[Garden & Gun] Amy Ray has been a fixture in Southern music for nearly three decades. As one-half of the harmonizing folk duo Indigo Girls, she helped shape a generation of songwriters. More recently, the Georgia native’s decidedly more country-leaning solo work draws inspiration from the nature around her Dahlonega home, delivering compelling storylines over fiddle, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar. Ray’s newest song, her first solo release since the 2018 album Holler, stays close to home, too. Called "Muscadine," it tells the story of a very good dog.
"I wrote this song after one of my oldest dogs passed," Ray says. "Regardless of living deaf and blind for his last few years, he was always willing to go on adventures with me in the woods. He might run into a few trees along the way, or fall in a little ditch, but he always got up and carried on."
While Ray’s dog Sawyer inspired the song, the lyrics offer plenty for human listeners, too. "All he wants is a hand that’s kind," she sings. "I wanna be grateful for what is mine." A tender reflection on unconditional love, the song includes backing vocals from North Carolina’s H.C. McEntire (of Mount Moriah) and was produced by Brian Speiser of Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Image summarizes the devastation to electricity production from frozen wind turbines. Natural gas plants are the heroes even though some natural gas production and distribution was affected by the freeze.
I suppose that chart showing wind failing and gas picking up the slack came from USEIA site. Look at the graph from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17 and you can see wind was much less at the end of the period and gas much higher. Coal mostly constant, nuclear nearly dead flat, and solar - well, solar is off at night.
All power sources crashed early Tuesday morning, Feb. 15. Gas fell the hardest. But it fell from three times what it was the week before. Go hug a fracker!
[Yahoo Finance] 'We could be approaching herd immunity': Epidemiologist on coronavirus pandemic' Yahoo!
As the seven-day average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. dramatically declines, down about 66% from a month ago, Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, says it’s "possible" we’re approaching herd immunity.
Judd points to a Columbia University study that estimates the number of active COVID-19 cases in the U.S. could be 10 times the number confirmed through testing. The study, published by NPR ahead of peer review, suggests that as of the end of January, more than a third of the U.S. population had already been infected with coronavirus. But that's not new news, just a renewed hypothesis based on some old news.
"You add [the findings] from the Columbia study to the number of vaccinations that have been rolling out, and it’s possible that we could be approaching herd immunity," Judd told Yahoo Finance Live. "We should know within the next two or three months if this trend holds, but this is definitely the most positive news we have seen in a long time." Deaths are still high - 100k since Biden's ascension.
[PJ] Here’s just a little note about what works best when things are at their worst.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — FEMA is working with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and is sending 60 generators after frigid temperatures forced the closure of at least 30 federally supported COVID-19 vaccine sites on Wednesday.
Though FEMA would not disclose where in Texas the generators were sent, ABC News is told they are headed to areas still struggling with power outages.
FEMA is also providing blankets, bottled water and meals for the state to distribute.
They’re diesel generators.
FEMA has supplied generators to Texas and is preparing to move diesel into the state to ensure the continued availability of backup power, which of course is a major issue on the ground to key critical infrastructure including communications, hospitals, and water.
I don’t even want to play "If a Republican had been president..." but the fact is, a Republican president would have been pilloried for not uttering a word several full days into a major crisis. CNN, which helped puff up Gov. Cuomo even after his nursing home policy likely sent thousands to COVID death, would have led the way. You’d have had to pry Shepard Smith away from a camera with a crowbar.
We’re now probably past the storm’s worst—before FEMA gear is making its way in. Central Texas finally gets above freezing today. It’s possible that Texas didn’t ask FEMA for support, and it’s likely that said support couldn’t have even gotten to most of the state. In case you missed the big headline, the entire state froze. The whole gigantic thing.
[Fox News] Armed citizens were credited with limiting fatalities in a shooting in Louisiana on Saturday that left three people dead, including the suspect, according to authorities.
It happened near a gun shop and shooting range on Airline Drive in Metairie, La., just west of New Orleans, and the armed people at the scene helped subdue the gunman, according to authorities.
