30
Mar, 2012

realcleverscience:

climateadaptation:

This piece is worth reading in full:

My climate epiphany wasn’t overnight, and it had nothing to do with Al Gore.”

I’m going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I’m a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I’m a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I’m staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you’re not imagining it: we’ve clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern. To complicate matters I’m in a small, frustrated and endangered minority: a Republican deeply concerned about the environmental sacrifices some are asking us to make to keep our economy powered-up. It’s ironic. The root of the word conservative is “conserve”. A staunch Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, set aside vast swaths of America for our National Parks System, the envy of the world. Another Republican, Richard Nixon, launched the EPA. Now some in my party believe the EPA and all those silly “global warming alarmists” are going to get in the way of drilling and mining our way to prosperity. Well, we have good reason to be alarmed.”

A Message from a Republican Meteorologist on Climate Change

Great piece from an obviously committed and concerned Conservative. Highly recommended.

30
Mar, 2012

Link: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR: aatombomb: We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to…

aatombomb:

We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him.

The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.

“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.”

The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked.

“So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”

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30
Mar, 2012

Fans of the classic Flintstones cartoon show will definitely fall in love with this charming Flintstones inspired house residing in the beautiful southern California region of Malibu.

Like something right out of the cartoon, the home looks like a cave turned residence. Perfect for a couple, this home consists of one bedroom and two bathrooms nestled on a massive 23 acre lot, with views of the ocean and mountains, the ultimate combination in California. The home his owned by iconic TV personality Dick Clark and his wife, and the famous couple are selling the property now for $3.5 million. [Via My Modern Met]