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December 12th, 2020

The Man Who Never Laughs

There are only two things that one needs to know to thoroughly understand our 45th President.

The first is simply that he harbors good will toward no one.

The second is that his one great purpose in life is to prove himself to be the ultimate "winner" or “killer,” in the lingo of his family,...

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October 11th, 2017

Making the Electoral College Work

Lawrence Lessig has another great new project to help save the republic. Ending the winner-take-all practice of the Electoral College process will return presidential elections to the principle of one person one vote and reclaim this most fundamental aspect of democracy from the catastrophically...

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January 24th, 2010

Catastrophe for American Democracy

On Thursday, January 21st, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States, in what is surely one of the three worst rulings in the history of the court, perpetrated a heinous crime against American democracy and the future of the American people. The five justices responsible were naturally: John...

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April 6th, 2008

Have We Already Passed Earth's Warming Limits?

(updated April 24, 2008)

For some time it has been clear to me that the changes we're seeing in the arctic, especially, prove beyond a reasonable doubt that we have long since passed critical major tipping points in the Earth's climate system. Perhaps the most important surprise from the...

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December 10th, 2007

Speech by Al Gore at his Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize

DECEMBER 10, 2007

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Honorable members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen.

I have a purpose here today. It is a purpose I have tried to serve for many...

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October 12th, 2007

Al Wins! (again)

Seriously, Al Gore's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize for his tremendous commitment to educating the people of the world about the consequences of our unsustainable mistreatment of the sky is another major turning point in the effort to prevent the unfolding global catastrophe from taking us to...

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September 14th, 2007

Summer 2007 — Stunning Record Loss of Arctic Sea Ice!

On Friday the 17th of August, 2007, a news report on NPR revealed that the extent of the Arctic sea ice had, surprisingly, just reached a new all-time low extent (area), a full six weeks ahead of the expected seasonal minimum, meaning that the low ice extent for 2007 would be a record low by a...

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August 28th, 2007

Making it Visible

Please take a minute to watch this fabulous video spot that does something we've been needing for a long time, a way to visualize accurately this invisible but critically important process: Black Balloon.

Or this newer one, brilliantly illustrating the immense scale of our pollution: ...

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August 1st, 2007

Debunking the Skeptics — Re: Hurricanes

On today's installment of Fresh Air, on National Public Radio, the climatologist Kerry Emanuel, professor at MIT's Deparment of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, gave a very succinct explanation of how it is that human-induced atmospheric changes are indeed responsible for the major...

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June 4th, 2007

Dire New Climate Warnings

A new study conducted by NASA, authored by 48 scientists, warns that the so-called tipping points for the Earth's climate are much closer than previously thought. The critical thresholds for atmospheric CO2 levels may be "much lower than 450 ppm", meaning that we may already be beyond the...

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October 27th, 2006

Watershed Moments in Our History

(Update Nov 3, 2006)

Two Giant Crises Meet Opportunity for Solutions in California Ballot Measures

Last night, November 1st (2006), President Clinton addressed a crowd of over three thousand supporters of Prop 87 in San Francisco, giving a speech that if heard by the voters would result in the...

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A problem with overdevelopment

To: County Supervisor John Gioia <>

cc: William Nelson, Principal Planner Contra Costa County <>

cc: State Senator Nancy Skinner, via webform at:

cc: State Representative Buffy Wicks,...

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