SciAm: Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West.
“The colossal Navajo Generating Station, which burns 22,000 tons of coal a day in large part to push water hundreds of miles across Arizona, is among the nation’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters, contributing to the very climate change that is exacerbating the drought.” You start talking water in the West, you’d better be packing heat. Just sayin’. It’s way beyond a ‘hot button’ issue.
TG’s Political Wire: Are Democrats Now More Extreme Than Republicans?
No. As I’ve said before, the Center has moved significantly Rightwards since 1980. Left only looks more extreme in comparison, to those who were not alive prior to 1980.
I have to face it, I’m gettin’ old ...
Later: Yep, Dems more extreme ... not.
Day later: Needed readjustment.
Authentic Jobs: Designers at Hillary for America.
If you’re looking, this could be very entertaining.
AP/Big Story: Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.
Smithsonian: Why We’d Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo.
“In war, the game is always with him who commits the fewest faults.” An observation that Iraq revisionists should listen to.
WaPo/APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000.
“The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called ‘Get Transcript.’ In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.”
Guardian.UK: Denton, Texas, banned fracking last year - then the frackers fought back.
“Oil and gas is allowed in every zone [in Denton, yet] bakeries aren’t allowed in every zone because there’s a bit of morning truck traffic.” I suppose they could hire some biker toughs from Waco. The state isn’t going to lift a finger.
Guardian.UK: ‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem.
“Because it has not been urbanized, the Gaviota coast region, which stretches from Goleta to the northern boundary of the Vandenberg air force base, also has been viewed as the healthiest remaining coastal ecosystem in southern California – at least, until now.” *Crying*.
BBC: Prince Charles visits Lord Mountbatten 1979 IRA murder site.
Shaking hands with Gerry Adams. Surprised he could do it. Trivia: the same man who embalmed Lord Mountbatten, also embalmed King George VI, Winston Churchill, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix and Bon Scott, among others. Amazing where a hyperlink will take you.
Vox: Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.
Deductibles are getting insane for the amount of $ paid. And many don’t allow HSA backup.
New Yorker: Why 2016 Is So Very Important.
“In short, the 2016 election could bring a quick end to Republican gains, or it could assign them a position of dominance. It matters; it matters enormously.” He can’t predict the future, but he knows what would be bad.
NPR: Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of ‘Jacksonland’.
Which is why you never give a $20 bill in change to a Cherokee (Jackson is on the bill). The Cherokee went as far as anyone could to assimilate into white society, and were treated as chattel. A powerful lesson there. If you ever get the chance, visit New Echota in Georgia. Watch the video, when you have an opportunity.
Guardian.UK: Texas governor stops cities and towns banning hydraulic gas mining.
“The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning a gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation.” Would you expect any less from Texas?
The New Yorker: In Defense of Amtrak.
“A profit-maximizing, reëngineered train could squeeze five or perhaps six seats into the same space, making basic economy miserable enough that more people might pay to escape it.” What the hell. I sentence this author to a couple of years of commuting on the NE Corridor, before he can write about Amtrak again.
BBC: Obama restricts ‘military’ gear going to police.
Militarization of police has not made us safer. From my reading, available statistics post-9/11 show very little improvement in murder rates, and surprising increases in drug offenses. CJR needs to pull some stats and do an in-depth report.
Tangential: Why did police forces stick with revolvers for so long? Glock showed up in the US in 1988. Anyone my age will remember the fits over “plastic guns” ... the biggest complainers (law enforcement) became the biggest purchasers, ironically.
CJR: The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.
“Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims — even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration has repeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident. Even less attention has been paid to the little follow-up reporting that we did get, which revealed that the CIA likely lied about its role in finding bin Laden, which it used to justify torture to the public.”
Reuters: Boston bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack.
“The jurors accepted the bulk of the prosecution’s aggravating factors, unanimously finding that Tsarnaev had not demonstrated remorse for his actions. They rejected many of the mitigating factors, with only three of the 12 jurors believing the defense’s claim that Tsarnaev had acted under his older brother’s influence.” I didn’t expect anything less, given the heinous nature of the crime.
Dazed: Five ominous quotes from Tories who are now in government.
You have my sympathy, UK. We’ll be facing our own situation in ‘16. Let’s hope we learn from yours.
Techdirt: Looks Like CIA’s ‘Torture Revealed Osama’s Courier’ Story Now Even More False.
The machinations this story points to, are not pretty.
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.
FlowingData: Illegal to collect environmental data in Wyoming.
Reputation more important than public health? Hmmm. The fear of discouraging tourism encourages all kinds of bizarre ethical choices.
PewForum.org: America’s Changing Religious Landscape.
“Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages.”
NY Times: Drillers Answer Low Oil Prices With Cost-Saving Innovations.
SciAm: Lonely Republican Voices Buck Party to Urge Action on Climate Change.
London Review of Books: Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden.
“High-level lying nevertheless remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.” People, you need to read this one.
Day later: The expected caveats; no deal-breakers.