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The Great U. S. of A. -- Where Weather is Hot and Policy is Not

Check this attachment for one round up of extreme weather events in 2005.

Happy Hallowee ... ah ... New Year

It’s a little past the season, but real monsters are with us all year ‘round. Besides, there is so much to worry about in January (and February and March and …) that the new year should begin with a smile.

An Electric Car for Real Men ...

… or for those rare women who are up for high-speed handbreak turns in gas station parking lots.

The Tango may not turn out to be the Model A of the new millennium, but it serves as a good example of what Detroit might be doing if it was serious about producing energy-efficient and smog-blocking alternatives. Unlike most of the experimental electric cars to date, this also looks like it would be serious fun: 0-60 mph in 4 seconds; 150 mph top end; and a race-ready roll cage to keep you safer than the easily crushed occupants of your average truck-frame SUV.

Not-Very-Perma Frost on the Melt

Google “permafrost” under News and you get a disturbing selection of stories arising out of a National Center for Atmospheric Research study on the melting of Artic permafrost. One of the most accessible is this piece out of the Anchorage Daily News, which says: “Warming temperatures could melt the top 11 feet of permafrost in Alaska by the end of the century – damaging roads and buildings with sinkholes, transforming forest and tundra into swamps, and releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the air.”

"Eighty percent of Republicans are just Democrats who don't know what's going on"

That quote comes from a Robert F. Kennedy speech on the G.W. Bush administration’s record of environmental devastation. Kennedy argues, convincingly, that Bush’s red state support can be explained by the quality of red state journalism – from the absolute dominion of a corporate-controlled media. Kennedy says:

In Pursuit and Defence of a Just and Creative God

This is R.F. Kennedy trolling through waters more commonly – and haplessly – fished by G.W. Bush:


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