(Permanent Musical To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Living Canadian)
When Tony Evers relieved Wisconsin—and the rest of the nation—from the ministrations of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin voters, alas, left the Republicans in charge of the state senate and, more significantly, the state's supreme court. For the past couple of weeks, those worthies have been active in their ongoing efforts to make sure that Tony Evers doesn't fully get to be the governor of Wisconsin. First, the court passed in December of 2018, all of which were aimed at curtailing Evers's powers and his room to maneuver. Then, this week, they overturned three of Evers's vetoes, all three of which were aimed at enacting the "People's Budget" on which he had campaigned. From the Capital-Times:
Of the four vetoes targeted in the lawsuit, the single one upheld increased vehicle fees for owners of heavier trucks over those with lighter ones. Meanwhile, justices determined a veto that broadened what was proposed as a $3 million grant program to replace school buses with energy-efficient models was unconstitutional (5-2 decision). Evers removed the condition that the funding be used only for buses and instructed the Department of Administration to allocate up to $10 million for electric vehicle charging stations. The other partial vetoes that were overturned altered the definition of "vapor product," thus creating new taxes and regulations on them (4-3 decision); and lifted restrictions on how $75 million in transportation funding could be spent (5-2 decision). Previous governors have used their veto authority in a manner similar to Evers.
Up until very recently, Wisconsin's governors had unique veto powers in that they could issue "partial vetoes" of appropriations budgets. That was what was trimmed back this week, one more element of Wisconsin's historic legacy of capital-P Progressive politics that Walker, and a half-mad state GOP, have worked so hard to trash. And if you don't think this is the kind of mischief a Republican Senate majority wouldn't pull on a President Biden, then you slept through the Obama administration. Vandalism is a core value of their creed now.
Running out the clock seems to be the administration*'s primary legal strategy these days. On Monday, the Supreme Court likely guaranteed that the president's financial records will stay hidden until after the November elections. And, as Politico reported, the emoluments lawsuit is going to go, too.
A federal appeals court Thursday extended a stay on fact-finding in the lawsuit so the Justice Department can ask the Supreme Court to order dismissal of the suit, filed in 2017 by the state of Maryland and the Washington, D.C., government...The appeals court voted 14-1 to grant the Justice Department’s motion to stay the suit brought by D.C. and Maryland, which accuses Trump of violating the Constitution’s emoluments clauses by accepting funds from foreign and state governments seeking to curry favor with the president by patronizing his luxury hotel at the Old Post Office building in Washington.
im电竞官网-Face facts. The president* has been violating Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the Constitution ever since he was sworn in and declined to remove himself in any substantial way from his previous scam...er...enterprises. It reads:
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
im电竞官网-If you are president* of the United States, you don't get to own a hotel where Saudi royalty pays you for their room, their bar bill, and god alone knows what else. That seems extraordinarily clear, except, apparently, to a federal appeals court.
Thursday’s order from the Richmond-based appeals court suggests that even if Trump lawyers ultimately fail in their attempts to stymie the emoluments litigation, they will have scored a political victory for the president by bottling up the cases for most of his current term.
There simply can be no "looking forward, not backwards" this time around. Joe Biden's feet should be held to the fire on that one.
Hey, . From New Scientist:
David Beerling at the University of Sheffield in the UK says his team’s modelling of ERW’s potential is the most realistic yet because it limits how much rock is available and the energy countries would be willing to use for grinding. Factoring in countries’ climate, cropland area and evolving energy systems, they found that rock dust could remove between 0.5 and 2 gigatonnes of CO2 annually by 2050. Humanity’s fossil fuel use emits around 35 gigatonnes of CO2 each year.“If you can extract a gigatonne a year, it’s significant. Two gigatonnes is the combined CO2 emissions of aviation and shipping, and those two are going to be very difficult to decarbonise. I would say it’s got very exciting potential for transforming how we manage the agricultural landscape,” says Beerling.
im电竞官网-It is no substitute for cutting carbon emissions, which we still have to do, which doesn't mean that it won't be used as one by people whose fortunes depend on not cutting carbon emissions. But it's good to read a report in which actual science is making progress against the most serious scientific problem ever to confront the Earth's species.
