Open thread April 20, 2021 Dan Crawford | April 20, 2021 6:51 am Tags: open thread Comments (24) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Can’t recommend this A. C. Thompson Frontline American Insurrection enough:
“Bush calls on Congress to tone down ‘harsh rhetoric’ about immigration”https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/18/politics/george-w-bush-immigration-congress/index.html
@Ken, Thanks. I am glad that I did not know then what I know now. I would have worried then a lot more than I did. I regret to inform you that I was wrong and you and EMichael were correct. The military and the police are fertile ground for recruitment of right wing extremist militants. Allowing those institutions to erode that far has been a serious strategic error for democracy. LEOs have long been a challenge, but mostly it was about kickbacks from crime bosses back in the day. Poor recruitment practices, insufficient pay, and bad training are characteristic of most local LEO operations. FBI and some state police are far better. DEA has a problem of way too much opportunity for corruption, but again that is in the form of kickbacks and other participation in the crimes they are established to control. Wrong kind of control is a lot like Serpico. Tough choice there. Are we better off having federal LEOs working with crime bosses or working with white supremacists? Even our Founders knew better than to stand up a professional army. The draft was a blessing from their most cognizant moments. Charlie Rangel was the only congressman that I have known of that wanted to bring back the military service draft.
Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks To slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/climate/coal-climate-change.html?smid=tw-share … Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and, after a pandemic-year retreat, demand for coal is set to rise by 4.5 percent this year, mainly to meet soaring electricity demand, according to data published Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, just two days before a White House-hosted virtual summit aimed at rallying global climate action.“This is a dire warning that the economic recovery from the Covid crisis is currently anything but sustainable for our climate,” Fatih Birol, the head of the agency, said in a statement. Coal is at the crux of critical political decisions that government leaders need to make this year if they are to transition to a green economy. Scientists say greenhouse gas emissions need to be halved by 2030 in order for the world to have a fighting chance at limiting dangerous levels of warming.In short, this a historic juncture for coal.For 150 years, more and more of its sooty deposits have been extracted from under the ground, first to power the economies of Europe and North America, then Asia and Africa. Today, coal is still the largest source of electricity, though its share is steadily shrinking as other sources of power come online, from nuclear to wind.Global spending on coal projects dropped to its lowest level in a decade in 2019. And, over the last 20 years, more coal-fired power plants have been retired or shelved than commissioned. The big holdouts are China, India and parts of Southeast Asia, but, even there, coal’s once-swift growth is nowhere as swift as it was just a few years ago, according to a recent analysis.In some countries where new coal-fired power plants were only recently being built by the gigawatts, plans for new ones have been shelved, as in South Africa, or reconsidered, as in Bangladesh, or facing funding troubles, as in Vietnam. In some countries, like India, existing coal plants are running way below capacity and losing money. In others, like the United States, they are being decommissioned faster than ever. …
https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/04/20/climate/20CLI-COAL1/merlin_163941681_696ba82e-7259-462b-8aff-77836c1f19e2-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webpCoal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate RisksTo slow down climate change, new coal projects need to end. A global forecast this week shows demand rising sharply.Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and, after a pandemic-year retreat, demand for coal is set to rise by 4.5 percent this year, mainly to meet soaring electricity demand, according to data published Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, just two days before a White House-hosted virtual summit aimed at rallying global climate action.“This is a dire warning that the economic recovery from the Covid crisis is currently anything but sustainable for our climate,” Fatih Birol, the head of the agency, said in a statement. …
Welcome to the YOLO Economy
Not every burned-out worker will quit, of course. For some, an extended vacation or a more flexible workweek might quell their wanderlust And some workers might find that returning to an office helps restore balance in their lives.But for many of those who can afford it, adventure is in the air.One executive at a major tech company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to talk to the media, said she and her husband had both been discussing quitting their jobs in recent weeks. The pandemic, she said, had taught them that they’d been playing it too safe with their life choices, and missing out on valuable family time.The executive then sent me a quote from the Buddha about impermanence, and the value of realizing that nothing lasts forever. Or, to put it in slightly earthier terms: YOLO.
