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  1. Masquerade says:

    “I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the “natives,” and so in every crisis he has got to do what the “natives” expect of him. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it. I had got to shoot the elephant. I had committed myself to doing it when I sent for the rifle. A sahib has got to act like a sahib; he has got to appear resolute, to know his own mind and do definite things. To come all that way, rifle in hand, with two thousand people marching at my heels, and then to trail feebly away, having done nothing — no, that was impossible. The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life, every white man’s life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at.” George Orwell, “Shooting an Elephant.” (1936)

  2. McLeod says:

    Before Christmas President Trump quietly issued an executive order that expands logging on public land by 31% on the grounds that it will curb deadly wildfires. It won’t, scientists say. https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2019/01/14/trumps-executive-order-will-cut-more-forest-trees-some-publics-tools-stop-it/?utm_term=.18d499fa6b73 According to some treating federal forests makes sense near homes but that policy prescription won’t make a serious dent in the size and intensity of wildfires out West. These fires have increased fivefold since the 1970s as temperatures have risen and snowpack has shrunk. Just 2 percent of lands treated by the Forest Service between 2004 and 2013 experienced a wildfire. Meanwhile, despite the fact that the Forest Service is shuttered, officials there have given loggers permission to keep operating on existing sales — which was prohibited during both the 1995 and 2013 shutdowns — and are now exploring holding new auctions even if the government remains closed.
    Also “Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects On Wildfire Disaster Response” https://www.npr.org/2019/01/13/684894893/shutdown-could-have-long-term-effects-on-wildfire-disaster-response

  3. Robble Robble says:

    “”I thought it was a joke,” says Clemson athlete upon learning the White House was serving him Wendy’s.” https://twitter.com/RogueUSMint/status/1084966474031292416
    “Supreme Leader Donald Trump Lies About Volume of Fast Food Hamburgers” (Rolling Stone 1/15/19) https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-fast-food-white-house-779128/ (concludes): “…This is all very stupid, of course, but it’s a good example of how casually Trump lies. He does not strategically pick and choose where he is going to exaggerate the truth or which numbers he’s going to inflate. He just does it. It’s comes as naturally to the president as breathing. Or as scarfing down a Big Mac.”

    • Hamberdergler says:

      Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence has laughed off claims he described the fast food that his team was served during a dinner at the White House as the “best meal we ever had.” https://www.newsweek.com/trevor-lawrence-donald-trump-clemson-tigers-fast-food-white-house-visit-1293488 On Monday night, along with his teammates, Lawrence took part in the traditional White House visit that is reserved for teams that have won a national championship. The meme, which has since been deleted, was tweeted by a user whose Twitter handle is @CloydRivers. The account, which USA Today described as right wing, has over 1.8 million followers. The headline over the image read, “Clemson QB speaks out to defend America.”
      Clemson Tiger’s wide receiver Justyn Ross’ one handed palm catch: Clemson vs Alabama National Championship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6rbq1cpP8g

  4. 4theRecord says:

    The US has the worst death rate for women during pregnancy or childbirth of any developed country. More than 700 women in the US die each year from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes, according to National Geographic. Black women have three times as high a mortality rate as white women during pregnancy or childbirth. The maternal mortality rate is only getting worse in the US, an NPR and ProPublica investigation found, while it’s improving most everywhere else. [See links] https://www.businessinsider.com/gates-annual-letter-2019-melinda-gates-us-maternal-death-trend-2019-1

  5. Meanwhile says:

    Trump’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ appointee worries civil rights groups : Charles Kupperman is the latest addition to the Trump administration with ties to anti-Muslim group, say watchdogs. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/190117160447367.html
    Kupperman served on the board of directors for the Center for Security Policy (CSP) between 2001 and 2010, according to tax records. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based hate monitor, designates the CSP as an anti-Muslim hate group, pointing to the group’s promotion of conspiracy theories claiming that Muslims have infiltrated the US government and seek to establish Islamic law in the country.
    In the White House press release, John Bolton was quoted as saying that Kupperman “has been an advisor to me for more than 30 years, including during my tenure as National Security Advisor to President Trump”. Kupperman has held senior positions in defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing, and served in the administration of former President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
    “Meet the Members of the ‘Shadow N.S.C.’ Advising John Bolton” (NYT May 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/us/politics/advising-bolton-a-shadow-nsc-of-cronies.html

