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Hyperbole

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Hyperbole is considered a total turn-off to persuasive writing.  Once you break out the vivid imagery and the dire consequences, the writer loses any chance of persuading the reader.  However, when a situation is genuinely terrible and the consequences could be apocalyptic, then the language is no longer hyperbolic, because it is not an exaggeration if it is true.  Unfortunately, in the current media setting, all ‘hot’ talk is written off as hyperbolic.  You say “vampire squid,” and I say, “you’re off the reservation.”  In other words, the logical argument that vivid language is not hyperbolic if it is true is not going to get far in the big-time media unless you are talking about underwear bombs or edited talking points.

David Atkins is a very good writer and his hair is on fire when he says the following (linked here):

One day the climate deniers will be as universally scorned as the Ku Klux Klan and the wealthy conservatives who defended the practice of child labor.

The above quote is from Atkins’ post, “There is no debate over anthropogenic climate change,” which quotes and links to this article, which says the following about a recent study:

Ninety-seven percent of scientific papers that take a position on anthropogenic climate change say it exists, and of authors of those papers, 97 percent endorse the idea of human-caused warming.

In 2013, here in the U.S., we live in a world where climate change involves a two-sided argument where it is one against 30.  The opinions of the 3% are held in equal regard and esteem to the opinions of the 97%.  Who would you pick in a match-up of 32-to-1?  It isn’t hard to imagine that David Atkins has lost a slot on the next climate debate by putting climate deniers in the same box as the Ku Klux Klan or child labor proponents, but it isn’t hyperbole.  Climate change is that serious.

Tomorrow Gets Brighter

Alternative energy is becoming a full blown theme around this neighborhood.  It is a pleasant theme, because it allows one to crave the promise of tomorrow, which isn’t so easy to do when one reads about Syria or waits for some ‘Grand Bargain’ to slash Social Security.  So, here is some news about a plug that you press against a window and can use to recharge your phone or some batteries.

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This link provides a bit of a description.

remember apartheid?

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seattle is doing something very brave, and quite frankly earth-changing here in the spring of 2013.
as the news trickles around the globe, other cities are starting to pick up the divestment mantra. san francisco is next.

the concept is not unfamiliar to anyone who remembers the fight against apartheid in south africa.
people laughed at first, but when the money all started drying up, so did apartheid.

follow the money:

this is what democracy looks like.

I Got Yer Market Economics Right Here

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If you want to see a conservative commentator cry about endangered species, then bring up wind turbines.  If you want reliable and up to date energy news, do not turn on your television.  If you want to feel good about the future, check this post out at Informed Comment.  Here is a quote to get a hold of the good vibes:

In many countries– Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal — and in parts of the US such as the Southwest, solar is at grid parity. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as a gas or coal one. The pace of technological innovation in the solar field has also accelerated, so that costs have started falling precipitously and efficiency is rapidly increasing. By 2015, solar panels should have fallen to 42 cents per watt.

In other words innovation and free market are working.  The fact that it is working in favor of solar energy will probably make heads at Fox News explode.  Don’t worry, this happy news will not go to air, so the proud MSM can keep humping the ANWR and deep-water-drilling storylines.  Oh well, solar power doesn’t obviously have to wait for Sarah Palin’s enlightenment.  Shine baby, shine.