Dobbs, well, i thought i invented YOLO more than twenty years ago. but then i checked and found a certain Henry David Thoreau had published prior in about 1840 or so.Thing is, I am afraid you are right about the modern take: lot’s of money let’s take a risk.for me and David it was “no money. let’s see if we can live on that.” i can’t say i recommend it. it is a risk. and if all the rats stop running, the wheel will slow down. but i can say “no money” has its rewards. and here is an apparently off topic twist: you can give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but you can’t teach him to fish.
and someting else. I may be the only person in America who wasn’t made happy by yesterday’s big decision. You see, george floyd is still dead. and while derek chauvin certainly “deserves” to go to jail. he is still a human being. who became what he is probably because someone, or lots of someones, did to him when he was a child what he did to floyd. not murdered him, of course, but hurt him to make him obey.and we can’t put the monster in jail without putting the child in jail. the only thing that would make it “worth it” would be if we made this never happen again. don’t hold your breath.
Last time I checked, and I amgetting on in years, we all end up dead,which is not to excuse Derik Chauvinfor a despicable act.
An E.V. Start-Up Backed by UPS Does Away With the Assembly Line https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/business/arrival-electric-vehicles.html?smid=tw-share
An E.V. Start-Up Backed by UPS Does Away With the Assembly Line https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/business/arrival-electric-vehicles.html?smid=tw-share
Dobbswhat are you trying to say by “we all end up dead’? it’s okay to kill someone because he was going to die anyway? gee, that’s something the chauvin defense didn’t think of… or was that what they were trying to say the whole time?heart attack, drugs, carbon monoxide, over-excitement, “the crowd did it [by distracting the officer].”actually, the prosecutor in his summary may have agreed with this: Chauvin was trying to show the crowd that they were not going to intimidate him. pretty good excuse, if you ask me.
reminds me of the story i heard when the Soviet leader was dying. He called in his second in command and told him, “Comrade, I am leaving everything to you, the power, the money, the fame…everything.” Second in command says, “Oh, how can I ever thank you!” “Take your foot off the oxygen hose.”
I’m not a big fan of Reductio ad Adsurdum. ‘it’s okay to kill someone because he was going to die anyway?’
Dobbs,i wasn’t trying to reductio ad absurd… i was asking you what your point was. you said:i am getting old.we are all going to die.that doesn’t excuse chauvin. in reply (?) to my:not cheering about the verdict.floyd is still dead.even chauvin’s fate is tragic. i admit my argument (logical term of art) is obscure,especially the bit about chauvin tragedy.
Poor nations would be particularly hard hit, but few would escape, Swiss Re said. The findings could influence how the industry prices insurance and invests its mammoth portfolios.WASHINGTON — Rising temperatures are likely to reduce global wealth significantly by 2050, as crop yields fall, disease spreads and rising seas consume coastal cities, a major insurance company warned Thursday, highlighting the consequences if the world fails to quickly slow the use of fossil fuels.The effects of climate change can be expected to shave 11 percent to 14 percent off global economic output by 2050 compared with growth levels without climate change, according to a report from Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest providers of insurance to other insurance companies. That amounts to as much as $23 trillion in reduced annual global economic output worldwide as a result of climate change.Some Asian nations could have one-third less wealth than would otherwise be the case, the company said. “Our analysis shows the potential costs that economies could face should governments fail to act more decisively on climate,” said Patrick Saner, who is in charge of global macroeconomic forecasts for Swiss Re. …
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the US pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and other big polluters to speed up efforts of their own.Biden is offering Americans and the world a vision of a prosperous, clean-energy United States where factories churn out cutting-edge batteries for export, line workers re-lay an efficient national electrical grid and crews cap abandoned oil and gas rigs and coal mines.His commitment to cut US fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030 — similar to pledges from allies — will come at the launch Thursday of an all-virtual climate summit for 40 world leaders, marking a return by the US to global climate efforts after four years of withdrawal under President Donald Trump. … The new urgency comes as scientists say that climate change caused by coal plants, car engines and other fossil fuel use is already worsening droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters and that humans are running out of time to stave off most catastrophic extremes of global warming. …
Biden to open climate summit today with pledge to cut US greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/04/22/nation/biden-opening-summit-with-ambitious-new-us-climate-pledge/?event=event25
Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant, authorities say
via @BostonGlobe – April 21
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina deputy shot and killed a Black man while serving a search warrant Wednesday, authorities said, spurring an outcry from community members who demanded law enforcement accountability and the immediate release of body camera footage.
