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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft sponsored a right-wing conference that promoted climate change......

EXCLUSIVE (and big!): Google, Facebook, and Microsoft sponsored a right-wing conference that promoted climate change denial.



Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians.

All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, ponying up $25,000, and Facebook and Microsoft each contributed $10,000 as gold sponsors. The donations put the tech companies in the top tier of the event’s backers. But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Among the most notable was the CO2 Coalition, a group founded in 2015 to spread the “good news” about a greenhouse gas whose increase in the atmosphere is linked to potentially catastrophic climate change. The coalition is funded by conservative foundations that have backed other climate change denial efforts. These include the Mercer Family Foundation, which in recent years has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to right-wing think tanks engaged in climate change denialism, and the Charles Koch Institute, the charitable arm of one of the brothers behind Koch Industries, the oil and gas behemoth.

In the LibertyCon exhibit hall, the CO2 Coalition handed out brochures that said its goal is to “explain how our lives and our planet Earth will be improved by additional atmospheric carbon dioxide.” One brochure claimed that “more carbon dioxide will help everyone, including future generations of our families” and that the “recent increase in CO2 levels has had a measurable, positive effect on plant life,” apparently because the greenhouse gas will make plants grow faster.

Good thread about Covington Catholic and the kid in the photo


eta: If someone knows how to do threadreaderapp that would be great

eta2: Never mind, someone already did it


Standing in -30c on frozen Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland with wide eyes, a big grin and frozen.....

Standing in -30c on frozen Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland with wide eyes, a big grin and frozen eyelashes!
What a sight!


No transit, no problem (amazing video of guy snowboarding in Montreal)


eta: DECEMBER 4, 2017


eta2: Sebastien Toutant

Pro Snowboarder🇨🇦 • Olympic Gold medalist🥇 @Oneill @Redbull @Oakleysnowboarding @Lifeproof @Nitrousa @Thinkempire 🤘🏼


Feedback on Lyft sought

I've always used taxis and Uber for rides. I want to try Lyft now.

Is Lyft a good service ? Do they treat their drivers decently ? Thanks in advance. I know I can go online for reviews but I thought I
would start here. Thanks.


Lake effect snow in full color, brought to you by Mother Nature, BEAUTIFUL !!

#LakeEffect #snow in full color, brought to you by Mother Nature, BEAUTIFUL !!


Usually I don't post weather stuff here but I thought many might like this

eta: also this one


Ronan Farrow (New Yorker): "I can't speak to Buzzfeed's sourcing, but, for what it's worth...."

I can’t speak to Buzzfeed’s sourcing, but, for what it’s worth, I declined to run with parts of the narrative they conveyed based on a source central to the story repeatedly disputing the idea that Trump directly issued orders of that kind.



Note that the general thrust of Cohen lying to Congress “in accordance with” or “to support and advance” Trump’s agenda (per Cohen’s legal memo) is not in dispute. The source disputed the further, more specific idea that Trump issued—and memorialized—repeated direct instructions.


Aeromexico wins Troll of the Month award. Hands down.


If you can't see the video, refresh your page.

Greg Miller (WaPo): I'd never seen this footage before - Trump sending clenched-fist......

Greg Miller Retweeted Jennifer Hayden
I'd never seen this footage before - Trump sending clenched-fist solidarity signals to Putin at a G20 dinner.



Trump denies working for Russia, calls past FBI leaders 'known scoundrels'


By John Wagner and
Karoun Demirjian January 14 at 1:58 PM

President Trump on Monday flatly denied that he worked for Russia, and he called FBI officials who launched a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether he did “known scoundrels” and “dirty cops.”

Trump’s comments to reporters as he left the White House came in response to reports that an FBI investigation that was opened after Trump fired then-Director James B. Comey in May 2017 included a component to determine whether the president was seeking to help Russia.

“I never worked for Russia,” Trump said as he prepared to leave for an event in New Orleans, adding: “Not only did I never work for Russia, I think it’s a disgrace that you even asked that question because it’s a whole big fat hoax. It’s just a hoax.”

During a television appearance Saturday night, after the counterintelligence component of the Trump investigation was first reported by the New York Times, Trump called a question whether he had ever worked for Russia “insulting” but did not directly answer it.
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