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Benny

A total of 850 people are reportedly missing in Maui and 114 are confirmed dead after devastating wildfires incinerated parts of the island

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wi65

I fear a lot of those missing were “cremated” by the fire, others maybe got out to other family members–i hope.

Benny

Benny

Bond is set at only $200K.

wi65

Good luck with that as 200k is chump change to cult-45 and his followers to donate. Make it 500 million as cult-45 and his followers cant come up with that much scratch. I doubt Cult-45 has half of that as a liquid asset.

Benny

Republican Texas State Rep. Brian Harrison pushed back on “woke, ultra-liberal Marxist socialists” in taxpayer-funded institutions, who he claims are working to indoctrinate children, during an interview with Fox News Digital.

“I think people are fed up of not just having this ultra-liberal extremist, Marxist, socialist ideology forced upon them and forced on their kids,” Harrison said. “They’re sick and tired of having to be the ones that pay for it themselves through their hard-earned tax dollars.”

“They don’t want their property tax money or their sales tax money or their school tax dollars going to fund some woke, ultra-liberal Marxist socialist to indoctrinate their children,” he added.

Harrison declared victory on X, formerly known as Twitter, after the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) chose to cut ties with the American Library Association (ALA) less than one month after the representative sent a letter requesting the separation.

“This is a win for all Texans, and I applaud the courageous and decisive decision by Chairwoman Martha Wong,” Harrison wrote in a letter posted to X Thursday. “Texas should be leading the fight against dangerous Marxist ideology – not subsidizing it with my constituents’ hard earned tax dollars. I’ll continue fighting to protect Texans from having their money weaponized against them, their values, and their children.”

Harrison explained that the president of the ALA, Emily Drabinski, was “literally a member” of the Democratic Socialists of America.

Drabinski is a self-described “Marxist lesbian.”

“I just cannot believe that a Marxist lesbian who believes that collective power is possible to build and can be wielded for a better world is the president-elect of @ALALibrary,” Drabinski wrote in a post which has since been deleted. “I am so excited for what we will do together. Solidarity! And my mom is SO PROUD. I love you mom.”

Jacobin, a socialist outlet, ran a feature on Drabinski in 2022 (Note; this is inaccurate: the article ran 2 weeks ago). “Libraries are widely beloved in America, but they’ve been decimated by austerity in recent years,” the Jacobin wrote.

That story came out before Drabinski eventually won that bid to become president of the ALA. Drabinski did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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“If she wants to push this kind of socialist, this Marxist ideology onto Texans, onto Americans,” Harrison said of Drabinski, “she can do that. That’s fine.”

“But do it on her own dime,” he said. “Don’t do it on the backs of the hardworking men and women of the great state of Texas who were being forced to subsidize this liberal organization with their tax dollars.”

Harrison also questioned the need for Texans to fund organizations like the ALA in general. “Texas is the ninth-largest economy on planet Earth. What in the world do we need a [ALA] for anyway?” he said. “And even if we did, why in the world should this be something that my constituents have to fund? Taxpayer-funded indoctrination has no place in America. It sure as hell has no place in the great state of Texas.”

The representative also rejected claims that removing or refusing to admit pornographic books into schools were “book ban[s].”

“If you hear somebody in the United States of America ever say the words ‘book ban,’ do not trust that person on any topic because there is not one book that is banned in any of the 50 states of the United States of America,” Harrison argued. “Not one book is banned anywhere. And I wish the media would get this straight, but they don’t want to. They’ve got an agenda.”

Harrison argued that there was a clear difference between taxpayer money going towards “obscene or pornographic materials” to be given to third-graders and “banning a book.”

Harrison explained that his problem was not with adults, who have the ability to “go buy whatever kind of material” they want, but with what is an “appropriate use of tax dollars” for materials that are “handed to little children.”

Paul ADK

Bottom line? Christians are as big a problem for the public at large as any other religious extremist group.

I sure wouldn’t want to be painted with that brush. Especially if I was trying to make a positive impact on the world. And if the intended influence is less than positive? Well, then, I suppose it’s deserved.

wi65

Marxism? I’ve heard it called ‘Christofascism” but not marxism. I still prefer Talibangelicals myself.

