Wednesday Open Thread

“The damage done in one year can sometimes take ten or twenty years to repair.”

–Chinua Achebe

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Voyageur says:


    Mine nose has smelled the horror

    Of Donald Trump's Big Stink.

    He is trampling on our health care.

    And sold out to Russia with a wink.

    He is closing down our schools to pay for tax cuts for the rich.

    Oh, Stay Upwind, my friends.

    Stinky, stinky hallelejah,

    Donald Trump is gonna school yah.

    He has grabbed at every pussy in range of his tiny hands.

    His stink is retching on!

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Interesting collection of articles on the intertubes this morning regarding renewable energy and climate.

    Get your smelling salts, PP and Moddy:

    Renewable Energy Push Is Strongest in the Reddest States 

    The clean energy push allows their utilities to lock in low power prices for decades, creates manufacturing jobs, puts steady money in the hands of farmers who host wind turbines, and lures big employers who want renewable power.


    Donald Trump Proposes Solar Panels on U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

    With Mexico still refusing to pay for President Donald Trump’s southern border wall, the president has a new idea: solar panels.

    In a meeting Tuesday with congressional Republicans, Mr. Trump suggested putting solar panels on the wall to help the project pay for itself, according to two lawmakers who attended.  (footnote: he may have to close a few coal plants to accommodate the power generated from the panels)


    'Mad Dog' Mattis: ‘Climate Change Is Impacting Stability,’ Could Threaten Ops

    “The effects of a changing climate — such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others — impact our security situation,” Mattis wrote. “I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.”

    Mattis promised to bring to light the dangers of climate change to U.S. national security interests and to work with other cabinet members to address the issue. (footnote: climate change was identified as a threat multiplier in the 2002 DOD Quadrennial Review (Bush administration) and the Bush Supreme Court affirmed CO2 as a pollutant).

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Looks like Colorado legislature may not be the only ones interested in reigning in civil asset forfeiture.

    Supreme Court Begins To Question Government’s Broad Power To Seize Property

    The court’s decision in Honeycutt v. United States pertained specifically to the use of criminal asset forfeiture in federal proceedings. But some legal experts see it as the latest sign that the court, which has reliably upheld forfeiture statutes in the past, may now be turning a skeptical eye toward the practice after decades of explosive growth and increased attention on abuses, specifically in civil asset forfeitures.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Good. Too often, I think, it's really just legalized theft. You know it's out of control when departments and even governing bodies (city councils, state legislatures) start figuring seizures and the subsequent auctions of the same.into the departmental budgets

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    For those of you who know or care about folks who work on farms using Roundup.

    EPA Official Accused of Helping Monsanto ‘Kill’ Cancer Study

    The Environmental Protection Agency official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup allegedly bragged to a company executive that he deserved a medal if he could kill another agency’s investigation into the herbicide’s key chemical.

    The boast was made during an April 2015 phone conversation, according to farmers and others who say they’ve been sickened by the weed killer. After leaving his job as a manager in the EPA’s pesticide division last year, Jess Rowland has become a central figure in more than 20 lawsuits in the U.S. accusing the company of failing to warn consumers and regulators of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicide can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    “If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland told a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager who recounted the conversation in an email to his colleagues, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The company was seeking Rowland’s help stopping an investigation of glyphosate by a separate office, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, that is part of the U.S. Health and Human Service Department, according to the filing.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    How Russian Propaganda Spread From a Parody Website to Fox Faux News

    On April 15, 2017, the state-controlled Rossiya-1 broadcast a news report on the program “Vesti” about the 2014 incident, saying that as the plane approached the Cook, “it switched on the equipment, and powerful radio-electronic waves deactivated the whole ship’s systems.” soon picked up The Sun’s version of the story.

    After The New York Times asked about the article, it was deleted from the website.

    From there the story was shared widely on social media and alternative media, especially outlets that focus on anti-American and antiglobalist sentiment, and those that specialize in conspiracy theories. 


  6. Pseudonymous says:

    Kansas abandons massive tax cuts that provided model for Trump's plan​​​​​​

    Kansas has rejected the years-long tax-cutting experiment that brought its governor, Sam Brownback, to international attention and provided a model for the Trump administration’s troubled tax plans.

    In a warning shot to the Trump administration, even Brownback’s fellow Republicans voted to override his veto of a bill to reverse many of the tax cuts he championed as a way to spur entrepreneurs and the economy, but which have left the state with a $1bn hole in its budget.

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