The great Dutch writer and historian Geert Mak once told me that in 1933 the Dutch newspapers were full of stories of the threat of Nazism, yet by 1938 those same papers were all but silent on the subject. Sometimes, it seems, threats to our future become so great that we opt to ignore them. Yet if we fail to act with the utmost urgency to slow climate change, we will invite catastrophe on all humanity. -- Flannery, New York Review of Books, Aug. 16, 2018

Imagine ...

Vaclav Havel1.
A Politician Needs Principles
and Good Manners 
(October, 1991)

President Havel of Czechoslovakia received an honorary doctor of law degree on Sunday from New York University. Here are excerpts from his address:

Another Kleptocrat's Smirk

The Trump administration and every official from the White House down to the US-Mexican border have behaved shamelessly. They have been mean enough to impose the policy of separating parents and children of illegals and now, they are fatuuous and morally dead enough to create an act of brutal and sick perversion of law. And then the Kleptocrat waddles off to one of his own golf clubs and charges the public another several million to stay there a week, redefining the meaning of "working vacation."   -- wmh
Washington Post

Baby Huey's li'l Mnuchin goes to Capitol Hill

The report by the independent auditors was requested in January by the senior Democrats on the Senate and House tax-writing committees, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts. They asked the GAO to analyze the withholding tables under the new Republican tax law to make sure workers' paychecks weren't being widely under-withheld.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a White House press briefing early this year, dismissed that notion as "ridiculous." -- Gordon, AP/US News, July 31, 2018

Looking down Filbert St. from Telegraph Hill

To pick one example, if new state research-and-development tax credits were to target inland companies, an infusion of technology and investment could allow the Northern San Joaquin to make its logistics industry much less polluting in terms of greenhouse gases as it moves the vegetables of the Salinas Valley to market, perhaps through expanded ports in Stockton, West Sacramento, or Oakland. 
 -- Mathews, Zocalo, July 30, 2018


 Scientists debate whether California’s vast forests are emitting more carbon dioxide through fires than they absorb through plant growth. -- David R, Baker, SF Chronicle, Nov. 22, 2017


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