What’s better than a Bill McKibben must-read op-ed in the Washington Post on the link between climate change and the extreme weather we’ve been seeing over the globe the past year? McKibben’s words made into a video by Stephen Thomson. It’s chilling. It’s shocking. It’s inspiring. It’s depressing. Most of all, it’s must-see. Video embed below.
Stephen Stromberg of the Washington Post had a good column this week on “How to get Republicans to go green”. What does Stromberg suggest? In a word, compromise. There’s no doubt Stromberg is right, that compromise will be the only way to make inroads in Washington to attacking what is looming as our generation’s defining issue. But that premise is also utterly frustrating.
Long live the king! Ken Nye opened Ninth Street Espresso in 2001, the first to really bring the avant-garde espresso bar to New York. Ten years later, Ninth Street still makes the best espresso/macchiato/cappuccino/latte in the city, albeit now with lots of competition. And we’re thankful for that competition.
Jobs, jobs, jobs. That was the Republican mantra in the run-up to the mid-term elections before the Grand Old Party regained control of the House and neutered the Democrats’ control of the Senate. But since taking over the House, job creation has not been a priority for the GOP. Instead, Republicans have pushed for an agenda to balance the budget and undermine women’s rights (see abortion, Planned Parenthood, etc.), unions (see Wisconsin and dozens of other states) and regulatory agencies (first up would be the EPA).
First Jon Stewart’s gut-splitting riff on Donald Trump. Now Stephen Colbert’s take on Sarah Palin and Paul Revere’s ride. They’re playing can-you-top-this? I’m not sure who’s winning, but it’s fun to watch. (Video embed below, but viewer beware, the quality is poor. Use above Colbert link instead until YouTube gets a better version)
Mitigation. It’s a word seldom voiced or written in the raft of stories we see every day now on climate change. Instead, that conversation is mainly focused on our ability to adapt to global warming and the climate chaos that promises to follow.
Another heartbreaking column from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, who for my money is the best columnist in the country. This one is on human trafficking and how a 10-year-girl in India seems destined to be sold into the sex trade there. It’s an incredibly sad tale.