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Washingron Democrats bailing on gun control?

If you care about this, make a call.


NY Times Hires, Quickly Fires Journalist With History of Homophobic Tweets

Less than 24 hours after she was hired, The New York Times on Tuesday fired editorial board member Quinn Norton, after a history of homophobic and racially insensitive tweets were uncovered.

Early on Tuesday, the paper announced in a statement that it had hired notable technology writer Quinn Norton as its editorial board’s “lead opinion writer on the power, culture and consequences of technology.” (Norton contributed two tech-related pieces to The Daily Beast in 2014.)

Shortly thereafter, many of Norton’s controversial tweets began to resurface. Twitter users uncovered multiple instances in which she used the n-word, or gay slurs like “faggot” or “fag,” to refer to various users on the social-media platform.

Other critics pointed out her chummy exchanges with a user who’d tweeted numerous anti-Semitic statements, and highlighted old tweets in which she explained that she was proudly friends with neo-Nazi


Dem with a 2300 vote lead

in FL-72 special election with 87% of the votes in.


Democrats over-performed in all four special elections yesterday


Report: Global Coal Demand Drops Second Year in a Row

12/18/2017 | Abby Harvey

Global coal demand fell nearly 2% in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Coal 2017 Analysis and Forecasts report, released December 18. “Demand for coal has now dropped by 4.2% since 2014, almost matching the fall of 1990-1992, which was the largest two-year decline recorded since the IEA started compiling statistics more than 40 years ago,” the report says.

Coal demand varies in different areas, of course. However, while demand in places like India increased, it was not enough to offset significant declines in the United States and China.




In a report last week, the cryptocurrency website Digiconomics said that worldwide bitcoin mining was using more electricity than Serbia. The country. Writing for Grist, Eric Holthaus calculated that by July 2019, the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network—remember BitTorrent? Like that—would require more electricity than all of the United States. And by November of 2020, it’d use more electricity than the entire world does today.

That’s bad. It means Bitcoin emits the equivalent of 17.7 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, a big middle finger to Earth’s climate and anyone who enjoys things like coastlines, forests, and not dying of mosquito-borne diseases. Refracted through a different metaphor, the Bitcoin P2P network is essentially a distributed superintelligence utterly dedicated to generating bitcoins, so of course it wants to convert all the energy (and therefore matter) in the universe into bitcoin.

Black Democrats kicked it up a notch in Alabama

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Has anyone made scrapple?

I made some turkey scrapple and it was tasteless and a lot softer than I expected. I just used a cup of regular cornmeal to 4 cups of liquid. Is there some other product that might give a better result?

Council approves Key Arena deal


How do you feel about this statement from Rep. Kathleen Rice?

I've been thinking about this entire mess and I agree with Representative Rice. Democrats need to walk what they talk, with regard to Franken and Conyers. I really liked both of these guys. I was ecstatic when Al was finally seated, but I read the testimony of those women he groped. It was quite explicit and utterly convincing. We can't just wave it away. If we do, if this is who we are, we might as well shut up about Roy Moore, 'cause no one is going to listen to what we say or believe we mean a word of it.

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