cxityglobal May 19, 2019 No Comments

Three things I learned from Elizabeth Warren’s amazing town hall

This past Saturday, I volunteered for Elizabeth Warren’s town hall in Cincinnati. 

I saw her speak several years ago and I have to say I think she’s gotten even better. She’s personal. She’s funny. She’s authentic. She connects with people. And her experience when it comes to economics is perhaps unparalleled. She’s also able to make the complex simple in a way that few others can. 

You’ve probably heard about some of her policy ideas recently. Here, I’ll break down three powerful ways she communicated her ideas in her town hall and show you how these can help you in your conversations. 

cxityglobal May 19, 2019 No Comments

What does it take for people to turn from affection to dislike for a person or thing?

There’s been a lot written about whether there’s anything Donald Trump can do which will cause Republicans and conservatives to abandon him. In a rational world ruled by ideas of right and wrong and democratic principles, the push and pull of politics should mean if a politician says something stupid or does something criminal, support for their ability to be a leader in government should be affected. However, when the United States is turned into a government by spite, those rules get thrown out the window, since Republican voters have been shown to accept any level of depravity as long as the repugnant assholes doing it stick it to women, minorities, and liberals. The same voters who sit in a church pew on Sunday and think it’s awful the Ten Commandments aren’t in every public office support liars and thieves as they put children in cages and threaten the lives of pregnant women who might make a choice they don’t agree with.

While not totally analogous, the dynamic has similarities to the public’s responses to media. How it is consumed, digested, and the aftermath of reactions from an audience, has a similar push-pull level of affinity, especially with fans who think their views should matter and be considered. Sometimes good storytelling requires not giving an audience what they think they want, but going in a different direction which may piss them off. Likes and dislikes can change. What once seemed like true love can wither on the vine with the passage of time. We don’t wear the same hairstyles our entire lives, don’t keep the same fashion sense, may move from relationship to relationship, and even political and religious beliefs can shift over time. Five or ten years down the road, people look back and wonder why in the fuck did I get that spray tan and wear Ed Hardy Ugg boots? And just like Republican hypocrites not being consistent in what they like or don’t like, how people either do or don’t fall out of love with a movie, television show, literature, politicians, etc., can be for the dumbest of reasons.

So I thought it would be interesting to know what are those films, television shows, music, politicians, relationships, etc., people have fallen out of love with? What was the breaking point? What was the line that caused people to jump off the train, because only stops to crappy and mediocre were ahead? On the other hand, what are those films, television shows, music, etc., where people don’t understand the flack, and think they get bum raps? Is there anything out there in the land of make believe that you think the bulk of criticisms against it are irrational and wrong? The current and final season of Game of Thrones is likely to go down as one of the most controversial and divisive ends to a television series thought of as one of the greatest efforts of the medium. Beyond the arguments about bad story mechanics and unearned character progression, what I find fascinating is how the wind has shifted from excitement and anticipation to jeering and even questioning the integrity of the people who just a few years ago were widely acclaimed.

cxityglobal May 19, 2019 No Comments

Walshy Fire X Runtown X Alkaline – No Negative Vibes

Walshy Fire X Runtown X Alkaline - No Negative Vibes

Walshy Fire X Runtown X Alkaline – No Negative Vibes

It’s a Jamaica-Nigeria collaboration as Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire links up with Runtown and Alkaline on the track “No Negative Vibes“.

Top notch rhythm and melody. Add to your Summer ’19 playlist sharply!

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cxityglobal May 18, 2019 No Comments

Spotlight on green news & views: Pruitt skewered for luxury spending; piles of dead bald eagles?

This is the 599th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the May 11 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

RoyMorrison writes—Bank of the Commons: Ecological Sustainability as the New Gold for Ecological Transformation: “The practical challenge in building an ecological civilization from industrial business and pillage, as usual, is not technical nor legal, but financial. We must recognize that to save ourselves from ecological catastrophe our economic and financial system must value and embrace sustainability and devalue pollution, depletion and ecological damage. At bottom, ecological sustainability must be monetized as the new gold and store of value and capital to help finance the trillions of dollars of productive investment necessary for ecological transformation and the support of social and ecological justice. At the same time, oil, coal, natural gas must become stranded assets, written down and left in the ground and awarded a new non-pollution credit to be monetized by future renewable investment. A trillion dollars of fossil fuel assets can become a trillion dollars of investment in wind and solar hardware installations. Sustainability must be treated legally and financially not as a cost but as a precious value, a hard asset, the new gold whose value is created by economic growth that means ecological improvement.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—DOI’s Offshore Oil Regulatory Rollback Relies On Big Oil Doc: “Yesterday, Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt testified in front of the House Natural Resources Committee about his leadership of the agency, flanked by swamp monsters in the audience highlighting his corruption. When Rep Huffman asked Bernhardt for specific examples of times when he told former clients ‘no,’ when they asked for a policy change, he struggled to name a single instance. Remember, this is the man with so many conflicts of interest he has to carry them on a card, so he has plenty of former clients to choose from. After being pressed further by Huffman to name something specific, Bernhardt makes a reference to a ‘well control’ rule. That’s really where it gets interesting. Bernhardt’s industry clients actually praised the DOI’s well control rollback. And not only that, but the rule actually relies on the industry’s own guidance, effectively supplanting an Obama-era regulation with an American Petroleum Institute document.”

