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Anthropogenic global warming, anthropogenic Mexican earthquake

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

[ by Charles Cameron — a matter of scale, scale, scale ]
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Amnthropogenic — lovely word. But until recently, I’d only ever thought of it in terms of anthropogenic global warming, which is to say on a global stage.

Here’s the DoubleQuote:

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Mexico is a little less than global.. yet here again we see human activity registering on a scale studied by the natural sciences…

I found that intriguing..

Sources:

  • Environ. Res. Lett., Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming
  • Washington Post, Mexico delivers a World Cup earthquake with defeat of Germany
  • Max Boot on a subtly strategic game..

    Thursday, July 12th, 2018

    [ by Charles Cameron — by thinking of soccer as strategy I see how to make it relevant here ]
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    That time when Germany and Argentina faced off in the final of the World Cup 2014 —

    — Germany’s Mario Götze scored the match-winning goal in the 113th minute. That’s drama for you. That was last time..

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    France will face off against Croatia Sunday for the World Cup, soccer’s peak and pinnacle — but that’s not to say all the excitement this year is yet to come. Strategist — well, military historian — Max Boot has been unexpectedly riveted by the lead-in to the Cup Final, and explains why:

    I have thrilled to every dramatic turn:

    The 70th-ranked Russian side getting to the quarterfinals by beating Spain on penalty kicks, only, in a bit of poetic justice, to lose on penalty kicks to tiny Croatia. South Korea, another underdog, defeating top-seeded Germany, thereby allowing Mexico to advance. (Delirious Mexicans showed their gratitude by buying drinks for every Korean they could find.) Lowly Japan leading mighty Belgium by 2-0, only to have the brilliant Belgians storm back and win on a last-second goal. (The well-mannered Japanese players were heartbroken but still meticulously cleaned out their locker room and left a classy “thank-you” note.) Powerhouse Brazil, the favorite after Germany’s defeat and the winningest team in World Cup history, losing its quarterfinal match in part because of an improbable own goal. England, a perennial disappointment that won its only World Cup in 1966, exceeding expectations by advancing to the semifinals — only to lose to Croatia (population 4.1 million ), which became the second-smallest nation to reach the final.

    This, of course, only hints at the drama that has enthralled much of the world’s population

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    Boot backends his power paragraph, as you see, with the word “drama” — and goes on to speak of poetic justice, an undergog, delirium, gratitude, lowly Japan, mighty and then brilliant Belgians, a last-second goal, powerhouse Brazil the winningest team, an improbable own goal, a perennial disappointment — that would be England — and Croatia, the second-smallest nation..

    Drama, which is emotion.

    Underdog is the key word here, indicating that which we instinctively support as decent humans. And decent humanity is the inner nature of the game here, as subtle strategy is its outer formalism.

    With all your elbow pads and helmets, America, you failed to make the true “World” Series, the World Cup — oh yes, Boot is suitably humble about that:

    I assumed that, as the greatest country in the world, we must have the greatest sports. It never occurred to me there was anything commands my attention, sympathy and praise. about using the term “World Series” for a contest in which only U.S. competitors (plus one token Canadian team) take part, while disdaining the true World Cup.

    Me? I’ve probably never written about sports since I was forced into produce an essay on “goalposts” in my painful youth. But Boot’s conversion touches me. Amen, or its secular soccer equivalent!

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    I mean, there’s something in the tone here, an emphasis on emotion, with ecstasy even at least hinted at..

    And then you see the New York Times today commenting on body language in Brussels, again an emphasis on irrepressible emotion. Right at the heart of the NATO fault line..

    President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States’ longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.” Next to him, three of his senior officials seemed uncomfortable at times, pursing their lips and glancing away from the table.

    I mean, at breakfast.. pursing their tell-tale lips.

    We really need to focus our attention on the factor sometimes called “morale”. Call it esprit, spirit: it’s the better half of the battle, or of any contest.

    And then, here we go with the “underdog” again, in today’s WaPo:

    The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, inhabited by 173 people, may seem unassuming, with homes made of wood and tarpaulin and surrounded by animal pens. But its strategic location puts it at the heart of the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

    What taste does that paragraph leave in the mind, the heart, decision-making?

