31 March 2017

kmusser: (Nirvana Bliss Action)
Monday 3/27
  • Sessions threatens to withhold funding from states and local law enforcement that don't cooperate with immigration crackdown (source).

Tuesday 3/28
  • White House seeks to block Yates testimony on DJT-Russia connections (source).
  • More states now considering Medicaid expansion (source).
  • Executive Order overturning climate change policies, particularly Obama's Clean Power Plan, and indicating U.S. has no intention of abiding by the 2015 Paris Accord (source).

Let me talk about climate change for a moment. The Paris Accord isn't just a nice to have - it's more of a last ditch effort to avoid the worst of the global warming scenarios. And while most countries are still supporting the agreement, none are really taking it seriously. Here's a road map of what it would actually take to reach the Paris goal and some more background on how that goal was reached, why we need it, and what'll mean when we miss it. Just in case I have any climate change denialists reading - to put it simply, you're wrong, and what's more the climate really isn't going to give a fuck whether you belief in it or not. Personally I think it's already too late to stop significant warming, most of the scientific community shifted from debating whether it's happening to attempting to model the expected impacts some 20 years ago. Not preparing for it may be fatally short sighted.


Wednesday 3/29
  • EPA rejects pesticide ban (source).
  • Senate pushes ahead with its own Russia investigation, separate from House (source).

Thursday 3/30
  • DJT relaxes combat rules for U.S. forces in Somalia that protect against civilian casualties (source).
  • Flynn offering to testify in return for immunity (source) - so far no takers.


Legislative action this week


Map of the week:

  • Interactive noise map of the U.S. - perhaps a little misleading as it looks like the road noise modelling is based on the size of the road rather than the amount of traffic it actually receives, but still a cool looking map.

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