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The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial


The New York Times

The Depravity of Climate-Change Denial

By PAUL KRUGMAN 1 day ago

The Trump administration is, it goes without saying, deeply anti-science. In fact, it’s anti-objective reality. But its control of the government remains limited; it didn’t extend far enough to prevent the release of the latest National Climate Assessment, which details current and expected future impacts of global warming on the United States.

True, the report was released on Black Friday, clearly in the hope that it would get lost in the shuffle. The good news is that the ploy didn’t work.

The assessment basically confirms, with a great deal of additional detail, what anyone following climate science already knew: Climate change poses a major threat to the nation, and some of its adverse effects are already being felt. For example, the report, written before the latest California disaster, highlights the growing risks of wildfire in the Southwest; global warming, not failure to rake the leaves, is why the fires are getting ever bigger and more dangerous.

But the Trump administration and its allies in Congress will, of course, ignore this analysis. Denying climate change, no matter what the evidence, has become a core Republican principle. And it’s worth trying to understand both how that happened and the sheer depravity involved in being a denialist at this point.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:10 PM (0 replies)

Facebook has a problem with black people, former employee charges


USA Today

Facebook has a problem with black people, former employee charges

Jessica Guynn 14 hrs ago

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook has a problem with black people.

That's the assessment of Mark Luckie, a former employee who says racial discrimination is real, both on the company's Silicon Valley campus and on the social media giant's platform.

A Facebook post he shared with management and employees earlier this month and released publicly on Tuesday exposes racial fault lines that Luckie says should be a matter of grave public alarm, with the lack of representation and agency of black people inside Facebook directly affecting how black people on Facebook are treated.

"I wish I didn't have to write it. I was determined to stay there and build," Luckie told USA TODAY in an interview Tuesday. "I had to write what all the black employees are saying and feeling and we don’t feel empowered to speak up about."
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:07 PM (0 replies)

A black man helped his drunk neighbor get home -- and got arrested


A black man helped his drunk neighbor get home — and got arrested

Michael Brice-Saddler 15 hrs ago

A black man who was arrested in Montgomery County, Md., earlier this month after helping his intoxicated neighbor says he thinks his race was a factor in the incident.

The arrest took place on the morning of Nov. 17 outside 23-year-old Samir Ahmed’s Silver Spring home. After safely dropping off his neighbor — who was drunk and repeatedly falling down — Ahmed said he noticed numerous police cars and firetrucks gathered near his driveway.

Someone had called emergency services to aid the drunk man, Montgomery County police told him. Ahmed explained he’d already walked the man home. An officer then asked him for the man’s exact address, and Ahmed was reluctant to share it, telling The Washington Post on Tuesday that he felt the situation had already been resolved.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:05 PM (4 replies)

For framing innocent black men, a Florida police chief gets 3 years in prison


The Miami Hearld

For framing innocent black men, a Florida police chief gets 3 years in prison

By Jay Weaver and David Ovalle, Miami Herald 8 hrs ago

MIAMI - Raimundo Atesiano, the former Biscayne Park police chief who directed his officers to frame innocent men for a series of unsolved burglaries, admitted he wanted to appease community leaders and polish the village's property crimes record.
Even in a small village of about 3,000 residents, the pressure was just too much, he said.
"When I took the job, I was not prepared," Atesiano told a federal judge on Tuesday. "I made some very, very bad decisions."
His apologies did not sway U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore, who on Tuesday sentenced the 53-year-old former cop to three years in prison. He allowed Atesiano to remain free for two weeks before surrendering so he can care for his mother, who is dying of leukemia.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 12:03 PM (4 replies)


The current administration wants a war to keep them in power.

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Tue Nov 27, 2018, 04:59 PM (5 replies)

"The Week", editorial on Senator Schumer


The Week

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack

Ryan Cooper
Where does Schumer come in? Well, in 2017, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) opened an investigation into Facebook over Russiagate and misinformation generally. (Far from being some fire-breathing populist, Warner is among the most milquetoast, business-friendly Democrats who has ever held high office.) But Schumer has raised more money from Facebook than any other member of Congress, his daughter works there, and he helped get his former staffer appointed to the Federal Trade Commission (which oversees Facebook). In concert with Facebook brass, he told Warner to lay off the company, reported the Times: "Mr. Warner should be looking for ways to work with Facebook, Mr. Schumer advised, not harm it."

So when it comes to sellout Democrats voting to make another financial crisis more likely, Schumer wrings his hands and hectors progressives not to criticize them too much (after which most of the sellouts lose anyway). But when those same sellouts start criticizing one of his favored sources of campaign cash, suddenly he discovers a knack for backroom arm-twisting and hardball tactics.

The problem isn't exactly that Schumer is cynical when he should be idealistic. It's that he's just so incredibly feckless. He burns all his political capital on defending despised banks who are no doubt cooking up new schemes to pillage the working class, and a monstrous social media giant that maybe helped Trump win and is hugely biased towards the extreme right in terms of traffic. What does he get in return? Three lost Senate seats.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Nov 17, 2018, 09:04 AM (9 replies)

Special Election for Mayor, Phoenix, AZ?

Should I contact Gallego? I can't find a more current status on line. If there is to be a special election, I would like to help her if I can.


Phoenix Mayoral Election Likely Heading for Runoff
Two candidates for mayor will likely compete in a runoff election on March 12.

Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela — both Democratic former Phoenix City Council members — will advance to the March mayoral election because neither garnered more than 50 percent of the vote.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 14, 2018, 12:23 PM (0 replies)

Who will replace Kyl?

Thought I would try returning to an afternoon nap/meditation Monday. Unfortunately my inner clock is out of sync and I am up early reading a diary on dkos about the Arizona Senate race.

Gov. Ducey could replace Kyl with McCain or McSally. These are the two most discussed but Ducey may have his own sycophant in waiting. We will know soon enough.

If you care to read the entire diary on dkos, the link is below.


The author includes a link to an old Arizona Republic article with local sourcing.


Gov. Doug Ducey expected to move quickly on appointing a John McCain replacement
Other possible candidates include:
Eileen Klein, the former president of the Arizona Board of Regents whom Ducey appointed as state treasurer in April.
Kirk Adams, Ducey's chief of staff who runs the governor's day-to-day operations.
Barbara Barrett, a business executive and the first Republican woman to run for governor in Arizona.
Michael Bidwill, the president of the Arizona Cardinals and longtime Ducey ally who went to prep school with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Jon Kyl, a former three-term senator and mentor to Ducey. (fait accompli*)
Former congressmen John Shadegg and Matt Salmon
*my addition, not in original
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 06:31 AM (8 replies)

This tune is for you, Jeff Sessions

You kissed the ring, bowed to the pig, was it worth it?

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 7, 2018, 04:25 PM (0 replies)

AZ Green Party cost Sinema 2.4 Percent of vote at polls.

Damn, this was disappointing news, especially in a race yet to be decided. According to the Arizona Republic, at least 500,000 mail in ballots are yet to be counted.

I mentioned before the election that I was concerned about youth enthusiasm. I was mistaken. My grandson and several of his friends either voted at the polls or dropped off ballots, straight Democratic tickets. Our young voters over performed as was covered by MSNBC.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Wed Nov 7, 2018, 08:55 AM (11 replies)
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