Nota Bene #103: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

“To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker—that’s like an aberration. I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity because of some ‘actor’ who’s been created.” Who said it? Continue reading

Gore says ‘tipping point’ close for public push on climate change

Tom & Gore SEJ
SEJ member Tom Yulsman
asks a question of Vice
President Gore in Madison.
Photo: Anne Minard.

The fate of the earth could end up determined by which tipping point is reached first: a physical shift that ushers in abrupt climate change with catastrophic consequences, or a social one, in which public attitudes rapidly coalesce around a mandate to address climate change. Or, neither could materialize, at least not imminently.

Al Gore believes the U.S. is on the brink of a political tipping point on the climate issue. Speaking to the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Madison, Wisc., last Friday, the former vice president said, “The potential for change can build up without noticeable effect until it reaches a critical mass. I think that we are very close to that tipping point.” Continue reading

Loyal Dubya is Dem’s best friend

President Bush today said that embattled World Bank head Paul Wolfowitz, currently embroiled in yet another BushCo scandal, “ought to stay” in his position. This comes hot on the heels of Bush’s show of support for buddy Alberto Gonzales, whose leadership at Justice has been such a festering embarrassment that even loyal Republicans are howling for his head.

This is all very good news for Democrats, although not all of them seem to fully understand the gift before them. Continue reading

Jobs are from Mars, Business is from Venus

It is astonishing the lengths that humanitarian and development organisations will go to avoid talking about business or to businesses.

International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia speaking at the XIth African Regional Meeting called for a new development approach in Africa which “puts people at the centre of development and judges the success of economic and social policy according to what happens to people at work … autonomous and independent social partners and institutions of social dialogue are bedrocks of democratic governance.”

I don’t know what that means either. But he really laid down the importance of this when, stressing the need for action, he said, “Each and every day, another 10 000 African women and men are being added to those workers already living with their families on less than US$1 per day.”

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