A bright light morning and of course I woke up early. So I took the bicycle to Blackford Pond. And took photos. But mostly listened, the birds were in full song. I tried to take a video here, in the wooded area beyond the pond, but the phone video didn’t record anything like the volume … More From Catkins to Sparrowhawk, and Spring
I just came home from a beautiful wintry walk after last night’s snow. And I walked home yesterday evening just as the sun was going down. Yesterday’s snow was brief before a bright afternoon. the first four photos are from yesterday when the light on the houses made them golden, and the lichen on the … More Climate Thoughts, What sort of Weather?
For some weeks I have been wading through reading a book: Alex. S. Vitale, The End of Policing and suddenly it is heartbreakingly relevant. The book blurb says: The problem is policing itself. Is that the problem? or Is it that policing has to change? [I remember when the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the police force … More A Thin Blue Line
One thing about ethics is that they are deep, they lie below the surface of initial reactions to circumstances. Because of this, when attended to, they are ALSO practical. An action that has ethics embedded within it will be a response that has a better probability of good long-term consequences, that is practical in relation … More The Ethics of Economic Actions
Our world monetary system has a systemic purchasing gap. ‘Purchasing gap’ means that all the costs of making something, or offering some service – initial capital or training, paying for the time taken to do the work etc, is always more than the price that buyers have available for the product. You might not believe … More Whack a Mole
It is end November, so no surprise that here it is dark for quite a lot of the time as we are less than 4 weeks away from the shortest day. It is especially dreary on dreich days, so as today was different with forecast crisp and cold … but clear… I took the 29 … More Dreich Days
Here in getting-very-dark-early Edinburgh, the climate is being fairly kind, if a little bit cold. But news is dreadful with floods and fires, enough to drown in sadness and grief or blaze with anger. Then get mad at election reporting, and impeachment, and on and on. Out walking shows the trees now mostly shorn of … More How will you pay? should be: Who will Pay? Where does Money Come From?
What to follow? What to put what seems like ever more limited energy into? [Gosh I enjoy life – how on earth can anyone say they are bored? I am following or being inundated by far too many petitions, articles, even topics [peace climate mental health economy elections inequality modern slavery amnesty gun crime signing … More Finding something to follow
Back in Edinburgh – lots of visitors – and lots of action in the City because it happens to be August and that is Edinburgh Festival time. I am also inundated by emails about the climate, which at long last seems to be getting some attention. I have been part of various email groups, and … More The Danger of a Single Story
All my friends may have heard me rant at various times. So have readers. Here are a few quotes from a long and wordy paper that you might or might not want to read. [my italics. Click here for the paper by Jem Bendell whom I met at a Positive Money conference in Cumbria a … More Deep Adaptation? What?