Category Archives: Politics

New kids in town get to work

Tweet [Note: I normally don’t clog the blog with big swaths of text lifted verbatim from other sources, but in this case I couldn’t resist.  This is a copy of one of the Policy News issues I get periodically from … Continue reading

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What the President(s) said

Tweet What a week it’s been. Martin Luther King Day followed immediately by the swearing in of a pathbreaking President of the United States. I would like to write at length about the tide of hope that President Obama’s measured … Continue reading

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I have a dream

Tweet It’s as predictable as the seasons — every year, when I hear the excerpts from Martin Luther King’s historic speech on the radio at this time of year, it brings tears to my eyes.  I just watched the speech … Continue reading

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Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?

Tweet [Natural Patriot’s semi-trivia contest: My 11-year-old son wants to know if any alert reader out there can identify the source of that quote.] In the meantime, a note to the Ex-President-to-be: Dude, stick with the flag pin on the … Continue reading

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Some advice to the President-elect on the state of the world

Tweet [Below is a letter making the rounds on the internet from Professor Steve Carpenter, an eminent ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, offering advice to President-elect Obama on the importance of serious and prompt environmental action as he begins … Continue reading

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A New Era begins

Tweet [I beg your pardon if this seems a bit over the top. They don’t let me out of my cage very much . . . and how often do we get a chance like this?] What a time to … Continue reading

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The big day

Tweet The big day has arrived at last (son: “Dad, will we still have to watch politics every night after the election?). I am on my way out the door to two meetings in Europe, plane leaving Philadelphia at 4:35 … Continue reading

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Getting to the root of the problem

Tweet Question: What is more fundamental to sustainability than fixing climate change, even more certain to lead to catastrophe if unfixed, far more politically sensitive, but even more essential to passing on a habitable planet to our grandchildren and their … Continue reading

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Swingin’ in Virginia

Tweet This weekend we drove back north to the ancestral homeland in Arlington, Virginia, for my high school reunion — I can’t bring myself to reveal which one it was except that it’s been quite some time. The return trip … Continue reading

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Grading the presidential candidates in science

Tweet In the last few months we have learned a lot about John McCain’s heroic service and travails as a prisoner of war, about Barack Obama’s history on the streets of Chicago, and we are beginning to learn — with … Continue reading

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