Benny

LTE in today’s The Tennessean (newspaper for Nashville) by John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville:

Time for Tennessee lawmakers to turn sympathy into action

On March 27th, Nashville had our worst day. Six innocent souls were taken from us because of gun violence at The Covenant School. As our entire city’s heart shattered, I prayed that those families would be the last in Nashville to know that unimaginable pain.

But without action, we know there will be more. Gun violence and mass shootings have not only devastated Nashville, but every region of our state.

Tennessee ranks ninth in total deaths by firearms. Nearly 1,300 Tennesseans die each year from guns, and it is the leading cause of death among children and teenagers.

Like all of us, I’m hopeful that we will see common sense gun violence legislation passed this week as our state lawmakers convene for a special session on public safety.

Our legislators can take action to keep our communities safe while still preserving the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.

Hear more Tennessee Voices:Get the weekly opinion newsletter for insightful and thought provoking columns.

Americans of all political backgrounds support better laws
Nationwide data shows a clear correlation between the strength of a state’s gun laws and the rate of gun violence. For example, the six states with the strongest gun laws each rank among the eight safest states for gun violence. Our children and neighbors are dying because Tennessee has some of the most lenient gun laws in the country.

Metro Police Chief John Drake, Laura Fitzgerald Cooper, Mayor John Cooper, Deputy Mayor Brenda Haywood, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Nashville Fire Chief William Swan, pray during the Nashville Remembers candlelight vigil to mourn and honor the victims of The Covenant School mass shooting at Public Square Park Wednesday, March 29, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn.
We should not let political party affiliation dictate how we approach gun law reforms. Gun violence does not have partisan boundaries.

A poll by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy shows the vast majority of Tennesseans, including Republicans, support gun reform. In the poll, 82% of voters support gun background checks and 75% of voters support a red flag gun law.

After the Covenant shooting, I, along with the mayors of Chattanooga, Knoxville and Shelby County, sent a letter to state leadership recommending commonsense policy actions to reduce gun violence.

Tennessee can save lives by implementing gun laws that have proven to be successful in other states.

Among our recommendations:

Require point-of-sale background checks for all gun purchases, including rifles and shotguns. The 20 states that currently require background checks have lower rates of homicide and suicide by firearm.

Implement Extreme Risk Protection Orders, known as a “red flag” law to empower law enforcement and family members to intervene and temporarily prevent those at extreme risk of harming themselves or others from possessing guns. There are 20 states that already have ERPOs.

Enhance safety of the concealed carry law to protect our residents. Tennessee legislators support concealed carry without a permit and we are not asking to undo that policy. We are asking for it to be modified to prohibit individuals who have been convicted of a violent misdemeanor offense from carrying a concealed firearm. This is already a law in 23 states.
Establish a statewide minimum age for purchasing firearms so Tennessee could join 22 states that have adopted similar legislation.

Enact secure gun storage laws to reduce gun violence and firearm accidents. There are 25 other states with laws to prevent children from gaining access to firearms.

Protect women by prohibiting convicted stalkers from owning guns. More than 50% of female homicide victims reported stalking to police before they were killed by their stalkers, according to the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center.

Ban high-capacity magazines, thereby making it more difficult to inflict mass casualties. The shooter in the Covenant School shooting fired 152 rounds in just a couple of minutes using high-capacity magazines.

I urge our legislators to listen to the residents of this great state. Sensible reforms can prevent senseless killings.

After the tragic murders at The Covenant School, now is the moment for state lawmakers to turn statements of sympathy and prayers into action and leadership.

John Cooper is the ninth mayor of Metro Nashville Davidson County government.

Benny

Benny

Benny

BREAKING: Pilots at American Airlines have approved a new contract that includes raises of more than 46%.

The immediate payments and bonuses alone are worth $1.1 billion.

Worker power gets results.

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wi65

Long overdue, But the craprate Airlines will lobby DC for taxpayer money as they cant afford that and jack up fares as the reason.

