Archive - April 2018

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Winning power was the goal of Judas, not Jesus
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The fake news Gospel and colonized Christianity
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Spring bird migration predicted in daily forecasts
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1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction
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Bluebirds are back
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Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders
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Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds
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Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms
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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic
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“Should I give up on white people?” Racism and hope

Winning power was the goal of Judas, not Jesus

“Winning power was the goal of Judas, not Jesus,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More

The fake news Gospel and colonized Christianity

A “toxic evangelicalism” has spread a fake news Gospel that betrays the good news of Jesus Christ, a leading evangelical told a Chicago gathering of more than fifty other leaders who agree that the word “evangelical” has become widely associated with radical right-wing politics and needs to be reclaimed. Read More

Spring bird migration predicted in daily forecasts

Just as meteorologists use radar to predict your weather, scientists are using radar to make daily forecasts and real-time illustrations of the spring bird migration. And you can check their forecast whenever you wish. Read More

1 in 8 bird species threatened with extinction

Roughly one in eight bird species around the world face potential extinction because of agricultural practices, logging, invasive species, hunting, climate change and habitat loss.

That’s 1,469 of the world’s 10,996 bird species, according to BirdLife International. Overall, 40 percent of the world’s bird species are in decline, according to the group’s new report, The State of the World’s Birds. And that is a clear sign of poor health in one ecosystem after another around the world, as humans continue to put the biosphere into a tailspin. Read More

bluebirds are back

As the last snows of winter recede, it is so good to see bluebirds again. Grant Park has done a great job over the past decade restoring habitat and providing good housing.

Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders

At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, shortly before my 13th birthday, there was a widespread sense that Americans finally were beginning to value the earth, to understand its essential role in sustaining life, and to demand actions to keep those support systems healthy. It was an era when there was enough bipartisan agreement to pass major, much-needed legislation to clean our air and water, to clean up toxic waste, to protect endangered species and preserve large wild areas that are important both for their beauty and their biodiversity.

What the hell has happened? Read More

Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds

[Cross-posted at my other blog, Gathering Runes.]

While big April snowstorms are not common in Wisconsin, they do happen now and then. But the two feet dumped on Green Bay this past weekend not only set a state record for April, it also ranks second on the list of all-time recorded snowfalls, second only to a 29-inch snowfall in March 1888.

And the birds migrating north flew right into it. Read More

Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms

Allergies are worsening and allergy seasons lengthening as the planet warms due to our use of fossil fuels. CBS news reports:

Rising temperatures from climate change and more carbon dioxide in the air are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier – and last longer – thus prolonging allergy season.

Dr. Joseph Shapiro, an allergist and immunologist in Los Angeles, says his office is now flooded with patients year round.

“New patient visits are coming in at different times of year that I did not use to see,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. While allergies are more common in children, they can occur for the first time at any age.

With allergy seasons growing longer and more intense, experts say many people are developing seasonal allergies for the first time well into their adulthood.

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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic

This new video is the best I have seen that explains why scientists are linking the weird weather we have been experiencing in winter and spring to the melting of the Arctic that is a result of our use of fossil fuels. We need to read the signs of the times while we can still take effective action. Read More

“Should I give up on white people?” Racism and hope

Racism is a great flash point in American culture, carrying centuries of weight and denial. I am so tired of the denial, and yet as a white person I am privileged to merely experience anger and sadness over our state of affairs. For my friends of color, the reality is a constant source of stress, danger, and injustice. And an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times gives a hint of the level of frustration and exhaustion no doubt felt by many people of color.

“Should I give up on white people?” That’s the title and main question raised by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University and an African American. It’s about the despicable, hate-filled comments and threats he received for another New York Times op-ed piece in 2015, called “Dear White America.” He had started that earlier article with these words: Read More

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