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    • Omar's Coming Yo! says:

      According to data obtained by POLITICO under the Freedom of Information Act, the special counsel’s final report was downloaded nearly 800 million times from DOJ’s website between its public release in mid-April and early July.

  1. Flyboys says:

    “The Cold Blue” (HBO) Premieres June 6th see listings @ Directed by Erik Nelson (Dreams with Sharp Teeth, A Gray State), The Cold Blue takes an inside look at the daily life of men of the Eighth Air Force, who flew mission after deadly mission in World War II. The film features newly restored 4K footage and outtakes, shot by director William Wyler (Oscar winner for The Best Years of Our Lives, Ben-Hur and Mrs. Miniver) for his 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress.
    In 1943, William Wyler, one of Hollywood’s most renowned and versatile directors, went to Europe to document the air war in progress. Wyler and his crew flew actual combat missions on B-17s, during which one of his cinematographers was killed. Incredibly, all of the raw color footage Wyler shot for The Memphis Belle was recently discovered in the vaults of the National Archives. After a frame-by-frame restoration, Nelson has constructed a compelling new film out of the material.
    A meditation on youth, war and trauma, the film is a tribute to one of the world’s great filmmakers and the men of the Eighth Air Force. In recent interviews, nine of the few surviving Eighth Air Force veterans recall the harrowing experiences that Wyler and his cameramen captured in the summer of 1943.

  2. Old Bob says:

    As Earth warms, specifically the polar regions, the temperature contrast that drives the jet stream will lessen, and thus the speed of the jet stream will slow down. Add in a more north to south flow of air, called meridonal, and you have yet another factor that plays a role in a slower storm track. A highly meridional flow can cause atmospheric blocking, and that results in stalled or stagnant weather patterns. That means one area can stay much below normal for several days while another is way too warm. In between a region can get battered with day after day of severe weather. Meridional flow along the jet stream generates more vorticity, or spin, within the atmosphere, which is important to note because vorticity aids in the development of violent weather.

  3. Oscar Mike says:

    “VA policy restricts ‘meaningful access’ to benefits for Native Americans” (Stars and Stripes June 26, 2019) OHKAY OWINGEH, N.M. — Inside a small conference room in a hotel-casino on the Ohkay Owingeh reservation, attorney Carol Wild Scott sat across the table from veterans and their families, one group after another, who were there to find answers they couldn’t get anywhere else.
    …Before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American Indians served in the military at a higher rate than any other ethnic group, according to VA data. Resigned from military life, many of them have settled in rural places, far from VA facilities and without culturally competent assistance for getting connected to their earned benefits.
    New Mexico is among the states with the largest populations of these veterans, with more than 8,000 as of 2015. Despite that, the VA employs only one person to reach out to tribes in the state. That person’s workload also includes all of Colorado, Arizona and Utah.

  4. Dry Heat® says:

    Droughts in the Southwest and Central Plains of the United States in the second half of the 21st century could be drier and longer than anything humans have seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. This visualization shows soil moisture (from the surface down to 30 cm) from 1950 to 2095 based on a 10 year moving average of 17 Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) models using a high future emissions scenario called Representative Concentration Pathways 8.5 (RCP 8.5). The year shown is the label is the middle of the 10-year moving average. Soil moisture balance (surface down to 30 cm) color bar. Browns indicate lower soil moisture regions, blues indicate higher soil moisture regions.

  5. Shifting baseline says:

    This Summer’s Weird Weather Is the Death of Predictability
    “…As almost every report and scientific article about climate change has foretold, what was once abnormal has become normal. Or rather, if you’re looking for a new normal, you’re not going to find it. There isn’t one. And that’s going to be the hardest part about life on a climate-changed world.
    …Increasingly, the scientists who study emerging infectious diseases, crop survival, air pollution, sea level rise, and extreme heat all warn that past performance may no longer be indicative of future results.”

