||Sunday, February 20, 2005
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's lead story last Wednesday included this observation from Richard Clarke:
'Given their record in the security area, I don't know why anybody
would buy from them,' the former White House cybersecurity and
counterterrorism adviser said yesterday, when asked for his thoughts on
Microsoft's forthcoming line of security software.
Strangely, was picked up by no other 'mainstream' media. (Unless Slashdot counts.)
10,000 Kites offers a fresh, visual, collaborative approach to Israeli-Palestinian relations. (I like this even more than I like Christo's Gates, and I like that/those/it alot!)
Imagine 10,000 kites flying for peace
on both sides of the 500-kilometer long barrier that separates Israelis
and Palestinians. Imagine 10,000 Israelis and Palestinians who cannot
see each other, but can see each other's kites flying high above the
barrier. Imagine those 10,000 kites painted with messages telling the
world that tens of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians want peace.
It's going to happen April 27, 2005
at 16:00 hours. Hundreds of Israeli, Israeli/Arab, and Palestinian
organizations are already participating in 10,000 Kites, and they need
our help to get their message out.
A fascinating juxtaposition of worldviews in yesterday's SF Chronicle (New Global Warming Evidence Presented):
I'm very Old School, I guess. I always thought science was supposed to
be about testing hypotheses against evidence, not about having
'positions' about the evidence. So it goes.
- 'We were stunned by the similarities between the observations
that have been recorded at sea worldwide and the models that
climatologists made,' said Tim Barnett of the University of
California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 'The debate is over,
at least for rational people. And for those who insist that the
uncertainties remain too great, their argument is no longer tenable.
We've nailed it.'
- 'Our position has been the same for a long time,' said Bill
Holbrook, spokesman for the White House Council on Environmental
Quality. 'The science of global climate change is uncertain.'
Meanwhile the rest of the world isn't sitting still. I built this chart
(based on data from Carbon Down, Profits Up and other sources -- click on the image for a larger one) and find the differences -- between countries, and between
companies -- quite striking.
The question, as always, is not 'How well
is my company doing in relation to its own expectations?' but also 'How
well are we doing in relation to our most innovative competitors?' and
'How well are we doing in relation to what needs to be done?'
(You can see more in my biweekly 'Sustainability Sundays' post on WorldChanging.com, find prior blog entries using the search function in the right column, and consider the inescapable simplicity of the underlying physics of climate change here.)
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