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24
Jun

Must-see video as McKibben connects the dots again

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.

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18
Jun

Sigh. Compromise is likely only way to go green

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.

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16
Jun

NYC’s best? Ninth Street Espresso

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.

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9
Jun

Clean tech is answer to jobs, jobs, jobs

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).

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7
Jun

Palin — not Revere — taken for a ride

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)

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6
Jun

Mitigation: It’s a good word and a better action

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.

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5
Jun

Kristof’s heartbreaking column on sex trafficking

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.

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4
Jun

Shaq dancing: What’s not to like?

The NBA lost a large personality when Shaquille O’Neal announced his retirement on Friday. And I don’t mean his size. Shaq was always fun. One of the videos that pops to mind is his dance-off at the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend. Enjoy. (Video embed below)

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