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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – Every Leaf July 26, 2015

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As far as Dexter and Hannah are concerned, there attention can sometimes seem as it is drawn to every blade of grass. There senses often prove more acute, and it is wise to take notice.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Any Road July 19, 2015

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I don’t remember having a winter this cold. Sure, this is a limited memory. I have heard stories of other places where it is now and was colder by far.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Here comes the Rain July 12, 2015

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There are no enough responses for the survey to have any credibility, but recently in conversation I have been masking the assumption that Bureau of Meteorology forecasts are accurate. None of my interlocutors have contradicted the assumption.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: JUPITER AND VENUS July 5, 2015

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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. The camera to my surprise was able to catch the images, and in these cases they are not street lights.
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Some Thoughts on the Climate Crisis July 3, 2015

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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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: Winter Solstice June 28, 2015

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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?
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Can Natural Variation explain Climate Change? June 26, 2015

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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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – Cold Week with Rain June 21, 2015

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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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: “Handle With Care” June 13, 2015

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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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: New Outfits June 8, 2015

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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.
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“Making Sense of Climate Denial” June 8, 2015

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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. Rather than to be dismissive of others such an observation might illuminate a greater sense of self awareness.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: LATE MAY MEMORIES May 31, 2015

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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.
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PORTENTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE May 26, 2015

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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.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: KEEPER OF THE STONES May 23, 2015

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Last week was not particularly active. The dogs stayed at homes for half the week. It is hard to remember but there was probably enough rain to justify this state of affairs. Dexter and Hannah took that in their stride, but it did not deter them there would be more opportunities to venture out.
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FRIDAY DOG BLOG: NOT DARK YET May 17, 2015

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While still in the mid-May it seems the Earth spins and rotates on, and does not wait for any man and his dogs. The result is that by late afternoon things start to get dark, and a little chilly over the past week. Often while the light seems adequate, the camera shows only darkened images.

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A COMMENT MADE . . . May 11, 2015

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Jo Nova has a discussion around the commentary by Maurice Newman in The Australian.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: DAYS LIKE THESE May 10, 2015

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I don’t know what the dogs think. I don’t fully appreciate their sensual space. They presumably are not totally conditioned, or instinctual. Maybe they live in the moment and have full awareness. Then again like humans they grow old, which ought to give any being a sense of the past.
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“CULTURAL COGNITION AND SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS” May 3, 2015

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The Pharaoh and his minions on our trail, and I am attempting to cross Denial 101x (UQ Massive Open Online Course) and am attempting the crossing without being swept away and drowning. God help us. Better still let’s help ourselves.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: RAIN RETURNS May 2, 2015

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The weather has been on our minds. We had heavy rain the week the week before, and mid-week the rain returned. It has stayed around.
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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS AND CLIMATE CHANGE May 1, 2015

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I did not get the point of the scientific consensus on Climate Change. There is more to say but three issues stand out:
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