Jerry Silver, Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified
McGraw-Hill Professiona1 2008 | ISBN-10: 0071502408 | 289 Pages
“Interested in getting to the core of the reasons for the Earth’s changing climate? Want an accurate reading on the science behind global warming? Here’s your gauge! This easy-to-follow guide offers a temperate view of this hot topic.
Global Warming & Climate Change Demystified starts by looking at scientific data gathered from weather instruments, satellite telemetry, ice cores, and coral sections that reveal how the Earth’s temperature is changing. The book goes on to examine the causes of climate change, including both natural processes and human-generated greenhouse gases. Finally, the consequences of global warming are discussed and a wide variety of viable solutions that can be implemented by individuals as well as society as a whole are presented. Complete with end-of-chapter quizzes and a final review to test your knowledge, this book will teach you the fundamentals of global warming and climate change in an unbiased and thorough manner.”
This fast and easy guide offers:
- A thorough review of scientific data
- Details on the evidence of global warming worldwide
- Information on the origin and impact of greenhouse gases
- Explanations of alternatives to carbon-based energy sources
- Suggestions for local and global solutions”
I am outraged, simply outraged, to find that there is a pirated copy of Global Warming and Climate Change Demystified available for download… Although, if you read a digital copy online, you will reduce your consumption of paper, the fossil fuels need to produce the book and transport it from where it was printed (perhaps China) to your store (perhaps Philadelphia), etc.
I haven’t read this book (yet), but there is clearly a need for easy to understand texts outlining the science and policy issues in climate change, and providing basic suggestions for what people can do.
A People’s History Of The United States: A Lecture at Reed College By Howard Zinn
“I never wanted to practice safe history.” Howard Zinn
“What can I say that will in any way convey the love, respect, and admiration I feel for this unassuming hero who was my teacher and mentor.” —Alice Walker
AK Press: “A scintillating lecture and discussion by the legendary teacher, historian, playwright, and activist. Here Zinn explains with great humor and passion how his teaching, his history, and his activism are parts of the same project. The stories of social movements—labor, civil rights, feminists, anti-war—are usually left out or grossly distorted in mainstream history writing. The efforts of Zinn and others to recover and pass on those stories offers to their students, to their readers, and to us, models, ideas, inspirations for how and why we might go about challenging and changing the structures of power.
Available through AK Press.
A pirated copy of this can be found at AvaxHome.
It will no doubt come as little surprise that back in the day (late 70s through early 80s) I was a bit of a punk.
Blaxploitation Pride: The Boondocks [Season 1] (2005).
Another ranting revolutionary… because we can’t be serious all the time – and “I know you don’t read.”
I’m not going to try to describe the music of Gillian Welch – any description I could give would put at least some people off, who if they listened to her would just love her music. So…
If I need to justify posting this terrific music here, then… The musical traditions she draws on come from the dispossessed and marginalized in American society and the music often sings of the plight of the poor and the workers. It gets back to our roots – in the soil, in the wellsprings of American musical tradition, and in the pure sounds of voice, strings, wooden instruments.
And of course, as Emma Goldman is supposed to have said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Which was restated and given a contemporary spin by George Clinton who proclaimed: “Free your ass, and your mind will follow.”
Gillian Welch isn’t exactly dance music, but even so… here’s some more to help you free your ass…
Gillian Welch – Wrecking Ball
Gillian Welch – Everything Free’s Now
Gillian Welch’s official website – news, music, swag
Smuggled Sounds: Gillian Welch – the Revival demos
Gillian Welch – Hell Among the Yearlings
Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” on NPR
Abstract of New Yorker profile
Race is such an amazingly complex issue in America, and one which I am regularly asked about overseas, particularly since the emergence of Barack Obama as a genuine contender for the presidency. Of course, it is not just an “issue” – those complexities equate to a legacy and an ongoing nightmare of suffering – of impoverishment, marginalization, violence, waste, neglect, “dreams deferred.”
Music has always been one of the meeting grounds, and also battle grounds, of black and white in the United States. The recurring meetings and mash-ups within American music of black sounds and white sounds – the clashes and combinations, recuperations and reverberations – have created the sound of the 20th century, and are responsible for the bulk of the United States’ genuine contributions to world culture: jazz, blues, R&B, rock ‘n roll and hip hop.