Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks in a move promoted by supporters advocating brighter afternoons and more economic activity.

The Senate approved the measure, called the Sunshine Protection Act, unanimously by voice vote. The House of Representatives, which has held a committee hearing on the matter, must still pass the bill before it can go to President Joe Biden to sign.

The White House has not said whether Biden supports it. A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to say if she supports the measure but said she was reviewing it closely.

The operative word for some of our elected officials is still “Candyass”.

What we say versus what we mean

When we say Culture wars. Cultural issues. Identity politics. Social issues…We mean…Abortion. The rights of people who are bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer and/or transgender. Racial issues. Women’s issues.

When we say Woke, wokeness…We mean…Left-wing/very left-wing on issues of gender, LGBTQ and race.

When we say…Elites. Establishment…We mean…Democratic and Republican Party leaders. Elected officials. Political pundits and commentators. The wealthy.

The article is by Perry Bacon, jr…an opinion columnist. Though I’m not familiar with his work, he raises a couple of interesting points about contemporary journalism. Politeness…to a fault. Gentility supplants courage. Dissemblance replaces pointed accuracy.

A worthwhile read.

The US lead industry knew they were poisoning our water

The lead water crisis facing Chicago and many other US cities today has roots in a nearly century-old campaign to boost the lead industry’s sales. The year was 1933 and, to a group of industrialists gathered in a New York City lunch club, it seemed like the lead industry was doomed.

The women’s pages of newspapers were filled with stories about children being poisoned by the metal, which had been identified as dangerous as early as the mid-1800s. And cities around America had started banning the use of lead pipes for drinking water.

Lead companies were looking for a way to keep their revenues flowing, but, as the secretary of the Lead Industries Association would warn them in a later report, lead poisoning was “taking money out of your pockets every day”…

First, the association mounted an “intensive drive” to get cities to add requirements to their building codes saying that only lead pipes could be used to connect people’s homes to the water system. Secondly, it worked to convince plumbers to become lead advocates as well, urging them to keep cities dependent on complex lead work or risk losing their plumbing jobs to simple handymen…

“They had a big interest in selling this stuff and creating markets that were basically permanent,” said historian David Rosner, who co-authored a book with Gerald Markowitz on the lead industry’s tactics.

Is anyone ever surprised to learn that one or another corporate entity will commit any level of crime to ensure their profits?

Check your voter info

In the aftermath of having a truly corrupt politician in charge of this nation, checking up on your ability to vote moves to a higher priority. Here are a few suggestions of sites to check on your status:

☐ Find your State or Local Election Office Website https://www.usa.gov/election-office

☐ Register to vote https://vote.gov/

☐ Check Voter Registration Status or Update Information https://www.nass.org/can-I-vote/voter-registration-status

☐ Find Election Dates & Deadlines https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/state-elections/state-election-dates-deadlines.htm

☐ Find Your Polling Place https://www.nass.org/can-i-vote/find-your-polling-place

☐ Absentee voting (aka “mail-in voting” and “by-mail voting”) Rules https://www.vote.org/absentee-voting-rules/

☐ Voter Identification Laws in Effect in 2022 (by state – interactive) https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx#Laws%20in%20Effect

Hardee’s mocks Trump’s pillow guy

Fast food restaurant company Hardee’s just masterfully mocked MyPillow CEO and noted conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell after he complained that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized his phone while he was in the drive-thru of a Hardee’s restaurant…the company saw an opportunity to stake a new claim to fame after the FBI seized Lindell’s phone, taking a jab at Lindell in the process.

The use of the word “pillowy” to describe Hardee’s biscuits was a clear reference to Lindell, who has been the subject of considerable derision since the MyPillow CEO, who previously advised former President Donald Trump’s campaign, took a more active role in supporting and financing Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 general election result by spreading disproven conspiracy theories about widespread electoral fraud in that election…

Lindell’s phone was seized in connection with a 2021 breach of voting machines in Mesa County, Colorado, committed by former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who is facing felony charges for alleged tampering after sensitive voter machine data she leaked was presented at Lindell’s “Cyber Symposium,” which he billed as an arena in which he would unveil definitive proof that the 2020 election was stolen but that ultimately failed to produce any evidence of fraud.

Surprise, surprise! It takes someone dim enough to be a Trump fanboy to involve their working life, their private life, justifying the lies and foolishness that ooze from Republican politics, nowadays.