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Busy trudging through the fallout


It has been insanely busy lately. Work has taken up entirely too much of my time, due to unfortunate circumstances. A co-worker became caught in a crossfire between three warring managers, and became a casualty, terminated abruptly on a Friday; and one of the three warring managers was unceremoniously booted off the team. So the project is in chaos. I am keeping my heads down and smiling and trying to be as helpful as possible. My ex-co-worker does not care – he already has another job, plus a second one waiting in the wings. If it turns out well, I may follow him. We shall see.

Meanwhile, we continue to fight the burgeoning jungle which has renewed its vigorous summer growth. I saw a “news” article that said the planet’s vegetation has doubled the amount of green leaves to soak up the extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which makes the global warming alarmists unhappy because the plants are counterbalancing the alleged warming allegedly caused by carbon dioxide. Then again, CO2 levels are much less now than they were millions of years ago on this planet. Most “news” stories focus on how high CO2 levels have risen in the past 50 years, 10,000 years, or million years, but if memory serves, CO2 levels were several times higher 100-200 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. Therefore I am not very concerned, except for the ocean acidification, which can kill the plankton on which the entire biosphere depends.

Not my planet, not my problem. Besides, this planet is quite resilient. After a major event such as a comet strike, mass volcanic eruption, epidemic, extinction or other collapse, the planet quickly rights itself in a matter of millenia. So the concerns of an ephemeral species, and the concerns of politically-motivated elements within that species, simply don’t matter. The planet has survived several billion years so far, with repeated comet strikes, mass extinctions, orbital perturbations, and even wild swings in solar activity. It’s still here, even if 99 percent of the species that once roamed its surface aren’t. The only constant is change.

Onward and upward.

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