Saturday, April 17, 2021

Crosby Scores, Equipment Manager Gets the Assist

Watch the players mob the equipment manager afterward:

Friday, April 16, 2021

Will Smith

"Racism isn't getting worse. It's getting filmed."

- Will Smith

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Defense Expert Owned in Derek Chauvin Trial

 This happened today at the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd:

Oops! I wonder how much he was being paid by the defense. I hope they stopped payment or asked for their money back.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Right- vs Left-Wing US Domestic Terrorism

The Washington Post has an interesting/disturbing article on domestic terrorism trends in the US, and who's responsible. The number of incidents are up sharply in the last five years, and it's almost entirely from the extreme right-wing: 




I'm not going to try to characterize where these terrorists come from, by ideology -- they're dangerous, perhaps mentally ill men, very likely white, who for some god-forsaken reason have access to weapons soldiers carry into war zones. Republicans are morally responsible for them, for their refusal to pass sensible gun regulations, and those who vote against those regulations all have serious blood on their hands and their souls. (I wish I believed in souls, it would be useful here, but I don't.) 

I'm not convinced the easy access to guns in America -- serious guns -- and the kind of trend above, and the Republican's push into fascism in the face of their terror of losing power due to demographic trends -- isn't going to lead to a dissolution (viz. crackup) of the U.S. in a few decades time, maybe even sooner. Add climate change and income inequality and (despite Biden) the lack of an adequate social net and affordable and universal healthcare system, and I'll even throw in the potential failures of the Ogallala and California Valley Aquifers and snowpack failures and early melt leading to water shortages in the Colorado River and Pacific Northwest...well, the world usually finds a way to squeak by. But not always, not without some significant and lurching change. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

What a Save!

Casey DeSmith of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Perhaps unique.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Republicans and Corporations


Background: "Why Republicans want corporations to end all criticism of their war on voting rights," Robert Schlesinger, NBC News, 4/7/21.

More: Here's what's really going on, I think. Republicans see their voting base shrinking as whites become an ever smaller percentage of the US population, and they're terrified of extinction. They see voter suppression as a key strategy in maintaining power, so they have to tell corporations to shut up about it (while still expecting corps to donate to them). But corps don't want to alienate their customers -- as the NBC News article above quotes, counties that voted for Biden account for 70% of US GDP. Republicans have to become more and more extreme, even fascist, to retain any kind of power, because they can't appeal to the wealthy (their traditional base) and the working class at the same time. They have to maintain the illusion of the Big Lie, that massive voter fraud took place in the November 2020 election, to justify all their voter suppression laws and efforts they're now putting in place in states around the country, and to keep their white, rural, gun-toting angry conservative base riled up. It's so convoluted and messed up and they're tightening a knot around their own neck all the time. Hopefully not around the country's neck at the same time, but I'm not sure about that.     

Monday, April 05, 2021

America Needs Some Better Americans

A comment from a Canadian on Saturday's column in the NY Times by Nicholas Kristoff, "How Do We Stop the Parade of Gun Deaths?"


A sad but true indictment. Of course, we all know who these Americans are.

All these Americans must die so the gun fetishists can have their 20 guns each and their assault weapons and pretend to be navy seals. So the gun industry can keep their profits rolling selling guns and ammunition. (Almost 40 M guns were sold in America last year.) Because a minority of citizens in the US can control what the country does -- the Democrats in the US Senate represent 41,549,808 more people than do the Republicans, even though the seats are split 50-50. "Republican Senators Haven’t Represented a Majority of Voters Since 1996." Journalist and columnist Eric Black writes

Few, if any, other “democracies” have anything this undemocratic built into their systems.... the arguably least democratic feature of the Constitution, is the only thing in the whole document that can never be amended.

Friday, April 02, 2021

The Stupid Lies of Lars Larson and Chuck Wiese and Ed Berry

Ed Berry, a PhD in physics from before the Standard Model, who has now abandoned everything he every learned to become an idiotic climate denier, continues to publish the worst in global warming bullshit, like this piece of moronic juvenility from someone named Tom V. Segalstad:

There is then indeed a paradox that CO2, "The Gas of Life", is now being condemned as the evil "polluting" gas, a gas which will be a threat to people's living on Earth, through a postulated "Global Warming".

This is too stupid to spend any time on, and not because of its many grammatical mistakes. 

Instead I want to recount a recent private email correspondence I had with Dr Berry about a month and a half ago, when the illustrious climate-denying Mr Chuck Wiese BS hyperventilated on the radio show of Lars Larson, who is terrified to have any other opinion on his show except the anti-science one, about how James Hansen has, essentially, always been full of shit. This coming from a man, Wiese, who has a mere bachelor's degree in meteorology, has never done or published any research in his life, claims that CO2 doesn't cause global warming, but admits that the world is warming but he doesn't know why, but it's definitely not CO2. Yet he has the nerve to denigrate James Hansen.