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    And Boot didn’t even mention the small artificial earthquake detected in Mexico City “possibly due to mass jumping” when Mexico scored against Germany..

    Life imitates dammit!

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    [ by Charles Cameron — imaginatively vacationing in the pleasantly Mediterranean atmosphere the of the North Pole twenty years hence ]
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    Oh well, once Camus said it, you know it had to move from fict to fact..

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    My source for the Arctic is a Wapo piece, North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists which begins:

    The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

    Although a rosy future beckons to those of us who believe this “intense pulse of heat” is but the precursor to the Mediterranean arctic I’m imaginatively vacationing in, twenty years hence, a more sober assessment might be grim, as is the graphic accompanying this tweet from Jack Labe quoted in the WaPo piece —

    Grim.

    The grimness, of course, is simply the result of a graphical choice of colors — it could be quite cheery on a white background, in reds and oranges with cerulean blue as the highlight in the center.

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    And there’s the question of “global warming” implicit in all this — but for my purposes here on Zenpundit, that “invincible summer” in the midst of winter which Camus found within himself is what I’m working on. Summer in the interior life, which can indeed be found anywhere, even amidst winter.

    Mourning the lost Ka’aba

    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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    As sea levels rise, so also..

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    I am truly sorry to say this, but as
    the globe warms, so warms the cube..

    A heatwave emanating from a black stone
    sweeps the desert:
    will hit and kill pilgrims, is
    already hitting and killing handfulls
    among the millions of pilgrims
    as they approach the stone,
    but there will be –
    I am truly sorry to say this,
    may God forfend it —
    there will be disasters at the stone,
    hundreds, thousands dead of sheer heat exhaustion,
    and the government will order
    stricter controls on pilgrims,
    that they be in best health,
    physician verified,
    that they carry much water
    against dehydration,
    wishing the sun itself were other
    than it is, under the mercy,
    where no legislation can forestall it,
    attempting traffic control
    against a myridad photons, light
    in the niche for lights.

    Pilgrimage is compulsory, thus
    after the city has been shut down,
    the last strays and hiders
    pried from their places by special police,
    some few from around the gasping
    globe still will strive
    with devotion
    to make their way toward Mecca
    and the cube on the globe,
    the black stone,
    some, after the last police have withdrawn,
    still arriving, circling the stone,
    holding tight to the thought that Ali
    was born within the cube,
    athirst with devotion, with dehydration
    ablaze, pressing in to die
    where Ali was born,
    and one, one shall be the last to die there.

    I grieve for that last, now,
    some few decades ahead of the obvious,
    to which we are oblivious —
    the oncoming, blasphemous, wave.

    If you want to warn about global warming, this photo might do it

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

    [ by Charles Cameron — the elements speak Power to power]
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    Images speak louder than words: the right images cut to the heart. Billions of dollars extinguished in freak storms also speak.

    It may be that some of those who have been denying global warming are about ready to — reluctantly — take it sweriously as a matter for stragetic gaming.

    Realism from Miami’s mayor:

    As Hurricane Irma forces millions to evacuate, Mayor Tomás Regalado says: “If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is.”

    Oh, and Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Limbaugh indicates he’s evacuating Palm Beach days after suggesting Hurricane Irma is fake news:

    Image:

    Oh no, that’s not Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, nor is it the apocalypse, just a foretaste. It’s a photo of California burning.

    Mother Nature speaks in water, wind and fire. First responders can respond, up to a point. Funding is crucial.

    Hey. Job would understand:

    At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth. He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard. God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

    Humbled yet? Is this the time for a few minds to change?

    Hurricanes don’t lie. The earth is now under attack from water, wind and fire.

    To see this in the microcosm, take a look at Rohingya, by water and fire — Upshortly

    Oh, ah, dark hell by Hieronymous Bosch

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    That’s Judgment Day— how many signs — accelerando & crescendo — you wanna see?

    Thank you. Out.


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