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Poll on impeachment comes up with strong results

Twelve hundred voters voted in a new poll,  and the results are in: 53 percent of Americans want to impeach Prez Bush, and 42 percent don't. That'd be 76 percent of Democrats, 29 percent of Republicans, and 100 percent of environmentalists. Ha, just kidding about the environmentalists part. Hm. Interesting. I'm skeptical, to be honest. I know Bush's approval rating has dropped, but come on -- almost 1 in 3 Republicans want to impeach him? Also, the question on the poll was very awkwardly worded: Do you agree or disagree that if President Bush did not tell the truth about …

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A seven-year-old writes a book on global warming

I love kids. I love how they think. I love how Ethan Khiem Matsuda, upon grasping the basics of global warming, immediately thought, "What's going to happen to Santa?" Then he wrote a book about it. In The North Pole is Sinking!, "Ice is melting in the North Pole, threatening Santa's workshop. Santa and his reindeer set out to investigate the cause. Can the children of the world save the day?"   No, it won't freak your kid out to read a book about global warming -- the story is described as heartwarming, engaging, and hope-giving. Aww. Warm fuzzies.

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XX Winter Games coming up in Italy

So did you know the Winter Olympics are only a few months away? Because I didn't. I've read about the enviro-hell that is Beijing 2008 and the enviro-heaven that is London 2012, but it totally didn't occur to me until now that the luge (my favorite sport to say) will be broadcast to you and me in February. Torino 2006, baby! Oh good. They appear to be looking out for the environment. Sorry -- perhaps this doesn't belong on Gristmill, but I don't have a blog of my own, and I feel like the world (environmental and otherwise) needs to …

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Ford says trips to the WC are slowing production of SUVs

This is kind of a personal question, but throw away your privacy for the good of the company: Exactly how many minutes did you spend in the loo during work yesterday? CNN reports that the management at Ford Motor Co.'s Michigan Truck plant has released a memo declaring that too many of the factory's workers are spending more than the 48 minutes allotted per shift in the lavatory. Direct quote from the memo: In today's competitive environment, it is important that Michigan Truck plant immediately address this concern to avoid the risks associated with safety, quality, delivery, cost and morale. …

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In which we ask a mess of smart people what should happen in New Orleans

Unless you've been living under a rock -- and these days, we can't say we'd blame you -- you've probably put at least a smidgen of thought toward the fate of New Orleans. It's a rare thing to reconstruct an American city from scratch (though we can think of a few more cities we'd put on the list). There are some who advocate letting bygones be bygones, allowing the name and character of The Big Easy to fade into days of yore, but most people support the eventual rebuilding of the city. The question is, how should it be done, …

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Running out of things to blame Katrina on? Here’s a new one

I'll admit I didn't listen to this entire Oct. 5 NPR broadcast on "Environmental Politics after Katrina and Rita" -- probably worth a listen if you have 53 minutes. I tuned out after the first five minutes, following this ludicrous quote o' the week from Fred Smith, President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute: It would also of course be useful if we allow people to, encourage people to, develop their own mechanisms of defense. One of the great tragedies and something that showed quite clearly in Katrina is that poverty is a form of vulnerability, poverty is a form of …

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