Apparently it is not uncommon for planetary orbits to seem to merge together. Jupiter and Venus were gradually merging during June unknown to me. Jupiter is twelve times the distance from the Earth than Venus. (I am told that Venus is the larger image.) The convergence occurred on June 30. I had both noticed the two bright objects in the evening sky and it had been brought to my attention.
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I posted comments at Catallaxy, to some expected hostility (perhaps understandable since I transgressed into their territory) but mostly in “dialogue” with Bruce of Newcastle. I am re-posting to keep and add links, and to review what I presented.
The Winter Solstice came and went this past week. The Southern Hemisphere expression does not seem to be given the same significance as that in the Northern Hemisphere. It is not associated, for example, with Christmas, the dying sun and the rising sun. Still, it may be expected that the weather might start to get warmer from here on. And what will follow?
Climate for many of us is outside our preview. It is said that weather forecasts are accurate up to about five days. If you said to me that 1998 was a particularly hot year, I would have to say I did not notice at the time, and I cannot remember. Although, short of consulting with neighbours, I think it was around that time that one day the trains stopped, got on bus and drove through a flooded highway. I could be wrong.
You are probably of the opinion that nothing much happens. Yes and No. The weather was mostly wet through the week. In lots of ways boring is good.
Last Sunday I lost my keys to the back gate and had to go around the street. I was not trusting the dogs, or well organized, but at the same time concerned about what could happen. On the way home it was a lot better.
Of course, it is not just Dexter and Hannah that need to be handled with care. We might just have got the hang of getting in and out of the new harnesses, mentioned last week.
Last week all of us went out of the dog walk. Dexter and Hannah had new harnesses. Of course, it one thing to have new outfits: it is another to get them into them. There are no instructions, so it is made up. It may not be evident in the photos but it was a break from the routine while following familiar paths.
Several arguments have been proposed to deny the implications of climate change, its scientific causality and its political implications. Often, and contrary to expectations the proponents of climate science denial are capable scientific and mathematical reasoners. This was supported in this research by Kahan et al. The implication is that scientific denial arises from motivated reasoning.
Memories fade, and sometimes they are lost. Digital photography mostly tends to stick around. I did lose some photos this week which cannot be replaced. The photos I use are very few compared to what was available. What is presented is an edited version, mixed together.
Systematic climate change has political implications. All human beings live on the same planet. I notice (to my surprise) that people seem to respond directly to photos of the sky and clouds and the stars. We share the atmosphere and the ocean.