  6. Footnote says:

    The Bisbee Deportation was the illegal kidnapping and deportation of about 1,300 striking mine workers, their supporters, and citizen bystanders by 2,000 members of a deputized posse, who arrested these people beginning on July 12, 1917. The action was orchestrated by Phelps Dodge, the major mining company in the area, which provided lists of workers and others who were to be arrested in Bisbee, Arizona, to the Cochise County sheriff, Harry C. Wheeler. These workers were arrested and held at a local baseball park before being loaded onto cattle cars and deported 200 miles (320 km) to Tres Hermanas in New Mexico. The 16-hour journey was through desert without food and with little water. Once unloaded, the deportees, most without money or transportation, were warned against returning to Bisbee.

    After premiering last year at the Sundance Film Festival, “Bisbee ’17”, a film about the deportation, will be nationally broadcast for the first time Monday night on the PBS documentary series POV. In Arizona, it will be shown at 9 p.m.

    • La Vache says:

      (July 30, 2019): “Three months after the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, reports of a new, previously unheeded threat to local residents have emerged: lead poisoning. According to confidential documents leaked to the (paywalled) website Mediapart earlier this month and discussed across French media, locations surrounding the fire-damaged cathedral have registered levels of lead contamination ranging between 500 and 800 times the official safe level. The building’s roof and spire were clad in several hundred tons of the metal, which can be toxic if particles are inhaled or consumed, especially to children. The blaze that consumed the cathedral’s roof liquified oceans of lead and lofted a plume of lead particles across the city.
      This month’s lead alert has triggered the indefinite closure of two local schools and a halt to all work on the cathedral site.”

  7. Singularitarianism says:

    “The Metamorphosis : AI will bring many wonders. It may also destabilize everything from nuclear détente to human friendships. We need to think much harder about how to adapt.”
    By Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, Daniel Huttenlocher. The Atlantic, August 2019 Issue
    “Superintelligent AI and the Postbiological Cosmos Approach” (July 2016)

  8. Gwailo Joe says:

    “Growing distrust between the United States and China has slowed the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office.” “For years, Chinese investment into the United States had been accelerating, with money pouring into autos, tech, energy and agriculture and fueling new jobs in Michigan, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas and other states. As China’s economy boomed, state and local governments along with American companies looked to snap up some of those Chinese funds.
    But Mr. Trump’s economic Cold War has helped reverse that trend.
    Chinese foreign direct investment in the United States fell to $5.4 billion in 2018 from a peak of $46.5 billion in 2016, a drop of 88 percent, according to data from Rhodium Group, an economic research firm. Preliminary figures through April of this year, which account for investments by mainland Chinese companies, suggested only a modest uptick from last year, with transactions valued at $2.8 billion.”

  9. Hidden Persuader says:

    “The geoengineering of consent: How conspiracists dominate YouTube climate science content. Most YouTube videos relating to climate change prevention oppose scientific consensus and hijack technical terms to appear credible according to a new study published in Frontiers in Communication.”
    “Science and Environmental Communication on YouTube: Strategically Distorted Communications in Online Videos on Climate Change and Climate Engineering.” Joachim Allgaier, Chair of Society and Technology, Human Technology Center (HumTec), RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
    “With hundreds of millions of video views, the new faces of science communication are lighting up the web and reaching more young people than Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson combined.” Lovell, J. (2015). “YouTube’s Rock Stars of Science Make a Splash a VidCon.” (Scientific American)

  10. 2min.hate says:

    “Black rag dolls that came with instructions to “find a wall” and slam the toy against it have been pulled from three stores after customers and a lawmaker said they were offensive.”
    (Associated Press, 26 July 2019)
    The description on the chest of the blackface style dolls reads:
    “Whenever things don’t go well/ and you want to hit the wall and yell, / here’s a little “feel better doll” / that you just will not do without./ Just grab it firmly by the legs and find a / wall to slam the doll, and as you wack / the “feel good doll” do not forget to yell / I FEEL GOOD, I FEEL GOOD”

