RIP Philo

Foreign Travel — New Requirement — Please Review and Comply,

Importance: High

Please be advised that all foreign travel requests (SF 1175 requests) and any future travel requests involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice and/or polar bears will also require a memorandum from the regional director to the director indicating who’ll be the official spokesman on the trip and the one responding to questions on these issues, particularly polar bears.

The employee seeking permission to travel understands the administration’s position on climate change, polar bears, and sea ice and will not be speaking on or responding to these issues.
Permalink politico 
March 10th, 2007 9:43pm
So that's the text of the actual memo? That's got to go in the book that somebody needs to write containing the corporate world's most astonishing memos from history.

Does somebody have a png of an original?
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 11th, 2007 6:01am
Polar bears are a hot topic for the Bush administration, which decided in December to consider whether to list the white-furred behemoths as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, because of scientific reports that the bears' icy habitat is melting due to global warming.
Hall said a decision is expected in January 2008. A "threatened" listing would bar the government from taking any action that jeopardizes the animal's existence, and might spur debate about tougher measures to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming.

Hall defended the policy laid out in the memos, saying it was meant to keep scientists from straying from a set agenda at meetings in countries like Russia, Norway and Canada.

For example, he said, one meeting was about "human and polar bear interface." Receding Arctic sea ice where polar bears live and the global climate change that likely played a role in the melting were not proper discussion topics, he said.

"That's not a climate change discussion," Hall said at a telephone briefing. "That's a management, on-the-ground type discussion."

Good news though, I know the guy in charge of designing this new 'human-bear interface' and he says you guys are going to like what he's working on, but it won't be ready for a few months. So just wait. It's gonna be COOL. Really COOL human-bear interface he's got going.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 11th, 2007 6:03am
>> human and polar bear interface. <<

{bear} Hmm, do I feel like eating Chinese tonight?  Or should I just go for another Aleut?
Permalink Send private email xampl 
March 11th, 2007 10:00am
Right, but there's more to it than the menuing interface.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 11th, 2007 12:27pm
Can't Dubai build an enclosed island for the polar bears to live on in perpetuity?
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 11th, 2007 12:43pm

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