Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

Help Out Al Franken’s Friend

I just got the following email from Al Franken:

Dear Greg,

Believe me, the last thing a Vikings fan like me would ever think to support is something called a “Cheddarbomb.”

But while the Packers may be our rival, I’d do just about anything to help out my friend Russ Feingold.

His football allegiances aside, Russ is one of the most courageous and dynamic progressives in the Senate — and he’s facing a tough fight this November. Russ’s opponent is spending millions of his own dollars attacking him.

Click here to join Russ Feingold’s oddly named but absolutely critical “Cheddarbomb” today!

If you care about civil liberties, you want Russ Feingold in the Senate. If you care about fair elections, you want Russ Feingold in the Senate. If you care about keeping political courage as part of the Democratic Party platform, you need Russ Feingold in the Senate.

That’s why I hope you’ll take a look at the email below and join me in supporting Russ’s “Cheddarbomb.” And, if you’re a Vikings fan, just think of it as compensation for stealing Brett Favre.

Thanks,

Al

I had no idea Russ Feingold was in trouble. That’s very bad news. Here’s the link Al sent me.

Anthropogenic Climate Change: It’s for real.

I’ve noticed that a lot of smart people who nonetheless “did not accept” AGW, or at least, denied the “A” part of it, have stoped talking about it lately. I’m speaking here of people I know personally. You know who you are, and you know you were wrong, and I just wanted to say that I forgive you. Mostly.

In the mean time, have a look at this:

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Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings

ResearchBlogging.orgThere are two quick and fairly easy approaches to reducing US emissions of CO2 by several percent. These reduction would be at the household level, possibly decreasing the household cost of energy by between 20 and 30 percent (or more, depending on the household) and decreasing national total CO2 emissions by around 10% or so.

But these approaches are nearly impossible to implement. Why? Because people are ignorant and selfish.
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Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a “freelance diplomat,” running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that welcomes innovation.

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Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

This Rob Dunbar is NOT Robin Dunbar the Archaeologist.

Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate — and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification.

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The Irony of Henry Adams: The most misunderstood quote evah!

I just received a mass emailing from Julia’s high school, in the name of the principal. Routine business. At the end of the missive was this quote:

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

What does this quote mean to you? If you don’t know its context, you may be in for a surprise.

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