“We need to clean up the [climate change] mess in sensible ways, over a time scale of decades to centuries,” says team member James Hansen at Columbia University in New York. “One of the ways with multiple benefits is rock dust farming. I particularly like it because it is more permanent than most CO2 draw-down schemes.” There is still a long way to go. The amount of CO2 extracted by ERW today is effectively nothing, says Beerling. At $80 to $180 per tonne of CO2 removed, it is pricier than planting trees. Public attitudes may also need to be overcome: found that people in the US and the UK found it the least appealing of three ways to remove CO2.
im电竞官网-Trees are prettier than rock dust. No doubt about that. But it's all experiments on deck for this problem. Any old dust in the wind.
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: Yeah, I pretty much still love New Orleans.
Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archivesim电竞官网-: from Coventry in 1920. Impressively, the folks sent a castle and a tower down the street ahead of Lady G who, it appears, is better covered than the average Sasquatch. And they called that The Jazz Age.
Yeesh. History is so cool.
Down at the University of Mississippi, after a decade of controversy, they decided to move a Confederate monument from the middle of campus to the middle of a largely abandoned Confederate cemetery behind the basketball arena on the other side of campus. However, as the invaluable Mississippi Free Press tells us,
Despite signs that the relocation plans are moving ahead, a little-known strategy to create what many critics disparage as a “shrine” to the Confederacy in the cemetery, centered with the 114-year-old statue, is still roiling the north Mississippi state university 22 days after the just as IHL approved the relocation. Since then, more than 150 faculty members from departments across the university have published open letters detailing their opposition to the cemetery renovation, and the Department of History is keeping a . “We unequivocally oppose plans to renovate the Confederate cemetery and add headstones, actions that would distort the historical record and bind the University to its racist past rather than moving it forward,” 26 non-administrative faculty members of the School of Journalism and New Media .
Opponents of the “shrine” plan want answers about just who turned their hard-fought victory to move the statue into an inviting, landscaped alternative space that could celebrate the “heritage” of the Confederacy even more dramatically than the statue that long greeted visitors to campus. A , published June 23, unveiled machinations of a “cemetery committee” that started meeting in early 2018 with at least one of the members pushing for upgrades including headstones for the soldiers there, although the graves are unmarked.
Take a look at the proposed monument. It's a damn Confederate Disneyland. Let it go, people. It had a nice run, but, let it go.
"As one can see in the included renderings, the Confederate Monument will be accessible by a newly laid brick path surrounded by trees and enhanced with lighting,” the proposal to IHL explained. “Security cameras will be added in and around the University Cemetery to allow for continuous monitoring by the University Police Department. Within the walls of the cemetery, new headstones will be added to offer remembrance for the souls buried on the grounds along with a stone path to the existing marker in the cemetery.”
im电竞官网-How lovely. Let it go.
Is it , USA Today? It's always a good day for dinosaur news!
Standing about 4 inches tall, Kongonaphon kely could be one of the last common ancestors of all dinosaurs and pterosaurs, an extinct flying reptile, and explain some of their physical characteristics and traits. The discovery and description of the fossil of Kongonaphon kely – which means "tiny bug slayer" – could provide scientists big insights since the species was much smaller than most dinosaurs. "There's a general perception of dinosaurs as being giants," Christian Kammerer, a research curator in paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said in a statement. "But this new animal is very close to the divergence of dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and it’s shockingly small."
im电竞官网-Now you know how to say "Bug-eater" in Greek. Tell me this little critter didn't live then to make us happy now.
im电竞官网-I'll be back on Monday. The odds on that got better on Friday when President* SuperSpreader cancelled his scheduled Saturday wankfest in New Hampshire. Be well and play nice, ya bastids. Stay above the snake-line and wear the damn mask.