentless ridicule and obstruction of our decent president, after blatant racism and bully threats, after gerrymandering of congressional districts and voter suppression, after stoking the worst in us, after flippantly ignoring and excusing blatant Russian and FBI manipulation…

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