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magsview

Tip Jar for Orl!

Hmmmm, I wonder who Orlbucfan will be rooting for? 🤔

wi62

ARRRRRR!!!!!!

la58

wi62 At least you have a team that has a good chance of making it to the playoffs.I’ve been watching the Lions for 50 years,

wi62

Good god your team has suffered no doubt about that

magsview

Do you all see this?? wth

Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.

The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services.

Sounds like a very bad precedent and I hope the legislation fails.

Jeff Bezos spent summers on his grandparents’ ranch in Texas as a kid, learning how to, among other things, castrate cattle.

Today he has his own spread in the Lone Star State, where his company Blue Origin tests its reusable New Shepard rocket. The world’s wealthiest person amassed the 420,000 acres over two decades to become the 26th-largest private landholder in the U.S.

He’s in rich company with a relatively new kind of landed gentry—billionaires including John Malone and Ted Turner—and with families whose ancestors purchased their parts of America generations ago. The 100 largest owners of private property in the U.S., newcomers and old-timers together, have 40 million acres, or approximately 2% of the country’s land mass, according to data from the Land Report and reporting by Bloomberg News. Ten years ago, the top 100 had fewer than 30 million acres.

The article has a great map.

Here’s Who Owns the Most Land in America
The 100 largest private landowners in the U.S. own 40 million acres—an area the size of Florida.

I had no idea about Maine:

(John) ​Malone, Subway co-founder Peter Buck and five families have amassed so much forest in Maine that they collectively control a quarter of all the state’s land. Some of the oldest timber holdings trace back well over a century, like the Pingree heirs’ 800,000-plus acres in the North Maine Woods, which are open to the public for camping and hiking.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-largest-landowners-in-us/

Benny

Creepy. Now the QAnon folks are going to flock to NV.

magsview

It sounds like a Libertarian paradise..until they get their tax bill from the company they work for.

magsview

BUSINESS FEB. 5, 2021

A Major Union Election Will Go Ahead at Amazon

By Sarah Jones

With two sentences, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Amazon’s last attempt to prevent a union election from going ahead in Alabama. The e-commerce giant cannot force warehouse workers to vote on a union in person, the NLRB ordered on Friday. Because there is a deadly pandemic, workers will be able to cast their votes by mail. Voting will begin on Monday and continue through March 29, and shortly thereafter, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union will find out whether it has toppled Goliath.

Should the RWDSU win its election, the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, will be the company’s first unionized warehouse in the U.S. The vote is arguably the most consequential moment for the labor movement in decades. Not only has the union challenged a monopoly, it is challenging, too, the progressive claims that monopoly has made to justify its power. Amazon bet that its $15 minimum wage and the desperation of economically distressed workers would deter unionization. The RWDSU has called its bluff. The Bessemer election pits Amazon’s meager benefits against the union’s promise of future improvements: safer conditions, better pay, and reliable raises. The union also pledges something else Amazon likely fears above all — a more democratic workplace.

I don’t understand the part where she refers to “progressive claims” though, awkward wording? What am I missing? Is she saying that progressives claim that people would be satisfied with $15/hr?

wi62

Plain Talk: Today’s Republican Party doesn’t want government to work
Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times Feb 3, 2021

In a recent analytical piece, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters described how Donald Trump

has left a Republican Party turned upside down.

He said the party left in Trump’s wake comprises three distinct factions — the Never Trumpers, the new RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) and the Trump Republicans.

The Never Trumpers, he explained, is the faction that twice boycotted the Republican National Convention and raised millions of dollars to defeat him in the 2020 election.

The New RINOs are those who wouldn’t go along with Trump’s false claims that he had won the election by a landslide and pushed back when he commanded them to overturn the election results — the Arizona GOP attorney general, for instance, Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp and its secretary of state Brad Raffensperger and, of all people, former Vice President Mike Pence, who declined to ignore the U.S. Constitution and upend American democracy by throwing out the votes of the Electoral College.

