Friday Open Thread

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

–Adam Weishaupt

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today is Operation Iraqi Freedom Day 

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    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.

     

    • MattC says:

      " 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

      • MichaelBowman says:

        We were at this point seven years ago. We got lucky, then got lazy and didn't deal with the coming realities thanks in large part to the climate-deniers in Congress.  

        The magic fist of Adam Smith can't fix what's coming at us through the front windshield.  

        • MattC says:

          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

  3. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    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.

  4. davebarnes says:

    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

    • JohnInDenver says:

      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.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    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.

  6. MattC says:

    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.

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    Maybe just think of it as a night with Stormy??

    Trump's private Boeing 757 sitting idle in disrepair at New York airport: report

    "I don't think people realized that just to get it up… and make one stop was literally tens of thousands of dollars"

  8. Diogenesdemar says:

    Oh, FFS ??!!?? . . . 

    Five Who Used Marijuana in Past Will Exit White House, Calling New Guidelines Into Question

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/19/us/politics/biden-white-house-marijuana.html

    In a related story, reports are coming out of Washington DC this evening that the Biden Administration might consider looking into possibly impeaching President Obama . . .

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