ColoTim writes—Republicans Force Out Another Democrat (though the Dems will keep the seat): “In Colorado, fracking is a big deal and it has contributed to Colorado’s oil and gas boom (literally as well as figuratively) to the point where Weld county, including the city of Greeley and the area around it is littered with oil and gas fracking pads as far as the eye can see.  The industry has brought many jobs to the state and has led to numerous legal battles as the oil and gas industry has been trying to extract every last bit of oil and gas from the shale beneath people’s homes and farmland.  The industry has had protections up until recently because the state board that oversees their mining of the resources was entirely composed of interests devoted to development of the resources — not of preserving and protecting people’s land and health. Cities that have grown up north of Denver and east of Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins have especially tried to preserve the health of people by restricting how close to schools and homes the gas drilling could take place, but in every case, even if the cities have won in court, the state has had the authority to over-rule the cities by the way the laws were written. Last year, there were measures on the ballot to try and allow for cities to have larger buffer areas from the drilling and associated pollution in the air and groundwater.  They were opposed by a well-funded campaign claiming that Colorado would ruin its whole economy by adopting those measures, including tens if not hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions upon billions of dollars.  Well, of course the money won, especially since there was no really organized support for those measures because those people living and breathing the pollution every day weren’t enough to compete against the fossil fuel interests.”

cxityglobal May 18, 2019 No Comments

Alabama women are ‘terrified’ after abortion ban … and the ban hasn’t gone into effect yet

Alabama’s abortion ban won’t go into effect for six months—maybe longer if it’s held up by the courts—but it is already having one of the effects Republicans wanted: It’s terrifying women.

Women who have appointments for abortions, or are trying to get appointments now, are calling the state’s three remaining providers scared that they will not be able to get the care they need. Even after they’re told the law hasn’t taken effect, women “are still terrified,” a clinic volunteer told NBC News. Women are afraid “they’re going to be thrown in jail if they go to a clinic.”

Again, that’s what Republicans want. They want to control and frighten and punish women, and while they want to do so by restricting freedoms and denying medical care, in the short term, spreading fear will do.

cxityglobal May 18, 2019 No Comments

Open thread for night owls: Oil shale project would be disaster for Colorado River Basin

Andrea Germanos at Common Dreams reports on a topic I covered extensively in the 1980s for several publications, including two limited-circulation publications Inside DOE and SynFuels Weekly: oil shale. Not shale oil.

The difference is that shale oil is liquid crude trapped in tiny pores in the rock that can be extracted via high-pressure hydraulic fracturing. Oil shale contains kerogen. To get usable liquid from the kerogen, the rock must be heated to around 950 degrees Fahrenheit (500 degrees Celsius) in the absence of oxygen in process called retorting. Although oil shale has been produced commercially in several countries, including small amounts in the United States between the 1890s and 1930s, efforts to mass produce it in the 1980s (with billions in federal subsidies) as a hedge against future OPEC oil embargoes came to naught. There are huge deposits of oil shale in Colorado and Utah, with a bit in Wyoming. Germanos writes New Lawsuit Challenges Energy-Intensive ‘Disaster for Climate, Wildlife, and Colorado River Basin’:

A coalition of conservation groups filed a legal challenge this week to the Trump administration’s approval of what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility—a fossil fuel project the groups say would run roughshod over the environment.

At issue is Estonia-based Enefit American Oil’s strip-mining South Project for eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin.

In their lawsuit (pdf) filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Utah, the organizations say that the administration violated the law in approving several rights of way for utilities across public lands to enable the company to construct and operate its proposed 50,000-barrel-per-day project […]

“The responsible federal agencies have worn blinders in approving this project, leaving themselves and the public in the dark about the immense ecological harm it would cause,” said Alex Hardee, an associate attorney at Earthjustice.

Michael Toll, a staff attorney at Grand Canyon Trust, laid out what the project would entail:

Enefit’s South Project would dig up more than 28 million tons of oil shale per year, generating hundreds of millions of tons of waste rock and “overburden”—the industry term for the soils, plants, and layers of rock that lie in the way.

It would also drain more than 3 billion gallons of water per year from the Green River in a region that averages fewer than 10 inches of precipitation annually. The total carbon dioxide emissions of the over 547 million barrels of oil produced over three decades—if you follow the lifecycle of the oil shale from mine to wheel—would be up to 75 percent higher than those of conventional fuels. […]

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Surely @SenatorCollins will get an “ironclad” promise from McConnell to have a Senate vote on the Equality Act. JK. He won’t even give her a fake promise and she won’t ask. She’s too busy voting for judges who will take away our rights

— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) May 17, 2019

BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Daily Kos in 2010—60 Minutes: Despite damaged blowout preventer, BP cut corners immediately before explosion:

Last night 60 Minutes broadcast a stunning report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster featuring an eyewitness account from crew member Mike Williams and analysis from Dr. Bob Bea, a UC Berkeley engineering professor asked by the White House to help figure out what went wrong.

According to Williams, several weeks before the explosion, the blowout preventer was damaged but despite the damage, BP ordered the rig operator to ignore critical a safety measure when sealing the well. BP wanted the rig operator to seal the well without using drilling mud, a heavy liquid used to keep oil and gas from burbling up as cementers completed the seal.

According to Professor Bea, the accident would not have occurred had the drilling mud been used. Instead, BP cut corners in an attempt to save money, and now we’re left with this enormous economic and ecological disaster.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Weekend prep. Flynn, tariffs, hacks in FL and on WhatsApp, the abortion bills, Trump rager, his stupid wall, Iran, and nukes for the Sauds. Travis & Rachel of Irreverent Testimony, on unforced political errors after Highlands Ranch; Eric Posman on Beto.

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