The Trump Republicans, of course, are all those who still either believe the lies that the election was a fraud or are willing to falsely claim it’s so in an effort to mollify their own voting bases.

Peters added that the future of the party isn’t the Never Trumpers; they abandoned ship. You saw how the Arizona Republican Party treated John McCain’s widow, Cindy; their own party’s governor, Doug Ducey; and former Sen. Jeff Flake last month. McCain and Flake voted for Joe Biden and Ducey had the audacity not to overturn Arizona’s vote.

The party’s future is now the war between the the New RINOs and the Trump Republicans.

And where do you guess the majority of Wisconsin’s elected Republicans fit in that picture?

We already know where Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Tiffany and those 15 legislators who signed a letter to Pence to refuse to accept the Electoral College votes stand. They’ve made no secret of their allegiance to the most destructive president in the history of the country, except perhaps the despicable racist Andrew Johnson. And they’re willing to upend the Constitution for him.

All we need do is to watch the GOP legislators at work to understand how, like their hero Trump, they really don’t want government to work. They want to throw sand in the gears, then stand back and blame someone else for the sabotage they’ve committed.

The handling of the coronavirus crisis is a prime example. Taking their cues from Trump, they’ve recklessly dismissed its dangers. The bomb-throwing state Sen. Steve Nass of Whitewater, taking cues from Trump’s behavior, defiantly won’t wear masks at legislative hearings and has consistently worked to undo every one of the governor’s attempts to deal with the pandemic.

Nass and the rest of his legislative cohort hide behind a claim that Evers is abusing his powers by ordering the wearing of masks without consulting the Legislature. Well, then, why not instead of throwing out the mandate, he and his pious buddies pass a mandate of their own and have the governor sign it? Or would that be defying their hero, Trump? Nass and his Republican Senate colleagues embarrassed themselves when they were so intent on killing the mask mandate, they didn’t notice that to do so would cost the state $49 million a month in lost federal food aid. Great caretakers, these folks.

Again, the idea isn’t to govern for the good of the society, but to do their best to make sure government doesn’t work. They keep insisting that COVID-19 safety measures are ruining the economy, but it’s their refusal to require masks and social distancing that’s ruining the economy by delaying the time we can get back to some type of normalcy.

Like those heckling fans at a baseball game, most of whom couldn’t play the game themselves, they shout and cuss and second-guess every decision. GOP state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo is the poster child. After declaring that Wisconsin should ignore the election results and have his fellow Republicans in the Legislature declare Trump the winner of the state’s electoral votes, he turned his attention to the COVID-19 vaccination process.

As chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee, the West Allis landscaper suddenly decided he knows better than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials on how the vaccinations should proceed.

Meanwhile, the Trump-loving Wisconsin legislators blamed the unemployment backlog on the governor, but when Evers asked for help to upgrade an obsolete system, they refused. They don’t want the governor to make decisions on the virus, but they tell him he’s on his own with the deluge of jobless claims. Must make the governor’s head spin.

David Frum of The Atlantic contended last month that if the “conservative world is to pull itself out of the moral wreck into which it has been led by Trump” its leaders will have to reckon with their descent into a a politics of fear, resentment and “inflammatory deceit.”

He was talking about the national party, but it applies in spades here in Wisconsin where the GOP Legislature has become beholden to Trumpism.

I frequently disagreed with many of the ideas of Wisconsin Republican legislators before they were replaced by the new breed in office now, but there was never any question that they wanted government to work.

