Midday open thread: WA sheriffs say no to gun law enforcement; far more energy storage needed
Todayâs comic by Mark Fiore isÂ Itâs a wall emergency!
What;s coming up on Sunday Kos:
Black History Month is an opportunity to instill year-round confidence in our kids, by Rochaun MeadowsFernandez
The defense argument for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, byÂ Frank Vyan Walton
Trump's legacy: Hate groups are at an all-time high, by Sher Watts SpoonerÂ
How Norman Rockwell brought Roosevelt's 'Four Freedoms' to life, byÂ David AkadjianÂ
BLACKkKLANSMAN, the KKK, and white supremacy during Black History Month, byÂ Denise Oliver Velez
Letâs reset and have civil andÂ respectful debates as we choose the best Democratic candidate, byÂ Egberto WilliesÂ
Through film, young artists document the diverse stories and people creating change in Oakland, byÂ Kelly MacĂasÂ
These are dangerous times, byÂ Mark E AndersenÂ
Book review: 'Why Nationalism' by Yael Tamir, by Ian ReifowitzÂ
â˘ County sheriffs in Washington state refuse to enforce new gun laws:Â Twenty-one sheriffs, more than half in the state, have joined the refusal, and several county governments have adopted resolutions officially opposing enforcement of the laws. One of those is a ballot-approved effort to restrict the use and possession of military-style assault weapons. Some sheriffs say the law isÂ impossible to enforce. Some of them are not just refusing to enforce the law themselves but trying to keep other county agencies from doing so. Observers say that theseÂ refusals are starting to look like a full-scale âconstitutionalistâ revolt against gun law reforms.
â˘ Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy tells agency staffers to keep on keeping on: Now prominent atÂ Harvard University School of Public Health, McCarthy gave a 15-minute speechÂ at the Georgetown Climate Center's 10th anniversary reception, alternating between joking and seriously addressing key issues.Â In addition to cracking wise about Arnold Schwarzenegger who was present in the audience, and about the record delayÂ inÂ getting theÂ Senate to confirm herÂ to the EPA post, McCarthyÂ thankedÂ former staffers at EPA in the room. «There are awesome folks here from throughout EPA.Â You know I love you, I think about you every day. I shout about you every day. I want you to continue to do the incredibly sophisticated message that I left you with, which is to keep your asses in your seats.» She also reflected on the Trump regimeâs assault on the environment:Â «One of the things I have learned as I've left government is you ... get beyond the tweets and you get beyond all the bullshit. The work of states and local governments is what's holding this country together and which will present us a foundation to run when we have that opportunity.»
xIdea: Remember how conservatives freaked out because CNN was secretly notified to stake out Roger Stone's house right before his arrest? Every morning, park a CNN truck outside the home of a random Trump family member.â Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) February 22, 2019
â˘ Monty Pythonâs âLife of Brianâ heads to theaters for 40th Anniversary showings in April.Â The film, the second major release from the group, sharply satirizes religion and all things biblical. So much so that it was banned in Ireland and Norway in 1979:
âItâs another coming of Brian, and we are here to fill the world with laughter,â the Pythons said in a joint statement. ââThe Life Of Brianâ may have been set 2000 years ago, but itâs a mirror of whatâs going on today. Except that itâs funny.
â˘ Deep freeze in from Polar Vortex showed theÂ tremendous need for storage batteries for 100% renewables: The deep cold plaguing the central and eastern United States late last month required utilities to switch on just about every power plantÂ they own to meet the higher demand forÂ electricity. And what this showed, according to an analysis by Wade Schauer atÂ Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, is that a 100 percent renewably-sourcedÂ grid would take a whole lot of energy storage to meet consumer demand. Today there are about 11 gigawatts of storage covering the grid regions of New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and parts of the South. Schauer calculated that a 100 percent renewable grid just in those regions will requireÂ 277.9 gigawatts of storage. That is about twice as much asÂ Wood Mackenzie forecasts will be in place for energy storage nationwide in 2040.
â˘ FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says killing net neutrality and otherwise weakening oversight of internet service providers increased network investment.Â That appears to be baloney:
âOverall, capital expenditures by broadband providers increased in 2017, reversing declines that occurred in both 2015 and 2016,â the FCC claimed, again hinting that the repeal of net neutrality directly impacted CAPEX and broadband investment.Â
A problem with that claim: the FCCâs latest report only includes data up to June 2018, the same month net neutrality wasÂ formally repealed. As such the data couldnât possibly support the idea that the elimination of net neutrality was responsible for this otherwise modest growth.
On todayâs Kagro in the Morning show: The big story of the day was Trump Labor Sec. Acosta letting Trump buddy Epstein off the hook for his child sex trafficking. The minute we were done, Trump buddy Kraft got busted in a sex trafficking ring in the very same jurisdiction. Gee whiz!
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