Winter

This past week reminded me of how soothing and vital literature, art, and music are to the world. All of us have spent more than two years exhausted from Covid-19. We are ironically distracted by war, which has overshadowed the banning of books in school. When I was twelve years...

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  • February 28, 2022

The interminable negotiations over Joe Biden’s Build Back Better human infrastructure plan make me feel a little like I did at this time last year, when I was still wondering if Joe Biden would see his shadow on the White House lawn or we’d get four more years of nuclear winter. It...

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  • October 29, 2021

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP-26), scheduled to open on 10/31/21 in Glasgow, Scotland. COP brings wealthy and developing nations together to discuss fighting climate change as one entity. The conference for this year will attempt to finish the rules for the carbon market, not completed at...

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  • October 27, 2021

The latest news from Bizarro World is that Donald Trump is finally starting his own social media company—and it’s named TRUTH Social. Because while irony is long dead, that doesn’t mean Trump can’t beat it in the head with a shovel a few more times just to watch its corpse...

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  • October 22, 2021

… and, winter is coming. China, already in a significant energy crunch, has been experiencing energy shortages due to extreme weather, a surge in demand, and a fledgling effort to reduce CO2 emissions. It is a triple whammy for the country that produces the second-highest global greenhouse emissions in the...

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  • October 11, 2021

… and, winter is coming. For those just scrolling by while whistling past the graveyard, you might want to read this story and prepare yourself while you watch your wallet because the shit just might hit the fan and soon. Economic Impacts from climate change are here and only getting worse. There...

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  • October 11, 2021

You could say Ted Cruz is about as funny as a debilitating brain parasite, but that would be imprecise. He’s as funny as a brain parasite attempting to do prop comedy at 1 a.m on a Wednesday at a Sioux Falls Holiday Inn. In other words, much less funny than your workaday...

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  • October 10, 2021

This is not a joke. This is what Texans must live through. A governor and his party that has Texas in a state of disarray. Texas Governor needs electricity, not a wall See full episodes here. It was just a few months ago when Texas suffered one of its worst...

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  • June 15, 2021

Let’s be clear. I don’t condone Rand Paul’s neighbor’s decision to beat the crap out of him, but I do condone (nay, applaud) everyone else’s decision to laugh at it. Rand Paul is a doctor … of sorts. He rather famously accredited himself through his own accrediting agency—an instance of self-gratifying...

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  • May 23, 2021

Apparently, most congressional committees are as boring as Texas during a devastating winter storm, because Ted Cruz doesn’t want to stick around for any of them. He just wants to be caught on camera pretending to care. If you want to draw Cruz like a fly to your picnic, you don’t need...

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  • May 11, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his organization, Powered by People: Did you see the news this week? Texas gained the most residents in the past decade of any state according to the 2020 census – and as a result,...

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  • May 1, 2021

Received this e-mail yesterday from former Presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his organization, Powered by People: Having these conversations now (and not in the weeks just before an election) shows our commitment to work with each other even when there’s not an election on the...

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  • April 15, 2021

You’d think that a scholar in psychology, however flawed, would understand projection, and that fascism is more than making trains run on time, even when they didn’t. Hail Hydra, because parody is meta-criticism and perhaps we’ll see some plagiarism lawfare over self-help brand infringement. Apparently Jordan Peterson got offended that...

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  • April 6, 2021

Even as dozens of Texans died, sustained thousands of damages to their homes, starved, & lost their savings, Abbott cronies assuring Wall Street their stolen profits are safe. Texas Governor Abbott instrumental in screwing Texans See full episodes here. Audio emerged of Texas Public Utility Commission chairman Arthur D’Andrea effectively promising Wall Street that...

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  • March 17, 2021

North Korea is starting to test its relationship with the Biden administration. One of the few concessions that North Korea got from Trump aside from his foreign policy ignorance was the suspension of Republic of Korea/US joint military exercises. This is the first signal of contact prior to a review of US...

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  • March 16, 2021

US vaccinations for Covid-19 have exceeded 101 million since December 14, according to numbers released for yesterday by the Center for Disease Control. This leaves the country less than 19 million vaccine jabs short of the goal set by Joe Biden for his first 100 days. About 19.9 million were vaccinated before...

