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Video: What’s wrong with New York City?

on June 19, 2021 in Nature, Visualization

New York City’s Washington Square Park has been in the news for its rampant drug use, partying, and cops alternating between doing nothing and clamping down like riot police. I live around the corner and have gone there daily without fail for over a year to pick up litter, forming relationships with some of the dealers and users. Mostly to perform what I consider a civic duty and what any[…] Keep reading →

What Actions Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Most?

on June 18, 2021 in Education, Leadership, Nature

People often ask what personal actions they can do to reduce emissions most. I’ll give the answer by the numbers, then give a better answer. Sadly, most people who ask then respond with reasons why they can’t do anything, rationalizing that they are powerless when they aren’t. They just want to feel better. By the numbers As you can see, having fewer kids dwarfs everything. I do all of the[…] Keep reading →

The scams that keep us from solving our environmental problems

on June 17, 2021 in Models, Nature

The greenhouse effect was front page news in the 1980s and known long before. Plus plastic, mercury, deforestation, extinctions, and you’ve read the front page. You know the problems. We don’t just not act. We tell ourselves lies that we’ll solve the problem. We’ve told ourselves lie after lie, scam after scam, to keep from changing our behavior. The Scams The following are all scams that delay acting. None of[…] Keep reading →

475: We Can Dance Around Environmental Problems All We Want. We Eventually Reach Overpopulation and Overconsumption

on June 16, 2021 in Podcast

Have you ever tasted an heirloom tomato so delicious it was almost a religious experience? I used to think people who complained about supermarket tomatoes sounded full of themselves. How different can they taste? Then I tasted heirloom tomatoes with so much flavor, I couldn’t believe my taste buds. The next time I ate a mainstream tomato it felt like eating wet cotton. Do you know what they used to[…] Keep reading →

474: Frederick Lane, part 2: Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation

on June 15, 2021 in Podcast

Frederick was a great sport in allowing me to explore working on a patterns that happens sometimes but that I had let slide before. We started talking about nature, then his commitment. About halfway through I noticed that his motivation to the commitment from his first episode didn’t seem to come from inside, which I believe led to him doing the task for extrinsic, not intrinsic, reasons, resulting in him[…] Keep reading →

It’s Time to Ban Single-Use Packaging: The Village Sun published my op-ed piece

on June 14, 2021 in Nature

My city is covered with trash. There’s no mystery nearly all of it comes from packaging. We used to eat three meals a day and not while we walked. Today, at anyone’s slightest whim, we buy doof whose fleeting pleasure we’ll forget in moments if we even notice but whose packaging will endure millennia. I said my city, but I could have said my world. The difference between scenes like[…] Keep reading →

Comedian Bill Burr on Overpopulation

on June 13, 2021 in Humor, Nature

On the one hand I prefer posting my own work here. On the other, I find Bill Burr funny and insightful and he took on population, which few do. Readers from before the pandemic know I performed open mic standup. I couldn’t think of how to joke about it. Some of Burr’s humor is dark, yet I couldn’t help laughing out loud. So I’m posting the bits of his I[…] Keep reading →

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