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    The House passed Wednesday an upgrade of the old Electoral Count Act in an effort to prevent another criminal president from staging another attempt at a procedural coup. The Senate has its own version with sufficient sponsors among the Republicans. All signs point to reconciliation before the measure goes to the president. Nine House Republicans were for the bill. All the others were against it. Their rationale appears to be that if Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is for something, as she was for this legislation, then the Republican conference is against it – out of spite for her high-impact role on the committee investigating Donald Trump’s attempted coup. In another time and place, voting for a bill that protects democracy from democracy’s enemies – anti-democrats – would be easy, as easy as voting for an anti-crime bill. No member of Congress wants to be seen on the other side, looking like they’re pro-crime. Voting for an anti-crime bill is a twofer. You can look tough while paying nothing. READ MORE: 'A sad state of affairs': How 'mainstream' Republicans are enabling...
    by Duggan Flanakin   America’s big auto companies, less than 15 years since they were bailed out of bankruptcy following the Clinton-Bush recession of 2008, are betraying the American people out of their greed for government cash and favor. Their “net zero” plans – in conjunction with the globalist dictators and the Biden Administration – include eliminating huge numbers of jobs and devastating major segments of the U.S. economy. The Democratic Congress has imposed taxes on the American people to subsidize electric vehicle purchases by wealthy, politically correct institutions, including rental car agencies, government bureaucracies, and other entities buying in bulk. Meanwhile, auto manufacturers are planning to virtually eliminate auto dealerships, ethanol producers, and auto parts dealers and vastly diminish the number of auto mechanics. Insulting the vast majority of its member automobile owners, the American Automobile Association hypocritically reports that “vehicle ownership, whether electric or gas-powered, is a personal choice.” But does AAA forget(?) that our “choice” is rapidly being taken away by government in collusion with lenders and the auto industry itself? The recently enacted (and ridiculously named) Inflation Reduction Act is a monstrous bribe to wealthy,...
    (CNN)On September 28, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi has confirmed the January 6 House select committee (which Thompson chairs) will hold its next and possibly final hearing. The details remain unclear other than it won't be held during primetime. The chairman has said that "unless something else develops, this hearing at this point is the final hearing. But it's not in stone because things happen." Thompson said this week he hopes that they will reach "people in the middle." Opinion: Republicans just gave the country a master class on extremismThe committee is expected to complete a report by the end of the year and before the next Congress begins. Thompson said that there might be an interim report before the midterms.But making this the final hearing would be a big mistake. The committee should hold more hearings in October and November, including on primetime, before releasing the final report. The country desperately needs to learn more about the effort to overturn the 2020 election, and that education needs to take place in a public forum. As the midterm elections...
    To successfully ramp up Californians’ reliance on electric vehicles over the next decade without overtaxing the state’s power grid, more drivers will need to charge their cars during the day, a Stanford study has found. The state needs to drastically increase and improve public and workplace charging infrastructure that supports daytime charging, which can better utilize solar energy, according to the study, published this week in the scientific journal Nature Energy. Increased charging availability will also make electric vehicle ownership more accessible, the study found. “If we focus a lot of attention on building out a big public charging network wherever people are during the day — at work, in public places … that will be a big win for the grid,” said Siobhan Powell, the lead researcher on the study. The study, part of Stanford’s Bits & Watts Initiative, which integrates researchers with leaders of the energy industry, used modeling to forecast EV charging demands in 2035 across 11 western states, including California. Projecting that both EV use and renewable energy reliance will increase over the next...
    Our existing level of natural gas production would have been sufficient had our government not purposely set fire to our coal industry for a decade and then decided to engage in a thoughtless war with Russia without a contingency plan. In the U.S., coal once composed roughly half of our electricity source just 15 years ago, but has dropped precipitously because of destructive eco policies. Now it only accounts for 21% of our electricity source, so shocks to the system are going to harm American consumers. Yet thanks to the reduced inventories, we are struggling to even supply a smaller percentage of our grid with affordable rates. The price of thermal coal is now at an all-time high of $439 per metric ton. Our electricity generation from coal power plants is down by nearly two-thirds since 2008. Thanks to numerous regulations during the Obama administration, 250 coal plants closed between 2010 and 2017, leaving us with just 240, less than a quarter of China’s inventory. Thus, while our recoverable coal assets are enormous – 60% greater than China’s reserves...
    SACRAMENTO —  At this point in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department decent into ignominy, it’s clear to even the casual observer that Sheriff Alex Villanueva isn’t just willing to play in the mud, he seems to enjoy it like a hog in a heatwave. But with the upcoming election and the numerous headlines our sheriff generates, the significance of one of Villanueva’s recent stunts has largely sunk in the mire. Let me pull it back to the top, because it has big implications not just for our sheriff, but for sheriffs across the state and for those who care about criminal justice reform. As my colleague Alene Tchekmedyian reported, Villanueva recently wrote to California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta asking him to investigate whether county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and others were tipped off prior to the Sheriff’s Department serving search warrants on them. Continuing a long-running hissy fit against any type of oversight, Villanueva accused L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman of contacting Kuehl and others the night before to warn them. Depending on whom you ask,...
    Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in-studio to weigh in on Tennessee’s new attorney general Jonathan Skrmetti, Ron DeSantis’s power, and the 2022 midterm elections polls. Leahy: We are just delighted to have in-studio, recovering journalist, all-star panelist, all-around good family man, Clint Brewer. Not a man about town. Not like Fred Astaire, dancing away, going to the clubs. Brewer: Fred Astaire. (Laughs) Leahy: Not a man about town, but all-around good family. Brewer: We are dating ourselves, Mike, by talking about Fred Astaire. Leahy: Well, when you say “man about town,” don’t you think of those 1930s movies? Brewer: (Laughter) I guess. Leahy: We are six weeks and five days until the midterm elections. There was a sense, I think last week, it was the apex of Democrat possibilities. Brewer: And the tennis ball has been served back over. Leahy: It’s been served back over. Thank you, Ron...
    THIS is the shocking moment a helicopter hit a power line before plunging to the ground- but all its passengers miraculously survive. Heart-stopping footage shows the aircraft- carrying a congressman, a deputy mayor and two others including the pilot- plummeting to the ground. 2Footage shows the chopper hitting a power lineCredit: Jam Press Vid 2The aircraft can be seen plunging to the groundCredit: Jam Press Vid The horror crash happened in Engenheiro Caldas, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, on Wednesday. A terrifying clip shows the helicopter striking the power cable while coming to land in front of stunned onlookers. The chopper then appears to lose power and is last seen nose-diving to the ground. The crash caused a fire, which was brought under control by firefighters. READ MORE ON WORLD NEWS‘NO WAY BACK’ Top Putin ally warns Russia could use nukes to cling on in UkraineLAW & DISORDER Inside Iran’s twisted Morality Police who grab women off streets & beat them And all its passengers managed to escape the wreckage with minor injuries. The aircraft was carrying...
    Former President Donald Trump threw a fit on his failing fake Twitter app Truth Social on Thursday following the passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. Trump also repeated his debunked Big Lie that the 2020 election was "fraudulent" and "stolen" by President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. "The House just passed a Bill which prohibits the Vice President from doing what all the 'great' Democrat & RINO legal scholars said he couldn’t do, 'under any circumstances,' regarding sending election results back to State Legislatures. If the V.P. couldn’t do it, then why are they passing legislation saying he can’t do it. BECAUSE HE COULD HAVE DONE IT, and should have, based on large scale fraudulent election results," Trump truthed. "Would have been a different result. REPUBLICAN SENATORS SHOULD VOTE NO!" READ MORE: Jamie Raskin wallops Republicans for trumpeting 'utterly frivolous rabbit hole conspiracy theories' After he lost in a landslide to Biden, Trump and his allies in Congress incorrectly insisted that then-Vice President Mike Pence could reject Electoral...
    NISSAN has recalled over 20,000 models due to a manufacturing defect that can cause the vehicles’ power steering to suddenly fail. The Japanese car maker’s recall applies to 2021 Kicks SUVs and Versa sedans. 1Sign for Nissan Motor company’s office building in JapanCredit: Getty Images - Getty If these Nissan models’ power steering fails, a driver may have to use more effort to steer the vehicle, especially at low speeds, according to Consumer Reports. Drivers may also spot an illuminated power steering warning light on their vehicle’s dashboard. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. TopicsNissanYOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunSHORT SUPPLY Ford left with 40,000 unfinished vehicles due to parts shortagesCLASSIC COLLECTION Inside the world's most beautiful private car collection worth millionsFAST LANE SHAME Watch as driver screams along a highway fast lane...
    Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that presidents don't necessarily have to conduct a formal process when it comes to declassifying documents. In fact, the former president claimed documents can be declassified “even by thinking about it.” During a recent interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump offered his take on the top-secret documents taken from the White House and transported to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. READ MORE: Team Trump refuses special master's order to list which Mar-a-Lago documents Trump 'declassified' “There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it,” Trump told Hannity. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it.” The former president went on to offer more context to his unfounded claim. According to Trump, a president has the power to make any decision he desires even without a formal process. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified,” Trump...
    Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) spoke at the Reagan Foundation Tuesday about what he hopes to see for the Conservative movement as the county moves forward, which is giving state governments more power to enact policies designed to help their citizens. “There is an exodus from the Golden State. Americans are voting with their feet. The conservative ideas applied outside of Washington, D.C. are winning and it’s not even close. Here is why I believe it’s happening: Conservative states have better policies, policies that are working for everyday Americans. There is far more freedom and opportunity in these states. And there is a sense of priority for personal safety in our states,” Ducey said. To show what Arizona can do for the people without the federal government, Ducey touted several policies put into law during his time in office. For example, he signed the American Civics Act in 2018, which requires 9-12 grade students to take an American civics course to ensure the next generation graduates high school with at least the knowledge needed to pass the citizenship test. In...
