I hope it will not be a nuclear new year

Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto was an imperfect person by many counts, but her assassination makes clear the deeply flawed relationship with Pakistan. While President Bush has condemned the killing of Ms. Bhutto, the U.S. ally’s leader, Pervez Musharraf, clearly played a part in the assassination by, at least, preventing security from protecting her. The aide delivered to the country have only been used to reinforce a dictatorship hiding behind a democratic label, and now we have to wonder if Pak nuclear weapons won’t be used as part of the conflict sometime in the coming year.

This is the seal of utter failure on the war on terror. Let’s hope it doesn’t break the seal on a new nuclear crisis.

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The challenge of our times: Responsibility

Al Gore gave his Nobel acceptance speech today. It is a clear call for action on global warming. Read it at his blog, Al’s Journal : Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.

Now comes the threat of climate crisis – a threat that is real, rising, imminent, and universal. Once again, it is the 11th hour. The penalties for ignoring this challenge are immense and growing, and at some near point would be unsustainable and unrecoverable. For now we still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion?

There is vast opportunity in this challenge. The countries that pioneer clean energy, instead of subsidizing polluting technologies in the interest of protecting lifestyles, will have better futures—economically and in terms of quality of life—to pass along to the next generation. The illusion we are trapped by today is the notion that a response to global warming is a step backward. It is the essential step forward, to prosperity and planetary health. We must take responsibility for all the costs of our lifestyles by pricing carbon and fully accounting for the damage done, so that this responsibility translate into an impetus for action.

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I will miss Marc

Rest in Peace Marc Orchant

It was only a few weeks ago that Marc Orchant and I were exchanging mail about his new gig with the David Allen Company, and planning to meet this past week at one of Buzz Bruggeman’s amazing dinners.

It’s an incredible tragedy, one no one could have expected of such a warm and engaged person, that today would be Marc’s last. Marc Orchant died this afternoon surrounded by family in a hospital room one week after suffering a heart attack.

I spent a tremendously enjoyable evening with Marc and his wife, Sue, at DEMO a couple years back. In an industry packed with interesting people, he was one of the friendliest, most enquiring people I’d met. He probed for knowledge with real passion, talking about how we use technology and what ways it can be improved with genuine humanity. We became friends that evening and traded mail, talked at conferences and I followed his writings because they always conveyed the warmth of the person behind the screen.

Ironically, it was my health that was in question as we tried to coordinate a meeting in Seattle. We were going to circle back and set a time before the trip, which he had to cancel for other reasons. His last note: “K – hope it goes well. Let’s try next week.”

I know it will go well with you, Marc.

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