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Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

April 19, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968.

By Tony Noerpel

On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed the students. While I don’t condone their violence, the lion’s share of the fault lies with the college administration, Professor Allison Stanger, who invited Murray and who unfortunately was injured in the consequent melee, and Murray himself, i.e., the adults who should have known better. In any event the students will be punished; the adults will walk. Their only punishment will be that they might one day read this article and perchance agree with it and feel badly, which is unlikely. … Continue Reading

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

April 13, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form

This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors define the Earth System as “a single, planetary-level complex system composed of the biosphere, defined here as the sum of all biota living at any one time and their interactions, including interactions and feedbacks with the geosphere defined here as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and upper part of the lithosphere.” We can think of it as the Earth surface which we inhabit. The left side of the equation represents the derivative or change of the Earth system with respect to time including climactic changes. The right side expresses this change as a function of three variables A, G and I. … Continue Reading

The Holocene Climate

March 22, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Holocene Climate

(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017)

Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New York. The high points correspond to interglacial periods such as the climate during the Holocene, the last 10,000 years. As shown in the figure, the Holocene encompasses all of human civilization. Prior to that species and subspecies of humans were hunter gatherers. There are at least four reasons why humans and other animals and plants were able to survive prior ice age/interglacial abrupt climactic shifts. … Continue Reading

Speaking Truth to Power

February 28, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Speaking Truth to Power

“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln

On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. The resolution would be non-binding but would reflect our growing concern with the denial of reality. … Continue Reading

2016 in the Books

February 5, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on 2016 in the Books

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors February, 2017)

“The last three years have demonstrated abundantly clearly that there is no change in the long-term trends since 1998. A prediction from 1997 merely continuing the linear trends would significantly under-predict the last two years. The difference isn’t yet sufficient to state that the trends are accelerating, but that might not be too far off.” – Gavin Schmidt, director NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies [1] … Continue Reading

The Trump Effect

January 6, 2017 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Trump Effect

“Corals are marine magicians. As colonies of the tiny ocean organisms grow, they transform the calcium that circulates in seawater into enormous limestone reefs. These reefs—which can extend for more than 1,000 miles and provide homes for crabs, eels, sea horses, and other aquatic creatures—are counted among the world’s great natural wonders.” Emily Anthes, [16]. … Continue Reading

The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

December 7, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Grim Reaper and the Great Barrier

(to be presented to the Board of Supervisors in January)

“The recent frequency and intensity of mass coral bleaching are of major concern, and are directly attributable to rising atmospheric greenhouse gases.” [1] … Continue Reading

The State of Corals

November 20, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The State of Corals

(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016)

“Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4]

Tony Noerpel
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Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.”

“[Dogma] is applied to some strong belief that the ones adhering to it are not willing to rationally discuss. This attitude is called dogmatic or dogmatism and is often the case in religiously related matters.”

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Dear Supervisors and Staff

November 3, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Dear Supervisors and Staff

During the last three years I have been attending public input sessions quietly dismantling one climate change denier argument after another. I have been doing this for over ten years now in other venues. So you are all unsurprised that three years in succession 2014, 2015 and 2016 have been the hottest years on record. We all know as I’ve described that 2017 and 2018 will likely be la Nina years and therefore colder than “normal”. However, these two “cold” years will very likely be hotter than the year global warming stopped in 1998. In fact we will likely never experience a year as cold as 1998 in our lifetimes. We face a future of mega droughts, rising sea levels, superstorms and floods. The pentagon has warned of climate change induced violence and migration. Climate change is a national security threat. … Continue Reading

2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University

October 20, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on 2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University

On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by Corcoran Vineyards. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Don Sandros was an energy specialist who designed and built many of the area’s residential and business solar energy installations. He was a generous man who taught many of the area’s installers their trade. He served as president of Sustainable Loudoun for many years.
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The following material is from: https://geog.umd.edu/facultyprofile/Baiocchi/Giovanni%20 … Continue Reading

Attributing Disaster

October 6, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Attributing Disaster

“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1]

“Here we show that human-induced increases in greenhouse gases have contributed to the observed intensification of heavy precipitation events…” – Min [2] … Continue Reading

The Company We Keep

September 20, 2016 Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on The Company We Keep

“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have assumptions that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions.” – Milton Freidman [1]

“I am increasingly convinced that the path to climate action is through the Republican Party.” – Yoram Bauman cited by N. Gregory Mankiw [2]

The logical process of ideology begins with conclusions and reasons backwards to assumptions. Those assumptions, even if wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality, are used to justify the desired conclusions. That a market based economy efficiently distributes scarce resources is the neo-liberal economist’s conclusion. If one assumes that all economic transactions are voluntary and all voluntary transactions leave both parties better off with no messy consequences one magically arrives at the desired result. In my last article I showed that economist N. Gregory Mankiw engages in just this sort of logical folly in his justification of extreme wealth inequality. He ignores the physics of randomness and inequality, the positive feedback between wealth and power accumulation, the dynamical nature of society and economics and in fact all of human history. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

STEM Turns To STEAM

– By Mary Rose Lunde Virginia Tech is a renowned STEM school, and is known for its engineering school and strong research presence. As such, compared to other schools, Virginia Tech does not include a lot of non-STEM students. It …

Giving Voice To The Voiceless

– By Samuel Moore-Sobel “It’s to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Wendy Melcher, coordinator at McLean Bible Church’s Loudoun Campus, tells me when I ask the source of her motivation. “It’s to see them smile.” I first met …