  6. Salmon of Knowledge says:

    “One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich.” (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 1.18.19 ) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/epfd-smt011719.php
    The group of scientists – led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich – drew inspiration from bacteria to design smart, biocompatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape when needed, they can pass through narrow blood vessels and intricate systems without compromising on speed or maneuverability. They are made of hydrogel nanocomposites that contain magnetic nanoparticles allowing them to be controlled via an electromagnetic field.
    In an article appearing in Science Advances, the scientists describe the method they have developed for “programming” the robot’s shape so that it can easily travel through fluids that are dense, viscous or moving at rapid speeds. See also http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau1532 “Using origami design principles as a framework, a variety of folding techniques have been introduced for the development of three-dimensional (3D) flexible microstructures”

  7. Face the music says:

    “The guacamole famine, the Super Bowl, and other American dramas : As the US frets ‘the guacpocalypse’, its delusions about – and addiction to – undocumented migration remain untreated.” https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/guacamole-famine-super-bowl-american-dramas-190123135747524.html
    See also “These U.S. industries can’t work without illegal immigrants” by Mary Jo Dudley, director of the Cornell Farmworker Program at Cornell University. (CBS News Jan 10, 2019) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/illegal-immigrants-us-jobs-economy-farm-workers-taxes/

  8. Jimmy Click says:

    New York, January 23, 2019–The killing of freelancer Mohamed Ben Khalifa in Libya underscores the dangers for photojournalists working in conflict zones, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ben Khalifa, a photographer who contributed to outlets including The Associated Press, was killed during clashes south of Tripoli on January 19, according to news reports, local press organizations and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. https://cpj.org/2019/01/libyan-photojournalist-killed-by-shelling-during-t.php
    AP PHOTOS: Slain journalist captured Libya’s turmoil https://apnews.com/ea9d1eb0992a4b088a9aa5c7ac117129
    Libya mourns Mohamed Ben Khalifa, photographer killed in Tripoli clashes https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/libya-mourns-photographer-mohamed-ben-khalifa-killed-tripoli-clashes-951913357

  9. Cassandra says:

    “Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change” (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-22/muggy-disney-parks-downed-at-t-towers-firms-tally-climate-risk “As the Trump administration rolls back rules meant to curb global warming, new disclosures show that the country’s largest companies are already bracing for its effects. The documents reveal how widely climate change is expected to cascade through the economy — disrupting supply chains, disabling operations and driving away customers, but also offering new ways to make money.”
    See also: “Pentagon Warns of Dire Risk to Bases, Troops From Climate Change” (1/18/19) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-18/in-dire-report-pentagon-warns-bases-imperiled-by-climate-change
    ‘Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.’ (Philip K. Dick)

  10. Burqueña says:

    The ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie May Bring Back Bryan Cranston, Jonathan Banks, Krysten Ritter, And More https://uproxx.com/tv/breaking-bad-movie-bryan-cranston-jonathan-banks-krysten-ritter-jesse-plemons/
    “As previously reported, Gilligan will write, executive produce, and possibly direct the movie. Filming is set to begin this month in New Mexico and will wrap in February. Currently, there is no word on whether or not this will be a theatrical release or will find its way on to AMC as their forthcoming Rick Grimes trilogy will do in the not-so-distant future.” https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/01/bryan-cranston-breaking-bad-cast/

  11. Victor Pascow says:

    Archaeologists have found the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, a British Royal Navy explorer who was the first to sail around Australia and is credited with naming it, while working on a rail project connecting London to other cities. https://gcaptain.com/remains-of-famous-explorer-captain-matthew-flinders-found-in-london-rail-dig/
    Flinders’ coffin was discovered among 40,000 other human remains in St James’s burial ground during digging ahead of the construction of the Euston station terminal for the High Speed 2 (HS2) network, which will link the capital to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
    HS2 said archaeologists identified the remains of the explorer, who died in 1814, thanks to the lead breastplate on his coffin.

