It’s All Graham’s Fault

I want to say that Graham started this mess. He’ll probably claim otherwise…

I am to grab the nearest book and turn to page 123 and read the fifth sentence and the following three…

Dreamland by Jaki Ffrence (yes, LwC’s very own waki from down under — who has a birthday coming up soon!)

“But…” Lilac said still nervous about putting herself in danger “are not all dragons going to hurt us?”

“He says that you should watch for black ones, and that ones with other colors are not to be feared.”

They stood, still hesitating and moved behind Daniel, the Dragon shifted in front of them his scales glimmering golden in the sunshine, his large form filling the path before them.

I won’t hurt any of you.” He breathed, but only Daniel heard it.

Those who shall now consider themselves tug: Clint, Kimbrah, Eddie and Dave.

Yes, We Can

There is something about this that strikes me as so very different than other political messages out there today. Might this be a peek at the new nationalism? While this is not a political ad in the purist sense, it is certainly very creative and I must say that I am impressed with the positive sense I am left with after viewing it… for what it’s worth.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality.

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.

Yes we can heal this nation.

Yes we can repair this world.

Yes we can.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea —

Yes. We. Can.

Celebrities featured include: Jesse Dylan, Will.i.am, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Cannon

Global Flatulance

Stumbled upon some interesting reading regarding greenhouse gasses and global warming. We have heard a great deal about CO2’s impact on global warming, but there seem to be other culprits as well. One of which, methane, is particularly concerning.

This piece suggests we are “Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes”. I read this and considered that it is also fairly accepted as common knowledge that reducing red meat from our diets can have very positive health results. All of this may be very true, but I do so like a good hunk of meat — the rarer the better… cut off it’s horns, blow its nose and bring it out. Did I mention that a coworker found himself in the hospital last Wednesday evening after having a heart attack? Yep, only a couple years older than I. Can you sense that it has me thinking?

So, here I sit noodling over the impact that changing my diet would have on my personal health and I am now aware of the possible ancillary benefit it could have on the planet itself. Should I need any more motivation?

Methane is responsible for nearly as much global warming as all other non-CO2 greenhouse gases put together. Methane is 21 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2. While atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have risen by about 31% since pre-industrial times, methane concentrations have more than doubled. Whereas human sources of CO2 amount to just 3% of natural emissions, human sources produce one and a half times as much methane as all natural sources. In fact, the effect of our methane emissions may be compounded as methane-induced warming in turn stimulates microbial decay of organic matter in wetlands?the primary natural source of methane.

With methane emissions causing nearly half of the planet?s human-induced warming, methane reduction must be a priority. Methane is produced by a number of sources, including coal mining and landfills?but the number one source worldwide is animal agriculture. Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. And this source is on the rise: global meat consumption has increased fivefold in the past fifty years, and shows little sign of abating. About 85% of this methane is produced in the digestive processes of livestock, and while a single cow releases a relatively small amount of methane, the collective effect on the environment of the hundreds of millions of livestock animals worldwide is enormous. An additional 15% of animal agricultural methane emissions are released from the massive ?lagoons? used to store untreated farm animal waste, and already a target of environmentalists? for their role as the number one source of water pollution in the U.S.

The conclusion is simple: arguably the best way to reduce global warming in our lifetimes is to reduce or eliminate our consumption of animal products. Simply by going vegetarian (or, strictly speaking, vegan), , , we can eliminate one of the major sources of emissions of methane, the greenhouse gas responsible for almost half of the global warming impacting the planet today.