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Pete Buttigieg talks Florida's deadly roads and Biden's transportation plans

Pete Buttigieg talks Florida’s deadly roads and Biden’s transportation plans
The Tampa Bay Times spoke with the transportation secretary about high speed rail, pedestrian deaths and Republican criticisms of the proposal.

By Steve Contorno
Published Yesterday
Updated Yesterday

President Joe Biden has proposed a $2.5 trillion plan that his administration says would put tens of thousands of people to work rebuilding the country’s ailing infrastructure network and accelerating the fight against climate change. It also includes money to train workers and provide care for older and disabled Americans — investments that don’t meet the traditional definition of “infrastructure.” To pay for it, Biden would raise taxes on corporations.

The Tampa Bay Times recently spoke via Zoom with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the administration’s new proposal. The following is a transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and brevity.

When President Barack Obama attempted to use the stimulus to push high speed rail, he was met with tremendous opposition and many of those new proposed lines were rejected — including in Florida. How did that experience affect the Biden administration’s approach in addressing transit in his jobs and infrastructure package?

We’ve got to prepare for the future in a long term and comprehensive way. So a lot of what was proposed in 2009 had enormous benefit for the long run, but it was really proposed as part of a short-term stimulus. The American Jobs Plan, on the other hand, is about making sure that the American economy is competitive for the rest of our lifetimes. There will certainly be a lot of what are called “shovel-ready projects” that can add to job creation as soon as the bill is enacted. But we’re also talking about really gearing up for a future in which all different forms of modes of travel need to be integrated in a better way than they are now.

More: https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/05/13/pete-buttigieg-talks-floridas-deadly-roads-and-bidens-transportation-plans/

Influencer Paints Mask Onto Her Face To Go Into Bali Store--And Ends Up Getting Deported

Influencer Paints Mask Onto Her Face To Go Into Bali Store—And Ends Up Getting Deported
John Sundholm
May. 11, 2021



Russian influencer Leia Se thought she got away with what she seemed to think was the ultimate stunt during her trip to Bali—an island that is part of Indonesia.

Se painted a mask on her face instead of wearing a real one. She then violated pandemic protocols and completed a shopping trip in a Bali grocery store.

And she did get away with it, for a time—until the authorities saw the video of the incident her companion, YouTuber Josh Paler Lin, posted. The two were detained and their passports seized.

It was decided both would be deported once they were tested for COVID-19. Se would be deported back to Russia. Lin is from the United States, but holds a Taiwanese passport.

More: https://www.comicsands.com/influencer-painted-mask-bali-deported-2652943220.html


"Crack" in the Hernando deSoto Bridge



Re-posted from GD on request

Lightning strikes Florida highway causing 'chunk of road' to fly through truck windshield

Lightning strikes Florida highway causing ‘chunk of road’ to fly through truck windshield, officials say
By FOX 13 News staff
Published 1 day ago



DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - A lightning strike in the Florida Panhandle led to an chain reaction that injured two people inside a vehicle.

On Monday, around 7:30 a.m, the driver of a pickup truck was heading east on Interstate 10 near DeFuniak Springs when a bolt of lightning struck the roadway.

According to Walton County Fire Rescue, it caused a chunk of road to break off and fly through the windshield of the truck. The two occupants inside were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. Fire rescue officials did not specify the extent of their injuries.

Photos provided by the agency show a gaping hole in the front windshield. The rear window was also shattered. The headrest for the center backseat was pushed back.

More: https://www.fox13news.com/news/lightning-strikes-florida-highway-causing-chunk-of-road-to-fly-through-truck-windshield-officials-say


This was Tuesday morning, 7:30 AM according to the Walton County Fire Rescue tweet.

Help identify this mystery plant in my garden



It was a volunteer but I've never seen anything like it in my garden. I did get a load of topsoil last winter so the seeds may have come in that. It is low growing, the blossoms only are about 4" above the ground, but it has spread to cover about half a square yard. The foliage is delicate. When we pulled weeds and mulched I left it because it is sort of attractive, even if does have purple flowers.

Recipe of the Day: Dead Chicken with Old Milk





It actually looks pretty good.

Simon's Cat - Technical Hitch

Marvel Movies Ranked By If There Are Trains In Them

Iron Man - 0/10. No trains.
The Incredible Hulk - 1/10. No trains, but a verbal reference to the subway.
Iron Man 2 - 100/10. No trains, negative 100 points for a cameo by train-hater Elon Mush.
Thor - 0/10. No trains in space

https://cheezburger.com/10429957/marvel-movies-ranked-by-if-there-are-trains-in-them


More, especially on the "trains in space" theme.

Matt Gaetz, Explained - Legal Eagle

Worth it for just the first 40 seconds.

Over half of police-involved killings in 2020 began after non-violent incidents

Over half of police-involved killings in 2020 began after non-violent incidents
Orion Rummler

58% of police-involved killings in the U.S. last year began when officers responded to non-violent incidents, per the Mapping Police Violence database.

Why it matters: This week's lethal shooting of Daunte Wright near Minneapolis sparked new protests and comes in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against police violence.

Black people are killed by police at higher rates than white people in 47 of the 50 largest cities in the country, according to comparisons from 2013 to 2020.

Although Black people are three times as likely to be killed by police than white people, they are 1.3 times as likely to be unarmed compared to white people.
Police killings have generally increased in suburban and rural areas and decreased in cities.

https://www.axios.com/police-killings-2020-non-violent-incidents-dd3035a9-3182-43b9-9742-1a5f8786ca6c.html


There is an excellent graphic showing the breakdown of police killings by the type of incident which started it but I am unable to post it here.
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