  12. 魚清 says:

    Some people consider pufferfish, also known as fugu, a delicacy because of its unique and exquisite flavor, which is perhaps seasoned by knowledge that consumption of the fish could be deadly. Now, researchers have identified the major compounds responsible for the taste of pufferfish, minus the thrill of living dangerously. They report their results in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2019/acs-presspac-january-23-2019/what-makes-the-deadly-pufferfish-so-delectable.html Includes link to “Sensory-Guided Analysis of Key Taste-Active Compounds in Pufferfish (Takifugu obscurus)”
    The poison in Fugu is Tetrodotoxin. It is 1000 times more potent than cyanide and there is no antidote. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin
    “The Simpsons” Poison Blowfish Sushi (2:48) “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (season 2, episode 11) January 24, 1991 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_SU_Ikab5g
    Fugu: how to prepare the deadly pufferfish shown by “Uosei” chef Rikizo Okamoto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8FIPRD9jvg

  13. Let us all enthusiastically applaud the leadership of our President says:

    GOP @GOP https://twitter.com/GOP 8:00 AM – 26 Jan 2019
    “Democrats have held our government hostage for weeks, but thanks to President @realDonaldTrump’s leadership, the government will reopen and federal workers will be paid in the next few days.”

  14. Regime change says:

    “Is socialism to blame for Venezuela’s never-ending crisis?” https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/socialism-blame-venezuelas-crisis-180530095418091.html Though ’21st-century socialism’ is implicated in Venezuela’s collapse, so too are many characteristics of capitalism.
    BBC News: “Venezuela: All you need to know about the crisis in seven charts” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46999668
    “Donald Trump’s implicit threat of direct US military intervention in Venezuela is a high-risk gamble that could backfire calamitously.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/24/donald-trump-venezuela-nicolas-maduro

    • Warbucks says:

      Colombia’s foreign minister says his government doesn’t know why U.S. national security adviser John Bolton had “5,000 troops to Colombia” written on a notepad he held during a news conference announcing new Venezuela sanctions. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bolton-holds-legal-pad-with-5000-troops-to-colombia-written-on-it/ Colombia shares a 1,370-mile border with Venezuela and has joined President Donald Trump in backing Venezuelan congress leader Juan Guaido, who has proclaimed himself interim president in the opposition’s confrontation with President Nicolas Maduro. Bolton’s note appeared to refer to the situation in Venezuela and were spotted while he and other officials were announcing the imposition of sanctions against a state-owned Venezuelan oil company.
      When asked to explain the words in Bolton’s notepad, the White House said in an email that “as the President has said, all options are on the table.”

      • Here we go again says:

        Risk of a ‘Caribbean Syria’ : All Eyes on the Army in Venezuela Power Struggle http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/venezuela-military-likely-to-determine-future-president-a-1250007.html With support from Washington, Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó has declared himself the country’s new president. Ultimately, though, the military will determine the outcome of his power struggle with incumbent Nicolás Maduro. Guaidó’s Jan. 23 coup was carefully planned, with assistance from two men: popular Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
        Rubio, the Republican son of Cuban immigrants, has been working to bring about regime change for years — not only in Venezuela, but also in Cuba and Nicaragua.

  15. Vince Ramos says:

    Fronteras Desk (1/25/19) https://fronterasdesk.org/content/753235/one-young-immigrant-who-returned-mexico-long-path-opportunities Jessica Gonzalez, now 28, was one of the more than 1 million undocumented Mexican immigrants who left the United States in the last decade, bringing net migration from Mexico to a net zero, according to Pew Research estimates. Like many young returning migrants, Gonzalez faced challenges in transferring her American education and in finding work. Only in the last year, Gonzalez was able to go to school and find a career with the help of an unusual software engineering boot camp that caters specifically to returning migrants.

