By late April, 2019, more Americans shot dead than total Allied soldiers killed in D-Day invasion

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❝ On Thursday, Americans remembered those killed on D-Day, 75 years back. It was a day of enormous heroism that was critical in turning back Nazi Germany’s attempt to conquer Europe. Thousands of Americans, Canadians, Australians and soldiers from other countries were part of the largest amphibious invasion force in history.

❝ Some 2,501 Americans gave their lives that day, according to historic estimates. Another 1,913 soldiers from other Allied countries also died, bringing the total death toll from the immediate invasion to 4,414.

It took until late April before the number of people killed by guns in the United States in 2019 topped that number, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive…

Thanks, Barry Ritholtz

Republican hypocrites + spineless Democrats = Keystone pipeline amendment added to energy-efficiency bill

Oil companies in front of Congress
Oil company executives testify before Congress

An amendment inserted into a bill before the U.S. Senate says the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada is in the national interest though project critics cried foul…Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., inserted an amendment into an energy conservation bill before the U.S. Senate…

Hoeven said Keystone XL, which would bring Canadian tar sands oil to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, would shield North American energy markets from overseas turmoil and “ensure true North American energy independence.”

Even if that wasn’t a lie, even if Hoeven wasn’t just another meat puppet for Big Oil, the amendment is designed to support opposition to energy efficiency in our national infrastructure. Not the function of this legislation.

President Obama said he’d weigh the project against its environmental footprint. The heavier type of crude oil designated for the pipeline is seen by critics as more corrosive to pipelines and more carbon intensive than other grades.

Anthony Swift, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said a provision for Keystone XL has no place in an energy-efficiency bill.

“Senators should reject this measure,” he said Thursday. “The proposed tar sands pipeline would increase carbon pollution and make climate change worse.”

Too bad the 19th Century populists have no conception of ethical and democratic debate. I guess their unwillingness to put forward opposing bills and allow debate on all sides of the issue reflects nothing more than their gutless fear of entering a competition which isn’t rigged.

But, then, the Confederate mindset never was especially big on encouraging open debate.