  11. American way says:

    “Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery : The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.” (ProPublica July 15, 2019)
    David Dietrich, a former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Property Preservation Task Force, has called heirs’ property “the worst problem you never heard of.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recognized it as “the leading cause of Black involuntary land loss.” Heirs’ property is estimated to make up more than a third of Southern black-owned land — 3.5 million acres, worth more than $28 billion. These landowners are vulnerable to laws and loopholes that allow speculators and developers to acquire their property. Black families watch as their land is auctioned on courthouse steps or forced into a sale against their will.
    Between 1910 and 1997, African Americans lost about 90% of their farmland. This problem is a major contributor to America’s racial wealth gap; the median wealth among black families is about a tenth that of white families. Now, as reparations have become a subject of national debate, the issue of black land loss is receiving renewed attention. A group of economists and statisticians recently calculated that, since 1910, black families have been stripped of hundreds of billions of dollars because of lost land. Nathan Rosenberg, a lawyer and a researcher in the group, told me, “If you want to understand wealth and inequality in this country, you have to understand black land loss.”
    …Ray Winbush, the director of the Institute for Urban Research, at Morgan State University, told me, “There is this idea that most blacks were lynched because they did something untoward to a young woman. That’s not true. Most black men were lynched between 1890 and 1920 because whites wanted their land.”

  12. Santayana says:

    “Hitler Created a Fictional Persona To Recast Himself as Germany’s Savior : In 1923, Adolf Hitler wrote an embellished autobiography to convince Germans he was their natural leader.” (Smithsonian 1/10/18)
    “How Did Hitler Happen?” (The National WWII Museum, New Orleans)

  13. Alfred E. says:

    “The source of a mysterious radioactive leak that swept Europe in 2017 has been traced to a nuclear processing plant in the southern Ural mountains in Russia, a new study confirms.”
    “Scientists analyzed more than 1,300 data points all over the world to find the source of the enormous leak, which released 100 times more radiation in Europe than 2011’s Fukushima disaster.
    The source – which is believed to be the Russian Mayak facility – was not a reactor accident but an incident in a nuclear reprocessing plant, researchers found.
    Russia has always denied the facility was the source and no official statement has been released in response to this latest research.
    In 1957 the Mayak plant suffered the world’s second most serious nuclear incident after Chernobyl when a tank containing liquid waste from plutonium production exploded and contaminated the area. It led to the release of radiation over an area of over 20,000 square miles. The accident remained secret until 1976.

  14. Confidence Man says:

    “In theatrical magic, misdirection is a form of deception in which the performer draws audience attention to one thing to distract it from another. Managing audience attention is the aim of all theater, and the foremost requirement of all magic acts.” (Wikipedia)

    • Footnote says:

      Edward R. Murrow, “See it Now” (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)
      “A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy”
      (transcript) Video:

      “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”
      “This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve,” Murrow continued. “We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

    • Hocas POTUS says:

      On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump was asked whether he really believed — per a tweet he retweeted on Sunday — that the Clintons were somehow behind the death of billionaire financier and accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.
      Here’s how he responded:

      “I have no idea. I know he was on his plane 27 times, and he said he was on the plane four times. But when they checked the plane logs, Bill Clinton, who was a very good friend of Epstein, he was on the plane about 27 or 28 times, so why did he say four times? And then the question you have to ask is ‘Did Bill Clinton go to the island?’ because Epstein had an island that was not a good place as I understand it, and I was never there. So you have to ask, ‘Did Bill Clinton go to the island?’ If you find that out, you’re going to know a lot.”

      Which amounts to the verbal equivalent of drenching a fire with lighter fluid.

  15. Done & Done says:

    William Perry Pendley, an ardent critic of the federal government who has argued for selling off public lands, has been named acting director of the BLM, raising new questions about the Trump administration’s intentions for nearly a quarter-billion acres of public lands in the West.
    “William Perry Pendley, opponent of nation’s public lands, is picked to oversee them as acting head of BLM” (Salt Lake City Tribune)
    “‘Trumpian’ BLM Chief Expected to Open Development Floodgates” (Bloomberg)
    “Trump Pick to Oversee Federal Lands Doesn’t Want the Government to Have Any” The Washington Post highlights that Pendley was singled out in a 1984 GAO report on ethical missteps among leaders of the federal coal leasing program: now he’ll once again be overseeing a coal leasing program he was found to have mismanaged.

  16. Oscar Mike says:

    “Warsaw stops to remember the 1944 uprising : Poles commemorate Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupation, when a city of over a million people was razed to the ground.”
    “Kanał” (1956) Directed by renowned Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, “Kanał” was the first film about the tragic Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when Polish resistance fighters tried to liberate the city from Nazi occupation. The plot follows Lieutenant Zadra as he tries to escape the battleground through Warsaw’s sewer system, together with 43 men. One of Wajda’s Second World War trilogy, along with “A Generation” and “Ashes and Diamonds.”
    First 10 min.

