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(but it's required)CA regulators have for yrs allowed elect pwr co(s) 2go on a generating plant building spree, even though electricity demand has fallen since 2008 & solar booming. Still more plants r sched 2come online within(Friday, Feb 17. 2017 06:00 AM)a few yrs. State reg guidelines call4 a 15% excess generating capacity, but CA now has over 25%. Thus CA paying billions 4gen plants we dont need. Best suggestion I’ve heard: Use the excess capacity & shut the questionable safety Diablo Canyon nuke plants down sooner than 2024/2025. http://tiny.cc/4mrajy“I believe that there is a very good chance the Oroville Dam will fail. Multiple failure modes r evolving & significant rains are on their way.” Per Scott Cahill, expert w/40yrs on lrg construction projects & 100s(Friday, Feb 17. 2017 03:54 AM)of dams, many earthen embankment like Oroville. Scott is author of multi wht papers on dam management, a FEMA dam safety trainer & owner of Watershed Serv of Ohio specializing on dams across east US. Govt auth r downplaying the obvious. Evacuate. Dont be a boiled &/or drowned frog. http://tiny.cc/p3najy http://tiny.cc/kooajyTrump w/his conspiracy beliefs should have known not2 push against Illuminati CIA so hard; they now biting back. T also made big mistake dumping Flynn, cuz same reason justifies removal of entire T clan.(Thursday, Feb 16. 2017 03:58 AM)T’s Pres now as unstable as Oroville dam, who’s patched emerg spillway wont hold if heavily used. This may happen if weather remains bad. Damaged main splwy cant continue 2b used once its damage encroaches/threatens the dam itself. Back2 Trump, consv Repubs & Intel community want Pense. Not sure who’s worse.Fears that the White House is too friendly2 Moscow are causing close allies to curtail some of their espionage relationships w/Washington. Worse, r intel community is so worried by the unprecedented(Tuesday, Feb 14. 2017 12:35 AM)problems of the Trump admin that it is beginning2 withhold intel from a White House which our spies dont trust. Not only do senior officials possess troubling ties 2the Kremlin, but there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump. https://tinyurl.com/The-Spy-Revolt-Against-TrumpDamaged primary spillway cant continue 2safely release water @ current rates, so emerg spillway must be quickly fixed. Even then, danger not over. Emerg spillway provides only uncontrolled release once lake reaches(Monday, Feb 13. 2017 04:07 AM)901′. H2O then released @ whatever rate H2O comes into lake. Hard rains r sure2 overcome what damaged primary spillway can release, so at that point, fixed or not, emerg spillway kicks in. Release flows then match lake inflow & serious flooding & levee breaches downriver will likely occur. Next big storm is Thurs.Operators were trying 2avoid use of primary spillway 2keep further costly damage down & prevent poss undermining the dam (as spillway damage was growing towards the dam itself). However, emerg spillway didnt(Monday, Feb 13. 2017 03:47 AM)route H2O properly & runoff started undermining spillway itself. Est was catastrophic 30′ wall of H2O w b released all @once within an hr. So evacs ordered. Operators then dbl’d primary spillway release. Fortunately lake soon dropped below emerg spillway level. Now h-copters dropping rocks 2repair emerg spillway 4future use.Orville dam came within 1hr of breach 2nite due2 its emerg spillway starting2 wash out dam structure @flow rates just 1/20th of spec. Water bypassed both spillways & began2 wash out dam in area of parking lot(Monday, Feb 13. 2017 01:10 AM)but flow dropped 1st. Emerg spillway hasnt been used4 40yrs+; it now in use due2 primary spillway suffering severe damage & thus having flowrates reduced. Prim spillway known2 need repair since ’13! Spillway damage now@ $2B. 162k under evac order. Lrg releases a threat2 levees. http://tiny.cc/4ku6iyhalginsberg(Thursday, Feb 9. 2017 09:12 AM)4 Shade – thanks. Great catch. I’m glad 2 c economists (and u) are finally catching on to the wisdom of my fossil fuels tax proposal.Nixon went2 China. Well, a surprising group of prominent Repubs pitched a C-tax 2 top Trump aides on Wed, stating plan could drive job growth & yield enviro results. Plan mirrors prev idea of Exxon Mobil. Tax w b(Thursday, Feb 9. 2017 05:32 AM)$40/metric ton of CO2 released by burning, ↑ over time. Tax w collect $200-300B/yr & w offset other tax reductions. There’d also be inc redistro rebates. A fam of 4 w recv avg $500 rebate every 3mo. Devil’s in the details, but I might support if rebates were instant 4working class on debit cards. http://tiny.cc/8yr3iySanders, Cruz debate Obamacare – CNN’s Reality Check Team vets the claims. Their take-away? While CNN didn’t come right out & say it, Cruz proved himself an empty suit. Others like Marco Rubio did(Wednesday, Feb 8. 