Thursday, December 24, 2020

NYTimes: For the E.U., Brexit Deal Is a Pretty Good One - and another good thing for all of us not have to hear about.

For the E.U., Brexit Deal Is a Pretty Good One https://nyti.ms/2KR1zS0 

Phys.org: Korean fusion tokamac sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million degrees

Phys.org: Korean artificial sun sets the new world record of 20-sec-long operation at 100 million degrees.
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-korean-artificial-sun-world-sec-long.html 

Liberalism and Its Discontents


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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

‘We’re in a crisis’: Biden says U.S. needs to defeat climate change as he introduces team, priorities


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President-elect Joe Biden called climate change an "existential threat" and a "crisis," and vowed to work with his team to address it. On Saturday, he also introduced Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), whom he has chosen to serve as interior secretary. If confirmed, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in the nation's history.

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President-elect Joe Biden called climate change an "existential threat" and a "crisis," and vowed to work with his team to address it. On Saturday, he also introduced Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), whom he has chosen to serve as interior secretary. If confirmed, Haaland would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary in the nation's history.

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CleanTechnica: Big Oil Is Fueling The Hydrogen Rush - flood of H2 news helps siphon tax dollars

CleanTechnica: Big Oil Is Fueling The Hydrogen Rush.
https://cleantechnica.com/2020/12/18/big-oil-is-fueling-the-hydrogen-rush/

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Friday, December 18, 2020

The Hill: Lincoln Project co-founder, former New Hampshire GOP chair leaving Republican Party | TheHill

The Hill: Lincoln Project co-founder, former New Hampshire GOP chair leaving Republican Party | TheHill.
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/530623-lincoln-project-co-founder-former-new-hampshire-gop-chair-leaving-republican

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CNN: $5 billion Rockefeller foundation, literally founded on oil money takes the exit from fossil fuels

CNN: Exclusive: A $5 billion foundation literally founded on oil money is saying goodbye to fossil fuels.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/18/investing/rockefeller-foundation-divest-fossil-fuels-oil/index.html

Monty Bannerman
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what was that you said about Biden's son again?


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Cisco Latest Victim of Russian Cyber-Attack Using SolarWinds. Definitely bad - more routers in the global network than anybody

The most lies of 2020 - The Washington Post - same winner as the previous 4 years, but really knocks it out of the park this year

Work begins on California solar-plus-storage project with 2,165MWh battery capacity | Energy Storage News

Renewable energy developer Terra-Gen has partnered with construction firm Mortenson to build what the pair claim is the world's largest standalone solar-plus-storage project to date.



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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Germany Orders Electric Air Taxis to Carry Emergency Doctors

NYTimes: Billions Spent on U.S. Defenses Failed to Detect Giant Russian Hack

Billions Spent on U.S. Defenses Failed to Detect Giant Russian Hack https://nyti.ms/3ae0UEV 

The Atlantic: Ron Klain saw it coming



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Last January, Ron Klain warned that Donald Trump wasn't ready to handle the looming coronavirus outbreak. I caught up with Klain, now the incoming White House chief of staff, to discuss how he knew things would go so awry.
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Last January, Ron Klain warned that Donald Trump wasn't ready to handle the looming coronavirus outbreak. I caught up with Klain, now the incoming White House chief of staff, to discuss how he knew things would go so awry.

An Interview With Ron Klain

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It is a truism in journalism that predicting the future is perilous, mainly because it hasn't happened yet. So when we publish articles that, over time, prove their prescience, attention ought to be paid.  

In late January, at a moment when most of us could not imagine that 2020 would soon come to resemble 1918, The Atlantic published an article by Ron Klain titled, "Coronavirus Is Coming—And Trump Isn't Ready."

Our Ideas editor, Yoni Appelbaum, had asked Klain, then a private citizen and now President-elect Joe Biden's chief of staff, to help our readers understand the risks ahead. Klain, who served as President Barack Obama's Ebola coordinator, suggested keeping an eye on one question in particular: Whether President Trump could bring himself to listen to Anthony Fauci. That, Klain said, would be key.

In the article that resulted from this conversation, Klain wrote, "Five presidents—liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans—have looked to Tony Fauci for advice; it is not impossible to imagine Trump being the first to angrily dismiss the counsel he offers if it does not fit with his own poor instincts."  

I called Klain the other day to ask him how he knew, to such a granular degree, that the Trump-Fauci relationship would go sideways. "We knew already that Trump has a style of governing that rejects facts and that demands that people see the world his way, that they live in his counterfactual reality," he said. "He also has a tendency to downplay threats, whatever kind of threats they are. I knew Dr. Fauci well enough to know that he was going to tell the truth and speak out and that sooner or later that would run afoul of the Trump approach to governance."

Klain was in a unique position to make predictions about COVID-19. As the coordinator of Obama's successful fight against Ebola, he had developed important knowledge about infectious disease. But he also gained an understanding of Trump's destructive impact on public health.

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I knew Dr. Fauci well enough to know that he was going to tell the truth and speak out and that sooner or later that would run afoul of the Trump approach to governance."