    • Insult2Injury says:

      “Water Uncertainty Frustrates Victims Of California’s Worst Wildfire” (NPR 8/2/19) “After the fire, scientists detected dangerous levels of cancer-causing benzenes from burned plastics in some water lines. Recent tests show the problem has not gone away. Chronic exposure to benzenes can heighten the risk of blood cancers such as leukemia.
      …At the California State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento, state officials defend their efforts in the recovery so far. Board toxicologist Bruce Macler told NPR he’s pretty confident that after more recent stringent testing, the water being delivered to homes where people are living is safe and that the risk of contamination in plumbing above the legal standard is minimal.”

  17. William Burke says:

    “Doris Stauffer was 73 years old when she died more than five years ago. Her son, Jim Stauffer, thought by donating her body, Doris’ remains could help scientists study the effects of Alzheimer’s. Instead, he was horrified to learn her body was one of many sold to the U.S. Army for blast testing.” The Biological Resource Center in Phoenix picked up Doris Stauffer’s body within 45 minutes of her death and her son signed paperwork that specified what could and could not be done with the body.
    That center, the same one that recently made headlines for being a “human chop shop,” was raided by the FBI in 2014. Horrifying details about the discoveries made at the center came to light recently after an agent described what they saw as part of a civil lawsuit against the business’ owner, Stephen Gore.
    Mr Gore pleaded guilty in October 2018 to illegal control of an enterprise, and was sentenced to one year of deferred jail time and four years probation.

  18. Korzybski says:

    Researchers create first-ever ‘map’ of global labor flow that provides a tool for understanding the flow of people between industries and regions across the globe. Each circle on the map represents a specific geo-industrial cluster with its size proportional to its number of employees (click to enlarge).

  19. Footnote says:

    Trump displaying a presidential memorandum after announcing his intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement, May 9, 2018. (Reuters)

  20. DARPA says:

    Systems that operate at hypersonic speeds—five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) and beyond—offer the potential for military operations from longer ranges with shorter response times and enhanced effectiveness compared to current military systems. Such systems could provide significant payoff for future U.S. offensive strike operations, particularly as adversaries’ capabilities advance.
    The Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program is a joint DARPA/U.S. Air Force (USAF) effort that aims to develop and demonstrate technologies to enable future air-launched, tactical-range hypersonic boost glide systems. In a boost glide system, a rocket accelerates its payload to high speeds. The payload then separates from the rocket and glides unpowered to its destination.

  21. Hey, Rube! says:

    “President Trump is slated to appear at a pair of fundraising events in the Hamptons on Friday, including one that charges up to $250,000 for lunch, a photo and a private roundtable with the president.
    The fundraisers are the latest sign that Trump is embracing the world of wealthy contributors who served as punching bags in his 2016 campaign.
    One event is scheduled to take place at the Southampton home of a New York real estate developer who owns the Miami Dolphins, and another at a 17,000-square-foot Bridgehampton mansion that was once rented out to Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
    The price of entry to the events ranges from $5,600 to $250,000, according to invitations obtained by The Washington Post, with the costliest tickets offering the greatest access to Trump.
    The Republican National Committee confirmed the events are set to take place but did not offer further specifics about them out of security concerns.” (Washington Post Aug 6, 2019)

  22. New Normal says:

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An attorney says a Montana man charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy who refused to remove his hat during the national anthem believed he was doing what President Donald Trump wanted him to do.
    Attorney Lance Jasper says he will seek a mental health evaluation for Curt Brockway, a U.S. Army veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury and was convinced he was following his commander in chief’s orders.
    “His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” Jasper said. “He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”
    The attorney’s comments Wednesday came as prosecutors formally charged his client with assault on a minor.
    A request to the White House for comment was not returned.

