Twitter Digest: September 16, 2011

  1. Twitter Digest: September 13, 2011 September 13, 2011 @ 23:01

  2. Hour 2 takes us to Boulder, CO: Follow @climatereality to learn more #reality September 15, 2011 @ 01:39

  3. Over 2 million people have tuned in to the live broadcast. Choose #Reality Watching is simple. Click here September 15, 2011 @ 05:31

  4. How is extreme weather impacting Australia? Find out. Watch 24 Hours of #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 09:10

  5. 2010 was India\'s warmest year since records started being kept in 1901. Join us in New Delhi now #reality September 15, 2011 @ 13:02

  6. Highlights: Boulder: The Climate Reality Project: @ClimateReality #ClimateReality September 15, 2011 @ 13:23

  7. Highlights: Victoria: The Climate Reality Project: @ClimateReality #ClimateReality September 15, 2011 @ 13:27

  8. The Climate Reality Project: Videos in English: @ClimateReality #ClimateReality September 15, 2011 @ 13:32

  9. Global Warming is good. So was cigarette smoking. The same demon-possessed, fake-science spewers paid to lie still are. September 15, 2011 @ 13:45

  10. Turkey has had a water delivery system since 117 A.D. Learn about the water shortages they face today #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 16:04

  11. In case anyone is wondering, I authorized The Climate Reality Project to tweet from my account. @ClimateReality #ClimateReality #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 16:24

  12. I authorized The Climate Reality Project to post to my Facebook Wall. They haven't done it yet, but they've tweeted from my Twitter account. September 15, 2011 @ 16:29

  13. So far, I'm impressed with how The Climate Reality Project is taking back the issue using hard, irrefutable facts. AGW is reality! #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 16:30

  14. We're live from Husavik, on the north coast of Iceland. Learn about the #Reality of the climate crisis now: September 15, 2011 @ 19:05

  15. @magokey "is in '24 Hrs of Reality'...novel?" Data/info supporting the thesis is constantly updating/unfolding. #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 19:58

  16. NATO stinks, so Qaddaffi (Gaddafi) is a good guy? He is a billionaire (Socialist? Ha! He stole it), bloody jerk. It takes some to kill one. September 15, 2011 @ 20:38

  17. @ifollowHATE There's hate, and then there's hate. Jesus hated. You are aware of that, right? Love forgives. It doesn't make wrong right. September 15, 2011 @ 20:46

  18. .@AlGore will lead the final part of 24 Hours of #Reality in less than 2 hours. Watch and join the conversation September 15, 2011 @ 21:35

  19. Join @AlGore LIVE NOW from NYC for the final presentation of 24 Hours of #Reality September 15, 2011 @ 22:53


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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