    On Saturday September 10, the streets of the Russian capital were abuzz with energy as Muscovites celebrated the 1147 founding of their city with lavish firework displays, parades and street parties. Yet just a few hundred miles away in Kharkiv, their countrymen were fleeing the frontline in their droves as a lightning Ukrainian counterattack overwhelmed Russian positions. By Sunday night, Ukraine's military had consolidated their gains and liberated dozens of settlements, in one weekend relieving Vladimir Putin's army of some 3,000 square miles of territory that months earlier had cost thousands of lives to take.  The Kremlin chief brushed off the significance of such a loss at a summit in Uzbekistan last week, declaring in typical, quietly threatening fashion that his forces continued to advance in the Donbas and warned of a 'more serious' response if Ukrainian counterattacks persisted. But for the first time since tanks rolled across the border on February 24, the words of even the staunchest Russian nationalists and propagandists belied their leader's tried-and-tested rhetoric.  Raging Russian nationalists called on Sunday for President Vladimir Putin (pictured) to...
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    At the tail end of spring training, Orioles prospect John Rhodes turned to a struggling Connor Norby and wondered what happened. The outfielder had watched Norby since they were drafted together, navigating rookie ball and Low-A Delmarva, and became accustomed with his swing. But at spring training this year, Rhodes couldn’t get his head around why Norby suddenly looked so uncomfortable at the plate. “Whatever you changed,” Rhodes told Norby, “go back. Get rid of it, and don’t even think twice about it.” Last offseason, Norby altered his usual approach. The second baseman, whom the Orioles selected in the second round of the 2021 draft, sought to make a uniform swing, cutting out the variations of a toe tap and occasional leg kick he had during his time at East Carolina. So he ditched the toe tap and committed entirely to a leg kick, thinking it would add more power, too. Instead, on his last day of spring training, he realized he “had to go back to what worked.” And over the course of this season, Norby’s efforts to reintroduce...
    Jon Stewart took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) over his plan to “own the libs” by moving immigrants from the “Sunshine State” to Martha’s Vineyard. In a clip uploaded to Stewart’s YouTube page, The Problem with Jon Stewart, he chatted with writers Jay Jurden and Tocarra Mallard about the latest developments with the migrants. “I don’t wanna make this racial again, but the — but the country has a history of putting nonwhite people on vessels and going, ‘Yeah. Yeah. It’ll be fun when you get wherever you’re headed,'” Jurden said poking fun at DeSantis who utilized a charter plane to ship 50 migrants to Massachusetts last week. “Oh my God. Yes. This all started with slave labor. Turn with me to your textbooks,” Mallard added jokingly. “That was not allowed to be taught at my school. So I don’t even know what you’re talking about. If that’s that CRT, I don’t want any part of it,” Stewart joked back. “Well, it’s very obvious at this point that the path to Republican power lies in dickishness,” he added....
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will host Elton John for a concert on the South Lawn of the White House this Friday night. While the current first couple are fans, Biden's predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, long considered John a personal friend and was reported to be 'obsessed' with him. John declined to play at Trump's inauguration. Now John will perform for a commander in chief when he headline s'A Night When Hope and History Rhyme' that will celebrate the healing power of music and commend the life and work of the singer. The audience will include teachers, nurses, frontline workers, mental health advocates, students, and LGBTQ+ advocates, the White House said. Biden and John have met before when both men appeared on Stephen Colbert's late night talk show in November 2017. Biden was vice president at the time. Elton John will headline a concert for Joe and Jill Biden on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday night Joe Biden and Elton John have met before; both men appeared on Stephen Colbert's late...
    Anyone can do a power ranking of the whole league. But if you’re a 49ers fan, who cares about the AFC? And anyone can do power rankings after one week, but what do we really know about teams after one week? The 49ers are a team with Super Bowl hopes, even with the loss of starting quarterback Trey Lance in Sunday’s Week 2 game against the Seahawks. To get there, they will need to be the best team in the NFC. One might see that as a daunting task. I look at a conference and see only a few good teams — the 49ers being one of them. These are true power rankings, too. No. 1 would beat No. 2, and so on. Heading into Week 3, here’s how I see the NFC. Simply put, I wouldn’t worry too much about the Niners: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) » Tom Brady looks like he took a few weeks off in training camp, but the Bucs defense is impressive. When Brady rounds into form, this team might be the most complete...
    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 19: Juan Soto #22 of the San Diego Padres walks to the dugout after striking out looking during the third inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at PETCO Park on August 19, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) While there is still some time left in the 2022 MLB regular season, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the postseason and which teams could make a deep postseason run and potentially win the World Series. With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at the MLB power rankings for the teams that will likely make this year’s postseason. The field is mostly set, with the Philadelphia Phillies holding the highest chance of any team in the postseason if the season ended today to not make the playoffs at 17.3 percent per FanGraphs. Entering Monday’s play, here are the teams set to play in this year’s expanded postseason format: American League — Cleveland Guardians, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto...
    Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Tennessee AG Jonathan Skrmetti in-studio to comment upon ESG’s backdoor social policy-pushing and the origins and purpose of the National Association of Attorneys General. Leahy: We continue our in-the-studio discussion with Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti. Also in-studio Braden Boucek with the Southeastern Legal Foundation, and Crom Carmichael, the original all-star panelist. General Skrmetti – that’s the way we should address you, right? General Skrmetti. Skrmetti: I’m told that is correct now, yes. Leahy: General Skrmetti. Okay, so there’s something that’s been really bugging me about America, and it’s this concentration of power in these big, huge funds that own stock in every Fortune 500 company. And this guy who runs one of the biggest ones, BlackRock – the aptly named Larry Fink, that guy – he’s a Lefty. He’s a far-left guy. And he came up with the idea of ESG. Tell us what ESG stands for. Skrmetti:...
