Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Theo Boehm

President Bush lives in a relatively modest, very green house in Crawford, Texas.

But he only has only his own personal works to show and obviously no faith in Global Warming.

For those who want to appear to believe, but do not wish to be inconvenienced, there is the ever-handy doctrine of justification by faith alone.

The Times article mentions that the global carbon offset market needs a modern Martin Luther as a reformer.  Luther may have been the hammer of indulgence-sellers, but his emphasis on faith above all else makes him a dubious model here.

What we need is a Pascal.  Global Warming may or may not exist as presented, but it's a good idea to behave as if it did, on the chance that it's true.  That given, we all need to become Jansenists and adopt, each and every one of us, Al Gore not excepted, more eco-friendly ways.

Why do you think Louis XIV was so determined to stamp out Jansenism?  He did not need a collection of grim ascetics, rebuking him by their very existence for Versailles.


I am so with you on banning gas powered leaf blowers. Mainly due to the other form of pollution they broadcast, noise pollution. If I had a nickel for every time one had roused me from slumber...


What we need is a Pascal. Global Warming may or may not exist as presented, but it's a good idea to behave as if it did, on the chance that it's true.

Hardly. What if by taking inappropriate action we triggered a global cooling event leading to the start of a new ice age?

Theo Boehm

Oh, I don't know whether a new Ice Age is such a bad idea.

Consider the benefits:

1.   Three miles of ice covering northern Europe and much of North America.

The biggest pains in the butt come from north of the 45th parallel.  Think self-righteous Scandanavians.  Think (ugh) Germans.  Think Canadians, eh? Think the French north of Marseille.  The prospect of everything north of the 45th parallel, at least, under ice is too delicious to pass up.

2.   New Labour finally gone.

In the end, it will take several miles of ice covering Britain to rid the place of New Labour.

3.   Cool animals.

If you complain now about deer eating your rhododendrons, just wait until there's a Wooly Mammoth in the back yard.  On the other hand, we'd have legal ivory again.

I think, on the whole, there is very little downside here.

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