#867 – Dick Bernard: The Tar Sands Pipeline and other matters of the environment

A relevant and current addendum to this post is the 2014 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change accessible here. Last Sunday after church I stopped by a table staffed by two members of the environmental organization MN350. This day they were encouraging action against a proposed expansion of the Alberta Clipper Pipeline of […]

#784 – Dick Bernard: Some items relating to a better Earth.

Perhaps it is no more than a coincidence, but four events in particular draw my attention to varied initiatives relating to the Earth and its Peoples. 1. Tomorrow is the last day of an exhibition of the Minnesota College Art and design of some of the artifacts of renowned Arctic and Antarctic Explorer Will Steger. […]

#686 – Dick Bernard: Going to listen to Al Gore on "The Future. Six Drivers of Global Change"

Al Gore was in Minneapolis on Thursday, and while I’ve been to lots of speeches, including by Mr. Gore, and didn’t really need to go, there is something that draws me to such events. I got to Westminster Presbyterian Church an hour early, but turned out to be a half-hour late: I got a seat, […]

#654 – Dick Bernard: The Dust Bowl

Sunday evening we watched part one of Ken Burns’ latest photo-documentary: the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. I’d urge everyone to watch this series, which is playing on public broadcasting around the nation. You can watch the program online here, but only through Monday, November 19. Consult your local listing regarding part two. Born in […]

#584 – Lee Dechert in his own words

UPDATE June 26, 2012: Here is the obituary on Lee Dechert. NOTE: Comments on Lee from Andy Driscoll and Will Shapira can be found at the very end of this post. There may be others, later. Richard Lee Dechert (that’s as in French: pronounced d-share) passed away quietly at home on June 21. Years ago […]

#552 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #9. Climate Change

A year ago today I was at a resort in suburban Albuquerque NM. It was a nice spring day, and I walked down to the Rio Grande River and saw this tree which was winning the race to be first to leaf out for 2011. Today, exactly one year later, I went to my favorite […]

#503 – Dick Bernard: Beginning a week with MLK; Ending a week with OWS

Thursday night I was part of a near overflow crowd as Prof. David Schultz of Hamline University spoke on the topic “Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and the Twilight of American Capitalism“. Those who are old hands at the Thursday night sessions of the program of Citizens for Global Solutions could remember only one other program […]

#480 – Dick Bernard: Hon. Lloyd Axworthy on The Responsibility to Protect, et al

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2011: A video of Dr. Axworthy’s talk is accessible here. (It will take a short while to load as it is a long presentation.) How does one recap nearly 50 years of a career in public service presented in under two hours? How does one recap that two hours in 700 words […]

#385 – Dick Bernard: A 2:43 Speech: "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream". A matter of Climate Change and Other Things.

UPDATE/SUPPLEMENT June 19, 2011, here. As we all do, I dream, and I just awoke from a dream whose essential message I remember. This doesn’t always happen. I want to share the dream, and speculate from whence it came. For some reason I found myself as king# of the world, only for a few minutes, […]

#377 – Dick Bernard: The Fargo Tornado of June 20, 1957

Two grandsons and I were enjoying a major league baseball game at Minnesota Twins Target Field on May 25. It was a perfect day for a ballgame at this new park, which is at the very edge of downtown Minneapolis. (click on photos to enlarge them) I couldn’t help but think that a few days […]