Take Newt Gingrich, for instance. Only four years ago he was willing to sit on a love seat with Nancy Pelosi and film a commercial for a campaign headed by Al Gore. In it he explained that he agreed with the California Congresswoman and then-Speaker of the House that the time had come for action on climate. This fall, hounded by Morano, he was forced to recant again and again. His dalliance with the truth about carbon dioxide hurt him more among the Republican faithful than any other single “failing.” Even Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts actually took some action on global warming, has now been reduced to claiming that scientists may tell us “in 50 years” if we have anything to fear.
In other words, a small cadre of fervent climate-change deniers took control of the Republican Party on the issue. This, in turn, has meant control of Congress, and since the president can’t sign a treaty by himself, it’s effectively meant stifling any significant international progress on global warming. Put another way, the various right wing billionaires and energy companies who have bankrolled this stuff have gotten their money’s worth many times over.
JAZZ AT NIGHT: Think Deep by Coleman Hawkins - One of the first true greats of the tenor saxophone, Hawk practically invented bebop, reigned king of Kansas City swing, and inspired many of the legends of jazz. This is one of my favorite Hawk albums, with a strong backing crew and a lot of space in the songs to roam.
Think Deep takes me into a film noir movie every time I hear it. A great, classy swinging song to relax to on this Saturday evening.
Note: I posted the ballad Laura about a year ago. It is also on The Hawk Flies High album and is definitely worth a listen.
Train A leaves from a platform that you probably never heard of traveling at 60 mph. Train B leaves one hour later from the same platform going 85 mph. How long will it take train B to catch up with train A, and which is going to an M83 concert?
Specious, chest beating, useless, humblebrag pieces of low quality, low brow tech reporting. That is the gist of many opinions on the topic of funding announcements. Just yesterday, Chris Dixon posed what seemed like a rhetorical question on Twitter:
So towards the end of last year, I took a look at all the events I attended during the year (where I wasn’t a speaker) and assessed the ROI. Unsurprisingly, other than having a bit of fun and catching up with people I already knew, there wasn’t much value to them.