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Nate Silver covers the climate beat in Copenhagen


Nate Silver is one 350 bloggers and digital campaigners covering the Copenhagen Climate Conference

Nate Silver is one 350 bloggers and digital campaigners covering the Copenhagen Climate Conference

Blogger and prediction expert, Nate Silver is in Copenhagen to cover the UN Climate Change Conference.

Nate rose to blog prominence, or “bloginence,” for his startling accurate predictions of the 2008 election on FiveThirtyEight (538 is the number of electors in the US electoral college). Having conquered baseball prediction models and election polling, Nate has set his sights climate change. He issued a bold and brilliant challenge to climate change skeptics this summer:

The rules of the challenge are as follows:

1. For each day that the high temperature in your hometown is at least 1 degree Fahrenheit above average, as listed by Weather Underground, you owe me $25. For each day that it is at least 1 degree Fahrenheit below average, I owe you $25.
2. The challenge proceeds in monthly intervals, with the first month being August. At the end of each month, we’ll tally up the winning and losing days and the loser writes the winner a check for the balance.
3. The challenge automatically rolls over to the next month until/unless: (i) one party informs the other by the 20th of the previous month that he would like to discontinue the challenge (that is, if you want to discontinue the challenge for September, you’d have to tell me this by August 20th), or (ii) the losing party has failed to pay the winning party in a timely fashion, in which case the challenge may be canceled at the sole discretion of the winning party.

I don’t know if he did have any takers.

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(Updated with VIDEO) Cabinet Secretaries meet with 200 clean energy youth leaders


white house live facebook (UPDATED: Full Video Below)
At 4pm EST today, over 200 young climate leaders from all over the country are meeting at the White House with top administration officials including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Carol Browner.

It will be streamed live at http://whitehouse.gov/live and you can follow on twitter using the hashtag #YCEF
Facebook users can take part on the White House’s Facebook Live page.

h/t: Consequence’09


Youth Clean Energy Economy Forum Part I

Cabinet Members speak with over 100 young leaders on clean energy at the White House. December 2, 2009.


Youth Clean Energy Economy Forum Part II

White House staff on clean energy hold a live online breakout session via Facebook. December 2, 2009.


Youth Clean Energy Economy Forum Part III

White House staff on clean energy listen to reports back from several breakout sessions focused on improving engagement between the White House and youth leaders. December 2, 2009


ADVISORY: Cabinet Secretaries to Headline Clean Energy Economy Forum with Youth Leaders
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, December 2, four members of President Obama’s Cabinet will host a Clean Energy Economy Forum with youth leaders from around the country at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar , Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, and other Administration officials will reiterate the need for a comprehensive energy plan that puts America back in control of its energy future.  Transitioning to clean energy will create jobs, enhance national security and help protect our environment for generations to come.  They will also participate in a dialogue with attendees on the benefits of the clean energy economy for younger generations and the role young Americans have in creating and sharing those opportunities.

The forum will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live and will be open to the public through Facebook, where an innovative White House application will allow the public to watch and discuss the event live.  The White House will be keeping up with the chat, taking questions, and incorporating feedback from chat participants during the event.

Coverage details are below:

WHO:
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis
Energy Secretary Steven Chu
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Administration officials
Youth leaders

WHAT: Clean Energy Economy Forum

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm

WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building
South Court Auditorium





Watch this video if you want to understand Palin supporters


A supporter of Palin in Ohio knows little about the former candidate's policies, and doesn't seem to care to know.

A supporter of Palin in Ohio knows little about the former candidate's policies, and doesn't seem to care to know.

Last week, I blogged about the hilarious reaction of children to Palin’s book, Going Rogue, at a New York City bookstore. The team at New Left Media take us for a look at the real Palin supporters lining up to meet her in Ohio.  It seems that the children John Oliver interviewed know just as much about Palin’s policies as her die hard supporters. It is stunning to witness how little they know about the policies of the women they desperately want to be president.

Their self-professed Palin ignorance, won’t deter any of them from supporting her against an evil Obama who isn’t an American, is promoting partial birth abortions and wrote two books about his own “Marxism” and “Leninism.”  This is all according to, “FOX News” of course. Watch the whole 8 minutes.  Of course, their biggest gripe with Obama: He supports the “others.” as much or more than he supports real Americans. As one fine Christian woman says, “Americans should be first, the other people should be last.” Amen, sister. Amen.

YouTube – SARAH PALIN BOOK SIGNING – Interviews with Supporters.


Watching this, I’m reminded of the key emotion in branding and marketing: Love. Most people think trust is the key to a brand or product, but seasoned marketers are after love precisely because it is, “Beyond reason.” Whether familial, romantic, friendly, or even for a product, love supersedes a person’s reasoned analysis. Have you ever ate something you knew was bad for you. An ill-fated choice of cheese fries and a chocolate shake (made more than once) at 3am comes to mind for me. How about a relationship you knew you should end, but kept falling back into? “Love beyond reason” is the key to great brands…Man, do I love how this Mac looks and feels as I type right now.

Beyond love Palin supporters, like many conservatives, are “True Believers.” You most often find “true believers” within relgion (hmmm, seeing a connection maybe?), where followers blindly take part in faith and traditions that have no reasonable proof or value. I couldn’t wait to eat the flesh and drink the blood of a “god-man” who died nearly 2,000 years before I was born — a man who I “Loved beyond reason.” Of the many traits of “True Believers,” a key is that information that challenges their belief must be discarded. As with love, true belief is beyond logic, even greater than logic…it’s true!

These two characteristics are not bad per se, but they can be applied in dangerous ways. In this case, I don’t think it is as important that we pass judgement on the Palin armies as it is that we truly understand them. Any attempts to simply sway them with logic will fall on deaf ears. Progressives must understand that in our “Branded for Life” society, we are in a constant war of brands, as much as idea. I for one don’t celebrate this fact, but I respect it.





(VIDEO) Kids prefer ‘Jumping in volacno,’ or ‘swimming in shark-infested water’ to reading Palin book


Daily Show reporter John Oliver reads Palin's new book to kids in a New York City book store. They'd prefer something else.

Daily Show reporter John Oliver reads Palin's new book to kids in a New York City book store. They'd prefer something else.

Yes, these kids would probably rather, “Jump in a volcano,” than read the Audacity of Hope as well. The genius of this report by John Oliver was that it juxtaposed Jon Stewart’s opening piece (below) about the media’s 13 year old girl-like squealing over the Palin book, with the reality at a New York book shop. The entire episode last night was an examination of the cultural divide between Palin’s fans and detractors. She clearly is a litmus test, and where someone falls on the Palin love-hate scale can likely explain their political leanings, geography, religion and cultural sensibilities.


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The episode featured Lou Dobbs, fresh from his CNN walk off, in an extended interview where Stewart and Dobbs battled over the cause of the Right’s rage. Dobbs thinks it is the effect of 8+ (Bush and Obama)  years of government pushing through policies that ignored the public’s wishes. Stewart surmises that Republicans are just poor losers.You can watch full interview of Dobbs and Stewart here.
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