Seeking Child Advice

– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, Our daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, is furious with us for not allowing her go to beach week this year with her boyfriend who is graduating from high school in …

Amy and Dan Smith’s Planning for Life: Choosing a Fiduciary

The choice of an executor or trustee is very important and will likely have long range consequences. Family wounds can linger for years from a mistake or unwise conduct of the person in charge of the estate or trust. An …

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: The Stone House

At Harper Park – By Tim Jon No – they don’t serve fresh oysters here, there are no wi-fi hook-ups, and there is no Happy Hour; from what I hear, though – this little place used to jump and swing …

Charles Murray’s Middlebury Melee

“Earthrise”, photo taken from Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. By Tony Noerpel On March 2, 2017, the appearance of Charles Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont caused a small riot [1]. The media blamed …

Earth System and Paleoclimate Change

In a new paper Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen [1], present a high order abstraction of the Earth System, E, in the form This is fine as an abstraction and shows the subsystems which impact the Earth System. The authors …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Equality Loudoun [re]Launch

Equality Loudoun [re]Launch
May 3, 2017

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May 5, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

TGIF@NG

TGIF@NG

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 6, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Welcome Resident Chef Chris Edwards

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Live Music: Pete Lapp

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Meritage Vertical Tasting

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 7, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

Nathaniel Davis Live at North Gate VIneyard

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, “Savannah Sipping Society”
May 8, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 9, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 10, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Blue Sky Puppets: If Pigs Could Fly

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 11, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 12, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 13, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Dog Day

Dog Day

Healing Service

Healing Service

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 14, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Mother's Day Events at North Gate Vineyard

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical

Main Street Theater Productions: Seussical
May 15, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 16, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 17, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 18, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 19, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Fourth Friday

Fourth Friday

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

3rd Annual Corks for a Cause

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 20, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose:

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 21, 2017

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

The Loudoun Sketch Club's Exhibition: "Colors of Loudoun"

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Pets on Tour! Loudoun County Animal Service Adoption Bus at north Gate Vineyard

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Silk Scarf Painting with Penny Hauffe

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Stealing Dawn Live at North Gate Vineyard

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv

Gallery Coffeehouse: The Comedy Cult Improv
May 22, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 23, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
May 24, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova

Orchestra 2100 presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla with Natasha Korsakova
May 25, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale

Botanicals And Bouquets: Art Reception And Sale
May 26, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 27, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Teddy Chipouras Live at North Gate Vineyard

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose

Loudoun Centre Theatre: Footloose
May 28, 2017

Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
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Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
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Coming Up Spring

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Coming Up Spring

Coming Up Spring
June 1, 2017 June 2, 2017

First Friday at the Winery

First Friday at the Winery

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live

TGIF@North Gate Vineyard with Maddy Curtis Live
June 3, 2017

CA$H Bingo

CA$H Bingo

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Moon Music Live at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
June 4, 2017

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Loudoun Library Card Design Contest Begins Monday, May 22

21 May 2017

Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest has begun, May 22. A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public …

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Weber Joins BCT in Loudoun

21 May 2017

BCT, Bank of Charles Town, of Middleburg is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Weber, founder and former publisher of the Purcellville Gazette, as their newest Mortgage Loan Originator. “We are pleased that Ben is now part of our growing family, his insight into the growing real estate market and marketing skills will be a great benefit to our …

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Animal Shelter Hosts Homeward Bound Adoption Event on May 20

19 May 2017

Loudoun County Animal Services will host its second annual “Homeward Bound” free pet adoption event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 20 at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Adoption fees will be waived on all adoptable cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, small pets and reptiles. While supplies last, adopters will receive a goody bag for …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Letters for May Issue

Council Moving Forward with People’s Values After two years serving with Mayor Kwasi Fraser in a minority position on the Purcellville Town Council, voters went to the polls in May …

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

View From the Ridge

Envision Loudoun – Bold Action Versus Business-As-Usual

Everyone is talking about it. “Envision Loudoun,” our local government’s effort to reach out to the public for advice on how to rewrite and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Officials …

Around Virginia

Transportation: Problem Solving and Promises Kept

– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33) Four years ago I came before the voters of the 33rd District, challenging the status quo transportation funding policies that sent our taxes to other parts of the state while leaving us sitting in traffic. I called out projects like the Dulles Rail Project, …

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Rep. Comstock Returns from Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after returning from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon: “As believers around the world observed Holy Week, I appreciated the opportunity to visit and hear from those who serve our fellow man – our military men and women …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Growth in Solar Industry-Related Jobs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is one of the fastest growing solar job markets in the country. In the Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2016, Virginia is 2nd in the Southeast and tied with Utah for 9th in the U.S. for year-over-year solar job growth. The Commonwealth is ranked …

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Sports

WLVBC U14 Boys Volleyball Wins WLVBC Invitational

3 May 2017

The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys team won the inaugural WLVBC Invitational Tournament held Saturday, April 15 at Foxcroft School.  The team went 4-0 on the day, winning first place against WLVBC U15 boys team in a three-set match 25-19, 22-25 and 15-11. The team reached the Gold Bracket …

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Cannons in the Batter’s Box for Second Season

3 May 2017

– By Andrea Gaines This year marks the Purcellville Cannons’ 2nd season in Purcellville. Baseball fans, rejoice. “If I could identify one thing that I hope to accomplish this year,” said General Manager Ridge Fuller, “it would be to sustain the level of community support we got in 2016. To …

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