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March 19, 2021 06:45 AM UTC

Friday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Oh mortal man, is there anything you cannot be made to believe?”

–Adam Weishaupt

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22 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

        1. Yes, in the sense you’re referring.

          But, every time I get to watch, or participate in, the TSA Security Goon Muggings and their Security Theater Stupid Human Tricks Show at an airport, I just can’t help but feel a little bit like maybe we’re paying for something?

          1. This ^^^ 1,000 (if only I’d had a video of the time I went through TSA with a mason jar full of hemp seeds. It will buy you a trip to the corner office and the near-equivalency of a body cavity search (even if you have your hemp permit with you!) 

            1. Lemee’ guess — they were fairly OK with your hemp seed couriering, but Barney Fife and Dirty Harry recognized that the mason jar could be a potentially deadly weapon in your confessed criminal-mastermind smuggler’s hands??? . . .

              (. . . and unfortunately for you, some Discovery channel contracted crew just happened to also be filming there for an episode of TSA Strike Force: Defenders of Des Moines?)

  1. Despite the record snow and a predicted second storm coming this weekend,

    Thursday’s national Drought Monitor shows almost 66% of the nation is in an abnormally dry condition, the highest mid-March level since 2002. And forecasters predict that will worsen, expanding in parts of Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota, with small islands of relief in parts of the Great Lakes and New England.

    The Drought Monitor site and its ugly picture is at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu . That site also has an analysis of present condition:

    The heavy snowfall brought snow water content close to average for mid-March across most of Colorado and Wyoming. This recent heavy precipitation also eliminated precipitation deficits and resulted in precipitation surpluses for the past 90 days for much of the central Plains. Therefore, a broad 1-category improvement was made for areas that received 1 inch or more of precipitation. Based on SPI values at various time scales, small areas of 2-category improvements were justified for the central Great Plains west to the central Rockies.

     

    1. " The Bureau of Reclamation’s quarterly report was dire, showing Lake Powell at 42% of capacity and downriver’s Lake Mead at 40% capacity. And there’s not much water coming.

      The bureau expects the Utah reservoir (Powell) will finish 2021 at 35% of capacity. If things get worse and follow that worst-case projection, the water level at Lake Powell could drop below a critical level — 3,525 feet above sea level — in early 2022 …

      "If the reservoir falls below that 3,525-foot elevation level, the Glen Canyon Dam will be unable to  deliver hydro-electricity to more than 3 million customers and the federal government could lose as much as $150 million a year in revenue from selling that electricity.  Any projection that the reservoir is headed toward that critical threshold gets water managers in all seven basin states ready for drought-response operations* that spread the pain of water cuts across every region of the Colorado River Basin.  "

       

      https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/25/reclamation-lake-powell-forecast-water-cuts-drought-planning/

      * This gloomy document should be taught in Colorado (and all seven CRC states) middle and high schools. Hell – it should be a required test item for a driver's license.
      https://www.usbr.gov/dcp/docs/final/Attachment-A1-Drought-Response%20Operations-Agreement-Final.pdf

        1. I had not found Colorado Pols then. But interesting that post got comments for more than two years. And bizarre that I could post to it now.

          I remember preparing to move to our current home almost twenty years ago. The must have list referenced typical stuff like number of bedrooms and  distance to or from various places. My contributions were buried power lines, south facing driveway, DSL or cable internet and water from Denver Water.

          We did not get the internet at that time, but of the rest, Denver Water has been quite valuable if not in dollars, in peace of mind. I grew up with the Great Lakes and about a million other lesser lakes. Water was just not a thing to worry about. Water quality – sure.

          I have family and friends in Los Angeles who still insist on a green midwestern looking lawnscape. I cannot believe we allow the Colorado River to be exported to Asia via hay and cotton grown in the lower basin.

          Flint 2014
          Capetown 2018
          Colorado River Basin sooner than we would prefer

  2. Since the filibuster is in so much conversation today, I did some reading and found this on Wikipedia

    In November 2013, Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid used the nuclear option to eliminate the three-fifths vote rule on executive branch nominations and federal judicial appointments.[1] In April 2017, Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell extended the nuclear option to Supreme Court nominations in order to end debate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.[2][3][4]

    So, I learned that, 1) the nuclear option has both been used in recent history in the Senate, and 2) McTurtle himself has used it.

    WTF is the problem ?  Damn, just use the nuclear option and stop heeding the Ghouls idle threats already.

  3. 14 House Republicans voted against a resolution condemning the military coup in Myanmar Burma, per

    @kristin__wilson

    : Lauren Qbert Andy Biggs Matt Gaetz Tom Massie Ken Bu-ttfu-ck Mary Miller Chip Roy Jodey Hice Alex Mooney Scott Perry Andy Harris Ted Budd Barry Moore Marjorie Taylor Greene

    1. Consistency, I guess.  A number of those names refused to honor Capitol Police and other police squad for defending the government.  And now, they are refusing to condemn an a group that actually DID overthrow a government.

  4. Trillions For Oil, Millions For EVs: The Big Lie Of Ineffectual Government

    As Big Oil’s copiously funded think tank gasped, its “fundamental concern” was the very idea of “government, in a market-based economy, taking policy actions to push the market and consumers toward a specific policy outcome. Basically, it’s the government picking winners and losers for consumers.” Omigod!?! What? Wait, no.

    Newsflash, API: the American government has been picking winners and losers, choosing between competing persons, corporate and otherwise, as well as their technologies, since the American experiment in self-government began. Indeed, a 2011 study for DBL Investors traced the first federal incentives for fossil fuels back to the beginning, 1789, when Washington (actually Philadelphia, the nation’s capital until the following year) placed a punitive tariff on British coal entering U.S. ports as ship ballast. From that day on, America’s extractive fuel industries — particularly producers of coal and petroleum — have easily been among our biggest all-time winners. And don’t forget the big winners they supported, like trains, planes, and automobiles.

  5. nextdoor
    "Nextdoor is a hyperlocal social networking service for neighborhoods. " Wikiedia

     

    Nextdoor   nextdoor.com

    "It's where communities come together to greet newcomers, exchange recommendations, and read the latest local news. Where neighbors support local …"

    I suspect all around the state, as in my neighborhood and 253 nearby neighborhoods, the snow was some topic of concern.

    My conclusion is not local enough for ND:  People suck and social media is the work of the devil.

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