  23. Eleanor Rigby says:

    Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 by Apple Records. The photograph of the Beatles – John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison – walking across the zebra crossing outside the EMI recording studio on Abbey Road in NW London, which became the the album cover, was taken on 8 August 1969, at 11:35 a.m. by photographer Iain Macmillan aided by a policeman holding up the motor traffic.
    Beatles Art Director on Secrets of the ‘Abbey Road’ Cover : Apple Records art director John Kosh worked on creating one of rock’s most recognizable covers.
    How the Beatles-Beetle came back to Germany (about the VW Beetle from Abbey-Road)
    Abbey Road Album Cover Outtakes | The Beatles

  24. Theocracy says:

    Prayer, Politics and Power: ‘The Family’ Reveals Our Insidious American Theocracy : Based on author Jeff Sharlet’s book of the same name, the Netflix docuseries highlights a secret (homoerotic) Christian cabal that you’ve never heard of (Rolling Stone Aug 9, 2019) “From the Illuminati to the freemasons to QAnon, there’s no shortage of conspiracy theories trying to explain how power is accumulated and shared in Washington, D.C. But the wide-ranging network of politicians, world leaders, and men of faith that make up the Fellowship isn’t mere conspiracy theory: it’s 100 percent true. What’s more, some of its members are speaking on the record about it for the first time in the new five-part Netflix series “The Family”, directed by documentarian Jesse Moss.”
    A list of politicians connected to the secret Christian group, according to the five-part documentary series.
    See also “Frat House for Jesus : The entity behind C Street.” By Peter J. Boyer (The New Yorker, September 6, 2010) and ” The Political Enclave That Dare Not Speak Its Name : The Sanford and Ensign Scandals Open a Door On Previously Secretive ‘C Street’ Spiritual Haven” (Washington Post, June 26, 2009)
    “The gripping sermon that got ‘under God’ added to the Pledge of Allegiance on Flag Day”

    • Mike says:

      While vowing to support background checks for gun sales and touting “tremendous” support in Congress for them Friday, President Donald Trump ranted about Hollywood being “really terrible.”
      “We’re going to be very tough with them. They’re treating conservatives very unfairly,” Trump said after an inaudible question related to Twitter. “Hollywood, I don’t call them the elites. I think the elites are people that go after them in many cases but Hollywood is really terrible. “
      Trump then went on a seemingly unprompted tangent about Hollywood being “racist.”
      “Hollywood is racist,” Trump said. “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
      Trump offered no examples.
      The President also slammed his upcoming meeting with “the heads of the biggest companies” in light of reports that the White House is drafting an executive order to address the Silicon Valley’s alleged anti-conservative bias.
      “They treat conservatives, Republicans, totally different than they treat others, and they can’t do that,” Trump said.
      Trump’s comments come a day after reports broke that Universal pulled its ad funding on the satire film “The Hunt” — which features privileged vacationers hunting “deplorables” for sport — in light of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
      Hours after Trump spoke to reporters Friday, he took to Twitter to double down on his Hollywood-bashing comments. (TPM 8/9/19)

    • Sticks&Stones says:

      McConnell gets Twitter account back after backlash (ABC News Aug 9th 2019 7:25PM) “Team Mitch” is back on Twitter.
      The social media giant, which had locked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign account Wednesday after it posted a video of a profanity-filled protest outside his home in Kentucky, made the announcement Friday.
      See also Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)

  25. Whackadoodle says:

    “The last magnetic pole flip saw 22,000 years of weirdness : When the Earth’s magnetic poles trade places, they take a while to get sorted.” (Ars Technica 8/11/19)
    “Synchronizing volcanic, sedimentary, and ice core records of Earth’s last magnetic polarity reversal” (American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Advances 07 Aug 2019: Vol. 5, no. 8, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw4621

  26. NEWSPEAK says:

    “Acting customs and border protection commissioner Mark Morgan said Sunday that the mass immigration raids at Mississippi workplaces last week were not “raids,” disputing the terminology that has been widely used to describe the operation.
    “I think words matter. These aren’t raids. These are targeted law enforcement operations,” Morgan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
    “Border chief explains why there have been no ICE raids at Trump properties : Acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan said there are investigations the public is “unaware of.”

