We have the biggest of lots of things. Since 2016, mostly useless, smelly, unpaid for, politically and socially backwards.
Nutball gun-toting white demonstrators tried to intimidate lawmakers. The next day, voters from Lansing, Michigan showed up to escort their first Black representative to work at the Capitol.
A black lawmaker came to Michigan’s capitol with an escort of armed black citizens on Wednesday, days after white protesters with guns staged a volatile protest inside the state house, comparing the Democratic governor’s public health orders to “tyranny”.
The state representative Sarah Anthony, 36, said she wanted to highlight what she saw as the failure of the Michigan capitol police to provide legislators with adequate security during the protest, which saw demonstrators with rifles standing in the legislative chamber above lawmakers.
“When traditional systems, whether it’s law enforcement or whatever, fail us, we also have the ability to take care of ourselves,” she told the Guardian. Anthony became the first African American woman elected to represent her district in Lansing, Michigan’s capital, in 2018.
There was a time when the labor unions of Detroit would have marched on the state capitol to defend elected lawmakers from gun-toting rabble trying to shut down democracy. They marched against Nazis. They marched against the KKK. Representative Anthony is fortunate she has individuals in her district who are willing and ready to stand up against attempts at intimidation.
More than 1,600 kilometers east of the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica lies the Atlantic island of South Georgia. There, king penguins live in huge colonies. They spend their days chomping on krill, squid, and fish, feeding their chicks, and producing “guano.”
And that guano releases tremendous amounts of what’s better known as laughing gas, according to the study in Science of the Total Environment, which involved laboratory analysis of soil and guano samples.
“Penguin guano produces significantly high levels of nitrous oxide around their colonies. The maximum emissions are about 100 times higher than in a recently fertilized Danish field. It is truly intense—not least because nitrous oxide is 300 times more polluting than CO2,” explains Bo Elberling, professor in the University of Copenhagen’s department of geosciences and natural resource management.
Besides being a strain on the climate, the gas has an effect very similar to the sedative used in the dentist’s office, Elberling explains.
I can see all the stoners in Scandinavia lining up, now. Applying for jobs as “research assistants”.