Archive for June, 2006

29 June 2006

Real climate on the wisdom of geo-engineering as a solution of climate change:

Think of the climate as a small boat on a rather choppy ocean. Under normal circumstances the boat will rock to and fro, and there is a finite risk that the boat could be overturned by a rogue wave. But now one of the passengers has decided to stand up and is deliberately rocking the boat ever more violently. Someone suggests that this is likely to increase the chances of the boat capsizing. Another passenger then proposes that with his knowledge of chaotic dynamics he can counterbalance the first passenger and indeed, counter the natural rocking caused by the waves. But to do so he needs a huge array of sensors and enormous computational reasources to be ready to react efficiently but still wouldn’t be able to guarantee absolute stability, and indeed, since the system is untested it might make things worse.

So is the answer to a known and increasing human influence on climate an ever more elaborate system to control the climate? Or should the person rocking the boat just sit down?


29 June 2006

One world. Don’t fuck it up.

Oxymoron: conservative government

16 June 2006

"Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class boeuf bourguignon: If you believe that what you are called upon to do is wrong, you are not likely to do it very well."

-Alan Wolfe, The Washington Monthly

9 June 2006

Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda accepted campaign contributions from the very businesses she is supposed to be regulating. This isn't the way things are supposed to be. Let's all review the basics, shall we? Policticians are elected by citizens in order to serve the interests of citizens. They should not be accepting money from and forming obligations to businesses – particularly ones they are supposed to be regulating in the public interest.

I know it's naive but, really, we can do better.