    Three people inside a house await rescue from the floods caused by Hurricane Fiona in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Stephanie Rojas/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.The entire island of Puerto Rico lost electricity on Sunday as Hurricane Fiona made landfall, battering the US territory with heavy rains and wind gusts over 100 mph. That’s more than 1.4 million people experiencing power outages, almost four years after Hurricane Maria killed a few thousand people there and left the island without electricity for months—the second longest blackout ever documented globally. President Biden on Sunday approved an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico, allowing the federal government to give more assistance for disaster relief on the island. The National Hurricane Center said the storm would produce “life-threatening flash flooding and urban flooding across Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic, along with mudslides and landslides in areas of higher terrain.” In Puerto Rico’s central and eastern regions, according to the Washington Post, some rivers and streams have already flooded into residential areas. President...
    Bill Clinton, 76, said that Republicans are only able to 'close' in midterm elections because 'they scare people' into thinking they need to vote in right-leaning politicians. The former Democratic president said that his party could hold onto the House and Senate in November's election if they 'say the right things' – suggesting that Republicans are better at embellishing to make their cause seem more dire. While early predictions pointed to a Republican bloodbath in the 2022 midterms, more recent polling has shown Democrats and the GOP at a tie or close to one when asked which party likely voters would rather see control Congress. An often-repeated historical pendulum pattern shows Congress flipping to the opposite party than a new president in the midterms two years after they are sworn into office. President Clinton, who was in office from 1993 to 2001, thinks the pattern can be broken this year. 'We could hold both of these houses,' Clinton said to CNN's Fareed Zakaria in a Sunday interview. Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Democrats could keep majorities in the...
    Want to join the global fight against authoritarianism? Then participate in your community’s local government. Because authoritarians do not teleport fully formed into national leadership. They first must learn how to rule anti-democratically, usually at the local level. Stopping authoritarianism globally requires all of us to identify our hometown autocrats, and make sure that local governments are as democratic as possible. Detecting would-be authoritarians isn’t always easy. Some spend too little time in local government —  like Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who had two quiet years on Rio’s City Council — but many local authoritarians make their tyrannical ambitions explicit. “If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor,” then-Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte said while campaigning for the Philippine presidency. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you. I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I will kill you idiots.” Tragically, he was as good as his word — presiding over the killing of more than 30,000...
    Scientists from the University of Michigan are about to launch the most powerful laser in the country. With a maximum of 3 petawatts, it can simulate a laser a million times more powerful. Scientists are preparing to launch a new one LaserLaser who will be Very powerful In America. University of Michigan Just finished ConstructionConstruction from A zettawatt-equivalent ultrashort pulse laser system (Zeus), who is heir Hercules Laser 0.5 petawatt of power. Contrary to its name, Zeus has a maximum power of 3 petawatts (or three million gigawatts). However, it can be used to simulate one zettawatt (one million petawatts) of power through a beam.ElectronsElectrons in height EnergyEnergy directed in the opposite direction. Researchers are particularly interested in basic research BodyBody Plasmas and particle accelerators. The new Zeus laser is the most powerful in America. (In English, enable automatic translation of verses.) © University of Michigan First study of new technology for X-rays Zeus emits ultrashort pulses in 15 order femtosecondsfemtoseconds, or 15 million per nanosecond. The first probe uses only one percent of the total power Laser,...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Torres’ ample experience a boon for voters The campaign hit piece by candidate Irene Smith crosses the line. Her claim that Omar Torres has “only worked in government and nonprofits – leaves him wanting when it comes to addressing real-world problems” is false, misleading and most of all wrong. Nonprofit leaders bring experience in budgeting, strategic planning, management, facility maintenance, and most importantly, address the real-world issues of lack of affordable housing, food insecurity, affordable child care, economic instability and workforce development. Omar brought leadership to help address these problems, leadership that is exactly what District 3 needs. In addition, his government experience means he knows how to get things done at City Hall. Don’t let Irene Smith make disparaging remarks about those of us in nonprofits. I am proud of the work Omar has done in the nonprofit and government sectors, and his experience is what we need. Patricia Gardner Former CEO, Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits San Jose PG&E’s fragile system is far...
    Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. When it comes to skincare, vitamin C is the gold standard treatment for targeting pigmentation, fading acne scars, and brightening a dull complexion. And while vitamin C serums are nothing new in the skincare sphere, Moon Juice’s newest launch, G-Pack (the brand’s first new skincare launch since 2018), is infused with a shelf-stable vitamin C, ferulic acid, and the latest buzzy antioxidant in the wellness space, glutathione. The G-Pack powder is formulated to be mixed into your favorite serum, making it easy to integrate into any routine. Glutathione is touted for its detoxifying and cell-replenishing benefits when ingested orally, but I have yet to see it used in a topical skin treatment until now. Given Moon Juice’s roots in ingestible wellness (it got its start as a Venice, CA juice shop over a decade ago and was one of the first players in the adaptogenic game, after all), it makes sense that the brand would be the first in the industry to...
