These are the posts you readers like the most in this blog. It includes the War on Terror, Global Warming, Reality, War, Politics, a bit of Celebrity stuff, Ethics and much else.
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There really is a lot of stuff to read in this blog. It usually is not that easy to navigate around a blog with a lot of content. I’m trying to reduce that problem by providing a lot of navigational help. I’ll add even more in the future. Right now, I have a Table of Content page (TOC in the top menu) that provides links to posts, grouped by subject area. And there is another helper located at a new page “Top 18″ (see menu on top). It lists and links to the most popular posts on the blog. Here goes:
Here are the links to the Top posts – very much dominated by Global Warming:
- On Global Warming 5: Just Too Many Of You: reviews the role and issues of population growth. This is a vital issue for future emissions as shown in GlobalWarming:1. Historically over the past 250 years, the explosive growth in populations explains two thirds of the increase in GHG emissions. The rise in personal carbon use must be reversed as must other issues related to unbalanced growth in populations.
- On Global Warming 4: Disastrous Disaster Forecasts: notes that Global Warming is not the first disaster forecast ever done, published and hyped. There were many in the past and as a rule they failed. The disaster in question simply did not happen because extending some historical trend into the future does not work – trends change. So the question is – why is this particular doom and gloom outlook right? What is different this time? As you will see, plenty is different.
- On Global Warming IPPC April 2007: The Bleakest Outlook Yet:
- On Global Warming 1: Culprits, Scoundrels and Villains: discusses why Global Warming happened, who and what causes it, ending up with a list of villains. It did not go into the consequences of Global Warming. There was no discussion of impacts on the oceans, the Arctic, Greenland, El Nino, ecosystems, the weather, tundra and ice packs. The Kyoto Protocol or the Stern reports or other Global Warming topics were not covered. That is yet to come.
- On Global Warming Europe: Sauerkraut, Bourgogne, Bangers:
- On Global Warming 2: Politics, Scandals, Mass Committees: covers two main subjects. The UN provides a real mixed bag of positive and negative influences on the fight against Global Warming. The positive is that they try, have some credibility and many resources. The negative is that they fail. The current versions of the Kyoto Protocol and its associated reports do not reduce emissions. The CER system causes more harm than good. Solutions exist but are not acted on. Industrial strategies and national policies do little to reduce Global Warming – in fact, the opposite is often true in spite of rhetorical lip service.
- On Reality – Part 3a (Update)- Famous Faked Photos and How to Make Them?: This is a pretty short post, by my standards, discussing a set of very questionable photos. This update of the original Part 3a (below) adds some material and makes it easier to follow the discussion.
- On Reality – Part 3a – What about those faked, staged famous photographs in Part 3? This post discusses some strange photos. For this to make sense, you need to refer to Part 3, below. It might be easier to read the update above.
- On Global Warming: 3: Few Like It Hot: examines the basic root cause of our problem: rising temperatures. Is the increase real and does it matter? Is it natural or caused by man? Are the temperatures unusual compared to history? Do GHGs actually cause the increase? What can past temperature variations tell us about what we face today? Can you even trust the basic data and analysis of temperatures? The post answers those and other questions in exuberant detail.
- On Global Warming Preview 2: This preview is replaced by the full post Few Like It Hot
- On Global Warming Ann Coulter: To Ann Coulter:
- On Reality – Part 3 – More on Photojournalism: a post that discusses various photo journalistic flops. There are references to other more or less famous controversial photos. These photos are discussed in more detail in the top two posts above.
- On Global Warming: 6: Terror, War, Fear and Paralysis: (JUST PUBLISHED) probes why Global Warming turned into a polarizing mess. History plays a role. Emotions such as fear impacts judgments. Lack of perspective is limiting true understanding. Lack of knowledge and clouded judgments don’t help. Many agendas are hidden from view. Rarely in human history have so many ignored so simple requirements for no good reason.
Other noteworthy posts include:
- The two (three actually) posts on the War on Terror (Part 1,2 and 2a)- “Bad Strategies Lose a Bad War on Terror” and “Consequences of a Lost War on Terror” are well received. Today I uploaded an update inspired by the State of Union Address coming up in a few hours: ” State of The Union – The War on Terror Death March“.
- Can Celebrities shoot? Here is a light hearted look at photos taken by nineteen more or less famous celebrities. I review their photos and offer some unwanted advice to artists-in-disguise from Rudy Guiliano to Carmen Electra. I liked the pictures by Nathan Purdee, Brendan Frasier, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Bridges. A lot of the rest I did not like.
- On Ethics – Part 1 – Just a point of view?: Do ethics matter on any real life level? The post examines some famous philosophers and their take on ethics. These philosophers have a major impact far beyond what most people might think.
- About Stanley Kubrick, the Photographer: A great film maker, a great photographer. Do check out this one.
- Why we are losing the War on Global Warming is not doing quite as well as it should. Wake up, please – this is important stuff. It is a preview of my upcoming, major essay on Global Warming.
- On Ethics – Part 6 – We the People: Here we just jumped by the Ethics posts 2-5 and a lot of crucial views. I do recommend at least glancing at the posts in order. Part 6 covers Ethics on a personal level and how those ethics are influenced by our individual experiences and environments.
- On Reality – Part 5 – How Perceptions and Illusions destroy Reality: The main message of the Reality series is that Reality is something us humans know preciously little about. We think we do, which makes it even worse. Read the post and find out why.
- On Gordon Parks- Segregation, Hollywood, Fashion and more…: Gordon Parks was an immensely talented man. This posts tells his story in a too short manner. View his photos and I think you’ll see truth that is seldom so obvious.
That’s the current Top 12. Check out the Table Of Content for more navigational help. You’ll see the posts organized by main subject areas, making it easier to find what you care about.
Here is a bonus graph showing the readership of the main areas of this blog. Global Warming now accounts for 75% of the readership and stands for an overall tripling of daliy visits.