2017 05:19 AM)“WTF Just Happened Today” by Matt Kiser is a personal project 2log the daily shock & awe in Trump’s America. The goal is 2capture the most important news re Trump’s admin in a digestible form as inspired by The(Tuesday, Feb 7. 2017 02:10 AM)Skimm & tweetstorms. The project was started cuz it is becoming almost impossible 2keep up with the pace of news re the Trump admin. While strictly speaking this is news only as viewed through the lens of 1 individual, it can be considered as act of journalism in and of itself. https://tinyurl.com/wtf-just-happened-todayPer Trump’s longtime doc, Harold N Bornstein, Trump takes antibiotics 2control rosacea, a statin, baby asprin, & finasteride (Propecia) 2promote hair growth. [Some also take2 reduce old-man pee probs (BPH)]. We’ve(Thursday, Feb 2. 2017 04:39 AM)noted b4 Trump accuses others of his own faults. Remember Trump razzing HC 4 toilet probs? Revelation also solves riddles of why Trump has very low PSA level & a runny nose. Propecia side-effects also include male performance probs. So perhaps we now know why Trump likes watching g-showers; his short finger(s) no longer perform. LOL.Trump: Folks, I’m in control, check your brains at the door. The media should be embarrassed & humiliated & keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. On my executive order interrupting the legal flow of(Tuesday, Jan 31. 2017 05:19 AM)non-citizens back & forth across our borders: “All is going well with very few problems”. Oh here’s a new order: “For every new regulation, two regulations must be revoked”. Now let’s tackle that healthcare applecart holding 17% of our GDP. What could go wrong? Nothing more than a bull in a fine China shoppe.The G-bomb Dems wont use. Per Legal Schnauzer, a political blog noted4 freq shedding unwelcome light on Southern politics, Jeff Sessions in ’90s made freq late-night visits2 Bill Pryor’s residence in Montgomery, thus(Sunday, Jan 29. 2017 11:58 PM)hinting@ gay relationship. Adding fuel, some also claim 2have pixs showing a young Pryor in Gay porn mags. Sessions now Trump’s AG nominee, Pryor a likely SCOTUS nominee. Would be no surprise that these2 r both closeted self-loathing gays overcompensating 4what they cant/wont publically acknowledge. http://tiny.cc/6ihuiyShade(Thursday, Jan 26. 2017 01:48 PM)Trump’s hyperbole is that 3-5 million voted illegally; what he is actually saying is that he intends to suppress 3-5 million ADDITIONAL (legal) Democratic votes – enough that in this election he would have won the popular vote.Shade(Thursday, Jan 26. 2017 01:31 PM)Trump’s hyperbole is that 3-5 million voted illegally; what he is actually saying is that he intends to suppress 3-5 million ADDITIONAL legal votes – enough that in this election he would have won the popular vote.Shade(Thursday, Jan 26. 2017 01:28 PM)Trump’s hyperbole is that 3-5 million voted illegally; what he is actually saying is that he intends to suppress 3-5 million legal votes – enough that in this election he would have won the popular vote.Shade(Thursday, Jan 26. 2017 01:25 PM)In his ghost-written book “Art of the Deal”, Trump cites “truthful hyperbole” as 1 of his rhetorical tools. Trump describes this as “an innocent form of exaggeration & a very effective form of promotion.” Use of(Wednesday, Jan 25. 2017 12:55 AM)term hyperbole an understatement. The crap Trump claims his own “Counselor 2the Pres” Kellann Con-Away called “alternate facts”. More accurately it is alt-Right rhetoric; alt-truth 4consumption by ignorants. Trump needs 2b called what he is, a self-centered teller of big fat lies w/o moral compass. http://tiny.cc/hu1qiyChina making it harder to get around its Great Firewall. Its Ministry of Industry & Info Tech announced a 14mo “clean up” of internet access services, which includes a crackdown on VPNs. The new regs require VPN services(Tuesday, Jan 24. 2017 03:26 AM)2obtain govt approval. Using a VPN w/o permission also is banned. VPNs use encryption 2disguise internet traffic, allowing users in China 2bypass the Great Firewall & access censored/restricted websites. Unfortunately4 China, the move also will discourage foreign investment, something it cant now afford. http://tiny.cc/owbqiy
- On the Democratic Party’s Messaging Woes February 16, 2017
- First Halcast February 14, 2017
- Sam Ronan for DNC Chair February 10, 2017
- Bernie versus Hillary Redux or the War for the Democratic Party’s Soul February 9, 2017
- My interview with MD Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher February 2, 2017
Jack beat me to the punch as he posted this on his facebook page yesterday. If you didn’t see it there, here’s my first videocast. Feedback is definitely desired. I know it’s long (although I hope you find it rewarding) and the cam is almost solely on Jack. I’ll be working on both issues. So, most future Halcasts will be pithier with (slightly) more dynamic video. Here’s what I especially like: the audio quality is very good and I think the video is surprisingly clean even though Jack was on an iPhone.