    The Block Island Wind Farm, photographed in 2016, is located in waters off the east coast of the United States.DON EMMERT | AFP | Getty Images The White House said Thursday it was targeting 15 gigawatts of floating offshore wind capacity by the year 2035, as it looks to compete with Europe and Asia in the nascent sector. "The Biden-Harris Administration is launching coordinated actions to develop new floating offshore wind platforms, an emerging clean energy technology that will help the United States lead on offshore wind," a statement, which was also published by U.S. Department of the Interior, said. The announcement said the 15 GW goal would provide sufficient clean energy to power more than 5 million homes. It builds on the administration's aim of hitting 30 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, an existing ambition which will mostly be met by fixed-bottom installations. Alongside the 15 GW ambition, a "Floating Offshore Wind Shot" would "aim to reduce the costs of floating technologies by more than 70% by 2035, to $45 per megawatt-hour," the statement added. "Bringing floating...
    A House Oversight Committee hearing went off the rails on Thursday as Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) and environmental lawyer Raya Salter traded bards and raised their voices during an exchange on petrochemical products. “Everything you have, your clothes, your glasses, the car. You got her on your phone, the table you sit in the chair, the carpet under your feet. Everything you’ve got is petrochemical products. What would you do with that? Tell the world,” Higgins asked of Salter. “If I had that power in the world. What? Actually, I don’t need that power. Because what I would do is ask you, sir, from Louisiana,” Salter began as Higgins cut her off. “I’m giving you the power,” Higgins interjected. “You, sir. You, sir, from Louisiana,” Salter continued, speaking over Higgins. “Should search your heart and understand why the EPA knows that toxic petrochemical facilities are some of the most toxic polluting facilities in the world and are killing Black people throughout Louisiana. So my wish to be with you, to search your heart and ask your God what you are...
    Environmentalists warn that hundreds of thousands of acres of forest are being torn down each year in the U.S. southeast to make wood pellets to fuel European power plants in a deluded bid to fight climate change. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and other groups say logging in woodlands stretching from Texas to Virginia is ravaging a biodiversity hotspot, including century-old hardwood trees that will take decades to replace. More than two dozen pellet mills operate across the so-called North American Coastal Plain, which has already lost some 70 percent of its historic vegetation thanks in part to a $11bn global industry that is set to grow to $20.5 Billion by 2030. The European Union this week voted to phase out the multibillion dollar subsidies that make wood pellet fuels economically viable, but environmentalists like Swedish teen Greta Thunberg and others say it is too little, too late. Dr. Treva Gear, who campaigns against the opening of a second Spectrum Energy wood facility in her hometown, Adel, Georgia, says felling, timber trucks and dirty pellet plants are wrecking her...
    THE "Holy Grail" of virtually limitless clean energy from nuclear fusion reactors is within reach after a major breakthrough, scientists believe. An "artificial sun" burning at 150million degrees smashed the world record, helping the UK-based research team retake the lead in a global race that also involves China, the US and tycoons such as Jeff Bezos. 4The JET nuclear fusion reactor near Oxford produced enough energy to power 10,000 homes 4Boffins recreated the spark at the sun's core by heating hydrogen to 150million degrees inside a magnetic coil More than 4,800 scientists from the UK and across Europe are busy working on the Joint European Torus, or JET, an experimental reactor in Abingdon near Oxford. Today they announced the intense ring of fire it contains - superheated to ten times hotter than the sun's core - produced a world record 59 megajoules of energy. Averaged over the five second burst, this works out at 11 megawatts, enough to power 10,000 homes. That enormous energy output, double the previous record, was generated from just two thousandths of a gram of "heavy...
    Twice in the last few weeks, the power to my neighborhood went out in the middle of the night.  As far as I know, it had nothing to do with the heat-related rolling blackouts that affected other Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News) communities, but it was a reminder that we can’t take the energy grid for granted. Someday I hope to have solar power with battery backup to be completely self-sufficient, but I haven’t yet taken that expensive plunge. Related Articles Business | Magid: Setting up a home office and keeping it cool Business | Larry Magid: Review your app privacy settings Business | Magid: How Fitbit helped me lose 15 pounds Business | Magid: WhatsApp, and how it differs from Facetime The last time the power went out was at 4:52 a.m. on Sunday morning and it was restored at 7:12 a.m. The reason I know the exact times is because I have an iSocket plugged into one of my power outlets. The device has a built-in cellular modem...
    There are more members of Congress over the age of 70 in 2022 than any year prior, a new chart shows. According to an analysis by Business Insider, the number of septuagenarians serving in the House of Representatives and Senate more than doubled across two decades. In 2002 just 8 percent were above 70, while today the share is 23 percent. And while nearly half the US population is under 40, just 5 percent of Congress falls under the same age range. The shocking data is a reflection of increasingly frustrated young voters who have been calling for generational change in leadership - all while leaders themselves are serving longer terms and awarding each other senior roles. Senators like Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein have signaled they have no plans to retire yet despite being just shy of 90 years old - an age that's higher than the average life expectancy for most Americans. They're just two of 21 members in their 80s.  But the gap hasn't always been so significant. The median age for a Congressional lawmaker grew 10...
    Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Since then, there has been a global outpouring of grief as Brits mourn the death of their longest reigning monarch.  However, I hope that in this time of grief, we can also take a moment to self-reflect. Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people and publications using the term “rest in power” in lieu of the traditional “rest in peace” to memorialize the queen. Most notably, E! News used the term to eulogize the 96-year-old monarch in a now deleted tweet that read: “The end of a royal era. Rest in power Queen Elizabeth II.”  And they got criticized. Heavily. Hundreds of Twitter users called out the online magazine’s tone-deaf wording, noting that the turn of phrase is associated with racial and social justice movements and that it’s not really appropriate in this context. At first glance, what E! News did may not seem like a big deal. The queen was,...
    (CNN)Power outages in the US are climbing, researchers reported Wednesday, as extreme weather gets worse due to the climate crisis, the demand for electricity climbs and the country's energy infrastructure gets older and more vulnerable.The analysis from Climate Central, a nonprofit research group, revealed that from 2000 to 2021, 83% of all reported power outages were caused by a weather-related event, from drought-fueled wildfires to damaging storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes -- many of which will only intensify as the climate warms. Energy experts sound alarm about US electric grid: Not designed to withstand the impacts of climate changeAnd those numbers are on an upward trend. Researchers reported that outages in the past 10 years had increased by 64% compared with the previous decade. "This is really something that we should be concerned about because this is affecting all of us and we're seeing more of them," Kaitlyn Trudeau, data analyst with Climate Central who worked on the report, told CNN. "The system we have right now was not built in a time and climate we're experiencing now," she...
    A urologist in Austin, Texas went the creative route during an office power outage and used energy siphoned from his electric truck to power the tools he needed to perform a vasectomy.  Dr. Christopher Yang's patient had taken time off work for the procedure and said that he would not be able to reschedule, forcing Yang and his staff at North Austin Urology to think on their feet. One staffer suggested that the power from the surgeon's four-month-old Rivian R1T pickup truck could generate enough electricity to power the electrocautery tool needed for the patient's relatively simple procedure. After clearing the idea with the patient, the doctor located an extension cord long enough to run from the parking lot into the medical office and plugged it into the cautery device. Dr. Yang shared the ingenuity with his Twitter followers: 'I performed what is likely the world's first Rivian powered vasectomy today. Power in clinic went out, patient didn't want to reschedule cause he already had time off. Electrocautery was normal, procedure went great' One staffer at North Austin Urology suggested...
    NOT much can fluster Hollywood royalty – except coming face to face with the real thing. The Queen turned some of the biggest A-listers into gibbering wrecks just by appearing in the same room. 7Stares reveals how the Queen turned them into gibbering wrecksCredit: Getty 7Sir Paul McCartney is made a Companion of Honour in 2018 palace ceremonyCredit: PA:Press Association These big names remember, in their own words, their encounters with the superstar who put everyone in the shade.  MIRIAM MARGOLYES Buckingham Palace “AND what do you do?” she said. That was where I made my first mistake. Instead of saying, like any normal person, “Your Majesty, I am an actress who records audio books,” I took a deep breath and replied: “Your Majesty, I am the best reader of stories in the whole world!” Her Majesty looked at me wearily, rolled her eyes heavenwards, sighed and turned away to my Scottish friend. “And what do you do?” “Your Majesty, I’m an academic trying to help dyslexic children to read. We’ve discovered that if the letters on the page are...
    A legacy of peace & hope DURING her unprecedented reign the Queen saw Britain transform from the age of steam to the digital era of stream. Nowhere has this profound social and political change been felt more than in Northern Ireland. 3The Queen’s triumphant visit to Dublin in 2011 softened even the hardest of Republican hearts. Pictured with then-Irish President Mary McAleese 3The sight of the new King shaking the hand of Sinn Fein’s vice-president proves the power of the Crown as a force for goodCredit: PA 3The Queen's historic handshake with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinnessCredit: AFP We have come a very long way from the murderous beginning of the Troubles in 1968 to the relative peace and prosperity of today. It would have been unthinkable at the start of Her Majesty’s rule that she would ever meet any member of the IRA. By the 1970s she was at the very top of their “kill list”. For many in Belfast and beyond, the pain endured by thousands of families during those years of conflict make it hard to truly...
    I’m going to attempt what you might consider the last word on a dead queen if only because the Washington press corps’ attention span will drift elsewhere before Elizabeth’s body is in the ground. Let’s begin with Richard Stengel, a former undersecretary of state in the Obama administration, a former editor of Time magazine and a current political analyst for MSNBC. Last Thursday, Stengel said: Why are American news networks dedicating all this time to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral? I think it’s a good question. There’s a weakness in the American character that still yearns for that era of hereditary privilege, which is the very thing that we escaped from. I agree. There is something here that yearns for hereditary privilege. It’s the same privilege that fueled the domination of Ireland, India and other places, the inhabitants of which last week were indifferent or perhaps jubilant on hearing news of the queen’s death. It’s no accident that these same people are considered (Indians), or were considered (Irish), racially inferior compared to the “English race.” READ MORE: Trump-supporting GOP lawmaker faces...
