John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 6:35am
Fool Us Again: 30 Years of Bait and Switch Budget Politics
Once again we go to the cliff. Once again Republicans are threatening brinksmanship. Once again, Democrats are practicing preemptive capitulation. Once again, the media is missing the real story.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 1:29am
Reality's Revenge: Will 2013 Be the Year Climate Change Deniers Get Hoisted on Their Own Petard?
In 2007, then Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chairman, Rejendra Pachauri said: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 8:54am
Christmas, Winter Solstice, A Time of Renewal, and the Beginning of End of the World As We Know It
Scholars agree that the timing of Christmas has more to do with the end of winter than the birth of a savior. The evidence that people celebrated the death of winter is literally everywhere. Five thousand year old structures designed to track the sun can be found in England, Ireland, and the Americas; the ancient myths of the Druids, Japan, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, Crete, Greece, and Rome all speak of and celebrate the rebirth of sun as the days lengthened.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 2:52pm
Wanted: A President With Bush's Balls, Obama's Brains and Biden's Heart
Uhmm. Don’t look now, Mr. President, but you’re taking a mandate and turning it into mush. Ordinarily that might not matter much. The importance of the goings on inside the Beltway are notoriously overestimated. But as you yourself said, this election was an unusually clear and important choice between two fundamentally different views of government. And as you noted, the stakes were high.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:09am
Let Them Eat Bullets: The Corporate Gun Tyrants
On December 13th, a mentally ill man entered an elementary school and attacked 22 students and at least one adult. On December 14th, a mentally disturbed young man entered another elementary school and began to randomly attack students and adults. The first one happened in Chengping China. All of the victims of the assault are expected to live.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 7:22am
Conservative Myths and the Death of Marlboro Man
Those of a certain age remember TV ads featuring the Marlboro Man – a rugged individual who rode a horse through an America that even then had long since disappeared. He was self-reliant. No moocher. Didn’t need government handouts. Didn’t need government. What he needed was cigarettes.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:52am
It's the Physical Cliff, Stupid
OK. There’s the fiscal cliff – a self-inflicted economic hotfoot, but nothing irrevocable.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 8:58am
Lunatic, Counterfactual Rantings of the Mythical "Center"
Seems like everyone is calling for bipartisanship. Voters, Democrats, Republicans... well almost everyone.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 7:27am
The National Voter Qualification Test: A Modest Proposal
Republicans have been concerned about voter fraud. A far more dangerous threat to our democracy is voter ignorance. Maybe it’s time for a poll test to assure that voters know a little about the issues that say they care about. Let’s give it a whirl. OK, everyone got a number two pencil ready? Begin. 1) If deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and easy money caused the Great Recession, the fix is:
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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 7:21am
Five Simple Realities Missing from the Campaign
The campaign lurches on, the adds stream endlessly into our living rooms, the robo-calls clamor incessantly for our dollars, candidates get bought and sold, the press obediently acts as if there’s substantive stuff going on, and the real issues of our times go unaddressed. This is what passes for an election, these days. Let’s look at some of the realities that are lost in this money-fueled nonsense.
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