USAF veteran Sam Ronan’s positions are closer to Bernie’s (and mine) than Keith Ellison’s are. Unlike Keith, Ronan is calling for an end to all corporate donations to the Democratic party and Democratic candidates. His platform is more unapologetically progressive. http://www.ronanfordnc.org/the-vision-for-our-future/
The Democratic Party is not big enough for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. They embody mutually exclusive visions of the economic policies the party should pursue and the ethical rules which it should follow. Accordingly, efforts to tamp down or paper over disagreements between those who supported Clinton in the primaries and those who supported Sanders are doomed to fail and shouldn’t even be attempted. Continue reading
Delegate Waldstreicher and I discuss the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act, the Fight for 15, and how progressives can win!
In respective post-election “taking stock” articles, Columbia History Professor Mark Lilla for the New York Times and Alex Seitz-Wald at NBC suggest how the Democratic Party can return to prominence. Lilla contends that Trump’s victory should mark the End of Identity Liberalism. Identity liberalism, as practiced by Democrats like Hillary Clinton, consists of appeals to discrete groups identified by race, ethnicity, gender, and sexually orientation. This is a losing strategy, Lilla argues, and must be rejected in favor of one that seeks to attract voters based on shared economic interests and overarching national goals. Continue reading
Establishment favorite neo-liberal Hillary Clinton faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. Ultimately, Clinton lost disastrously in November to historically unpopular billionaire Donald Trump who posed as an economic populist. Sanders is now probably the most well-liked politician in America. Under these circumstances, you could be forgiven for expecting a chastened shrunken Democratic Senate minority to unite behind an unabashedly progressive economic agenda, but you’d be wrong. Continue reading
With Trump’s inauguration still weeks away, Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect is calling for progressives to begin building a public case for impeachment by “keep[ing] a running dossier [on Trump’s illegal actions] and forward[ing] updates at least weekly to the House Judiciary Committee.” Salon’s Heather “Digby” Parton is echoing Kuttner. It’s a terrible idea. Continue reading
Whoever hacked the DNC, Russia or somebody else, and sourced Wikileaks only confirmed that Hillary Clinton is who we thought she was.
Shortly after the Presidential election, I urged progressives to focus on improving circumstances for poor, working, and middle-class people in targeted localities and states. At the national level, President-elect Trump and the solidly Republican Congress will not be responsive to our concerns and do not share our values. We will have to fight rearguard actions in Washington to try to preserve what remains of the positive legacies of FDR and LBJ. Opportunities to build on them at the national level are likely to be few and far between.
Way Back in August 2015, I wrote:
[Hillary Clinton’s] long history of cozying up to moneyed and corporate interests has not led to overwhelming financial support from them but it has led to fragmented support for her from the labor movement. Some liberal activists perceive her moves to the left as feints or insincere. On the other hand, she cannot move right without losing the still very strong support she has from second-wave feminists. Continue reading
Tuesday night a large crowd of Montgomery County residents, including a strong union presence, braved fog and rain outside the County Council’s offices in Rockville to participate in the ongoing national “Fight for $15.” Continue reading
Apocryphal Chinese curse – May you live in interesting times.
Voltaire – We must tend to our garden.
The New York Times Editorial Board claims that the Trump administration will empower China if it walks away from the TPP. Here’s my response:
Ratifying the TPP would have empowered the Beijing Communists without question given their profound influence over southeast Asia. Increasing our dependence on products manufactured by sub-$1 hour Vietnamese laborers would mean ever more American dollars ultimately cycling through China. Meanwhile our manufacturing and tax base would continue to weaken as jobs would flee overseas. In the binary world which we currently inhabit, weakening the US helps China and strengthening China hurts the US.
Another point which establishment Democratic organs, like the NYT editorial board, always ignore is that that the TPP would be an absolute disaster for the environment. While Trump is a dangerous and ignorant know-nothing denier, his insistence that we stop with all the foreign trade could lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of container ships churning up the Pacific while gulping and belching filthy diesel fuel and cargo jets spewing contrails filled with carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere.
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. Continue reading
Today, Donald Trump would probably beat Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup 538’s Nate Silver predicts. Ah but the election won’t be held today you reply. Correctomundo. When the election is actually conducted sayeth Silver, Clinton should squeeze out a 10-point win in the electoral college. Continue reading