Benny

Benny

Der Herr is not going to be at the debate, but his plan seems to be working. Junkets like Politico are trying to find a way to fill the void- even if it means re-visiting his “greatest” debate hits.

Benny

wi65

Chemical rockets should go the way of dinosaurs. I’d bet my last dollar that some type of anti gravity system or another is being kept Very top secret by the GOVT deep at DARPA. A lot of Nicolai Teslas work is very need to know in Govt even today

Benny

Benny

wi65

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell launches 2024 Senate bid against Rick Scott
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What do you know abot her Orl? Does she have a shot?

jcitybone

Climate change is a global crisis and cannot be solved by any one country alone. If the United States, China and other industrialized countries do not come together to dramatically decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the world we leave our children and future generations will become increasingly unhealthy and uninhabitable. Tragically, the cooperation required to address this existential threat is being undermined by hawks in both the United States and China who are moving us toward a disastrous cold war.

Now is the time for a radical rethinking of geopolitics to reflect the reality that international cooperation is not only in the best interests of all countries, but is absolutely necessary for the survival of the planet.

Here’s the reality. The last eight years have been the eight hottest on record. This year is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, and this past July was the hottest month on record. Across the United States, July broke more than 3,200 daily temperature records and dozens of American cities broke or tied their previous daily temperature records three or more times. Phoenix experienced 31 days in a row at or above 110F (43.3C), 13 days longer than the previous record. El Paso, Miami, Austin and many other places also suffered under record-breaking stretches of extreme heat.

Smoke from unprecedented wildfires in Canada enveloped US cities and drifted halfway around the world, causing dangerously unhealthy air quality. Vermont, my home state, experienced floods that damaged 4,000 homes and 800 businesses, the state’s worst natural disaster since 1927. In Maui, Hawaii, rapidly moving fires destroyed 2,700 structures in historic Lahaina and took more than 100 lives, making it the deadliest wildfire in the US in more than a century.

But it’s not just the US that is dealing with record-breaking heatwaves and enormous climate-caused devastation. China experienced record-high temperatures last month, including the country’s all-time temperature record of 126F (52.2C), and recent flooding has killed about 100 people, destroyed nearly 200,000 homes, displaced some 1.5 million people and caused more than $13bn in damage.

From Tokyo to Rome to Tunis to Tirana, cities across Asia, Europe and north Africa experienced their hottest days on record. In Iran, the heat index hit 158F (70C), testing the limits of human survival. In our own hemisphere, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador all saw temperature records fall. It’s winter right now in South America, but that hasn’t stopped temperatures from exceeding 100F (37.7C) in some places, a heating event a climate historian labeled “one of the extreme events the world has ever seen”.

And it’s not just that temperatures have been soaring on land. Our oceans have never been warmer. Right now, 44% of the world’s oceans are experiencing a marine heatwave. The Mediterranean Sea is experiencing its hottest temperatures on record, more than 9F hotter than average in some places. Off the coast of Newfoundland, waters are as much as 18F above normal. South of Miami, waters reached 101F (38.3C). You’re supposed to find temperatures like that in a hot tub, not the ocean. This warming could further devastate coral reefs, fisheries and marine ecosystems around the world.

In the midst of this global crisis, there is both good news and bad news. The good news is that recent years have seen long-overdue steps to transition the global economy away from fossil fuels into more efficient and renewable energy sources. In the United States, the Inflation Reduction Act included an unprecedented $300bn in investments in clean energy and energy efficiency, which could help increase US solar energy by 500% and more than double wind energy by 2035, reducing carbon emissions by roughly 40%.

Other countries have also made major investments. China spent $546bn on clean energy last year and continues to manufacture and deploy more renewable energy than the rest of the world combined. By 2030, China may deploy enough renewable energy to essentially power the entire US electrical grid three times over. The European Union has laid out a plan to invest more than $1tn over the next decade in renewables and energy efficiency, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared with 1990.

Importantly, large sections of the corporate world have turned away from investments in fossil fuels and are now spending hundreds of billions on sustainable energy. Altogether, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects the global community to invest $1.6tn in wind, solar power, electric vehicles, batteries, and electric grids this year, compared with just $1tn in fossil fuels. This progress has led the IEA to forecast that renewables will surpass coal to become the largest source of global electricity generation by early 2025, much faster than previously predicted.