Authorities wouldn’t provide details of the shooting but an eyewitness said that Andrew Brown Jr. was shot while trying to drive away, and that deputies fired at him multiple times. …
… Court records show Brown was 42 years old and had a history of drug charges and a misdemeanor drug possession conviction.
Dozens of people gathered at the scene of the shooting in Elizabeth City, a municipality of about 18,000 people 170 miles (274 km) northeast of Raleigh, where they expressed their anger and rallied around Brown’s family members. A large crowd later stood outside City Hall while the City Council held an emergency meeting, some holding signs proclaiming “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop killing unarmed Black Men.” As the evening wore on, a group gathered in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office and a crowd that grew to more than 200 blocked traffic on a main thoroughfare of the city, forcing cars to turn around. …
(Are police in some localities
attempting to foment a race war?)
Dobbs foment race war? no. i think they are trying to hang on to the one they think they already won. but more than that, i think it’s just cops being cops. somebody disobeys, or runs away, they get killed. it’s that simple. white or black (mostly). (in other words i think there is something deeper here than just racism. something like when the immune system, created to defend the body from disease, runs amok and starts attacking your own body.)
The annual “yes those Navy ufo videos are legit” confirmation is in the books. The ones last year and this year’s example are quite astonishing really. I’ve worked 4 decades in aviation and I’d say the Pentagon confirming these as legit is profound. The aerial phenomena seen in these have very important deviations from aerodynamical flight as known to the public and the implicit propulsion and structural/material technology is incredibly advanced. What are the origin of these?
NEW DELHI — A catastrophic second wave of the coronavirus is battering India, which is reporting the world’s highest number of new infections as hospitals and patients beg for fast-diminishing oxygen supplies and other emergency aid.India recorded more than 330,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday, the second consecutive day that the country has set a global record for daily infections.Canada has joined Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand in barring travelers coming from India. And the U.S. State Department advised people against going to India after the Centers for Disease Control raised the risk level to its highest measure.Facing a barrage of criticism for his government’s handling of the second wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi canceled plans to travel to West Bengal for a campaign rally as an election takes place in that state.Even as cases have climbed, Mr. Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party and other parties have continued to hold mass rallies with thousands of people unmasked. The government has also allowed an enormous Hindu festival to draw millions of pilgrims despite signs that it has become a superspreader event.The catastrophe in India is playing out vividly on social media, with Twitter feeds and WhatsApp groups broadcasting hospitals’ pleas for oxygen and medicines, and families’ desperate searches for beds in overwhelmed Covid-19 wards. With many hospitals short of ventilators, television reports have shown patients lying inside ambulances parked outside emergency rooms, struggling to breathe. …
Patients and hospitals beg for help as a catastrophic second wave batters India
The level of Republican pessimism is off the charts. A February Economist-YouGov poll asked Americans which statement is closest to their view: “It’s a big, beautiful world, mostly full of good people, and we must find a way to embrace each other and not allow ourselves to become isolated” or “Our lives are threatened by terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants, and our priority should be to protect ourselves.”Over 75 percent of Biden voters chose “a big, beautiful world.” Two-thirds of Trump voters chose “our lives are threatened.”This level of catastrophism, nearly despair, has fed into an amped-up warrior mentality. … https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/opinion/trump-gop.html?smid=tw-share The GOP Is Getting Even WorseTrumpians are having a venomous panic attack. NY Times – David Brooks – April 22