Climate Science Is Getting Koch-Blocked

Have you heard of Koch Industries? With a 2009 revenue of around $100 billion, it is one of the largest privately held conglomerates in the world and has companies involved in petroleum, natural gas, paper, and all sorts of other resource-depleting industries. And, according to a report from Greenpeace, it has been working hard to make sure we don't pass laws that enforce smarter resource management.

From 1997 to 2008, the company, its two co-owners Charles and David Koch, and its employees have funneled more than $48.5 million to groups such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and the Heritage Foundation, and crazy senators like James Inhofe, that fight against climate change legislation and promote climate change skepticism in the media. The Koch machine easily outspent ExxonMobil in this arena.

Do donations from Koch cause these groups to fight progress or does Koch just find and support groups they're already aligned with? Probably a bit of both, but it doesn't really matter. The science behind man-made climate change is solid and efforts to convince the public otherwise, or prevent Congress from doing anything about the situation, are compromising humanity's chances for survival. If you want to know how not to support Koch, have a look at this list of their brands, which includes Brawny and Lycra. Don't use Dixie cups for your drinking games.

Another notable, if unsurprising, fact: The two lead Kochs (the name, I'm loath to admit, is pronounced "coke") are both among the richest ten people in the United States and are nowhere to be found on the roster of billionaires giving half their wealth to philanthropy.

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If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

Yes, you read that right, "history of polling."

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.


In the category of "claims to fame nobody wants," the United States can now add "exporter of white supremacist ideology" to its repertoire. Super.

Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, made this claim in a briefing at The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. "For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology," Travers said. "We are now being seen as the exporter of white supremacist ideology. That's a reality with which we are going to have to deal."

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Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

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