- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is New York Times columnist invades Ukraine:
- Republicans (and a Democrat) use Ukraine tensions to push for more fossil fuels:
The hallmark of a Republican policy proposal is that it can be adapted to virtually any circumstance. Just as George W. Bush advanced tax cuts as the appropriate response to both budget surplus and deficit, congressional Republicans believe that fossil fuel promotion is the appropriate response to, well, everything. And so they have looked at the vexing problem of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region and come up with a carefully calibrated answer: “Drill, baby, drill!”
- What the world would look like if all its five million cubic miles of ice melted.
- Ed Schultz changes his mind publicly on Keystone XL: The host of The Ed Show on MSNBC had angered opponents of the tar-sands pipeline when he said he favored the project early last month. Afterward, however, he invited numerous guests on his show to discuss the pipeline and its impacts. They finally had their own impact and Schultz reversed himself.
Schultz traveled to Nebraska and heard the concerns of locals and appears to have come away with reasoning to, despite prior support for approving the pipeline, now oppose it. “I would love to see the President of the United States go to Nebraska and talk to the folks on the ground,” Schultz said Wednesday. “And find out exactly how far down that aquifer goes. And what an oil spill would do.”
He became passionate as he finalized his change of heart. “This right here, the Keystone XL pipeline that would go over the Ogallala aquifer is one of the biggest energy risks this country will ever take. Ever. Ever! It is going to be one of the most disastrous things if it does leak because it is irreversible.”
- Condolences on the loss of your husband. Now pay us what you owe us:
A nasty story from New York, as Shirley Findel, a nearly 80 year old widow, gets a demand letter, out of the blue, for nearly $27,000 from the state.
Her crime? Her husband, who was a train engineer with the Long Island Rail Road, died in September, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) went back and checked their books, and someone realized that the railroad had made a mistake when her husband retired back in 1995.
It seems the state was sending her husband too large of a pension check each month, to the tune of $124.80 too much per month, so now they’d like their $26,707.20 back.
- Enough solar power now for all the residents of D.C. and five states:
The US is throwing solar panels onto its roof faster than ever, a new industry report shows. Last year was "record-shattering," its press materials exclaim: "By the end of 2013 there were nearly 13 [Gigawatts] of solar installed in the US—enough to power nearly 2.2 million homes." That's a lot of solar power.
For some context, consider how many homes that actually is: According to US Census statistics, that's more than the total number of houses in Wyoming (265,162), Alaska (307,594), Washington DC (300,241), Vermont (324,084), South Dakota (368,175) and Delaware (410,321) combined. That's five states and the nation's capital that could run on solar. Theoretically, of course: home energy use and solar availability are major variables. But you get the picture—solar is ramping up fast.
- More states are barring cities from having their own gun laws: Gun rights advocates say plethora of divergent laws in different cities creates chaos while state preemptions promote uniformity so people aren't confused. But listen to them howl when mention of having uniformity imposed by federal law.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Monte Frank of Team 26 joined us to announce this weekend's Sandy Hook Ride On Washington. Senate vs the CIA, did the watchers watch the watchers' watchers? Are SSCI staffers in Snowden's shoes?
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