    California just stared down its most extreme September heat event in history and survived better than expected — thanks in part to a new system of huge, grid-connected batteries. The severity and duration of this latest climate-driven heat tested the state’s electricity grid like never before, setting records for power demand that pushed the supply to its limits. But the system held. The lights stayed on. Additional tests lie ahead, for California and other states and nations. But after this round, California has a clear lesson for the world: Battery storage is a powerful tool for grids facing new strains from heat, cold, fire, flood or aging networks. And just as important, batteries are key to the zero-carbon future we need to avoid even greater stresses down the line. Californians delivered big time this month when asked to cut use at critical moments during the crisis. But without storage capacity from new battery systems, reducing demand might not have been enough, and many consumers would have faced painful outages. Climate & Environment Boiling Point: Giant batteries are changing everything...
    The Chicago White Sox announced the surprising news less than an hour before the first pitch of an Aug. 30 home game against the Kansas City Royals. “At the direction of his doctors, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa will miss tonight’s game vs. Kansas City,” the Sox said in a statement. “La Russa is scheduled to undergo further medical testing tomorrow in Chicago. Bench coach Miguel Cairo will manage the club in La Russa’s absence.” The Sox lost 9-7 that evening but have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since with nine victories in 12 games. La Russa went to Arizona for further evaluation and received clearance from his doctors to participate in a ceremony honoring former pitcher Dave Stewart before Sunday’s Sox-Oakland Athletics game at the Oakland Coliseum. La Russa has not been cleared to return to the dugout in an active managing role, saying Sunday when asked about his expectations to be back: “A lot of it is going to depend on the experts. … It’s uncertain.” La Russa told Janie McCauley of The...
    Abu Dhabi (CNN)When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, Britain was the dominant power in the Middle East and North Africa. It had direct control over protectorates such as Sudan, Egypt and Iraq and indirect control over Gulf states such as Bahrain, Qatar, and what is now the United Arab Emirates, that had signed treaties with Britain. But within just three decades of her rule, she witnessed her country's supremacy in the Middle East crumble as her empire shrank. Much of Britain's traditional control in the region had been rooted in monarchies that had either been imposed or backed by it through close ties to its royal family. But by 1971, all its Middle Eastern protectorates had gained independence as the cost of running Britain's empire mounted. Still, British influence in the region, particularly in the Gulf Arab states, remained strong, not least through Queen Elizabeth and the monarchy. "Britain's role and the legacy it had in the Gulf was very different from the legacy Britain left behind in Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, and Yemen, where Britain was...
    Next1 of 6Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Mid-September MLB Power Rankings have the Oakland Athletics at the bottom. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The MLB season might be winding down but the MLB Power Rankings continue to have some big changes. We’ve nearly reached the midway point of September which means time is running out of those last-second pushes to make the postseason. The MLB Power Rankings tell the story of what could lie ahead for those clubs with postseason aspirations. Like the US stock market, there has been plenty of volatility throughout the year. But unlike our retirement portfolios, there is an ending in sight. Less than a month remains for miracles and collapses to finalize. With plenty of movement in the MLB standings at the top of several divisions and within the wild cards, here is how the MLB Power Rankings look this week.30) MLB Power Rankings: Oakland AthleticsThe Oakland Athletics were the first American League team eliminated from the postseason this year. It’s about time. The inevitable happened. Death, taxes, and the 2022...
    Posted by: 09/12/2022 – 09:09 The fear of a nuclear disaster at the Zaporijjia power plant haunts everyone’s mind. The most powerful power plant in Europe and all six of its reactors have been shut down and under Russian control since March. Since late July, the site has been the target of strikes blamed on each other by Ukrainians and Russians. Kyiv accuses Moscow of storing heavy weapons at the base and using it as a base for attacks on Ukrainian positions. According to the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the staff and our special envoys in Zaporizhia, the situation there is “unacceptable”. Our Special Envoys in Zaporizhia, In the city, about fifty km from the power plant, we are preparing for the worst. ” We are one centimeter, one millimeter from disaster. The scale of this catastrophe will affect Russia, Europe, and I am not talking about Ukraine. “. The woman issuing this alarm was, until a few days ago, an engineer at the Zaporizhia power station, responsible, among other things, for nuclear safety....
    The Bottom Line: What is a Mini Cooper EV? The all electric Mini Cooper comes with Mini’s performance legacy and engineering expertise. They are fun to drive, due to instant torque and linear acceleration of the electric motor, and all Mini Coopers are famous for their go-kart-like driving and handling.   The 2022 Mini Electric Hardtop 2 Door EV comes fully equipped with seating for 4 adults and an electric motor with 181 hp and 199 lb-ft torque. The single speed motor comes with 2 levels of power regeneration, and is powered by a 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Mini Electric has a range of up to 114 miles, with a charging time of 4 hours on a 240 volt level 2 charger.   This week Mini Cooper sent me a 2022 Mini Cooper SE all electric EV 2 door hardtop to test drive and review. The base window sticker price is $29,900 for this electric model. The options on the test car are: The Leather Lounge package for $500, and the Iconic Trim package for $7,000. The MSRP manufacturer’s...
