Monthly Archives: December 2006

Warm Regards for a Happy (?) New Year

By David L. Brown Happy New Year everyone! Where I live in New Mexico, it is now 8:32 p.m. M.S.T., with only three hours and 28 minutes left of 2006. And, as I check the news for hints of things … Continue reading

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Australian Drought: Not So Bad After All

by Val Germann It had to happen, the reaction to all the bad press recently garnered by the continuing Australian drought.  The mainstream press everywhere must be “objective” and so no single viewpoint can dominate, especially if it’s controversial and requires a … Continue reading

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Did Language Begin with a Gesture and a Word?

By David L. Brown Disclosure statement: I am not Noam Chomsky nor do I have any formal training in the “science” of linguistics. However, I am someone to whom language has been a supreme influence, both in its spoken and … Continue reading

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Tiny Silver Lining, Or Only Fool’s Gold?

By David L. Brown Is there a silver lining in the global warming cloud? Well, maybe at least a bit of gleam among the gloom, although it could also be Fool’s Gold. According to Reuters today, oil futures dropped more … Continue reading

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Earth Ocean Continues Its Inexorable Rise

By David L. Brown One of the many predictions of those who study the likely effects of global warming is that oceans will rise and swallow up low-lying lands. Climate change nay-sayers label this as nothing but scare mongering. I … Continue reading

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No Christmas Relief for a Drying World

by Val Germann The deepening Australian drought is featured today on the BBC website and a few of the included comments put the situation into its proper perspective.  For instance: “The really scary thing is last time we had a drought … Continue reading

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China Seeing the Light on Biofuels

by Val Germann A recent report on THE ENERGY BULLETIN website shows that the Chinese have become fully aware of the threat that biofuels pose to their food supply.  The quote below, from a Chinese official, gets things just about … Continue reading

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Observing the Birth of the Universe

By David L. Brown The mystery of how our universe came into being is a major step closer to being answered, according to news from NASA. According to a story in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald (here), the Spitzer Space … Continue reading

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Australian Fires Overwhelming Officals

by Val Germann For this writer the Canberra area fires of 2003 were very shocking because the world famous Mount Stromlo Observatory was destroyed along with a surrounding forest.  Thanks to the internet the whole astronomcal world followed this event, complete with  … Continue reading

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Alien Invaders Taking Over Everglades

By David L. Brown So, shall we kiss the bio-diverse Everglades goodbye? Probably, thanks to an invasion of Burmese python snakes that grow up to 26 feet long and are rapidly multiplying. There are now several thousand of these happy … Continue reading

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