Dealing with climate change isn’t about saving the Earth

The line on climate change is that we have to address it in order to save the Earth. That’s not the best argument.

The Earth is going to be around for a couple of billion more years. And there will be life on Earth for a good chunk of that time. But that doesn’t mean humans are going to be around that long.

Ask the dinosaurs. The asteroid that hit the planet 65 million years ago (no, creationists, the Earth is not 10,000 years old) threw material in the air that led to rapid, extreme prehistoric climate change. Dinosaurs disappeared and mammals evolved and took over.

Now the mammals are creating their own, extended climate change. Since we’re going to keep it up, because the danger still doesn’t seem to register with people, it will be interesting to see what life form takes over after we’ve killed ourselves.

So climate change isn’t about saving the Earth. It’s about saving humanity. And humanity sure acts like it doesn’t want to be saved.

The chemistry of an electric guitar

For all you head banging science nerds, the chemical composition of an electric guitar from Compound Interest (click to enlarge):

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I don’t mean to get all science geek here, but we’re missing a major chemical compound in this chart: the wood that makes up the neck and the body. I don’t know what specific wood is used here (it varies by guitar), but Wikipedia tells me the main components of wood are approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and manganese).

“It’s the Chemicals,” man! (Here’s some Inspired Flight, along with some electric guitar.)

Man and nature

I’m a firm believer that it isn’t going to be aliens who stomp humanity. It’s going to be something we created.

Because when Skynet becomes self aware or when we get sucked into the Matrix,  someone’s going to ask the computers how do we fix the planet? The answer’s going to be, “Get rid of the humans.”

And when it comes to protecting the planet, humans keep showing they have the morality of Peter Lorre’s character in “M”.

A slice of life

Ever wonder what it would look like if a psychotic giant had a slicer and chopped up a human from head to toe in less than 15 seconds?

Me neither.

But someone out there has thought about it (a medical researcher, of course), and put together this video:

From KnowMore:

This video, which was recently shared by I F—ing Love Science on Facebook, shows a snapshot of the human body from top to bottom in just 14 seconds. The images come from The Visible Human project, in which a cadaver was frozen, and then cut into 1,800 plus slices for imaging. The methodology is a little gruesome, but the result is the most complete top-to-bottom view of a human body that scientists and the public have seen.

I’m rooting for the bear

Here we go.

The woman says to the bear: “Thank you for leaving my kayak alone.”

Because the bear isn’t bothering her kayak.

Then she says: “I’m going to pepper spray you in the face.”

And she shoots pepper spray at the bear.

So the pissed off bear goes back to the kayak. Does what a pissed off bear would do.

And the woman asks: “Why are you breaking my kayak?”

Anyone want to answer this? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Rupert Murdoch’s National Geographic

1255ckCOMIC-national-geografoxBecause, people, it is now RUPERT MURDOCH’S National Geographic:

The iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies.

In exchange for $725 million, the National Geographic Society passed the troubled magazine and its book, map and other media assets to a partnership headed by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-controlled company that owns the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network and Fox News Channel.

Some more stories we can look forward to:

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