    Sunday 09/11/2022 at 08:54 – Updated on 09:50 news By La Provence (with AFP) Ukraine announced on Sunday the shutdown of the sixth and last reactor at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (south), the largest in Europe and occupied by Russian forces. “Today, September 11, 2022, at 03:41 PM (01:41 GMT) unit number 6 (of the power station) was disconnected from the power network”According to a statement from the Ukrainian operator Energoatom. “Preparations are underway for its cooling”, Adds director. According to Energoatom, creates a cold shutdown “safe mode” It took three days for the reactor to generate enough electricity to cool the nuclear fuel and protect the site. The decision was made to close the site while external power was restored.”last night” along one of the transmission lines. “In the event of further damage to the transmission lines connecting the site to the power system – the risk of which is high – internal needs (of the site) will have to be met by diesel-powered generators”, Energotum...
    London (CNN)When Scots went to the polls to vote for independence from the United Kingdom in September 2014, the role of the Queen came under scrutiny. At the time, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Alex Salmond, pledged that if voters backed exiting from the 300-plus year Union, Elizabeth II would remain "Queen of Scots." Polling at the time suggested Salmond accurately gauged the popular mood on the Queen -- 52% wanted to keep her. The question was moot, however, as Salmond famously miscalculated Scotland's mood on independence, which was voted down 55% to 45%. Of the many lessons of IndyRef 2014 in Scotland, one solid takeaway was that the Queen was not directly part of the problem. King Charles III vows to serve with loyalty, respect, and love in first address as monarch Read MoreIn Northern Ireland, however, during much of her reign the opposite was true. The 30 bloody years of violence known as "The Troubles" pitted UK unionists against Irish nationalists, with the British Crown emblematic of much that divided the province. Unionists are loyal...
    Dauphinette Meandering through the Dauphinette collection is akin to exploring an art gallery, with each garment an artistic celebration of oft overlooked materials. Some looks are delicate celebrations of nature, like the flowing yellow pants adorned with cherry blossoms, while others take an edgier approach to everyday resources, such as the upcycled leather dress affixed with a 1940s mail slot. The kitchen table is on display, with purses made of French pastries and a show-stopping ivory dress composed of more than 400 real eggshells. In venerating the leftovers, the Dauphinette collection is a thoughtful commentary on beauty as it abounds our everyday lives. Alice Tecotzky
    California is in the grips of a deadly crisis! No, not the weeks-long 100-degree-plus temperatures blanketing the state. Heat waves come and go. I'm talking about something far more insidious. The state is being strangled to death in the clench of a 'climate cult.' All week every Californian with a cellphone has been receiving desperate text messages pleading with them to 'turn off your appliances' and turn down their air conditioning. Governor Gavin Newsom has been sending plaintive pleas thanking us for complying and urging us to continue with the rationing measures. You see -- California's electricity grid cannot cope with the additional demands put upon it by the hot weather. Newsom assures us our compliance will ensure that 'we can get through this together.' Governor Gavin Newsom (above) has been sending plaintive pleas thanking us for complying and urging us to continue with the rationing measures.  Get through what? A stretch of hot days in the summer is nothing new, despite Newsom's false claims of 'unprecedented' temperatures. The last comparable heat wave occurred in 1988. That's not exactly ancient...
    We’ve had hotter heat waves in Southern California, but I don’t recall any as depressing as the one that just ended. The humidity that showed up a few days in. The threat of rolling blackouts. The dangerously hot playgrounds. And the weather forecasts that sapped us of hope, seemingly every day tacking on another 100-degree day at the end. And we didn’t even have it so bad. Did you hear how hot it got in Sacramento? This heat wave was also a moment of reckoning for California as it adopts green energy and transportation mandates to combat climate change. Readers wondered how the shift to electric cars would play out if the power grid almost broke supplying energy to everyone’s air conditioners. Others expressed alarm over worse heat waves in the future amid intensifying global warming and continued fossil fuel production. Some said their homes, even air conditioned ones, became dangerously hot. Reading all these letters made one thing clear: Even in a place where heat waves are nothing new, the near and distant future in much of California may...
    It looks like racist right-wingers have found a new fantasy epic to obsess over. A few months ago, white supremacists found plenty to like in The Northman, a movie about a Viking seeking revenge for the death of his father. Director Robert Eggers said the “right-wing misappropriation” of Viking culture almost turned him off to the project in the first place, but that didn’t stop those same people from applauding the all-white cast and the comforting values of Scandinavian mythology that Eggers served up in his film. Buoyed by fears over “replacement theory,” these hate-mongers have now set their sights on the new Amazon Prime series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Except they’re not as happy with what they’re seeing on screen. The show has cast a number of people of color in key roles—a move that’s as much about improving representation in Hollywood as it is about being faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s source material, which describes Harfoots, a breed of hobbit in Middle Earth, as being “browner of skin.” But the casting extends to...