"At this time, it appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals," the sheriff's statement continued. "The suspect is one of the deceased on scene."
Employees at the Jefferson Gun Outlet typically carry sidearms at the facility, but it was not immediately clear whether the good Samaritans were customers, outlet employees or other individuals.
The gunfire came roughly two months after a Christmas Eve shooting left two men dead in Metairie, according to the sheriff's office.
In that case, police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found both victims dead in a car outside an apartment building on Yale Street.
Two weeks before that, another four men were shot in Metairie, two of them fatally. Dangerous place, Metairie!
A small addition to the flow from Russia, but it will help cushion Europe when Russia gets rambunctious, and having an income source that is only sometimes interrupted by jihadis will help Egypt as it heads into its next tens of millions of population increase.
[AlAhram] Egypt plans to use its position on Europe’s doorstep to become a major supplier to the continent, which is transitioning away from dirtier fossil fuels such as oil and coal
Egypt plans to export its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a facility in Damietta to Europe, Spokesman for the Petroleum Ministry Hamdy Abdel-Aziz told MENA on Sunday.
The LNG Tanker Golar Glacier has arrived in Damietta port to ship the first experimental shipment from the facility that has been idle for eight years.
The return of Damietta’s facility and the country’s other plant, Idku — whose exports have picked up after dropping last year amid the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic — will mark the revival of Egypt’s LNG push.
The country will become one of the top 10 LNG exporters once it reaches full capacity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
[Just the News] Multiple scientists at major institutions around the world are sounding an alarm over what they say was an incomplete and unreliable investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
The team, led by an international cohort of researchers, said last week that it was "extremely unlikely" that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), an infectious disease laboratory that has for years conducted experiments with coronaviruses — some of it funded by the U.S. government.
The WIV is located just a few kilometers away from the Wuhan city "wet market" identified as the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of skeptics have cited the lab's well-documented research into the dangers that bat-borne coronaviruses posed to human beings as a likely source for the virus. But the WHO team concluded that theory should not be considered as an "avenue of future study."
Yet multiple scientists who spoke to Just the News criticized the team's conclusion, arguing that the WHO has not been granted sufficient access to the Wuhan lab to determine if the coronavirus emerged during a lab accident in the last few months of 2019.
[NationalPulse via CFP] "In calendar year 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of shipments containing prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving from China intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Los Angeles, nearly doubled compared with the previous year," CBP notes.
"CBP agriculture specialists found most of the unmanifested animal products commingled in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases, and household goods in a clear attempt to smuggle the prohibited meats," CBP summarizes.
Many imported meats from China are "affected by African Swine Fever (ASF), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Newcastle Disease (ND), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD)."
Another achievement of #Wuhan Institute of Virology, in news on China Central TV on Apr 5, 2018. Key words: novel #coronavirus, viral isolation, infection experiment, trans-species infection bats to livestock, antibodies and vaccine production. You figure out the rest #COVID2019pic.twitter.com/HVEfXUH9Vi
[Climate Change Dispatch] Australian farmers have harvested their largest-ever wheat crop, according to the latest crop report issued by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences issued Feb. 16.
ABARES estimated the 2020-21 Australian wheat crop at 33,337,000 tonnes, up 18,172,000 tonnes, or 120%, from the drought-reduced 2019-20 outturn of 15,165,000 tonnes.
The 2020-21 wheat crop was 5% larger than the previous record outturn of 31,819,000 tonnes in 2016-17 and compared with the recent five-year average outturn of 21.6 million tonnes.
"Harvesting of winter crops (including wheat) is now largely complete," ABARES said in a commentary accompanying its crop report.
[Organic Prepper] During times like these, keeping close tabs on events unfolding is critical. It’s always more productive for the pragmatic, though, to be aware and knowledgeable about such events’ developments.
One of the best ways to do so is by learning from history. For the most part, natural events are unpredictable, random in impact and reach, and localized. Economic collapses, on the other hand, follow a more cyclical dynamic and have all-embracing consequences.
