30-something white radical nerd lady
transplanted to the East Coast US
happily living in sin with my co-conspirator Mr. Xrantings and ravings, Music, video games, graffiti, punk, postpunk, comics,art, general silliness and GPOB (gratuitous pictures of Bowie).
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*cuddles up close to you* *puts my mouth by your ear* I NEED CONSTANT REASSURANCE THAT YOU STILL ENJOY ME AND FIND OUR RELATIONSHIP...
The trouble with being in my field of study is that about half the invited speakers we get are climatologists, and while their research is fascinating and full of ridiculously clever science, it’s also painfully depressing. The guy we had today was talking about how originally he was tasked with a conservation project in the Everglades, but had to derail that into a climate study when it became clear that the Everglades are likely to be flooded out within his lifetime. (Miami Beach has been seeing increased occurrences of “blue-sky” flooding due to the sea-level rise already—one or two more feet will put it past the point of no return, where the pumps will start dragging in salt water rather than pushing out freshwater. Even building a giant seawall wouldn’t be terribly helpful, because of the really porous geology underfoot that’ll just let the salt water seep in anyway.)
I’ve only got a tangential stake in climate change (its effect on processes at the scale of, say, tornadoes is still nebulous—increased heat means increased evap and more humidity, which suggests more tornadoes… buuuut melting ice caps means less of a temperature difference between poles and equators, so less shift in wind with height via the thermal wind relation, which suggests fewer tornadoes; the effect on much-larger hurricanes is much more clear-cut because their strength is related pretty much directly to sea surface temperature), but from what I’ve seen as someone with an insider’s perspective and, hell, a couple of degrees in this stuff, we’re basically done talking “solutions” and are in pure damage-control mode now.
No wonder people will bend over backwards to deny it. Nobody wants to face up to that, not really.
No, you know what? This is pissing me off. It’s pissing me off because the last time scientists went “HOLY SHIT WE SCREWED UP OUR ATMOSPHERE YOU GUYS” it was because of the ozone hole over the Antarctic. And you know what happened? The Montreal Protocol happened. We enacted strict legislation on CFCs, and goodness, would you look at that, the hole has started shrinking, measurably. This is way, way bigger, but because some asshats made it into a political circus, and because powerful lobbyists with a short-sighted stake in certain industries did what they do best, we’ve been caught with our pants down.The data that’s come in since the last IPCC report in 2007 is teetering right smack on the edge of their absolute worst-case predictions, for crying out loud—if anything, they’ve underestimated the human impact on climate. There’s no disagreement among any halfway reputable scientific bodies: there’s no way this ends well for us unless we act now (and even then, there’s no guarantee it’s not too late).
— It is my hypothesis that if the current cultural push to include more women in STEM fields is successful, in the next twenty years we will see a gradual but dramatic tapering of salaries, as well as the general cultural cachet of sciences and engineering.
…my immediate reaction to that last comment was “But…we STEM grads have valuable skills! And are really…uh…crap.” Hellooo internalised sexism.
"While funneling more women into STEM fields may produce marginal gains, it actually leaves the underlying issue — male privilege — largely untouched."
THIS IS WHY LOW MINIMUM WGE IS A PROBLEM YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES.
DONE. SO DONE WITH EVERYONE WHO IS AGAINST MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES.
road trip is canceled.
I feel pretty shit about missing the wedding, but the weather forecast is increasingly dire.
Have not decided what to do yet about the two days off I got approved. On the one hand, it’s not easy to get the days off with all my projects going, so maybe I should use them anyway, on the other hand, maybe I should save them?
Staying in bed the next two days sounds really tempting though.