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A cold turkey approach to energy is a ridiculous idea endorsed only by the truly militant but it is clear we have to migrate from high-pollution solution fossil fuels while science advances on energy generation that is clean and cost-effective enough that we don't create energy ghettos where only the rich can be warm or own cars, like we would have with silly windmills or solar panels using current technology.

Chris Mims, writing at the Txchnologist, engages in some funny framing worthy of anyone from his Scienceblogs.com days, but he asks a reasonable question; is natural gas as good as advertised?  
There are perennials in the plant kingdom, flowers that bloom each year, and in culture as well.  Each year, for example, there will be a new go-to cliché in football.    Many of us who have watched for a long time can even tell you what year a broadcast was made by which cliche was in use.

Quiz:  If I say they play "smash mouth football", what year was I thinking?
The Cubs have gone longer than any team in baseball without winning a World Series.   Before that, the Sed Sox were commonly regarded as the Sad Sack's of the game, even though the Cubs had historically been far worse.  But the Red Sox lifted "The Curse of The Bambino" in 2004.

The 'curse', if you are unfamiliar, went like this:  In 1918 the Red Sox won their fifth World Series, the most by any club and added proof of their dynasty.  They won using the pitching (and hitting) of George Herman Ruth, commonly known now as Babe Ruth, The Babe, The Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, the Colossus of Clout, and too many others to name. 
"Did you know the Rapture is May 21st?"  I asked Mrs. Science 2.0.   "That's tomorrow.  Are you prepared?"

"The season finale of Grey's Anatomy was last night, so I am okay, " she replied.

"What about date night tomorrow?   If I make dinner reservations for 6:05 and the world ends at 6, do I still get credit for trying?   Saving 8 bucks isn't worth it if you're mad at me."

"You love to triangulate.   Work on that from a few angles and tell me what you think the right answer is."
Last weekend, Satoshi Kanazawa wrote in Psychology Today that black women are considered less attractive than other women but black men are considered more attractive than other men.   Being a good evolutionary psychologist, he set out to do a 'whatsupwiththat?' article and map some data to that topology and piece the whole thing together.
Astrology, like everything else from the 1970s except "The Godfather" movies (and maybe "Star Wars") is better left to the past.   It can't realy tell you anything at all about another person.

However, a study in the Journal of Politics last month says a mate's politics might tell you a lot, at least in regards to how well you will get along in the future, so forgot horoscopes or folk wisdom about opposites attracting - if you are holed up in a compound in Montana, you should find a mate who is a militant kook too, likewise if you are convinced your Prius is saving the environment, you should find someone who is also educated by advertising.