    • Babble study says:

      President Donald Trump began the first week post-shutdown with a seemingly odd (for Trump) and random endorsement of Bible study in public schools, an issue that’s never been a central component of his agenda. The Monday morning tweet made some sense when Twitter users saw a segment about “Bible literacy bills” was airing on Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite morning show. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/28/18200475/trump-bible-literacy-classes-tweet-fox-friends Trump’s tweet came minutes after Fox & Friends interviewed North Dakota Rep. Aaron McWilliams (R), who co-sponsored a bill to allow Bible classes in public schools in his state. “There’s a separation of church and state, but there’s not a separation of books from education,” McWilliams said, adding that unless schools allow classes about religious texts, the state ends up “establishing a religion of secularism within our school by not having anything else.”

  16. Sixth Extinction says:

    “Where have all the butterflies gone? Monarch butterflies all but vanish in Idaho and the West” https://www.postregister.com/news/local/where-have-all-the-butterflies-gone-monarch-butterflies-all-but/article_c2d00270-7c5c-5d0a-8972-1a5158ab8634.html Article concludes: “Monarchs are kind of a canary in a coal mine for a lot of other insect species, especially bees which are some of our primary pollinators.”
    Earlier this month], the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation issued a report finding that the population of monarch butterflies overwintering in California had fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. http://xerces.org/2019/01/17/record-low-overwintering-monarchs-in-california/

  17. OK then says:

    U.S. Energy Information Administration January 29, 2019: The United States is expected to export more energy than it imports by 2020 https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=38152 Near the end of the projection period, the United States returns to importing more petroleum and other liquids than it exports on an energy basis as a result of increasing domestic gasoline consumption and falling domestic crude oil production in those years.

  18. Hooligan says:

    “Football fans on social media are calling on FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to punish the UAE after Emirati fans pelted Qatari players with shoes and bottles during the Asian Cup semifinal.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/calls-uae-punished-crowd-violence-mars-qatar-win-190130052026022.html “Qatar thrashed hosts UAE four goals to nil in a bad-tempered meeting in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday.
    Qatari fans were not allowed to attend the fixture because of an ongoing ban on Qatari citizens entering the UAE. Surplus tickets were also bought out by Emirati government-linked bodies and distributed to “loyal” local fans, meaning The Maroons were up against a stadium full of hostile onlookers.
    Qatar has been the target of a land, sea, and air blockade by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt since June 2017. The quartet accuses Doha of supporting terrorism and opposition groups they have proscribed, charges Qatar vehemently rejects.”

  19. Koyaanisqatsi says:

    The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is reportedly moving forward with plans to lease land near sacred Native American sites in New Mexico to companies for oil and natural gas drilling. https://apnews.com/cb5aa97fc7b243a3baef02a3ab1ff0f4
    U.S. land managers will move forward in March with the sale of oil and gas leases that include land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico and other areas sacred to Native American tribes. The sale comes as Democratic members of Congress, tribal leaders and environmentalists have criticized the federal Bureau of Land Management for pushing ahead with drilling permit reviews and preparations for energy leases despite the recent government shutdown. With limited staff over the last month, the critics complained that they were locked out of the process because the agency didn’t release any information about the sale. They also questioned whether the agency would be able to adequately review the land that’s up for bid and whether it would consider protests to the move.

  20. Unobtainium says:

    ‘Metallic wood’ has the strength of titanium and the density of water : Researchers have built a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190128125314.htm “…And just as the porosity of wood grain serves the biological function of transporting energy, the empty space in the researchers’ “metallic wood” could be infused with other materials. Infusing the scaffolding with anode and cathode materials would enable this metallic wood to serve double duty: a plane wing or prosthetic leg that’s also a battery.”

