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January 17, 2022
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2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          Climate Catastrophe (Updated)



This week only, because of expected cold weather on Thursday, we vigil for Peace in front of the Rolla Post Office on TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, FROM NOON TO 1:00 PM. Next week we will return to Thursday vigils. Please join us this Tuesday in saying NO MORE WARS — LET PEACE PREVAIL. The temperature is predicted to be in the 50s. If you do not feel comfortable joining us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

Note 1: Since there are so few of us, generally 2 or 3, no need to cancel; but let's maintain social distancing.

Note 2: In case of inclement weather, vigils may be canceled or terminated early.

2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)

Climate Catastrophe (Updated)

I've posted the December update for my ongoing essay on Climate Catastrophe.

There have been a few recent changes in format. I've added a shortened version which contains only the graphs which are updated monthly and a few highlights from the most recent month. Also, new paragraphs that were added this month to the full essay are marked in red with (New Jan. 2022).

The most important addition is the subsection on Avoiding Extinction, which I hope you will all look at. In this subsection I outline many of the things we humans must do if we wish to continue living on Planet Earth.

Of the December Highlights, I particular call your attention to this one:
December 2021 tied for the sixth warmest December worldwide, but in the United States it was the warmest December on record with two major tornadic outbreaks in the Midwest and wildfires in Colorado that wiped out two towns in the Denver-Boulder area.
While flooding in South Asia and drought in Africa barely rate a mention in our news feeds, we can read a lot about the terrible climate-related weather disasters that have plagued the United States during 2021: the February freeze in Texas, the June heatwave in the Pacific Northwest, and Hurricane Ida in the late summer which devastated both Louisiana and the Middle Atlantic States. No longer can we think of climate-related disasters as something that happens to THEM. They are happening to US, now, as I write. This brings to mind these verses from Isaiah:
Isaiah 24 — King James Version

1 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.

4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

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