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34 posts categorized "Green Watch"

Apr 22, 2009

42 + 44 - 1/2 4850_

Obama Clinton Americorp.jpg

First of all, I'm thrilled about the expansion of the Americorp program, which Obama, Clinton and Teddy Kennedy celebrated yesterday.

Regarding the image, after all the elbows thrown during the primaries, I think Beltway-types were anticipating the Obama - Clinton photo op. The sense of mutuality (and deference to the former President, as Obama emphasizes his observer status by clutching his gloves with crossed hands) is effective here. I didn't see any video, but what argues for a genuine good mood is just how relaxed and loose the students appear.

Seriously, the first thing that went through my head when I saw this was: "burying the hatchet."

Flint demo.jpg

It's also ironic how the first photo compares with this second one which led off a NYT slide show yesterday about Flint, Michigan. The context involves a movement afoot, known as "planned shrinkage," to let the forest take over neighborhoods in Flint that are otherwise decomposing.

Slideshow: Shrinking Flint (NYT). Article: An Effort to Save a City by Shrinking It.

(image 1: Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images. caption: U.S. President Barack Obama watches as former President Bill Clinton (R) participates in a tree planting event at the Kenilworth Aquatic GardensApril 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event was organized by the Student Conservation Association, an Americorp organization. Today Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act that intends to more than triple the AmeriCorp volunteers to over 250,000 in the United States costing taxpayers roughly a billion dollars a year, over the next five years. image 2: Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times.)

Mar 21, 2009

Michelle's Garden

Michelle's garden.jpg

After the insanity of this past week, thank God for Michelle Obama and the emotional ballast she offers this troubled country.

To see a White House photo without a shred of evidence of the physical White House, but just the grounds (as if forest) -- when have you seen that before? Michelle's White House vegetable garden and her week-ending photo-op embodies desperately-needed vitality. It's a picture full of attributes that have been in short supply, including: grounding, growth, industry, cooperation.

Maybe I'll stumble across this post in the future and wonder what I was smoking to want to all-of-a-sudden morph into a romantic poet. I hope, if I do, I'll have next-to-no memory of how this week, otherwise, was so full of toxicity.

I'm so desperately hoping for a break from all the witch hunts and the hysteria. In the meantime, I'm soothed by that expression, Michelle's aria to Spring.

(Update: Beware the kool-Aid, right? Looking through the discussion so far, I especially appreciate the links to the Taibbi piece and the Iraq video, as well as the take about the boots.)

(image: Jason Reed/Reuters. caption: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joins 5th grade students from the Bancroft Elementary School during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new White House Kitchen Garden in Washington, March 20, 2009. The garden will grow about 25 varieties of fruits and vegetables which will be harvested by the White House kitchen for consumption at the White House.)

Jul 09, 2008

The Zen Of Midgets

G-8 Japan Rocks
Bush Toyako1

The Japan G-8 summit photos offer a stunningly incongruous portrait of politics and nature.

One way to read the group shot involves the miniscule leadership displayed by world leaders just at the point the environment and climate change has moved to the forefront of the world agenda.  To appreciate the larger tension in the photo, also consider that the leaders are actually sandwiched between the rock garden and Toyaka's massive Windsor hotel, this resort emblematic of the highest levels of consumption and wealth.  (And, also notice how all of the male leaders except one thought to wear black this day.)

Similar to the first image, it is ironic to the point of blasphemy to see "W" -- someone so profoundly out of touch and detached from any true rhythm -- in such a blissfully meditative setting.

(image 1: Jim Young/Retuers.  July 2008. Hokkaido Toyako Summit, Northern Japan.  (L to R) IEA head Nobuo Tanaka, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, U.S. President George W. Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, World Bank President Robert Zoellick and OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria Trevino.  image 2: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images.)

Apr 18, 2008

Your Turn: Seeds Of Iwo Jima


Iraq misdirection play?
Cruel joke on New Orleans?
Time for sacrifice yet?
Have a little war with your nostalgia.
It's always about winning, isn't it.
Flag fatigue.
Green movement on Viagra.
Why does America always have to plant things full grown?
Still running interference for Bush-Cheney-Rove global war paradigm.

Your thoughts?

