At TED this past March, Al Gore once again presented the Mother of all Power Point Shows.
This time around, there is a renewed sense of urgency, with updated slides about Arctic sea ice loss, among other things. More so than in the past, Gore specifically focuses on the necessity for laws to change, and how before that can happen, politics, especially American politics, must change as well. Another theme of Gore's latest TED appearance is how climate change is also a tremendous opportunity for a new heroic generation, to be remembered as the ones who solved the greatest crisis of human civilization.
A surprise from Al Gore:
I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse . I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.
How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered "an alternate universe"?
I thought maybe it was an aberration when three-quarters of Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for attacking us on September 11, 2001. But more than four years later, between a third and a half still believe Saddam was personally responsible for planning and supporting the attack.
Al Gore calls it like he sees it
- It is no accident that this assault on the integrity of our constitutional design has been fueled by a small group claiming special knowledge of God's will in American politics. They even claim that those of us who disagree with their point of view are waging war against "people of faith." How dare they?
No need to actually vote, folks: the Election result has already been written by the AP: At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the precincts reporting.
(they say it's a test article, but who ever heard of an election results article being pre-written?)
Al Gore on tomorrow's Bush-Kerry duel: The debate tomorrow should not seek to discover which candidate would be more fun to have a beer with. As Jon Stewart of the "The Daily Show'' nicely put in 2000, "I want my president to be the designated driver.''
Gore is set to endorse Howard Dean tomorrow.
Does that mean it's already over for the other Democratic candidates? (Will you even get the opportunity to vote for a candidate in your state's primary? Heck, should we consider limiting the campaign period?)
Al Gore claims the Bush administration is not helping America, but hurting it by focusing on all the wrong things.
Gore:The administration is still not investing in local government training and infrastructures where they could make the biggest difference. The first responder community is still being shortchanged. In many cases, fire and police still don’t have the communications equipment to talk to each other. The CDC and local hospitals are still nowhere close to being ready for a biological weapons attack.
The administration has still failed to address the fundamental disorganization and rivalries of our law enforcement, intelligence and investigative agencies. In particular, the critical FBI-CIA coordination, while finally improved at the top, still remains dysfunctional in the trenches.
The constant violations of civil liberties promote the false impression that these violations are necessary in order to take every precaution against another terrorist attack. But the simple truth is that the vast majority of the violations have not benefited our security at all; to the contrary, they hurt our security.
With the wee hubbub
that's going on at the moment in our government, it might be nice to take a step back and look at what this means for us Internet users (and more specifically, bloggers). When I pondered this for a moment, my mind drifted to that briefly bearded
granola and silicon presidential hopeful of times long forgotten
. Well, Al Gore
may have invented the Internet
(or, as he put it, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet"), but it is this man
who has truly embraced the medium
The greatest difference between this man and the cowboy currently shootin' from the hip in the Oval Office isn't about taxes
. It's not about health care
. And, yes, I contend it's not even about women's rights
. The greatest difference between the Son of Bush
and the Dean
isn't about left or right or conservative or liberal. It's all about the flow of information
. [More inside]
"Broken Promises and Political Deception"
by Al Gore in the NY Times: " For well over a year, the Bush administration has used its power in the wrong way. In 2000, I argued that the Bush-Cheney ticket was being bankrolled by "a new generation of special interests, power brokers who would want nothing better than a pliant president who would bend public policy to suit their purposes and profits." Some considered this warning anti-business. It was nothing of the sort. I believe now, as I said then, that "when powerful interests try to take advantage of the American people, it's often other businesses that are hurt in the process" — most of all, smaller companies that play by the rules." (I think it's safe to say Al is running)
Seating the duly-elected president in office
"President-elect Gore would have to be elected to the house of representatives in 2002, along with enough democrats to give them a majority. they then elect him speaker of the house, at that point, all that's left is the simple matter of a double-assassination, and voila! President Al Gore." It's that
The Press vs. Al Gore
How lazy reporting, pack journalism and GOP spin cost him the election (If you don't believe that the 5 Justices hijacked the election) Still not over it, BTW.
The recount results are in. Will this only serve to undermine Bush's authority in a time of crisis? Should the media have sat on this until the current situation becomes more stable?
Bush Winning Gore Backers' High Praises
I never thought I would see this in the New York Times; praise for President Bush. "Many Democrats who once dismissed Mr. Bush as too naïve and too dependent on advisers to steer the United States through an international crisis are now praising his and his advisers' performance. Some are even privately expressing satisfaction that Mr. Gore, who tried to make his foreign affairs expertise an issue in the campaign, did not win." I cannot agree more!
New Democrats or Old?
On one hand you have the New Democrats (Clinton, Gore), who's agendas are more centrist (some would say right leaning) but have had victories (Clinton being elected twice). On the other hand, the more liberal wings seem to say that it's better to stand on principle and convince the populace to come over to your side.
Nat Hentoff on the Supreme Court and Bush v Gore:
"Far from stealing the election for Bush, the majority of the Supreme Court shamed the politicians of both parties who, for so long, have failed to secure everyone's meaningful right to vote."
George W. Bush is elected President of the United States.
Affirmed by no less than Al Gore himself. The electoral votes have been tallied and certified. It. Is. Over.
Gore parties the night away...
even though he lost. According to the article, Jon Bon Jovi was so upset at the boring party they originally had that he called up some friends and announced there was a "Party at Gore's House!!" The cover photo
and interior shots from the Daily News have Gore looking as if he had one hell of a time.
