Heat and Hajj 2076

[ by Charles Cameron — one black swan that’s almost predictable — where two timelines meet ] . God in His wisdom has decreed that all right thinking humans should circumambulate the Kaaba in Mecca if at all possible during their human lifetimes, so proclaims Islamic orthodoxy. A Guardian piece titled Extreme heatwaves could push […] Read more »

Climate: The national security aspect

[ by Charles Cameron -- some personal background, a roundtable video,  DOD's 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, and further readings ] . ** Although I’ve been interested in religious responses to ecological issues since the 1980s, when my friend (and Friend) Marshall Massey proposed the creation of a Quaker environmental organization, I suppose I first […] Read more »

From the caliphate to Ferguson and back, it’s a small world

[ by Charles Cameron -- starting with the news, closing with Jay Forrester & the impact of systems dynamics on our understanding of cause and effect -- a catchup post ] . Clearing the decks grom the last few days, I found this DoubleQuote in the Wild from Ferguson staring out at me from my […] Read more »

Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth

[ by Charles Cameron -- this post is about comparisons -- what you make of them, and what they make of you, death calculus, and Handel ] . . Scraped from my morning read, these two quotes — a tweeted headline from Breitbart and a gobbit of the Jerusalem Post — neatly illustrate a paradox [...] Read more »