    • Gander sauce says:

      “Ann Coulter Suggests Donald Trump Should Be Charged for Employing Undocumented Migrant Workers” Coulter re-tweeted a Washington Post article titled “Another Trump double standard hurting the poor and minorities.” In the op-ed, the Post’s opinion editor James Downie detailed how the Trump administration has neglected to go after employers for hiring undocumented workers, choosing instead to largely just punish the migrants. Downie also pointed out that reporting by the Post has shown that the president’s company, The Trump Organization, has employed undocumented individuals at several of its properties.
      “It’s worth noting that this discrepancy in enforcement is a policy change under the Trump administration. Before President Barack Obama’s first term was over, his administration had already accumulated more audits and penalties on employers than were imposed during both terms of of the George W. Bush administration,” Downie wrote.
      “Funny how employer audits almost completely dried up after a president whose companies employ undocumented immigrants entered office,” he pointed out.

  27. HAR says:

    A Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator who represents many evangelicals got three [3!] phone calls from constituents complaining about Trump’s profanity after a recent rally
    So he wrote a letter to the President respectfully asking him to not use the Lord’s name in vain.

    • Puzzling Evidence™️ says:

      According to law enforcement sources Jeffrey Epstein had a portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress prominently displayed in his $56 Million Manhattan mansion. The picture depicts the former president lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky. Reportedly the dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.

  28. Yegg says:

    (8/9/19): “At the Defcon hacker conference Friday, security researcher Mike Davis will present the results of years of research into a family of electronic safe locks all sold by Switzerland-based lock giant Dormakaba. Over the last two and a half years, Davis has found techniques to crack three different types of the Kaba Mas high-security electronic combination locks the company has sold for securing ATM safes, pharmacy drug cabinets, and even Department of Defense facilities, representing millions of locks around the world. Davis found that he could open many of those ATM and pharmacy locks in as little as five minutes with nothing more than an oscilloscope and a laptop. The technique also leaves no physical trace—other than the safe’s contents disappearing.”

  29. Pattern recognition says:

    “Trump Administration to Shut Down All But 7 International Immigration Offices by August 2020”
    “Trump Administration Seeks Decertification Of Immigration Judges’ Union”
    “Trump Policy Favors Wealthier Immigrants for Green Cards”
    “Trump administration announces rule that could limit legal immigration”

  30. Will C. says:

    “22 states sue Trump over repeal of Obama-era power plant rules”
    The suit is the second against the rule, following one filed in July by the The American Lung Association and the American Public Health Association.

  31. Maria says:

    Spanish utility Iberdrola SA is selling a stake in a U.K. offshore wind farm to a unit of Macquarie Group Ltd. for 1.63 billion pounds ($1.96 billion) in a deal that highlights the widening appeal of renewable assets.
    Institutional investors are becoming more inclined to invest earlier in large offshore wind projects for the steady income from long-term power purchase agreements. For Iberdrola, the 40% stake sale in what’s expected to be world’s largest offshore wind farm will help it meet its target of delivering 10 gigawatts of offshore wind over the next few years.
    The annual income from the East Anglia One site will be about 400 million pounds, according to Tom Harries, an offshore wind analyst at BloombergNEF in London.

  32. Rodale says:

    “Compost key to sequestering carbon in the soil” (University of California, Davis)–ckt081419.php
    By moving beyond the surface level and literally digging deep, scientists at the University of California, Davis, found that compost is a key to storing carbon in semi-arid cropland soils, a strategy for offsetting CO2 emissions.
    For their 19-year study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, scientists dug roughly 6 feet down to compare soil carbon changes in conventional, cover-cropped and compost-added plots of corn-tomato and wheat-fallow cropping systems. They found that:
    – Conventional soils neither release nor store much carbon.
    – Cover cropping conventional soils, while increasing carbon in the surface 12 inches, can actually lose significant amounts of carbon below that depth.
    – When both compost and cover crops were added in the organic-certified system, soil carbon content increased 12.6 percent over the length of the study, or about 0.07 percent annually. That’s more than the international “4 per 1000” initiative, which calls for an increase of 0.04 percent of soil carbon per year. It is also far more carbon stored than would be calculated if only the surface layer was measured.