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"One thing people forget is that after 'birtherism' blew up on Trump, he faded from view for a little while and only emerged back into our politics around Ebola," Klain said. "He was the leading public voice attacking Obama's Ebola response. His tweets—there are studies that show this—were a main cause of the fear that galvanized around Ebola. He tweeted that the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa were a mistake, that bringing home the doctor who had contracted Ebola in West Africa was a mistake—he said he should be left to die. Trump was completely unhinged from science, and this had a significant impact on the public psyche. It gave me an early indication of how he would handle a pandemic."

What did Klain learn by watching Trump? Overpromising solutions in a pandemic is dangerous, but so is under-promising: "One of the reasons we're in the mess we're in is that President Trump believed, or simply said, that this virus would be gone like a miracle. It would be gone by Easter; it will be gone by Memorial Day."

Biden, Klain said, will take a more nuanced approach. "President-elect Biden is very clear in saying that COVID is not going to go away in 100 days, that life will not go back to normal in 100 days. But it's important for a leader in this situation to offer a mix of realism and hope. I don't think you're going to get people to participate in a response if you tell them that the slog goes on forever, that there are no midpoints, no progress. But you just can't overpromise."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Election Lawsuit | The Daily Social Distancing Show" -- the big swat-down

We're # 1!



America has held the calamitous title of home to the most infected (currently 15.3 million) and dead (288,000) from the coronavirus for most of the pandemic. But a Bloomberg investigation has found that when it comes to reserving vaccine doses for its desperate citizens, the U.S.A. is far from number 1. It's number 32. 

David E. Rovella, Bloomberg News

NYTimes: Earth Is Still Sailing Into Climate Chaos, Report Says, but Its Course Could Shift

Earth Is Still Sailing Into Climate Chaos, Report Says, but Its Course Could Shift https://nyti.ms/36ZBM2w 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

VW’s Battery Bet Reveals Data Showing Tech Could Top Li ion.

VW's Battery Bet Reveals Data Showing Tech Could Top Tesla  ["https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-08/vw-s-battery-bet-reveals-data-showing-tech-could-top-tesla"]

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

NBC New York: Midday Fireball, Boom From Meteor Light Up the Sky in Upstate NY

NBC New York: Midday Fireball, Boom From Meteor Light Up the Sky in Upstate NY.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/midday-fireball-and-boom-from-meteor-light-up-the-sky-over-upstate-ny/2758227/

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The Washington Post: Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team. trump's last minute stooges playing his stupid game at the expense of national security.

The Washington Post: Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/pentagon-blocks-biden-transition-team/2020/12/04/2e7042fa-3656-11eb-a997-1f4c53d2a747_story.html

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Phys.org: Solar telescope releases first image of a sunspot

Phys.org: Solar telescope releases first image of a sunspot.
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-solar-telescope-image-sunspot.html

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Phys.org: China to turn on experimental Tokamak Fusion reactor

Phys.org: China turns on nuclear-powered 'artificial sun' (Update).
https://phys.org/news/2020-12-china-nuclear-powered-artificial-sun.html 

President Trump Is Acting Crazy, so Why Are We Shrugging It Off? | The New Yorker

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Bill Barr’s Desperate Plea



"Even the greatest liars slip and tell the truth sometimes," the Attorney General said.
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Bill Barr stands, sulking, in the Oval Office. Satire from The Borowitz Report

Barr Begs Trump Not to Let One Isolated Incident of Honesty Wipe Out Two Years of Lying

"Even the greatest liars slip and tell the truth sometimes," the Attorney General said.

By Andy Borowitz
Attorney General William Barr attends the daily coronavirus briefing.
Satire from The Borowitz Report

Bill Barr Tests Negative for Integrity

The Attorney General submitted to the test after coming into contact with career Justice Department prosecutors who were found to be integrity carriers.

By Andy Borowitz
William Barr
Satire from The Borowitz Report

William Barr Reads "Moby-Dick," Finds No Evidence of Whales

The Attorney General indicated that he hoped his report would put an end to "reckless speculation" about the existence of whales in the book.

By Andy Borowitz
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Crimes I Committed with My Boyfriend vs. with My Actual Partner in Crime

My boyfriend: Requested just one fork for our shared order of nachos. My actual partner in crime: Used a fork to stab a man . . .

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Why Your Dog Needs to Be Leashed During Walks (But Mine Does Not)

My dog answers to a higher power and cannot be governed by the restrictions of mortals and ninnies.

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Back to the Real News . . .

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The President Is Acting Crazy, so Why Are We Shrugging It Off?

The dangerous "yeah, whatever" phase of Trump's lame-duck Presidency.

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The Dangerous Possibilities of Trump's Pardon Power

Trump has used pardons to reward loyalty and tweak perceived enemies. In the last weeks of his Presidency, he may use them to protect his associates—and himself.

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Trump's Latest Grift May Be His Most Cynical Yet

In fund-raising appeals to supporters, the Trump campaign is asking for donations to continue challenging the election results. But the bulk of the money appears to be going elsewhere.

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The Haitian Revolution and the Hole in French High-School History

The revolution, led by the formerly enslaved Toussaint Louverture, effectively forced France to abolish slavery, in 1794. Yet many French high-school students learn nothing about this chapter of their history.

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