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  • March 12, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), on behalf of his organization, Powered By People: An update on our recent work: – For the last six weeks we’ve been knocking on doors in 17 of the lowest-income zip codes in Texas to help register...

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  • March 10, 2021

The Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) overcharged Texans, indirectly through power companies, by over $16 Billion and says it will do nothing about it. Texans screwed by their government again See full episodes here. The PUC held a meeting recently. They had to decide what to do about the overcharging...

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  • March 7, 2021

A worthwhile article in the NYT Some highlights: Amazon has embarked on an advertising blitz this winter, urging Congress to follow the company’s lead and raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. American workers “simply can’t wait” for higher pay, the company said in a recent blog post....

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  • March 5, 2021

Ted Cruz is becoming even further unhinged, as if there will be an insanity defense for sedition. Because he actually thinks he’s funny, like a Soup Nazi taking the gas pipe: Ok. No gasoline for you. (That includes jet fuel.) And what do you think film is made of? https://t.co/rVwYt7C5Ol...

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  • March 4, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Though my spot on the introversion spectrum lies somewhere between Kleenex box-wearing Howard Hughes and urine-collecting Howard Hughes (and as I continue to age, I’m on a bullet train to raw-fish-eating Gollum), I still usually get sick in the winter, at least once. In the past, while grocery shopping or taking...

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  • February 28, 2021

The rift on Antarctica’s Brunt ice shelf has torn itself away from the glacier resulting in a massive iceberg that is known as A74. British Antarctic Survey has been monitoring the glacier for years. The shelf was at its largest extent for over 100 years. The Brits have relocated their research station twice...

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  • February 26, 2021

Sublimation; all that is solid melts into air, as QAnonists, among others spread ignorance about something, something Deep State controlling the weather. The same people who faked the Moon landing must have done it on the other side of Flat Earth. How Helen Keller was able to make so much...

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  • February 23, 2021

Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech executives will testify before a US congressional committee tomorrow that the number of doses of their Covid-19 vaccines will increase sharply next month. Johnson and Johnson, who expects to get approval for its vaccine later this week, said it will have 20 million doses by March 31. http://www.msn.com/…...

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  • February 22, 2021
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Texas really is full of dumb GOP fuckers: x NEW: Texas AG Ken Paxton left the state during the deadly power outages last week to meet with his counterpart in Utah. Paxton's spox did not answer Qs about when he left or returned and why the trip was not postponed....

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  • February 22, 2021

One month into the Biden Administration and we are almost half way to getting the 100 million vaccinations the President promised for his first 100 days. Vaccinations have slowed considerable in the last week due to extreme winter weather, but 42.8 million Americans have received at least one dose, 13%...

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  • February 20, 2021

As Texas froze and water shortages abounded, Ted Cruz flew off on a warm vacation to Cancun. The election cannot come soon enough. An entitled Ted Cruz See full episodes here. For a supposedly brilliant Ivy League-educated dude, this was a political mistake that not even a novice would commit....

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  • February 19, 2021

In case you haven’t heard: Speculation raged on social media overnight that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) flew out on vacay to Cancun while his home state of Texas froze and residents scrambled to survive—but his office stayed completely silent on the rumors. However, Fox News and the Associated Press have confirmed Cruz’s completely tone-deaf trip, based...

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  • February 18, 2021

Texas is the coalmine canary of failures in the GQP’s industrial policy. The “clusterfuzzle” appears to be only in Texas: perhaps they skimmed on costs and failed in winterizing their plants. The structural failure comes from the anti-federal, deregulatory policy of the Texas grid which reveals itself in the disinformation...

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  • February 18, 2021

Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) had some harsh words yesterday: x “We are nearing a failed state in Texas. And it has nothing to do with God, or natural disasters. It has everything to do with the leadership and those in the positions of public trust who have failed us,” says...

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  • February 17, 2021

Greg Abbott searches for #TexasBlackoout blame in the state’s power utility but Texas deregulated its grid to avoid the very regulations that would have prevented this problem.  All in the name of profit. Greg Abbott now even blames the Green New Deal. 88% of Texas electricity is supplied by natural gas...