  33. Uncle Bob says:

    MyGrid GB @myGridGB Britain’s electricity mix every 4 hours plus blogs and analysis.
    Visit for more data.
    Britain’s electricity mix at midnight on 15th Aug 2019:
    Nuclear 23.1% Gas 23.6% Coal 0.0% Wind 28.4% Solar 0.0% Hydro 1.4%
    Biomass 10.0% Import 12.9% Storage 0.0% Other 0.4%
    Generation 22GW
    Carbon intensity 161 gCO2eq/kWh vs a target of 50-100 gCO2e/kWh by 2030

    • p/s says:

      Study finds greatest solar PV [Photovoltaic system] efficiency is in panels co-located with crops. Hugely significant because “global energy demand would be offset by solar production if even 1% of cropland were converted to an (such an) agrivoltaic system.” Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 11442 (2019)

  34. Vecino says:

    Mexico (August 14, 2019): “Video shootout CDN [Cártel del Noreste] vs CDG [Cartel del Golfo] Tamaulipas : Here the authorities do not enter at night, or they are killed”
    On Monday night through Tuesday morning, there was an intense shootout in the city of San Miguel Aleman in a war for dominance in the border city.
    CDN [Zetas] and CDG have caused endless bloodshed and terror in [the Mexican state of] Tamaulipas. CDN traveling from Ciudad Mier, disguised as soldiers, were able to pass through military checkpoint at Benito Juarez and Los Guerra installed at the outskirts of town. Dressed as soldiers they were able to storm the military barracks in Los Guerra. It was estimated the shootout lasted for over six hours. There were 36 trucks involved including narco tanks [see ] The city of Miguel Alemán is just across Rio Grande from Texas and roughly 56 miles NW of McAllen TX.

  35. Red Scare says:

    “Trump tells NH rallygoers ‘we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat’ — as Dem rivals gather nearby” (FOX News 8/15/19)

  36. Buckra says:

    California is poised to pass the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that would prohibit college athletes from being deprived of their right to profit from the use of their names, images and likenesses. On Tuesday, the Act advanced to the Higher Education Committee after being approved by the State Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee. The Act cleared the committee over objections made by NCAA president Mark Emmert in a letter to the California legislators. (Forbes June 27, 2019)

  37. Generation of Vipers says:

    How aggressively cute toys for adults became a $686 million business : Inside the Funko Pop Vinyl phenomenon. ““We take pride in the fact that we can Popify about anything,” says Sean Wilkinson, Funko’s creative director, who has been with the company since its inception. “There’s nothing we won’t do at this point.”
    A May 2019 investor presentation from the company boasts that a Pop can be designed and submitted to a licensor in 24 hours, molded into a prototype in 45 days, and “sourced from Asian facilities while maintaining quality control” in just 15 days. Funko also prides itself on its low production costs — each new figure costs between $5,000 and $7,500 to develop.

  38. Déjà Vu says:

    “Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violence : Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa’ counter-protest”
    “How Portland’s liberal utopia became the center of a rightwing war in the US”

      • Santayana says:

        In 1944, an article called “American Fascism” appeared in the New York Times, written by then vice president Henry Wallace. “A fascist,” wrote Wallace, “is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” Wallace predicted that American fascism would only become “really dangerous” if a “purposeful coalition” arose between crony capitalists, “poisoners of public information” and “the KKK type of demagoguery”.

      • Ordnertruppen says:

        Joe Biggs, a former staff member of Alex Jones’ Infowars and the organizer of Saturday’s right-wing demonstration, when asked what the resulting civil disturbance accomplished: “Go look at President Trump’s Twitter, he talked about Portland, said he’s watching antifa. That’s all we wanted. We wanted national attention, and we got it. Mission success.”

  39. Meanwhile: says:

    “A team of physicists from New York University, University of Buffalo, and Wayne State University have discovered a new state of matter, which they say has the potential to increase storage capabilities in electronic devices.”
    “…In their research, Shabani and his colleagues analyzed a transition of quantum state from its conventional state to a new topological state, measuring the energy barrier between these states. They supplemented this by directly measuring signature characteristics of this transition in the order parameter that governs the new topological superconductivity phase.
    Here, they focused the inquiry on Majorana particles, which are their own antiparticles—substances with the same mass, but with the opposite physical charge. Scientists see value in Majorana particles because of their potential to store quantum information in a special computation space where quantum information is protected from the environment noise. However, there is no natural host material for these particles, also known as Majorana fermions. As a result, researchers have sought to engineer platforms—i.e., new forms of matter—on which these calculations could be conducted.
    “The new discovery of topological superconductivity in a two-dimensional platform paves the way for building scalable topological qubits to not only store quantum information, but also to manipulate the quantum states that are free of error,” observes Shabani.
    See also (June 2019)