That’s not so with the gang of vandals that represent the Trump-inspired party today — and they’re likely to control the party for years to come.-Q

WI
Every time Floriadumb’s legislators as orl calls it ups the ante and does something dumb Wi calls their bet. Unfortunately for WI the fascist gerrymander is absolute barring some type of legislation. For it to go it would be like the Berlin wall falling. The R’s up here are like the Evangelicals in the bible belt, It could have Jesus -D vs. Satan R/Q on the ballot and they will vote the letter every time -sadly its a lot of my generation thats responsible for this. We still have a lot of Cult 45 signs out yet

humphrey

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polarbear4

that dog can skate! awesome.

humphrey

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wi62

The State of things in Wi

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humphrey

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/05/judge-sets-bail-hearing-kyle-rittenhouse-next-week/115443418/

Madison, Wis. – A judge will hold a hearing next week on whether to arrest or increase bail for an 18-year-old from Illinois accused of opening fire during a police brutality protest in Wisconsin after he allegedly failed to update his address with the court.

Judge Bruce Schroeder on Friday scheduled the hearing for Thursday afternoon for Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s accused of shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, killing Rosenbaum and Huber and wounding Grosskreutz during protests in Kenosha in August.

The demonstrations began after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, contends the protesters attacked him and he fired in self-defense.

Prosecutors allege Rittenhouse moved out of the Antioch, Illinois, apartment he shared with his mother after he posted a $2 million cash bond in November and hasn’t given the court his new address. They filed a motion this week asking Schroeder to issue an arrest warrant for Rittenhouse and increase his bond by $200,000.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys have countered that Rittenhouse has been receiving threats and moved into an “undisclosed safe house” after he got out of jail. They said in court filings that they offered to reveal the address if prosecutors would keep it secret, but Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger refused, saying the address is public record.

They included an address in the filings along with a request that Schroeder keep it sealed, but Binger replied that it’s just a post office box and doesn’t satisfy Rittenhouse’s bail conditions.

Rittenhouse, who is white, traveled to Kenosha on Aug. 25 after a paramilitary group put out a call on social media for people to protect businesses amid unrest. He faces multiple charges, including homicide and being a minor in possession of a firearm.

polarbear4

oh for heaven’s sake. go get him, like you do your enemies. lock him up.

humphrey

The US is also not a member of the ICC.

humphrey

😮😲

polarbear4

anything to keep hurting people.

humphrey

🤔😂👇

magsview

I’m old enough to remember when Lou Dobbs seemed relatively sane – what channel was he on, CNN?

But somewhere along the way he lost his mind and became a raving lunatic.

humphrey

While he was at CNN he used to rave about those evil Hispanics. He has been this way for quite a long time.

humphrey

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/business/media/12dobbs.html

Lou Dobbs Abruptly Quits CNN

By Brian Stelter and Bill Carter
Nov. 11, 2009

Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel’s most outspoken anchor. Mr. Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.

For a time, Mr. Dobbs did tone down his TV rhetoric, but on Wednesday he made a more drastic decision: He chose opinion.

Mr. Dobbs told viewers that he was resigning from his CNN job immediately. Sitting before an image of an American flag on his studio set, he said “some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day.”

polarbear4

uh oh. does that mean he’s running for something?

magsview

I honestly don’t recall that, but I don’t watch much MSM.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And, at the time, I believe his wife was Hispanic (Mexican American). Upper class, I guess.

humphrey

jcitybone

A very interesting but very scary article that is well worth a full read.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/03/extreme-climate-change-history/617793/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

Today, humans are injecting CO2 into the atmosphere at one of the fastest rates ever over this entire, near-eternal span. When hucksters tell you that the climate is always changing, they’re right, but that’s not the good news they think it is. “The climate system is an angry beast,” the late Columbia climate scientist Wally Broecker was fond of saying, “and we are poking it with sticks.”

The beast has only just begun to snarl. All of recorded human history—at only a few thousand years, a mere eyeblink in geologic time—has played out in perhaps the most stable climate window of the past 650,000 years. We have been shielded from the climate’s violence by our short civilizational memory, and our remarkably good fortune. But humanity’s ongoing chemistry experiment on our planet could push the climate well beyond those slim historical parameters, into a state it hasn’t seen in tens of millions of years, a world for which Homo sapiens did not evolve.