Instead he brought up the illustrious work of Dr Ed Berry, who, Wiese says, has proven that only 18 ppm of atmospheric CO2 is due to humans. 

Not that Berry has ever published such a thing. He hasn't. He's afraid to submit his work to any real journal, or, if he has, is afraid to say when it's been rejected. No doubt it will soon be published by the Zambian Proceedings of the Colonial Council of the University Chemical Pact, and Berry will claim a clear and overwhelming victory.

I asked Berry how, if only 18 ppm of man's emissions since the start of the industrial revolution has gone into the atmosphere, where has the rest of these emissions gone? He replied something about the number of layers in the IPCC models, as if the IPCC even made climate or carbon models, which they don't. Which was a nonanswer anyway. I asked him again, and there was silence. Indeed, I think it has never even occurred to him to ask this question, let alone try to answer it. Nor has the illustrious Mr Chuck Wiese B.S.

And how fucking stupid is that? These people don't even know how to do the simplest science. Yet Lars Larson is putting them on the radio before something like 1-4 M people (Lars once told me; I think it's 1 M for his Oregon-Washington show and 4 M for his national show), misleading every single one of them. And he doesn't seem the least bit concerned about it. Larson claims he's an ex-journalist who uses journalistic methods on his show, but that's a complete joke. He's just a Trump toady willing to lie if he thinks it advances his ideology one small step. And bald-faced liars like him and Wiese and Berry are ruining America. Does anyone there even care???

First Vax Dose

Yesterday I received my first shot of Pfizer's COVID vaccine.

I have to say, the system here in my county, Marion in Oregon, was the most smooth, efficient and impressive I could conceive of. I was scheduled in a large, cavernous building at the county fairgrounds here, 10 minutes from my home, plenty of parking, lots of people but no waiting at all. I walked up, they took my temperature and asked the regular questions. I was quickly moved to someone who checked me in (I had done all the e-check in online, so it went very smooth), I went to one of about 10 socially distanced lines, and maybe 8-10 minutes later I moved up to a very pleasant women from the National Guard, whose regular job was in surgery at a local hospital here and who had been on duty since January, I got the jab from her, then waited in the designated waiting area for 15 minutes, then left. 

It was all so organized and smooth I was completely impressed. I literally could not have asked for better, and thank god the free market wasn't in any way involved to sell my data or profit off me or insist I sign up for this or that. I want to thank my state government, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon National Guard, and any employees of Salem Health and any volunteers involved in this collective effort that led to a utterly flawless experience. I am so happy I was able to receive this vaccine now. My second shot is on the 22nd. 

I don't want to ever hear a thing another goddamn thing about government not being able to do anything competently. This has not been my experience at all, especially in Oregon, where I always get a ballot in the mail on time, where I have always gone to the DMV (Dept Motor Vehicles) and had a pleasant experience, where I have had state-assisted health care assistance when I have needed it, and where I don't know what the hell people are complaining about.

My only reactions to my first dose were a small headache for about an hour, a brief sweating episode, and a weird skin marking last night that's now mostly gone:


I'm happy Donald Trump paid for this vaccine (like what president wouldn't, duh), and thrilled that Joe Biden got the ball rolling with, now, about 3 M doses per day. Thank god Biden won -- he is saving thousands of lives daily, while Trump's incompetence and utter lack of empathy was killing thousands of lives daily. Thanks too to Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, whose banning of Trump from Twitter's platform did as much to preserve American democracy as, perhaps, American voters themselves. Dorsey deserves many awards. Trump has been emasculated, castrated, and fed his own genitals. He is nothing now but a terrible memory, forever destined to be the most atrocious president in American history, so bad he almost doesn't fit into consideration with the rest of them, but stands out as a rigid anomaly, a rotten cancer in a long family of people who meant and tried their best. I think Trump has already been quarantined in American history, caged off as a sick anomaly, exactly the opposite of everything he ever hoped to be. Of course he will not be coming back in 2024 -- Trump fades more into a forgotten pit of hell every day, despite his desperate attempts to stay relevant -- a flag the other day he will form a social network, a Web site statement a couple of days ago. All ignored by everyone but newshounds, and ignored quickly even by them. Everyone is glad he is swimming in piss and will not be upset if he drowns there, along with his repulsive kids.

NOW the Jobs are Growing

Hmm, notice anything about the massive rebound in job growth last month in the U.S., and just who might be responsible? (The recession started in Feb 2020.) What a turnaround....


via Catherine Rampell at WaPo.

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Ministry of the Future

I loved Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry of the Future and recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject of climate change.