  40. My new shin says:

    “With interest rates on 30-year U.S. Debt hitting all-time lows this week the government is once again considering whether to start borrowing for even longer.
    The U.S. Treasury Department said Friday that it wants to know what investors think about the government potentially issuing 50-year or 100-year bonds, going way beyond the current three-decade maximum.” (Bloomberg 8/17/19)

    …why not a thousand years – as in Third Reich.

  41. Cassandra says:

    Scientists decry ‘ignorance’ of rolling back species protections in the midst of a mass extinction : At least 277 plant and animal species have gone extinct in North America since the 1700s, data show. (Washington Post 8/16/19)
    Areas in red show where indigenous organism populations have dropped below the “safe” limit of ecological stability, according to a 2016 study. (click to enlarge)

  42. Molly M. says:

    “And Now, the Really Big Coal Plants Begin to Close : Old, small plants were the early retirees, but several of the biggest U.S. coal burners—and CO2 emitters-will be shuttered by year’s end” By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News on August 16, 2019
    When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history.
    The giant coal plant on Arizona’s high desert emitted almost 135 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2017, according to an E&E News review of federal figures.
    Its average annual emissions over that period are roughly equivalent to what 3.3 million passenger cars would pump into the atmosphere in a single year. Of all the coal plants to be retired in the United States in recent years, none has emitted more.
    The Navajo Generating Station isn’t alone. It’s among a new wave of super-polluters headed for the scrap heap.
    See also “New Mexico city aims to keep open coal-fired power plant” (Albuquerque Journal 8/16/19)

  43. Art says:

    WPA murals in the lobby of San Francisco’s George Washington High School have recently come under fire. Painted by renowned Russian-born artist Victor Arnautoff in 1935, one of the mural panels shows Washington with his slaves at Mount Vernon; another depicts Washington pointing pioneers westward over the body of a dead Indian (click to enlarge). In the 1950s, Arnautoff, while teaching at Stanford, was shunned for his leftist views and was interrogated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

  44. Ministry of Truth says:

    How China Uses Twitter And Facebook To Share Disinformation About Hong Kong (NPR 8/20/19)
    “…Over the last decade, China has also globalized its propaganda efforts. China Daily, an English-language state-run broadsheet, regularly runs full-page inserts in mainstream American newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the New York Times. Major Communist Party-run outlets now sponsor pro-Beijing content in hundreds of outlets catering to overseas Chinese and hold fully-funded annual summits for Chinese-language journalists based outside of China.
    Twitter and Facebook’s identification of at least a thousand Chinese state-linked accounts this week show how these disinformation efforts have expanded to international social media platforms. Influencing perceptions of audiences both inside and outside of China is now a government priority. A critical component of these perception management campaigns is the estimated 60 million ethnic Chinese people who live outside of China and whom Beijing views as pliable audiences.”

  45. Heads up says:

    Twenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a “coordinated” ransomware attack, according to the state’s Department of Information Resources.
    The attacks come after state and local ransomware attacks in New York, Louisiana, Maryland and Florida resulted in the loss of significant sums. Texas is being assisted by numerous federal and state agencies, including FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, Texas A&M’s Information Technology and Electronic Crime Unit and the Texas Military Department, which includes branches of the National Guard.

  46. Chops says:

    August 20, 1905: Birth date of Weldon Leo ‘Jack’ Teagarden, jazz trombonist

    “Jack Armstrong Blues” filmed during a 1951 TV appearance. Jack Teagarden trombone & leader, performs with his “All Star Band” including brother Charlie Teagarden trumpet, Don Bonnee clarinet, Heinie Beau alto sax, Pud Brown tenor sax, Marvin Ashbaugh piano, Ray Leatherwood bass, and Ray Bauduc drums. “Jack Armstrong Blues” was co-written by Jack Teagarden with Louis Armstrong.

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