Because consumption, finance, and economy are in great part determined by psychology and behavior (mainly fear and greed), and because humankind always reacts the same to abundance and scarcity, history tends to repeat itself with reasonable consistency and similarity in these areas.
[Breitbart] A coalition of business groups led by the United States Chamber of Commerce are lobbying President Joe Biden’s administration to allow them to import foreign workers even as more than 17 million Americans remain jobless.
Talk about tone deaf!
Last year, in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the admission of H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 foreign visa workers to protect the U.S. labor market. The order sought to free up at least 600,000 jobs for millions of Americans facing joblessness and underemployment.
In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups — who admittedly rely on cheaper foreign workers to boost their profit margins — lobby Biden administration officials to end the order so they can import workers more easily.
"We urge you to work with President [Joe] Biden to ensure that [the executive order] is rescinded as soon as possible," the letter states.
As Breitbart News reported, White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously referred to the order as "immoral," suggesting foreign workers have a right to take jobs in the U.S. labor market.
Despite claims from the big business lobby, there continues to be no labor shortage as about 17.1 million Americans are jobless and another six million are underemployed.
The lobbying effort comes as blue-collar Americans are beginning to get a leg-up in the labor market after a year of the nation’s working and middle class taking the largest hit of any employment group.
A Wall Street Journal report details how blue-collar Americans in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois are in high-demand as employers recruit them, by boosting wages in some cases, for jobs that are rebounding after the coronavirus-inflicted economic slump.
[NR] Lawmakers in both parties are trying to make it harder for citizens to place measures on ballots.
Citizen lawmaking is under attack as never before — from both Democrats and Republicans.
More and more state legislatures have made it harder for voters to place initiatives on the ballot in the 26 states that allow for some form of the process.
Republicans are upset that progressives have used initiatives to legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage. Democrats are troubled that their attempts to impose taxes and regulations in progressive states such as Oregon, California, and Washington state are often thwarted by voter referendums.
So it’s no surprise that legislatures in more than 20 states are debating bills to make it more difficult for citizens to employ ballot measures to change public policy.
So remember kids, anytime you hear a politician talking about "protecting our democracy..." An actual democracy would be a plebecite on every single issue. And boy would the pols be unpleasantly surprised how that might turn out without vote "adjustment" shenanigans.
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02/22/2021 7:20 Comments ||
Whenever I hear someone nowadays using the term "democracy" I figure they are either (1) lying (2) profoundly ignorant of the historic meaning of the term (3) engaged in misdirection / redirection of the entire discussion or (4) some combination of 1,2 and 3.
From a history book on "Direct (Athenian) Democracy" the ancient Greeks came to the conclusions that for polities with over 3,000 voters that It. Just. Doesn't. Work. Any damnfool thing gets voted on in the "heat of the moment" and there are just too many citizens to poll on each and every thing...
Still, when you have an corrupt entrenched majority party run state government (*Hint* California) it does seem worth the confusion that it causes.
India and China share a 3,500-kilometre (2,200-mile) border, with disputes at other points in Ladakh, including at Aksai Chin, a strategic corridor linking Tibet to western China next to the Galwan valley, and at Naku La pass further east, which connects Sikkim state with Tibet.
Remember to approach scientific data like a scientist, not a fear-filled emotional conspiracy theorist.
When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event.
A report to VAERS generally does not prove that the identified vaccine(s) caused the adverse event described. It only confirms that the reported event occurred sometime after vaccine was given. No proof that the event was caused by the vaccine is required in order for VAERS to accept the report. VAERS accepts all reports without judging whether the event was caused by the vaccine.
[Foxbusiness] Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has ordered the agency's aviation safety experts to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, requiring "immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines."
The move comes in response to United Airlines flight 328, which experienced an engine failure after taking off from Denver International Airport on Saturday. The airplane landed safely after dropping debris over northern Colorado, officials said.
