...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



It's not getting warmer here, because it's getting warmer there:

Despite ongoing increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases, the Earth’s global average surface air temperature has remained more or less steady since 2001. A variety of mechanisms have been proposed to account for this slowdown in surface warming. A key component of the global hiatus that has been identified is cool eastern Pacific sea surface temperature, but it is unclear how the ocean has remained relatively cool there in spite of ongoing increases in radiative forcing. Here we show that a pronounced strengthening in Pacific trade winds over the past two decades—unprecedented in observations/reanalysis data and not captured by climate models—is sufficient to account for the cooling of the tropical Pacific and a substantial slowdown in surface warming through increased subsurface ocean heat uptake.
nature climate change

Schematic of the trends in temperature and ocean–atmosphere circulation in the Pacific over the past two decades.
I don't normally like to link to paywall news/info sites, but I forgot that's why I don't read nature online, and then I followed a link and read this excerpt and then it was, uhm, too late.
via Who's Afraid of Ruins?
at Out of the Woods's blog at libcom
which I'm a little sketchy on because they, or someone(s) there, have adopted the comfort-jargon "triggering" - which I support in theory, as a means of helping those naked souls who are in a state of trauma and recovery from trauma to avoid horrible reminding images - but it (the word "triggering") has been seized upon by communities of trauma-worshipping victim-sanctifying excuseniks. That closes off the path toward individual healing and strengthening.
Communities of people I also support in theory, and as individuals in fact, until they become actual communities, and cease to be individuals in fact.
Sort of like how back in the 70's people went around asking if you had "accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior", in exactly that phrase. Over and over.
No question people who have experienced horrific events and conditions can be assaulted and re-wounded by some things available on the net, and should be warned by responsible guides, but "triggering", as opposed to the formerly common "contains graphic imagery" etc, enables the victim response too readily.
It doesn't strengthen the soul of the individual, it grants strength through the subsuming of the individual into the stronger, pathologically-defined, group.

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