The bad news is that we are still falling well short of the kinds of investments needed to deal with this crisis. We are still not moving fast enough to save our planet. The latest report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects that without more urgent action, the world will pass the key 1.5C (2.7F) threshold by the early 2030s, risking a far deadlier future for our children and future generations. The science is clear: if the US, China, and the rest of the planet do not act with greater urgency to dramatically cut carbon emissions, our planet will face enormous and irreversible damage.

Let’s be clear: since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the US has put more carbon into the atmosphere, by far, than any other country. While the new technologies sustained by fossil fuels improved our standard of living, we laid the groundwork for the climate calamity the planet is now experiencing.

In recent years, the rapidly growing Chinese economy has eclipsed the US as the world’s major carbon emitter. Right now, China is building six times as many coal-fired power plants as the rest of the world combined – the equivalent of two new coal plants every week. Last year, they quadrupled the number of new coal plants approved compared with 2021. Current plans will see China add as much new coal to its grid as used in all of India, the second largest coal user, and five times more coal capacity as the US.

It is no great secret the Chinese government is undertaking many policies that we and the international community should oppose. They are cruelly repressing and interning the Uyghurs, threatening Taiwan and stifling freedom of expression in Tibet and Hong Kong. China has bullied its neighbors, abused the global trading system, stolen technology and is building out a dystopian surveillance state.

The US is rightly organizing its allies to press Beijing on these and other issues. But organizing most of our national effort around a zero-sum global confrontation with China is unlikely to change Chinese behavior and will alienate allies and partners.

Most importantly, it could doom our planet by making climate cooperation impossible between the world’s two largest greenhouse emitters. We need to move in a bold new direction. Recent history provides some instructive examples.

In 1962, when the US and the Soviet Union stood on the verge of nuclear war, President John F Kennedy and the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, came together to prevent mutual destruction. Just a few months later, with the nuclear crisis as the background, President Kennedy proposed to the Soviet Union an arms reductions plan which would change the confrontational dynamic that had brought the world to the brink. Even arch anti-communists like Nixon and Reagan made bold gambits to reduce tensions, fearful of global annihilation. We face a similar dynamic today, facing collective catastrophe if we do not change course.

Here is the insane dynamic that must be changed. In recent years, both the US and China have greatly increased their military budgets. The US now spends some $900bn on the Pentagon, more than the next 10 nations combined. China, with the world’s second largest military budget, spends almost $300bn. Despite spending these huge amounts on “defense”, both countries are losing the war against the climate ccrisis. The US has experienced massive floods, fires, drought and extreme weather disturbances, which have cost us hundreds of billions. The recent flooding in China alone will cost that government tens of billions. Into the future, scientists tell us that great cities like Shanghai and New York will be underwater if we do not act effectively against the climate crisis.

So here’s a “radical” idea. Instead of spending enormous amounts of money planning for a war against each other, the US and China should come to an agreement to mutually cut their military budgets and use the savings to move aggressively to improve energy efficiency, move toward sustainable energy and end our reliance on fossil fuels. They should also provide increased support for developing countries who are suffering from the climate crisis through no fault of their own.

Now, I know that establishment politicians in both countries will tell me how naive and unsophisticated I am to offer such a suggestion and they will provide a million reasons as to why it can’t be done. My response is this: go talk to the people in Vermont who have lost their homes because of unprecedented flooding and the families in Hawaii who lost loved ones in the recent fires. Go talk to the more than 1 million people in China who have been displaced by catastrophic floods. Go talk to the people in southern Africa who are starving because of the terrible drought and floods they are experiencing or farmers around the world who can no longer grow their crops because of water shortages.

Perhaps most importantly, go talk to the hundreds of millions of young people in every country on earth who are losing hope, wondering whether they should even have children of their own, given the enormous challenges the climate crisis poses for a normal life.

Nelson Mandela famously remarked; “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” If we are to save the planet, now is the time for bold action. Let’s do it.

jcitybone