Posts in ‘Energy’

Hunting Unicorns

Building pipelines isn’t just splashing through mud holes on the right of way in your jeep. You get to hunt unicorns too.

  • Posted: February 23, 2017

The Standing Rock Follies

Many things are on display at Standing Rock.

  • Posted: January 10, 2017

Starshot

Martin Luther started the Reformation with his 95 Theses. Could Starshot begin the reformation of Science?

  • Posted: May 3, 2016

Doggerland – Underwater Adventure

Scuba divers swimming over an ancient forest. My ancestors

  • Posted: November 16, 2015

Saving the World, One Rooftop at a Time

It has been said that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” California is saving the world, one roof at a time.

  • Posted: April 27, 2015

The Dispatch of Fallacies

What happens when you turn on your air conditioner on a summer morning in Colorado? How do all of those little electrons get there just in time to make cold air for you?

  • Posted: July 30, 2014

Cats & Dogs, Living Together

Climate Change. Al Gore has made his fortune on it. The talking heads are debating it. Dr. Peter Venkman predicts it.

  • Posted: April 9, 2013

Climate, Energy & Christian World Views

The threat of climate change is costing us money and affecting our future. Is it real? Does our faith give us a direction?

  • Posted: December 3, 2012
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    The Twelfth Department
    By William Ryan

    What happens when we forget, or never bothered to learn, what we believe in and why we believe? What happens when the emotional whirls of Facebook and Twitter are the depths of our understanding? Evil, great evil, is regularly found lurking in the unexamined depths of good intentions. Mathew Arnold put our present political climate in memorable words years ago:

    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Novels, good stories, provide a lens to see life, including our beliefs, without camouflage. As an example, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the finest Bible commentaries ever written. Progressive political ideals may lack in recent electoral success, but have undisputed possession of today’s moral high ground. And while death and taxes may be the only sure bets, the eventual victory of those holding the high ground have very good odds in any battle.
    And so fiction provides a look at eventual victories. There is no question that the outlines of today’s progressive agenda can be clearly seen in other times and places. William Ryan takes us to a time and place fondly imagined, idealized at the time, by the forefather’s of todays progressive leadership. In The Twelfth Department, we see a police captain in 1930’s Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev is just a man trying to be a good father, a good citizen, a good police officer. In many ways Alexei is a fortunate man, with a good reputation and many more material advantages than the average citizen. But a high profile murder brings him into ambiguous circumstances. The tone of the book is respectful of life in Moscow, with no axes to grind. It is just a portrait of a man trying to do his job, bringing a gruesome killer to justice, among ordinary human beings seeking only to live normal lives in a progressive paradise.

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