When there’s been as much carbon dioxide in the air as there already is today—not to mention how much there’s likely to be in 50 or 100 years—the world has been much, much warmer, with seas 70 feet higher than they are today. Why? The planet today is not yet in equilibrium with the warped atmosphere that industrial civilization has so recently created. If CO2 stays at its current levels, much less steadily increases, it will take centuries—even millennia—for the planet to fully find its new footing. The transition will be punishing in the near term and the long term, and when it’s over, Earth will look far different from the one that nursed humanity. This is the grim lesson of paleoclimatology: The planet seems to respond far more aggressively to small provocations than it’s been projected to by many of our models.

To truly appreciate the coming changes to our planet, we need to plumb the history of climate change. So let us take a trip back into deep time, a journey that will begin with the familiar climate of recorded history and end in the feverish, high-CO2 greenhouse of the early age of mammals, 50 million years ago. It is a sobering journey, one that warns of catastrophic surprises that may be in store.

This sauna of our early mammalian ancestors represents something close to the worst possible scenario for future warming (although some studies claim that humans, under truly nihilistic emissions scenarios, could make the planet even warmer). The good news is the inertia of the Earth’s climate system is such that we still have time to rapidly reverse course, heading off an encore of this world, or that of the Miocene, or even the Pliocene, in the coming decades. All it will require is instantaneously halting the super-eruption of CO2 disgorged into the atmosphere that began with the Industrial Revolution.

We know how to do this, and we cannot underplay the urgency. The fact is that none of these ancient periods is actually an apt analogue for the future if things go wrong. It took millions of years to produce the climates of the Miocene or the Eocene, and the rate of change right now is almost unprecedented in the history of animal life.

Humans are currently injecting CO2 into the air 10 times faster than even during the most extreme periods within the age of mammals. And you don’t need the planet to get as hot as it was in the early Eocene to catastrophically acidify the oceans. Acidification is all about the rate of CO2 emissions, and we are off the charts. Ocean acidification could reach the same level it did 56 million years ago by later this century, and then keep going.

When he coined the term mass extinction in a 1963 paper, “Crises in the History of Life,” the American paleontologist Norman Newell posited that this was what happened when the environment changed faster than evolution could accommodate. Life has speed limits. And in fact, life today is still trying to catch up with the thaw-out of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. Meanwhile, our familiar seasons are growing ever more strange: Flycatchers arrive weeks after their caterpillar prey hatches; orchids bloom when there are no bees willing to pollinate them. The early melting of sea ice has driven polar bears ashore, shifting their diet from seals to goose eggs. And that’s after just 1 degree of warming.

Subtropical life may have been happy in a warmer Eocene Arctic, but there’s no reason to think such an intimately adapted ecosystem, evolved on a greenhouse planet over millions of years, could be reestablished in a few centuries or millennia. Drown the Florida Everglades, and its crocodilians wouldn’t have an easy time moving north into their old Miocene stomping grounds in New Jersey, much less migrating all the way to the unspoiled Arctic bayous if humans re-create the world of the Eocene. They will run into the levees and fortifications of drowning Florida exurbs. We are imposing a rate of change on the planet that has almost never happened before in geologic history, while largely preventing life on Earth from adjusting to that change.

Taking in the whole sweep of Earth’s history, now we see how unnatural, nightmarish, and profound our current experiment on the planet really is. A small population of our particular species of primate has, in only a few decades, unlocked a massive reservoir of old carbon slumbering in the Earth, gathering since the dawn of life, and set off on a global immolation of Earth’s history to power the modern world. As a result, up to half of the tropical coral reefs on Earth have died, 10 trillion tons of ice have melted, the ocean has grown 30 percent more acidic, and global temperatures have spiked. If we keep going down this path for a geologic nanosecond longer, who knows what will happen? The next few fleeting moments are ours, but they will echo for hundreds of thousands, even millions, of years. This is one of the most important times to be alive in the history of life.

humphrey

Just the beginning much more to come.