The Boeing 777 was heading from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard when its right engine failed and erupted in flames. The plane quickly lost altitude and dropped huge pieces of the engine casing and chunks of fiberglass onto the neighborhoods below. Authorities said no injuries were reported aboard the plane or on the ground where debris fell.
Just like gun articles where "journalists" are avid to show their ignorance. Lots of talk about "engine parts" when the photos showed a lot of pieces of fairing. I'm no expert, but the pic from a passenger window showed a broken fan blade that would have been ingested into the engine, causing an explosive failure that blew the fairing off. At that point you have an engine issue that is more or less independent of the particular model of the aircraft, but after the 737 MAX debacle, all the media know is to squwak hysterically about the plane model. They are having trouble with PW engines on F-35s too, ya know. Hmmm?
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02/22/2021 7:51 Comments ||
Add P&W's geared turbofan to the 'troubled engines' list. An early version on one of the Mitsubishi Regional Jets failed flight, a/c landed at an Oregon airport for eval; replaced the engine.
My brother-in-law is an engineer that works on that plane model. Most likely a fan blade that broke because it wasn't inspected properly. A piece shooting off at 30,000RPM is never going to end well.
A piece shooting off at 30,000RPM is never going to end well.
Heard the same from my nephew who heads a repair crew for the 'D' airline. His take was that the passengers were extremely lucky that the broken turbine blade took off in the direction it did and not through the engine and into the fuselage.
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02/22/2021 14:17 Comments ||
Has the inspection and part replacement system been affected as badly as the rest of industry?
[AnNahar] A lethal attack on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar sparked fresh U.N. condemnation of the country's new military regime on Sunday, as mourners held a funeral for a young woman who has become a national symbol of resistance to the junta.
Authorities have gradually ratcheted up their tactics against a massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign demanding the return of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Saturday marked the deadliest day so far in more than two weeks of nationwide street demonstrations after two people were killed when security forces fired upon a rally, while a third man was rubbed out in Yangon overnight.
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[NYPost] Even the Muppets are "offensive" these days. I was harmed. Who do I sue?
Anyone who streams "The Muppet Show" on Disney+ will see a declaimer first — warning of "offensive content."
Somebody at Disney must have seen the YouTube video edit of the Sex Pistols singing "Friggin in the Rigging (Good Ship Venus)" with photoshopped video of the Muppets.
Disney released five seasons of the iconic show for streaming on Friday, allowing viewers to enjoy watching Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their celebrity guests as part of its $6.99-a-month service. After watching Miss Piggy it took me years to be able to eat bacon again.
The disclaimer shown prior to each episode warns viewers that the show features "stereotypes" and "mistreatment of people or cultures." Poppycock!
"This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now," the disclaimer states.
"Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together," the disclaimer says. In other words, "we are making a lot of money with this so we think a disclaimer is adequate".
"Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe," the statement adds.
It’s unstated precisely what Disney considers to be offensive on the show, but some characters depict Native American, Middle Eastern and Asian people.
And in season five, legendary country singer Johnny Cash is seen performing in front of a Confederate flag.
The warning will also appear before some iconic movies, including "Aristocats," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," and "Swiss Family Robinson."
Does this mean Song of the South will be reentering the rotation? The Uncle Remus stories are as legitimately African-American culture as Baba Yaga is Russian and Hansel&Gretel is German. And look at the little white children respectfully sitting at his feet to absorb his wisdom tales, just as the little Black children do.
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02/22/2021 00:00 ||
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Not offensive enough that Disney won't make money off them.
Yes - Muppet is considered a slur, Its the name he uses with Doctor Jill, when he is in bed at night with Major & Champ, and he directs Jill to his Bed Chamber (deep, very deep in the basement of the White House)
Muppet, Muppet, I'm over here playing Mario Cart, with Major & Champ, come join me, we are having fun. .... Ok Mommmy...I mean Muppet...
/\ #7 Swiss Family Robinson: no clue.
White. European Colonialism spreading ecological devastation. Cisheteropatriarchy. Really! After seeing that title I am going to need double strength Brain Bleech™ (/sarc)
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.