My turn reviewing a book in the community. We have KINDLE UNLIMITED and, with my daughter using it, Elaine using it and me using it, it really does 'pay for itself.' I was looking for a different book than usual and couldn't find one. So I asked C.I. for a suggestion? She suggested Elizabeth Kolbert's THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY.
The sixth extinction? There have been five previous mass extinction events in earth's history that we know of. We may be living through a sixth.
Chapter one takes you to modern day Panama, specifically, El Valle de Anton which used to be overrun with golden frogs (they are a poisonous frog that has yellow skin and brown spots). An American researcher, visiting Panama, studied the golden frogs by the border that Panama shared with Costa Rica. A few years later, they were gone. The researched had to move further inland. Repeatedly. Realizing that they were growing extinct, a plan was devised to take some males and some females out of the wild in an attempt to preserve the species. This is when Elizabeth Kolbert stumbled upon an article in a kids magazine and became aware of the sixth extinction that appears to be taking place now.
Amphibians are disappearing around the world -- including throughout the Americas. In DC, for example, The National Zoo was known for its blue poison-dart frogs. Then they started dying off. They'd developed a fungus -- a new chytrid fungi. This new fungi? It's all over. Bleach will kill it. But you can't bleach the rain forest. So the frogs you manage to save and keep alive in an artificial environment? How do you save them other than keeping them out of the real world?
An amphibian species should go extinct over a thousand years. Normally. That would mean that a person wouldn't be able to track the sudden vanishing of, for example, the golden frog. But this is happening before our eyes.
The concept of extinction shows up late in human history, in the 1700s. Earlier (surviving) writings on animals noted the animals alive when the tracts were written but don't consider that some may no longer be alive. The mastodon -- or rather its bones -- led to the study of extinction -- study and search. President Thomas Jefferson had hopes that Lewis and Clark might come across the American mastodon (he was convinced -- and wrote a paper about it -- that it might still be alive but in unexplored areas).
So much of extinction is recently know. For example? "Extraterrestrial Cause for the Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction" is a famous paper about how "sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid six miles wide collided with the earth. Exploding on contact, it released enery on the order of a hundred million megatons of TNT, or more than a million of the most powerful H-bombs ever tested. Debris, including iridium from the pulverized asteroid, spread across the globe. Day turned to night, and temperatures plunged. A mass extinction ensued."
Walter and Luis Avlarzez (son and father) published that paper in June of 1980 -- after beginning work on the study that led to it in 1977. That's relatively recent. I found that section fascinating. The paper and its conclusions were attacked for years. Until 1991, in fact.
It traces history very well and explains how dangerous things are today. We are seeing rising CO2 levels, this will lead to ocean acidification.
This is a fascinating book that I strongly recommend.
Stealing from THIRD, here are the books covered so far this year in the community:
"Mafia Wives (Susan Williams' WHITE MALICE)" -- C.I. reviews this book.
"The Sewing Circle" -- Marcia reads Axel Madsen's THE SEWING CIRCLE.
"Ellen Sander's The Lifestyle That Classic Rock Unleashed" -- Trina reviews this book.
"Phyllis Diller 1917 – 2012: News, Quotes, Interview" -- Ann reviews this book.
"Call Her Heroic (Ava and C.I.)" -- Ava and C.I. review this book.
"Boze Hadleigh's Hollywood Gays" -- Marcia reviews this book.
"Robert Sellers wrote a book of garbage" -- Kat reviews HOLLYWOOD HELLRAISERS.
"SCREAM VI and THE BOYS" -- Stan reviews Ron and Clint Howard's THE BOYS.
"the world according to joan" -- Rebecca reviews this book.
"Elton John and Whitney Houston" -- Kat reviews Elton John's autobiography and a biography on Whitney Houston.
"DON RICKLES: THE MERCHANT OF VENOM" -- Isaiah reviews this book.
"Crispy Calamari in the Kitchen" -- Trina reviews AIR FRYER COOKBOOK FOR BEGINNERS: EFFORTLESSLY GRILL, ROAST AND BAKE HOMEMADE MEALS: YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS WITH QUICK, TASTY & HEALTHY RECIPES.
"Vincent Price and Universal" -- Marcia reviews John L. Flynn's 75 YEARS OF UNIVERSAL MONSTERS and Vincent Price's I LIKE WHAT I KNOW: A VISUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
"3 books to skip" -- Kat reviews Bertill Nordahl's CAT SEVENS, CARLY SIMON AND LEONARD COHEN AND ALL THE OTHERS, David Redford's NEIL& JONI: 2 LIVES, 21 ALBUMS and Ellen Sanders' ROCK AND ROLL WOMENHOOD: CASS ELLIOT, GRACE SLICK, LINDA RONSTADT, FANNY AND MORE.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Post-segment, Hasan took the incredibly serious step of accusing me of lying to congress. Talk about “press as police”: that’s a felony charge, and Hasan has been insisting to everyone who’ll listen that I’m guilty of it. Hasan's claim is based on the idea that I was “suggesting a nonprofit was an intel agency to try & prove government collusion/censorship.”
This was a reference to my conflating the Center for Internet Security (CIS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in a #TwitterFiles tweet. One letter in an acronym may not sound like much, but it would have been a serious mistake indeed, if I’d implied an “intel agency” like CISA was partnered with Twitter and Stanford’s Election Integrity Project, if it was not.
But CISA absolutely was a partner to the EIP, as was the CIS. Hasan appeared not to have been aware of this, which may be why (apart from my bumbling demeanor) he seemed to think this was such a gotcha moment on air.
CISA, CIS, and EIP openly partnered through the 2020 election process, as TwitterFiles emails documents as well as publicly available information repeatedly demonstrate. I even tweeted months ago, in TwitterFiles #6, that the two agencies were easily confused, as both were partners to Stanford’s election initiative. Neither CISA, the CIS, Twitter, nor the EIP has ever claimed CISA wasn’t a partner to the EIP project. It would be an impossible thing to assert: there are too many public announcements describing the CISA-EIP partnership. From the EIP’s own website:
Hasan said claiming CISA involvement with the EIP was “key to my thesis,” and since this “thesis” wasn’t true, House Judiciary chief and Weaponization of Government Subcommittee chair Jim Jordan needed to correct the record. (He doesn’t). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose MO these days seems to involve loudly planting a flag in every online wedge controversy with any chance of trending, chimed in to claim the “entire Oversight hearing and investigation” was “based on these errors,” and therefore the GOP had wasted “tons of public time and dollars” on the Files material.
To say that all of this has been infuriating is a massive understatement. I have three little kids and these people are accusing me of a serious crime for which I could go to jail, yet they themselves are the ones making the mistake. The sheer viciousness of the ploy is mind-blowing.
But as Greene continued with her comments, she criticized Mayorkas for the spread of fentanyl in the United States
“I want to know from you, how many more people do we have to watch die every single day in America? How many more young people do we have to see die? How many more teenagers?” the Georgia Republican asked.
Ron DeSantis is being put under further pressure to resolve Florida's gas shortage issue as Twitter users rage at the governor.
Southern Florida has been affected by gas shortages after last week's extreme weather, most notably high levels of flooding, disrupted the regular distribution and delivery of fuel.
Social media users have complained and shared clips of gas stations without any fuel and the long lines they would have to queue in to get any gas.