Climate Change has given us a serious sign.

Temperatures in the North Pole soared above freezing this week to a balmy 35°F (2°C). To understand how unusual it is for polar temperatures to climb that high, consider Cape Morris Jesup, about 400 miles south of the pole. Located within the Arctic Circle on the northern tip of Greenland, it’s the world’s northernmost weather…

via It’s above freezing at the North Pole — Quartz

Successfully marching with the sun. Cumberbatch’s cannon-ball aimed at any film skeptics.

As development begins to ramp up at Adam Ackland and Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch, the banner has tapped Leah Clarke as its new head of film. She will be supporting SunnyMarch’s Ackland, who is currently the company’s managing director, across the company’s existing feature projects as well as growing the film slate. Clarke joins…

via Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch Banner Taps Leah Clarke as Head of Film (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Southern Copper Corp Won a $2.5 Billion Dollar Project in Peru —

The Michiquillay copper project will place this mine in the top 20 largest copper mines in the world. Southern Copper Corp was the company declared as the winner of the Michiquillay copper project last Tuesday, said Mining yesterday. This is the first time the Peruvian government auctions the Michiquillay copper project. “According to a statement […]

via Southern Copper Corp Won a $2.5 Billion Dollar Project in Peru —

Tax cut threats (Delta Airlines): indicative of the state of mind of leaders with inverted values.

(ATLANTA) — Georgia’s lieutenant governor on Monday threatened to prevent Delta Air Lines from getting a lucrative tax cut after the company ended its discount program with the National Rifle Association. Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the state Senate and a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, tweeted that he would use…

via Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens to Block Tax Cut for Delta Over NRA Split — TIME

Three cheers for George and Amal Clooney for their assistance in this vital cause. Hopefully, it will become a nation-wide event.

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they’ll also attend next month’s planned protests. In a statement released Tuesday, the couple says they’re inspired by the “courage and eloquence” of the survivors-turned-activists from Stoneman Douglas High…

via George And Amal Clooney Donate $500,000 To Student March Against Guns — CBS Boston

This will indeed come back to haunt them. Abandoning common sense and high need is disastrous.

From the Washington Post The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the sharp cuts would probably be restored by Congress, […]

via Green heads will explode: White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research — Watts Up With That?

When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

(MOSCOW) — Russian media are reporting that a gunman opened fire with a hunting rifle on churchgoers leaving a service in the Dagestan region, killing four people and wounding four others. Police then killed the assailant. The shooting took place Sunday evening in Kizlyar, a town of about 50,000 people on the border with Chechnya.…

via 4 Dead in Russia Church Shooting — TIME

‘Shame on You.’ Florida Shooting Survivors Demand Change at Gun Control Rally — TIME So, Mr. Trump, where are you???

A rally held on Saturday, days after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., drew a crowd of thousands and prompted impassioned pleas for gun control. The rally was held in front of the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, about 25 miles from Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people died in Wednesday’s…

via ‘Shame on You.’ Florida Shooting Survivors Demand Change at Gun Control Rally — TIME

Mandatory Helmets in Alberta Soon. Same for Mouthguards?

Mandatory helmets for young skateboarders and scooter riders, a provincewide sanctioning body for combative sports, and a new revenue-sharing program between cities and the province are all one step closer to reality. Municipal leaders from across the province voted on these three very different topics — and many others — at the Alberta Urban Municipalities […]

via Alberta municipal leaders push for single sanctioning body for combative sports — Calgary Herald

Horrific Acts Don’t Require a Lame Duck as President. Time to step up to the real (not fake) plate Mr. Trump, and do something, anything, that would make us all proud. And do it now.

Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton has a very blunt message for President Donald Trump following Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida.

via Moulton: Trump Should ‘Get Off His Ass’ And Do Something About Florida School Shooting — CBS Boston

Lobbyists over Gun Control: When is this society going to wake up? How many more horrific acts of violence will it take? Three Cheers!!! for Obama….

Former President Barack Obama took to Twitter Thursday, not only to offer his sympathy for the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, but to call for stronger gun control measures — something he had unsuccessfully tried to do during his presidency. “We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our…

via Barack Obama Calls for ‘Long Overdue’ Gun Control After Florida School Shooting — TIME

Nudist Reality vs. Cancelled Calgary Nude Swimming Event — Clothing Optional Trips So why weren’t the nudists’/naturists’ rights protected by the police? Like they would with any other ‘fringe’ group? After all, this is Canada. BTW, it has now been shown by science (psychology) that children who grow up in a family at ease with mere and casual body acceptance, emerge as adults with a much more mature understanding of the difference between sensuality and sexuality.

It’s 2018 and the community that wears a swimsuit in the pool or ocean has a long way to go to understand the nudist lifestyle and values Recently the city of Calgary cancelled a nude swimming event planned for an indoor swimming/recreation facility sponsored by the group Calgary Nude Recreation. This wasn’t the first time […]

via Nudist Reality vs. Cancelled Calgary Nude Swimming Event — Clothing Optional Trips

Previously unreasonable people now doing reasonable things: Fodder now for the new social sciences?

While reading Rodney Stark’s incredible scholarly book The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, I have learned of a paradigm shift has ensued in social scientific theory. Rodeny Stark is a world-renowned sociologist and Professor of Sociology and Comparative Religion at […]

via Social science on religion: a paradigm shift — Faith, Philosophy, and Science

Take that! Mr. Trump, if you dare. A narcissist’s worst nightmare is truth speaking against his fiction.

The day after Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.” Trump himself later said the FBI had been in “turmoil” and that Comey was a “showboat” and a “grandstander.” Was the FBI really…

via FBI emails reveal agents’ reactions to Trump firing Comey — Quartz

A gay love story set in South Africa’s secretive male traditional initiation has sparked outrage — Quartz Out with the old…

The creators of Inxeba/The Wound always knew the film would be controversial. A hidden gay romance set in the secretive world of a traditional initiation school for Xhosa boys, the film sparked outrage long before it was released. The film’s weekend release on Feb. 2 in cinemas around the country led to protests and some…

via A gay love story set in South Africa’s secretive male traditional initiation has sparked outrage — Quartz

An escalation move. Revenge will soon follow against Al-Qaida.

(BEIRUT) — Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria downed a Russian fighter jet on Saturday and killed its pilot after he ejected from the plane and landed on the ground in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of…

via Syrian Militants Down Russian Fighter Jet and Kill Ejected Pilot — TIME

The Nunes memo effects. Trump’s tactics have drastically weakened trust in the markets.

It’s been a good run for the US stock market, but it couldn’t go on forever. On Feb. 2, stocks fell by more than 2%, dragging the market to its worst week in two years. The VIX, which measures volatility in the market, climbed. The Dow had its worst day since Brexit. Even tech darlings…

via How tech tumbled in the US stock market’s worst week in two years — Quartz

Famous nude art piece removed, after hanging for 16 years in the Manchester Art Gallery. Ignorant, prudish people are still haunting art galleries and museums. Religion may be at the basis for such ultraconservative backlashes into a free and open society. Misogyny in action by influential patriarchal misfits. That’s my take.

A British museum is using Post-its as provocation. The publicly owned Manchester Art Gallery, best known for its 19th-century British paintings, is hoping to make a statement about the male gaze through the absence of an artwork. On Jan. 26, the museum allowed John William Waterhouse’s “Hylas and the Nymphs” to be removed from the…

via A UK museum tries to spark conversation by removing a painting of naked nymphs — Quartz