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16 February 2007 @ 09:27 am
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"Roman writers tell us that Cleopatra was intelligent and charismatic, and that she had a seductive voice but, tellingly, they do not mention her beauty." Because God forbid intelligence should make a woman attractive.

Once more scientists are astonished at how fast things move when they decide to go, regarding climate change. I find the continuing amazement at how quickly things change to be sort of bemusing. Even if you're talking about human time scales, enormous ice shelves breaking off in an hour is moving fast. If you're talking about geologic time scales, the changes that have taken place over Alaskan winters in the last twenty years* are still no more than a blink of an eye. Not *even* a blink of an eye. But the scientists continue to be astonished.

I have to agree with malkin: countries that have nuclear weapons and send men into space do not get to count themselves as "developing nations" for the purpose of the Kyoto Protocol.

I'm sure there are more bubbles for the morning, but I'm going to find some food and try to get some work done.

*One hates to be the old fogey who says, "Winters aren't like they were when I was a kid!", especially when one is only 34, but in fact, winters aren't like they were when I was a kid.

eta: ...33. I think I'm 33, not 34.
 
 
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darillian: Nature Stagdarillian on February 17th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
On the warming: ANYONE who has lived in Alaska for the last 30 years or so knows there is globale warming. And I can't help but think that the only reason the politicians aren't buying it is because their homes haven't been destroyed by natural disasters or been buried in snow where they haven't seen snow EVER before. They also don't understand that shorts in February is not normal for Alaska.

And as far as the coin - do they not consider a) the methods used to engrave/mold and image for a small coin hundreds of years ago may not have allowed much detail and b) beauty has not always been defined as we now define it (anorexic twits that only look like women because of push up bras and excessive makeup).

Sexy boots don't count as faking beauty.