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Happy Friday Kibitzers! Yes, I have wrestled the controls back from palantir. I mean really, chess? This place was overrun with brainiacs and intelligent conversation. But worry not my friends, I will take it down a notch. A line must be drawn, so this week I bring you checkers.

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Editor’s note: Regardless of what GTP says palantir wrote what could have been a great stand alone diary on chess; The Pride and The Sorrow. If you missed it give it a read. Next week palantir will return to replace the PITA plumber.

And speaking of drawing a line, tomorrow across the country groups like and the Sierra Club will be drawing the line on the Keystone XL pipeline. My little family will be marking the predicted 2070 waterline in Palo Alto. Even a three foot rise will cross highway 101 and reach some of the tonier homes.

Use this calculator to check areas effected. A rise of 3-6 feet is predicted by 2100.
This really hits home; just a few miles from us, in my child’s lifetime she will see roads and buildings devoured by the rising tide. Although it all sounds scary, I hold out hope. Many smart and intelligent people are working every angle to counter the effects of or to stop Climate Change.
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350 Silicon Valley

Take Action - Tell President Obama to Draw the Line on the Keystone XL Pipeline!  We are making serious progress on Keystone and need to keep up the pressure.  Join us in Palo Alto this Saturday, September 21, 1pm to show the devastating impact of sea level rise in the Peninsula/South Bay Area.  We will be drawing a human water line in a Palo Alto neighborhood that will be underwater with just 1 foot of sea level rise.  Many areas in the Peninsula/South Bay are at risk including SFO, most of Foster City, Moffet Field, Alviso, large stretches of 101 and neighborhoods in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

Saturday at 1pm
Greer Park
Palo Alto
CA 94303
RSVP here

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Over 200 locations, find an event near you. Draw the Line.

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Email from Bill McKibben

When you pick a fight you've got to stick around to see it finished.

Together the climate movement picked a fight over the Keystone Pipeline two years ago. It was a little fight at first, then 1200 people went to jail, followed by 15,000 that surrounded the White House, and 40,000 that returned this February. Countless more have marched, testified, picketed, and done the work of democracy. Now it's a big fight -- and we have a real chance of a win.

Not a guarantee, of course, and there will be more fights to come even if we do, not least of all on many other tar sands projects. But that's better than where we started, and we can increase the odds of a win this weekend. All across America people are turning out to Draw the Line on Keystone XL, in more than 200 rallies coast-to-coast. (I'll be in Seattle myself).

Here's where you can go to find an event near you: Here

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