Failure of governments to fight the climate crisis violate the human rights of its citizens

Amazing judgment out of Netherlands, if upheld, would require the government mandate an abrupt, huge reduction in pollutants and other causes of the climate crisis — to a level 25% below the 1990’s. The economic effects will be massive but only this sort of effort will be sufficient. https://earther.gizmodo.com/courts-grant-a-landmark-climate-victory-that-could-resh-1840553657

Think romance novels aren’t controversial? Think again

There’s little doubt that some passages in romance novels are racist, particularly in years past. But such language was largely ignored until Courtney Milan began pointing out the language. Now she has been disciplined by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) while those who write in an unobjectionable manner have received no censure. While I … Continue reading Think romance novels aren’t controversial? Think again

A list of the bills that have been passed by Congress and totally ignored by the United States Senate

Altho I generally avoid overtly political comments, it's impossible to ignore the hundreds of bills passed by the House of Representatives that the Senate Republicans have chosen simply to ignore. This is not the way our democracy should work. https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/12/26/1906015/-You-know-that-trainload-of-hundreds-of-bills-Senate-Republicans-have-blocked-Here-s-a-linked-list You know that trainload of hundreds of bills Senate Republicans have blocked? Here's a linked list … Continue reading A list of the bills that have been passed by Congress and totally ignored by the United States Senate

Excellent description of the size and strength of the huge fires in Australia.

Read this to get a grasp of how large the Australian wildfires are — five times the size of New York City. These are beyond uncontrollable. They’re not even trying to control them. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-monster-a-short-history-of-australia-s-biggest-forest-fire-20191218-p53l4y.html

Are Uber and Lyft different in protecting their riders?

I've had one driver after another say that they drive for both alternative taxi companies. Somehow tho, Uber maintains the sort of culture in which sexual assault is either accepted or not punished. Am perfectly happy sticking with Lyft. Of course the eventual release of Lyft statistics may show I'm making a big mistake. https://www.npr.org/2019/12/05/785037245/uber-received-nearly-6-000-u-s-sexual-assault-claims-in-past-2-yearsContinue reading Are Uber and Lyft different in protecting their riders?

Repressive countries will salivate to get access to social media info that the U.S. government wants to force visitors to provide

With this disastrous immigration requirement applicable even to short-term visitors, the U.S. is laying open tools for helping repressive regimes across the globe. Foreign filmmakers, foreign press, foreign protesters, and more will be effectively unable to come into the U.S. even with an invitation. Our government has no basis for collecting this huge amount of … Continue reading Repressive countries will salivate to get access to social media info that the U.S. government wants to force visitors to provide