Category Archives: climate change

The past is never past, the news hardly ever new


We were still trying to clean up after Hurricane Ida knocked down power lines and flooded our shacks last week as it swept through the Tinicum swamp. Meanwhile, Covid-19 raged on and random bad news dominated a high-pressure zone that … Continue reading

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Wishful thinking, a.k.a. bipartisanship


I told Swamp Rabbit that the country is in a one-step-forward, two-steps-back historical loop, and there’s no reason to believe things will get better anytime soon. He didn’t want to believe this, so I summarized some news stories for him … Continue reading

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Grilling tips from the Ugly American


“Here, read this column,” Swamp Rabbit said. “Some peeps ain’t content to just mess up the planet, they gotta brag about it too.” It was a piece by a Washington Post columnist who is peeved because the food website Epicurious, … Continue reading

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The ‘millionaires against a $15 minimum wage’ club


“There’s a lot of peeps don’t mind believing the end is near, so long as it ain’t too near. The Apocalypse is a comfort to them. The alternative is to walk around thinking we might be able to patch things … Continue reading

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Everything is bigger in Texas, even the lies


“Okay, climate warrior, what do you make of them Republican frauds trying to blame wind turbines for that cat-ass-trophe in Texas?” I had just rewarded Swamp Rabbit with a pint of Wild Turkey for helping me clear ice off the … Continue reading

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Common ground with Republicans? On Mars, maybe.


“If Joe Biden keeps seeking common ground with Republicans — or unity, as he sometimes calls it — he’ll miss his chance to achieve his stated policy goals. Then Republicans will blame Democrats because the country is still a mess, … Continue reading

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The year of ‘You can’t make this stuff up’


Asked to summarize 2020 in one phrase, humorist Dave Barry wrote “Four Seasons Total Landscaping.” Perfect. Donald Trump’s wacko coup attempt, along with the Covid-19 plague, dominated the news late in the year, and nowhere was the Trump legal team’s … Continue reading

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Is this progress? A show of hands, please


Swamp Rabbit whistled to summon the birds and beasts of the ponds, mudflats and woodlands. “Listen up, critters,” he shouted. “Here’s what’s happening.” He read aloud from a list of calamities that have made 2020 a landmark year: Twin plagues … Continue reading

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Mom, apple pie, voter suppression and poor healthcare


Swamp Rabbit basked in the autumn sunshine and snapped open a beer. “”What’s up, Odd Man, you look even more bummed out than usual.” I told him last week’s Judiciary Committee hearings were still making me sick. Republican senators rushed … Continue reading

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Disinfecting the disaffected


I wanted to raise a glass Wednesday to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but Swamp Rabbit only wanted to lament the ironies of the occasion: • The Earth Day anniversary calls for a big celebration, but it’s not happening … Continue reading

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