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  • February 17, 2021

Severe winter weather, President’s Day, and regional shortages of doses have slowed vaccinations over the last several days, and Dr. Anthony Fauci  warns that a delay in manufacturing shots by Johnson and Johnson will push back the time when most Americans can expect to be vaccinated. The J&J vaccine is expected to...

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  • February 16, 2021

The “Arctic is already under such threat from so many angles, and while production there is expensive, it is also very, very high risk. It requires absolutely the strongest levels of global oversight.” Phoebe Barnard, Professor at Washington’s Conservation Biology Institute Putin’s Russia made history today when the Christophe de Margerie, the enormous...

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  • February 16, 2021

Texas electrical winter storm fiasco proves that the private sector for utilities is a failure. Trump’s acquittal proves a failed GOP. Texas Electrical Failure Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: The impeachment manager says he has no...

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  • February 15, 2021

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • February 13, 2021

The Washington Post did a version of the NY Times profiles of Trumpists, albeit those who were involved in the 6 January insurrection, and there does seem to be a class struggle, not quite like one would expect. The participation of people with middle- and upper-middle-class positions fits with research...

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  • February 10, 2021

Wow: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) was caught on tape making cracks about physical violence against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who last year was the target of a kidnapping plot by right-wing militia extremists. He was also recorded spreading lies about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S....

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  • February 10, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

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  • February 5, 2021

I keep vigil. Last summer, record-breaking wildfires in Siberia, “in and around the Arctic circle,” continue to smolder and burn; the fuel feeding the fires is peat, decomposing organic matter that has been stored in the earth for millenniums. According to NASA estimates, at least half of wildfires burned in Siberia in the...

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  • January 29, 2021

When California’s deadly and worst wildfire struck the state of California, intense drought provided the fuel necessary when a PG&E Pacific Gas and Electricity sparked the catastrophe. California has a Mediterranean climate, which is particularly vulnerable to our climate crisis. That explanation was too much for the simple-minded QAnon nutballs. To...

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  • January 28, 2021

When California’s deadly and worst wildfire struck the state of California, intense drought provided the fuel necessary when a PG&E Pacific Gas and Electricity sparked the catastrophe. California has a Mediterranean climate, which is particularly vulnerable to our climate crisis. That explanation was too much for the simple-minded QAnon nutballs. To...

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  • January 28, 2021

Judging by the reaction on social media, you either love the ubiquitous Bernie mittens memes or you hate them. Personally, I find them charming—and they’ve been a welcome distraction from the 500-pound gorilla that’s, well, no longer in the room. But this whimsical inauguration day highlight is also doing a lot...

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  • January 27, 2021

Happy New Year Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers...

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  • January 2, 2021

Donald Trump didn’t really say why he blew up the meticulously negotiated $900 billion stimulus bill, throwing Washington into chaos and screwing over millions of people who are simply trying to survive the winter. But since this is Trump, you can be certain the motive was both gobsmackingly petty and monumentally self-serving. Oh,...

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  • December 27, 2020

Why does it feel like Trump is hearing the Christmas story for the first time as he reads this? Tell me I’m wrong. x This is not a Saturday night live skit but it sure feels like one pic.twitter.com/XTYzrP2mqy— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) December 24, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> x x...

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  • December 25, 2020

Crimes against humanity by needless deaths, because sending Americans a check with his name on it obligated a vote. Trump needed anti-masking reactionaries and antivaxxers to merge in order to foment some naïve idea of herd immunity such that wanting to get more people infected was more important to the...

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  • December 19, 2020

Yemen’s Houthi rebels in Yemen finally gave the United Nations access to a disintegrating oil tanker that threatens the northern Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba's coral reefs and coastal communities. Safer, the tanker, had been abandoned with over 1.1 million barrels of crude oil (four times the amount of the...

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  • December 18, 2020

The hummingbirds dash around my back yard, as hard to track as a feathered 3-card monte game; are there 2 or 3 or 4 hummers? Any hummer that sits in our Bartlett pear tree is automatically named Bart.  It fights any other hummer using any one of five feeders below...

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  • December 16, 2020

Canada has never experienced such record warm nighttime temperatures before. The record high temperatures occurred in Canada’s maritime provinces, where temperatures should be much colder than they were this past week. ABC Columbia writes: Meteorological winter is different from astronomical winter and refers to December, January, and February. There are many...

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  • December 10, 2020