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Earth Hour: Oh, it does sound so no­ble, a ver­i­ta­ble Al Gore- ian de­light. Land­marks around the world — from the Eif­fel Tower to the Em­pire State Build­ing — go dark for an hour on Satur­day night as a sym­bolic gesture against global cli­mate change, with cit­i­zenry in 135 coun­tries ex­pected to join in. Or­ga­nized by the World Wildlife Fund five years ago, the tem­po­rary black­out is billed as the “world’s largest en­vi­ron­men­tal event in his­tory,” though or­ga­niz­ers sug­gest par­tic­i­pants record plenty of videos and Tweet them right away — not nec­es­sar­ily an en­ergy-sav­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Mean­while, the Com­pet­i­tive En­ter­prise In­sti­tute says it has an un­apolo­getic coun­ter­mea­sure, also a no­ble gesture. Keep the lights on Satur­day night — all in the name of the Hu­man Achieve­ment Hour, meant to cel­e­brate in­di­vid­ual free­dom and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the in­no­va­tions folks have used to im­prove their lives through­out his­tory. So there.

“Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch tele­vi­sion, take a hot shower, drink a beer, call a loved one on the phone, lis­ten to mu­sic,” the group says. It will stage its own in-house party, to be live-streamed on­line at 8:30 p.m., com­plete with an on­line chat: “Tell us how you are cel­e­brat­ing hu­man achieve­ment in your neigh­bor­hood,” the group says. Find it all here: served, and the mil­lions more who awaited their re­turn. Our na­tion stands stronger for their ser­vice, and on Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deep­est grat­i­tude.”

— From Pres­i­dent Obama’s of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion Thurs­day rec­og­niz­ing Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Day. ill; the claim was $1,476. Sasha the Samoyed ate a ra­zor, and the owner re­ceived $1,452; Peanut the Labrador wolfed down mar­bles, and the claim pay­ment was $312. A Ber­nese Moun­tain Dog named Re­gan ate a soft toy, re­sult­ing in a $157 pay­ment, while Sap­pho, a rogue Rus­sian Blue kitty, ate part of a bra. The owner got $121.

“Pets are in­evitably go­ing to get up to de­vi­ous es­capades,” ob­serves Laura Ben­nett, founder of the New York-based com­pany, who adds that all crit­ters sur­vived just fine.

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