  21. YIKES says:

    One of the key drivers of the world’s climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found they were looking in the wrong place.
    The consequences are not quite yet understood, but eventually it could change forecasts of one of the worst-case global warming scenarios — still considered unlikely this century — in which the mixing stops and climate chaos ensues.
    It’s called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation , and scientists describe it as a giant ocean conveyor belt that moves water from Greenland south to beyond the tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean. https://apnews.com/595bfe2060ef46d49d2417082e3cbd18
    Based on computer model studies, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in an earlier study it is “very unlikely” that the conveyor belt would collapse this century. But the Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel concluded it is likely to get about a third slower if greenhouse gas emissions continue at its current pace.
    A study last year found that global warming is weakening the system, saying the conveyor belt was moving at its slowest speed in nearly 140 years of records.
    “Our basic understanding that the collapse is unlikely still stands,” said Delworth, who wasn’t part of the study. “Our uncertainty about that prediction is high.”

    • Boiling frog says:

      Rising temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of climate change earlier than currently thought, scientists at the University of Liverpool warn.
      https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uol-cca013119.php
      “There is a risk that we are underestimating the impact of climate change on species survival because we have focused on the temperatures that are lethal to organisms, rather than the temperatures at which organisms can no longer breed,” explains evolutionary biologist Dr Tom Price from the University’s Institute of Integrative Biology. In a new opinion article published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the researchers highlight that extensive data from a wide variety of plants and animals suggests that organisms lose fertility at lower temperatures than their CTL (Critical Thermal Limit).

  22. Stay tuned says:

    President Trump has re-nominated White House doctor Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to be promoted to two-star admiral amid the Pentagon’s ongoing investigation into Jackson regarding alleged misconduct, which includes drinking on the job, overprescribing medications and creating a hostile work environment. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/428174-trump-taps-ronny-jackson-for-promotion-amid-investigation-into
    A veteran manager in the White House office that processes security clearances has been suspended amid allegations she made against her boss that he endangered national security by breaking the law and flouting security procedures. The supervisor, Carl Kline, was also accused by the suspended official, Tricia Newbold, of rampant discrimination based on her sex and disability (she stands 4 feet, 2 inches). https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/31/politics/white-house-security-clearance-suspension/index.html .
    Re: security clearances: “Jared Kushner shouldn’t be allowed to play government” (LA Times) https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-heffernan-kushner-20190202-story.html
    Also “Why Chris Christie and Jared Kushner hate each other so much : In his new book, Christie accuses Kushner of exacting a revenge plot over a decade-long family feud.” https://www.vox.com/2019/1/31/18205539/chris-christie-book-tour-jared-kushner-feud

  23. newb says:

    Sophisticated hackers have long exploited flaws in SS7, a protocol used by telecom companies to coordinate how they route texts and calls around the world. Those who exploit SS7 can potentially track phones across the other side of the planet, and intercept text messages and phone calls without hacking the phone itself.
    This activity was typically only within reach of intelligence agencies or surveillance contractors, but now Motherboard has confirmed that this capability is much more widely available in the hands of financially-driven cybercriminal groups, who are using it to empty bank accounts. So-called SS7 attacks against banks are, although still relatively rare, much more prevalent than previously reported. Motherboard has identified a specific bank—the UK’s Metro Bank—that fell victim to such an attack.
    The news highlights the gaping holes in the world’s telecommunications infrastructure that the telco industry has known about for years despite ongoing attacks from criminals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the defensive arm of the UK’s signals intelligence agency GCHQ, confirmed that SS7 is being used to intercept codes used for banking. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbzvxv/criminals-hackers-ss7-uk-banks-metro-bank

