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Inconvenient Truth
Saw The Inconvenient Truth last night, which is basically a power point presentation on Global Warming in film form, by Al Gore. Thinking back to 2000, I wonder how many people, if they could be shown a short history of the Bush administration to this date, would have voted for Gore instead. How many people felt they were picking the lesser of two evils... and could they have been convinced otherwise?

The film was interesting, but not really shocking to me: there are some things that I didn't know, but largely it was convincing me of something I was already aware of. However, I wasn't aware of the level of melting of the glaciers that had occurred. Nor was I aware of the fact that they are now finding polar bears that have drowned from swimming too far and not being able to find any ice. I also didn't think about the huge effect that melting ice would have in the Arctic: because the color changes from white to dark blue as the ice melts, the water heats up much more significantly, as the suns rays are obsorbed by the water rather than reflected by the ice.

I'm more interested in "Who killed the Electric Car", though, so I'm probably going to try and get out to see that one in the near future.

For now, there is MIT swapmeet to see! I'm off to see the wizard. call at 603.264.2294 if you stop by.

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I'd be interested in any research that says that the melting of the ice caps is less significant than has been reported by anyone: other than via the press (which is led along by a relatively powerful lobby against global warming protections). The stuff that he was showing with regard to Glacier National Park is definitely true -- I've watched it for a while, but time lapse photos show it a lot more dramatically than text does.

When it comes right down to it, nothing Gore said really changed my opinion: the only thing that changed is that I saw a lot more pictures that made it more obvious why I feel that way. The United States position on Global Warming is completely ass-backwards, and seems like it will continue to be while the government is primarily powered by big money, which in many cases means Big Oil, which makes money off making the atmosphere worse.

I agree with fvinnash. The voters knew that his real concerns were money, gay marriage, money, oil, money, christianity, money, etc., and elected him anyway. Personally, I'm not sure how many of his voters actually care about the environment either. But the real problem is that Bush's opponents didn't rally against him, and thus prevent his election in the first place.

I really want to see "Who Killed the Electric Car" too, but it's not playing here in the cornfields. :(

not powerpoint, keynote! :)

Heh, heh. Powerpoint has lots a lot of its potency as a brand name due to its early success: it no longer matters what the actual presentation software is, it simply matters that it is a slideshow.

But you're right. Keynote :)

I'm wondering what Apple would have done if Gore's laptop ended up as badly dinged as mine -- a lot of the screenshots were very much closeups of the system. Would they have offered him another laptop for no charge, for the prevention of bad publicity? Would they prefer he didn't use their hardware at all?

Not that I expect you to know these things, but it does make me wonder.

I'd bet a fair amount of cash that the laptop on stage was brand spanking new. And since Gore's on Apple's board, I'd say Apple would prefer that he use our hardware. :)

I'll tell you some stories off-line sometime. :)

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