Let’s Not Talk About the Climate

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Al Gore is not making billions of dollars off of Global Climate Change. You’re being lied to. In fact, early on he invested a large portion of his own fortune into legitimate scientific research and has since invested a great deal in green technologies. And so what if he’s making money from those investments now? It’s called the Free Market. Why would a conservative be angry at Al Gore for making money through capitalism? Yes, he has made a sizable fortune [hardly billions] from speaking engagements. But so have Donald Trump, Anne Coulter, Wayne laPierre, George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.

Another thing that Al Gore has in common with all those people is that they have all made significant investments in climate change study and green technologies — ALL OF THEM — and many, many other rich conservatives have too.

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We all have a lot of emotions bubbling over after the terror attacks in Paris on Friday. Terrorism is designed to make us fearful of the perpetrators, but also to make us distrustful of ourselves and each other. If your first reaction to terrorism is the we need to “nuke ’em all!” — as my initial response to the 9/11 attacks was — congratulations! You have played right into the terrorists hands. This is not a sign of weakness in you at all, but an example of the power of random violence. The good news, typically this power is short-lived. We get past the shock and return to more rational behaviors. The bad news is, this means the cycle will repeat itself. Hang tough, friends.

Meanwhile, on Facebook some of our emotional friends might say things they would normally filter out — angry things that might belie a subtext of bigotry. Or maybe they’re happily racist. Or they’ll suggest that an entire group of human beings need to be wiped from the face of the earth. So, you might suggest to that person that, no, not every single one of that entire group should be wiped from the face of the earth. Or, you might stray into the comments section of a terror related news story and discover what a friend of mine calls “the bottom half of the Internet,” people willing to say the most disgusting, hateful things imaginable all because someone else has done the most disgusting, hateful thing imaginable. That’s just means that the terrorism is working.

It reminds me of a Thanksgiving Tweet by a comedian I saw years ago that said, “There’s an app that tells you which of your relatives are racist. It’s called ‘Facebook.'” That brilliant Tweet led to these two meme-like things.