  24. McLeod says:

    On Wednesday, the day after Pacific Gas and Electric [the largest utility company in the U.S.] officially filed for bankruptcy protection, a federal judge berated the company for wildfires started by their electrical distribution equipment.
    “To my mind, there’s a very clear-cut pattern here: that PG&E is starting these fires,” Judge William Alsup said. “What do we do? Does the judge just turn a blind eye and say, continue your business as usual. Kill more people by starting more fires.’” And later, “Safety is not your number one thing”. PG&E has been on criminal probation for years following the 2010 gas line explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Judge Alsup is overseeing the company’s probation. Investigators have attributed more than 1,500 fires to PG&E power lines and hardware between June 2014 and December 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal https://wildfiretoday.com/2019/01/31/judge-to-pge-safety-is-not-your-number-1-thing/ …It seems odd, to say the least, that PG&E now seems surprised and outraged that a judge is suggesting that the company “remove or trim all trees that could fall onto its power lines in high-wind conditions”, which is exactly what the law requires, and which was acknowledged by the company in their newsletter three weeks after their electrical system started a dozen fires in Northern California on October 8, 2017, according to CAL FIRE investigators. The agency is also looking into PG&E power line equipment failures that may have caused the Camp Fire on November 8, 2018. Over 40 people died in the Northern California fires, and 86 perished in the Camp Fire which also destroyed more than 14,000 homes.

  25. Tim Wu says:

    “House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public : Pai’s FCC is too secretive and too beholden to corporations, Democrats say.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/02/house-democrats-tell-ajit-pai-stop-screwing-over-the-public/
    On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom.
    Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) Feb 4th letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/FCC.2019.2.4.%20Letter%20to%20Chairman%20Pai%20re%20116th%20Congress%20Oversight.CAT_.pdf

  26. All Hail to the Chief says:

    Our nation’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is dominated by Trump appointees, is asking for suggestions about regulating a type of uranium mining after EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who once lobbied for a uranium miner, junked more stringent mining rules : Industry says current, tougher pollution rules are ‘impossible to meet’ https://www.dcreport.org/2019/02/07/epa-wants-to-free-uranium-miners-to-pollute-western-groundwater/

  27. Law&Order says:

    Early in January, in a case litigated by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the Fourth Circuit became the first appeals court in the country to hold that a public official’s social-media account was a “public forum” for First Amendment purposes. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-facebook-decision/politicians-cannot-block-social-media-foes-us-appeals-court-idUSKCN1P11SC The ruling, arising from a county official’s decision to block a constituent from her Facebook page after he raised concerns about public corruption, sets an important precedent at a time when public officials at every level are increasingly relying on social media to communicate with their constituents. The ruling also builds on the Institute’s earlier victory in Knight Institute v. Trump, the case in which we challenged President Trump’s practice of blocking critics from his Twitter account. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/23/business/media/trump-twitter-block.html
    The Second Circuit will hear the government’s appeal of that ruling next month. https://mailchi.mp/8fafe36fb03b/updates-from-the-knight-first-amendment-institute?e=2cdc86bdcd

  28. Ahoy says:

    “Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster : How the Navy failed its sailors” (ProPublica 2/7/19) https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/us-navy-crashes-japan-cause-mccain/
    See also part 1: “Death and Valor on an American Warship Doomed by its Own Navy” https://features.propublica.org/navy-accidents/uss-fitzgerald-destroyer-crash-crystal/
    Background: “How We Investigated the Navy’s Twin Disasters in the Pacific : We spent nine months digging into the deadly collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain in 2017, and the causes behind them.” https://www.propublica.org/article/us-navy-uss-fitzgerald-uss-john-s-mccain-crash-pacific-how-we-investigated

  29. Speculator says:

    On Thursday, the stock market took steep losses following several reports that suggested the United States and China would not arrive at a new trade agreement before hefty tariffs kick in at the beginning of March.