I mean that broadly -- anyone interested in and concerned about climate change and how the world will be affected by it, is going to deal with it and how it will address it. So not just sci fi readers, or climate fiction readers, or KSR fans -- everyone. Robinson is full of ideas about what the future might bring, and he's worth listening to. If I were teaching a class on how we should deal with climate change, I might well assign this book to my students, it's that thought provoking. 

The book covers the period from about 2020 to 2050, when the shit of climate change really hits the fan. I'm not going to cover the book in detail -- it's too large. The "Ministry of the Future" is (and this is clever) a UN-formed agency tasked with representing the interests of those not yet born. This happens in the wake of a serious climate catastrophe that takes place in the beginning of the book that I won't reveal here, but which looms over everything that happens after, that makes some (at least) treat the issue as a war. 

I think this is perhaps my biggest takeaway from the book. We know -- we know -- what the future will be if we continue on our current emissions pathways. So do politicians. So do oil executives, coal executives, gas executives, business executives, the wealthy of all stripes. They know, these few thousands of people, or tens of thousands on top. But they are actively choosing to exploit climate changing assets for the sake of their own wealth -- actions that will change the climate for untold billions, harm untold billions, alter the lives of untold billions for the unforeseeable future.   

Why is this allowed?

In the book, some people decide that it will no longer be allowed, by any means necessary. These people will no longer be allowed to gain obnoxious wealth at the expense of billions now and tens of billions, if not hundreds, of the future. So they, the climate criminals, begin to covertly be eliminated, in their homes, their businesses, their private planes are brought down, their mountain retreats are flushed. Entire units of trained assassins in "black" groups make this their priority until the message gets through. It's not ever clear who is training these black groups, or who sponsors them, if anyone does. Is it the Ministry of the Future? Not officially. No one knows, not even those at the top. Everyone prefers it that way, and looks the other way. Because the tactic works.

Is it too much? 

The other most interesting idea in the book is carbon quantitative easing. Basically, the Ministry of the Future convinces the major central banks of the world -- the US, Europe and China -- to give a "carbon coin" to anyone who sequesters a metric ton of carbon. (One small mistake in the book is that Robinson often confuses a ton of carbon with a ton of CO2.) How do they do this? They simply create the carbon coin out of nothing. It exists on a market and can be exchanged at any bank for any currency. It is traded on markets and its value fluctuates like any currency. How do the central banks afford to do this? By creating money in their computers! That's what quantitative easing is. That's what they did in the 2009 financial crisis. That's what central banks do all the time. They create money in their computers and send it to banks to loan. Look at the M2 money supply. It isn't the whole story because money is also created that never makes it into circulation, such as excess reserves. By no means do I pretend to understand all this, but I'm glad those in charge do. I keep trying to understand it but haven't found the right book yet. KSR more or less posits that the carbon QE doesn't lead to inflation, without putting forth a real argument. Or any argument. But then, QE or QE2 after 2009 didn't lead to inflation either, after many people predicted it. This is Paul Krugman's hobby horse, which he loves to ride, while spitting in the face of the inflationists, who, he points out over and over again, were wrong. 

I won't give away the ending of the book, or say much more. I also need a new keyboard (having typed most of this several days ago), so can't go any further now. I highly recommend the book.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

"China Doesn’t Respect Us Anymore — for Good Reason"

"At last week’s Alaska meeting between America’s and China’s top diplomats, Chinese officials made it quite clear that they no longer fear our criticism, because they don’t respect us as they once did, and they don’t think the rest of the world does, either. Or as Yang Jiechi, China’s top foreign affairs policymaker, baldly told his U.S. counterparts: “The United States does not have the qualification...to speak to China from a position of strength.”

"Surprised? What did you think, that the Chinese didn’t notice that our last president inspired his followers to ransack our Capitol, that a majority of his party did not recognize the results of our democratic election, that a member of our Congress believes that Jewish-run space lasers cause forest fires, that left-wing anarchists were allowed to take over a section of downtown Portland, creating havoc for months, that during the pandemic the U.S. printed money to help its consumers keep spending — much of it on Chinese-made goods — while China printed money to invest in even more infrastructure, and that gun violence in America is out control?"

-- Thomas Friedman, "China Doesn’t Respect Us Anymore — for Good Reason," New York Times, 3/23/21

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Mann v Steyn Dismissed

The court case of Mann vs Steyn has apparently been dismissed. You can read a heavily biased account by an idiotic climate change denier here.

I don't see any need to go over this. The hockey stick is true. It has been confirmed many times now. It is required by basic physics, and can be proved in a tweet.

Mann has gone on to become one of the most important, recognized and honored climate scientists on the planet, while Steyn remains a Rush Limbaugh wannabe, another cheap purveyor of hate and division. The moral verdict is clear.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Musk

"I hope to die on Mars, just not on the landing."