FLASH: Gore Concedes.
Ok, I guess *now* it's over. Bye, Alec...
Bush apparently wins...
and the New York Times is apparently speechless. 54k
(The original page has already changed; please forgive the link to the image on my site.)
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reverse the Fla. high court's decision to allow manual recounts on disputed ballots. This essentially closes off Gore's last challenges. Now why can't I find a non-PDF format copy of the decision on the Web????
Supreme Court II: Election Boogaloo.
Programs, getcher programs here! Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can get your grubby hands on the Bush
briefs right now. Fascinating reading. PDF files, of course.
Choose your own election.
Worth reading, just for a bit of 80s nostalgia.
Bush attempts to move on
and creates a Web site to help facilitate the process. My, he does have bal^H^H^Hguts doesn't he? I think at this point Gore doesn't expect to win and is continuing with his pursuits to make sure the laws get changed for the next election. What do you think?
The first step in setting up a parallel government?
"Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney said if the General Services Administration will not assist George W. Bush's transition to the White House, the campaign is prepared to go ahead on its own. 'We will proceed drawing on other sources,' Cheney told reporters in Washington on Monday." Yeah, I just bet they will.
The Greenwood Position.
Partisan perhaps, but will Peggy Noonan's latest OpEd in the WSJ be a rallying cry for frustrated conservatives? She offers compelling arguments and solid suggestions for proactive redress. Talk amongst yourselves.
More Fun With the Electoral College!
What's most disturbing isn't that it may be weeks or months before we actually know who won the election. I mean who cares? Neither of these guys represent you
. They both suck. The disturbing part is that it is actually possible the voices of hundreds of thousands of Florida voters might not be heard at all!
The end... finally.
Today at five pm. Judge Lewis upholds the statutory deadline for election returns to be certified, despite media specualtion that he was initially inclined to extend it.
13 Myths About the Results of the 2000 Election.
I know, I know. We're all tired of election stuff. But for anyone who's not, this is well worth reading. [via rewired]
The Bush campaign is seeking contributions to fund the Florida recount
and here I am thinking that they were fighting
the recount. I'm sorry to add a link to the political chaos but the Bush campaign just baffles me to no end. Could some objective non-partisan please stand up for the people's constitutional right to franchisement?
"If Dubya steals the White House, American democracy will be a joke."
A vehemently liberal polemic from the UK, which I don't necessarily agree with, but still: "President Dubya will be barren of legitimacy at home and devoid of moral authority abroad. The Saddam Husseins of the planet, every petty, vicious dictator around the world, will scoff in the face of America."
Gore takes Oregon.
...but may lose New Mexico. God, I'm going insane.
Wherefore art thou, NM?
"Amid the intense legal and public relations battle for Florida and its 25 electoral votes, Al Gore may have lost a state: New Mexico."
a call for Gore to stop?
This is a well reasoned argument but is sometimes rambling. Do you think it makes sense? Is Gore really loosing credibility? Should he really give up the fight? Discuss.
issued to Palm-Beach poll workers on Tuesday morning.
Linear regression analysis adds approximately 2700 votes to Gore's tally
-- "If Palm Beach county were like the other counties, according to estimates with Bush's votes Buchanan would have gotten around 600 votes in that county instead of 3407 votes he actually got. If we used Gore's votes to predict Buchanan's vote, we would have predicted Buchanan to get somewhere around 792 votes. ...[in any case] it can be claimed with a high degree of statistical confidence that the mistakes cost Gore somewhere between 2000 and 3000 votes. If Bush wins Florida by an amount smaller than this, such as 1700 votes, a strong claim can be made that the confusion over the unique ballot structure in Palm Beach cost Gore the presidency...."
If Al Gore becomes the president, Mickey Kaus has a wickedly devious
idea on how the Dems can stick it to the senate Repubs. It hinges on Joe Leiberman refusing the vice-presidency.
19,000 Fla Ballots Nullified.
...and allegedly Gore was only behind in the state by 1800. This is gonna get interesting.
It's not over yet folks!
Democratic candidate Al Gore has called GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for the second time tonight, retracting his earlier call congratulating Bush on his victory. Gore is expected to speak to his supporters in Nashville soon.
GOP Supports Gore!
Well, sort of. The GOP Web site was defaced last night
with a well-written diatribe about why Bush shouldn't be President.
Michael Moore, Certified Public Crankyman, explains why Gore is so deeply undeserving
of the vote I'll probably cast for him anyway...(via memepool)
Bush narrowly defeats Gore by 26 electors and 0.1 percent of the popular vote.
That's the average of 14 predictions in the Washington Post
. I thought it would be interesting to see how MetaFilter's pundits fare in predicting the Electoral Count and popular vote, so I'm offering a bribe ...
The Campaign Scandal Generator.
Just in time for the lightning round of the campaign!
Gore Camp Attacks Nader's Sex Life
Nader responds: "If this does not open the eyes of the American people, nothing will."
Sierra Club defends Gore
record on the environment.
Among the choice quotes:
" I think Nader has to take responsibility not for what he wants, but for what George Bush does. . . .If you're a political leader and you follow a strategy which you have calculated is likely to produce George Bush in the White House, you have to take responsibility for what George Bush does. And George Bush is going to put into place policies that are going to cause people to die."
Only 6 more days to post election topics! Yee haw!