Doug Morton with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland presented these findings about the future of wildfires in America. The analysis of future wildfire trends had been based on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as current wildfire trends. “Climate models project an increase in fire risk across the US by 2050, based on a trend toward drier conditions that favor fire activity and an increase in the frequency of extreme events,” said Morton ... “With the climate change forecast for the region, this trend likely will continue as the western US gets warmer and drier on average.”So it's not really 2012 vs sanity. It's 2012 vs 2050, Maya vs Gaia. = = = = = Along the same lines: The Doha conference has decided to run a continuing resolution, just like Congress. So the Kyoto suicide pact stays in place, while sane countries continue to drop out. At this point it's basically an agreement among wacko US, superhyperultrawacko EU, and superwacko AU, comprising 15% of the world's economies. Sane China and Sane India were always excluded by design, because Sane China and Sane India wrote the original agreement for their own benefit. Sane Canada, Sane Russia and [semi]Sane Japan sanely pulled out of the suicide pact last year. At some point a suicide pact is no longer a pact. "I'll commit suicide if you'll do it at the same time" has a sexual appeal to the blood-fetish psychopaths who infest Western governments, but "I'll commit suicide by myself" doesn't have the same ring. When the pact is reduced to one member, everyone else says "Well? Go ahead. Who's stopping you?"
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.