How to Win the War on Global Warming (TIME)

(photo-illustration: Arthur Hochstein.  photo: Joe Rosenthal/AP.  TIME cover: Apr. 28, 2008)

Mar 10, 2008

Grayed Out Mao


This shot -- from this morning's Reuters Editor's Choice -- seems a particularly eloquent visual commentary on how environmental crisis has begun to supersede (blanket?) other political concerns.  Weird twist, too, the photographer's name is Gray.

Reuters Editor's Choice (March 10, 2008)

(image: David Gray/Reuters. Caption: Pollution haze is seen behind a paramilitary policeman standing in Beijing's Tiananmen Square March 10, 2008.)

Dec 16, 2007

Gore's Climate Problems

Gore-Climate How outrageous Gore should be visually called out for harshly pointing fingers in a pic that was widely  published on-line ...

... while Bush, the legislation killer, sits beside the fireplace, amidst the pine cones, under George  Washington (for the millionth time)  with this sh*t eating grin on his face (visual link),  while earning notoriety for his ability to deal with nobody, and get  away with it.

Mark Sobel, a long time reader who keeps me up on such things, offered these possible captions:

Uncle Al Wants You.

Still Shrill After All These Years.

Fat Man Wary of Heat Stays Out of Kitchen.

Yes, Antonin, You Have a Question?

There, That Burning Bush.

President Vetoes Second Measure to Expand Children’s Health Program
US Democrats compromise to get support for energy bill
Democrats bow to Bush spending limit Iraq War Funding Imminent,Timeline Absent
Bush threatens to veto anti-torture Bill

(image: Xinhua/AFP Photo.  December 12, 2007 via

Sep 28, 2007

Saving Planets Earth


Bush Outlines Proposal on Climate Change - link.

(image: Chris Greenberg/White House.  Washington. September 28, 2007.

Jun 07, 2007

If Climate Change Politics Keeps Up This Face, We're All Going To Burn

(click for full sense of some cheap  dynamics)

Props to ThinkProgress for observing how the U.S. media was completely steamrollered last week by the Administration's "non-shift" on climate change.  Now, regarding this morning's G-8 preview, could someone please send a search party to LA Times H.Q. to find some kind of backbone?

Bush seeks to mediate on climate change
Ahead of G-8 summit, he says U.S. can be a bridge between states who want action now and nations that need persuading.

... I mean, did Karl himself write this headline and subhead?

What was more perplexing, however, was the lead-off image accompanying the lead-off G-8 piece at today's NYT.  If the headline ("At Group of 8 Meeting, Bush Rebuffs Germany on Cutting Emissions") hews closer to reality, what's going on with that picture?

Fortunately, we run into one of those cases where the article speaks directly to the pic.  Here's the clip:

The theme of the meeting is “growth and responsibility in the global economy,” but by Wednesday, it was apparent that the biggest rift will revolve around climate change.

After lunch with Mr. Bush, Mrs. Merkel seemed to concede — without explicitly saying so — that her plan was off the table.

“There are a few areas here and there we will continue to work on,” she said, standing side by side with the president outside an elegant white castle on the grounds of the Kempinski Grand Hotel. When Mr. Bush turned to her and said he has “a strong desire to work with you” on the issue, the chancellor pursed her lips.

Say what?

Do you see any protest, resistance or even reservation here?  What I read, and it's essentially the same damn gesture the submissive media continues to signal to the suave and charming natural successor to Ronald Reagan Bush, is:

Sure honey, whatever you want."

(image: Jim Young/Reuters.  Rostock, Germany, June 6, 2007.  caption:  President Bush with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday in the German town of Heiligendamm, at the start of the Group of 8 meeting)

Jun 02, 2007

Looking For Cover As Warming-Mania Sprouts




Well, shoot.  I was just thinking about the season's hot new (spin) color.  (As The Economist alleges: These days businesspeople are falling over each other to prove their greenness.)

(credits:  The Rob Esmay cartoon is from the May 14, 2007 issue of The New YorkerThe Economist cover, June 2nd 2007, is the latest. Why they can't give a photo or photo-illustration credit, as good as their stuff is, I can't tell you.)

Jun 01, 2007

Will Ferrell Shows Bush The Greenhouse

Nobody objectifies GWB better than WF.

And if you just have to see how pathetically close the Ferrell piece compares to the real thing, check out this AP video of Bush's  bumbling, sight-read, so-called "green awakening" yesterday.

(video: youtube via TBS comedy special "Earth to America")

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