Politicians owned by the NRA may still be saying it’s “too soon” after the latest mass shooting to talk about gun control, but apparently “about a week” is just the right amount of time for those on the right to come after the survivors, who have demanded action in a way that one would think nobody could deny. Survivors who have demanded action have a closeness to the situation that grants them a unique authority on the matter, and one would think that nobody could deny them. Nobody could possibly dismiss these survivors, these children, after what’s happened. Nobody could be that terrible in the face of such tragedy. Enter the conservatives from stage left. x Embedded Content Over the weekend, really gross Facebook posts started popping up, trying to cast doubt on the intelligence of Douglas High students, but they initially came from the fringe, right down the street from the factory where the tinfoil hats are made. But this week, we’re hearing these same nonsense theories and dismissals in the mainstream, and we’re hearing them from government officials, not just on 4chan or InfoWars. Rather than accept the possibility that children who just survived a shooting would fight to ensure nobody else ever goes through what they did, GOP pundits, aides, and politicians are grasping instead at the Trumpian™ Method: deflect and discredit. (And in one Texas school, they’re also using threats to stifle student outrage.) xThe big question is: should the media be promoting opinions by teenagers who are in an emotional state and facing extreme peer pressure in some cases?Ã¢ÂÂ Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) February 20, 2018 They were coached, they cry! They’re too articulate, they say! They can’t possibly have formed these conclusions on their own! They couldn’t possibly organize like this on their own! They’ve been hijacked by the left, you see! xGenuine grief I can empathize with. But grief organized for the camerasÃ¢ÂÂpolitically orchestrated griefÃ¢ÂÂstrikes me as phony & inauthenticÃ¢ÂÂ Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 21, 2018 Wrong answer. And it's going to bite the right in the butt. HARD.
At Atlas Obscura, Sarah Laskow writes—America’s Secret Nuclear Ice Base in Greenland Won’t Stay Frozen Forever: THE CREATION OF CAMP CENTURY, from the outset, was an audacious scheme. Under the thick ice of Greenland, a scant 800 miles from the North Pole, the U.S. military built a hidden base of ice tunnels, imagined as an extensive network of railway tracks, stretching over 2,500 miles, that would keep 600 nuclear missiles buried under the ice. Construction began in 1959, under cover of a scientific research project, and soon a small installation, powered by a nuclear reactor, nested in the ice sheet. In the midst of the Cold War, Greenland seemed like a strategic point for the U.S. to stage weapons, ready to attack the U.S.S.R. The thick ice sheet, military planners imagined, would provide permanent protection for the base. But after the first tunnels were built, the military discovered that the ice sheet was not as stable as it needed to be: It moved and shifted, destabilizing the tunnels. Within a decade, Camp Century was abandoned. When siting the secret ice base, the military chose a spot where dry snow kept the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet from melting, and when the base was abandoned its creators expected the remains to stay encased in ice forever. But decades later, conditions have changed, and as a team of researchers reported in a 2016 paper, published in Geophysical Research Letters, the now-melting ice sheet threatens to mobilize the dangerous pollutants left behind. [...] By the time the base was abandoned in 1967, it had its own library and theater, an infirmary, kitchen and mess hall, a chapel, and two power plants (one nuclear, one run on diesel). When the base closed, key parts of the nuclear power plant were removed, but most of the base’s infrastructure was left behind—the buildings, the railways, the sewage, the diesel fuel, and the low-level radioactive waste. In the 2016 paper, which Colgan worked on as well, the researchers suggested that the radiological waste was less worrisome than the more extensive chemical waste, from diesel fuel and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used to insulate fluids and paints. Overall, the researchers estimated that 20,000 liters of chemical waste remain at the Camp Century site, along with 24 million liters of “biological waste associated with untreated sewage.” [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE WEEK xThe new choir teacher pic.twitter.com/xpvMeZc0RO— Dustin (@DustinGiebel) February 23, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2014—Woman in debunked Obamacare horror story finally speaks ... to Fox News: The subject of the latest debunked Obamacare horror story is finally talking, and of course it's to Fox News. Julie Boonstra is a Michigan resident with leukemia, and she appeared in an Americans For Prosperity ad against Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Gary Peters, saying that Obamacare made her cancer treatment unaffordable because of out of pocket spending. Subsequent fact checking, though, found that her monthly premium payments were essentially cut in half, and the limits the law imposes on out of pocket expenses means that at worse, she'd break even between those costs and her premium saving. The ad also implied she lost access to her doctor, though fact checking determined that her doctor is included in the plan she picked on the exchange. So with no real basis to the story she presented in the ad, how does Boonstra respond? The only way she can, the way Republicans always go, playing the victim. «They're not scaring me. Cancer scares me,» she said. «I battle cancer every day. They're not going to intimidate me.» [...] «Under my old policy, I knew what I could afford every single month because I wasn't hit with extra charges. Now I don't know what I have to pay month to month,» she said. «Leukemia tests are extremely expensive.» Just to set the record straight, pointing out factual inconsistencies is not intimidation. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
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Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Some of you who have been following this series for the last three years have run for office, helped a campaign run for office, or just become more aware of what you can do as someone who wants to help a campaign win. When I sit to write these out, I often go through the email I receive about this series to help inform me on what entries people are interested in reading about, and I try to adjust my schedule. Since January, one topic has come up pretty frequently in my email, and I felt it would be a good topic for this week’s entry: what happens AFTER you’ve been elected, or appointed, to a civic position? What are the next steps? How can you be a successful city, state, or local officer? So, you’re elected: what next?
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Prime Minister announced the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 Indian rupee notes, on November 8, 2016
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A high-level executive for BlackBerry Mobile says he wants to capture at least 3 percent of the premium phone market in the next few years. Analysts are naturally skeptical.
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If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on the traditional French press that adds a few features that even high-end models don’t have. The press – which costs $35 for a half-liter model and $40 for the liter model – has… Read More
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - It began with politics. It ends with ... politics. In between, humanity's most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely - from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like ...
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Josh Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the third period after the Columbus Blue Jackets fought for a full 60 minutes to grab the win over Chicago.