  30. Rougarou says:

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has released a recently created interactive map that shows people where it’s unsafe to eat the fish or shellfish they catch and/or swim due to mercury or organic chemical contamination. https://deq.louisiana.gov/page/fishing-consumption-and-swimming-advisories The map shows 58 lakes, bayous and other waterways where contaminated fish have been caught, the bottom is too polluted for safe swimming or both. Most points restrict fish or shellfish eating; two also warn against swimming. Two others warn only against swimming.
    The largest advisory covers ALL state waters in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s almost 1,200 square miles.

  31. Flattop says:

    A team of explorers on board Paul Allen’s research vessel R/V Petrel has located the wreck of the USS Hornet (CV 8), one of the most important aircraft carriers of World War II which sank after playing a shortlived but pivotal role in the war in the Pacific. https://www.paulallen.com/the-hunt-for-the-uss-hornet/#new-survey-may-shed-light-on-103-year-old-australian-navy-submarine-wreck The wreckage of the USS Hornet was discovered in late January 2019 resting on the floor of the South Pacific at a depth of 5,330 meters, or nearly 17,500 feet.
    The USS Hornet played a pivotal role in some of the most important battles in WWII naval history, including the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Midway. Despite her victories, however, Hornet’s lifespan was short-lived as she was sunk at the hands of Japanese bombers and torpedoes during the Battle of Santa Cruz on Oct. 27, 1942, just 372 days she was put into service. 140 sailors from her crew of nearly 2,200 were killed in the battle.
    WAR DAMAGE REPORT No. 30: U.S.S. HORNET (CV8) Bureau of Ships, Navy Department 8 July, 1943 http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/WarDamageReports/WarDamageReportCV8/WarDamageReportCV8.html The Battle of Santa Cruz (National Naval Aviation Museum) https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/history-up-close/4923/

  32. Filmer says:

    The story of the Malawian boy who saved his village with a wind turbine comes to Netflix https://qz.com/africa/1549431/the-story-of-the-malawian-boy-who-saved-his-village-with-a-wind-turbine-comes-to-netflix/ The film, which was shot in Malawi, is released globally on Netflix on Mar. 1 2019. Netflix has been making a big push to build its African TV shows and movies from scratch. The global streaming giant’s $8 billion budget on original content has accommodated space for more African content in its programing. Late last year the streaming service purchased worldwide rights to Lionheart which was its first original film from Nigeria which stars renowned Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji. It also announced plans for its first original African series which is expected to debut is from South Africa, titled Queen Sono.

  33. Doc says:

    Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/health/diet-soda-women-stroke-heart-attack/index.html
    The risks were highest for women with no history of heart disease or diabetes and women who were obese or African-American. Previous research has shown a link between diet beverages and stroke, dementia, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

  34. 4theRecord says:

    President Trump said on Friday that he “didn’t need to” declare a national emergency but did it to speed up construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
    “I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster,” Trump said during a press conference at the Rose Garden in the White House.

    • p/s says:

      The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Friday that it would sue President Trump over his “blatantly illegal” national emergency declaration at the southern border. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/430262-aclu-announces-lawsuit-against-trump-for-blatantly-illegal-national-emergency “We’re suing President Trump over today’s blatantly illegal declaration of a national emergency,” the ACLU tweeted. “There is no emergency. This is an unconstitutional power grab that hurts American communities. We’ll see him in court.”
      The ACLU’s is one of several incipient legal challenges to the president’s border move.
      Trump also said at the conference that he “expects” to be sued over the emergency declaration and predicted a loss in federal court.
      “We will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court,” Trump said. He added that he hopes he will “get a fair shake and we’ll win in the Supreme Court, just like the [travel] ban.”

  35. Puzzling Evidence says:

    Billionaire heir Howard Buffett on Trump, money and drugs : The son of legendary investor Warren Buffett learnt a lot about disadvantage during his 15-month stint as the sheriff of a down-at-heel Illinois county (Sydney Morning Herald 2/16/19) https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/billionaire-heir-howard-buffett-on-trump-money-and-drugs-20190212-p50x74.html
    See also the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s most recent annual report (2017) http://www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/HGBF-2017-Annual-Report.pdf

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