- Elon Musk

Blogging is still light, due to my finger splint. Another week at least. Except for small stuff like this. Hope everyone is well. Feel free to discuss anything at all in the comments.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

The Axe

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us."

Franz Kafka

Friday, March 05, 2021

National Vaccination Trends

Thought I'd look at some recent vaccination rates:
 

The US is now, in just 6 weeks, at twice the rate as when Trump left office, but no acceleration. The UK is, sadly, beginning to backtrack, and Ireland and Canada are making some much needed gains. I'm surprised Germany is so low for, you know, an economic powerhouse.

Sorry if I missed any reader countries.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

The Ministry for the Future

A short post to say that, belatedly, that if you're interested in the many dimensions of the climate change issue, you have to read The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. Speculative sci-fi set in our near future, it is chock full of ideas -- scientific, social, economic, cultural, political, policy, activism, and more -- and is exciting in all these dimensions. 

I'm about 40% of the way through, so please don't give any spoilers in the comments (also in consideration of other readers). I was on a wait list to buy this -- a splash ad I saw a few months ago said it was the most important book of 2020. Seems it so far to me. Actually, with this and the collection of his earlier work, I think Kim Stanley Robinson should be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature.  

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PS: Couldn't get new blogger to decently position a picture of the book's cover. Apparently too much to ask. Hooray for Google software updates, supposedly improving mankind one bad release at a time. (Friend of mine: "They're an advertising company, not a software company.")

Monday, March 01, 2021

Littlefinger

Blogging may be slight this week as I dislocated a little finger when I rolled an ankle and fell on the street while getting the mail. Stupid. I let the ER doctor pull it back into place without any pain meds, figuring it would be quick and easy. Took about 5-7 seconds and was quite painful, but I didn't squeal.

The dislocation was on the lower knuckle of the little finger, with the upper bone getting jammed back and around. Ring finger is stiff an swollen too. Hurts like a mother now. [Does that expression come from a reference to childbirth?] Typing's not impossible, just slow -- in a splint. Hope your day was better. Be best. 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

"The Trump Storm Is Over -- Act Like It"

I found this comment on a NY Times op-ed last week. I don't remember which article and it doesn't matter; the comment stands on its own, and strikes me as very wise and intelligent. Trump is already fading and emasculated; Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, may have done more to save American democracy than anyone since FDR beat Hitler. Republicans don't seem to stand for anything right now, just against things, and what they are against isn't very smart -- pandemic relief (supported by about 70% of Americans), facemasks and democracy itself. Their face is now dominated by dolts like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). Greene clearly didn't come to Congress to serve the public, apparently lacks all empathy, and is predictable and boorish beside. Ron Johnson bought his way into office and apparently isn't smart enough to understand how embarrassing his ridiculous conspiracy theories look to anyone who can think. This is the Republican party, bereft, lost without Trump, the worst president in US history, and can't even keep the lights on in Texas while people, including children, die. What a callus clown show, while Biden has quietly and very competently taken charge and is making a real difference in life in America (more later), moving forward, as the NY Times commenter suggests, as fast as possible.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Why Didn't My Niece's Teacher Show the Rover Video?

I'm including this video of the Perseverance rover descending and landing on Mars, which probably you've seen, just because it's so cool.

I was emailing my 13-year old niece, and she said her mom mentioned a rover had landed on Mars, but the picture I sent was the first she'd seen. Then yesterday I sent this video, which she really liked. She's in remote learning, very diligent about it, and a master on her Chromebook. I'm a little disappointed that her teachers didn't take a little time to discuss the rover landing, show a picture, and then this video. Or had mentioned it before now and prepped them. When I was a kid in ancient times they wheeled a TV into our classroom on a high stand and we watched the Apollo launches and landings if they were during school hours, and it was exciting. I watched them at home, too, and will forever remember staying up late to watch Neil Armstrong step onto the Moon. I don't know if it influenced me going into science -- I was already pretty "deep" into space stuff when I was 5 years old and made a study area in the corner of our living room with books and NASA posters and little spaceship models -- it was a phase -- but seeing Apollo missions in school didn't hurt. And it was cool and fun. 'Course we didn't "study for the test" back then -- what in the US has come to mean teachers only preparing students to do well on achievement tests and prep exams and college entrance tests, and nothing else. So I don't understand why her teachers wouldn't have taken a few minutes to discuss this rover landing. What 7th grader isn't going to be wowed by this video? Hopefully they'll get to it.
 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Texas: Where Caveman Ethics Rule

The mayor of Colorado City, Texas wrote a Facebook post saying it wasn't his responsibility to take care of anyone suffering in the cold and dark without power or water.

This clown actually wrote, "The strong will survive and the weak will perish.... Sink or swim, it's your choice."

In his typo-ridden post made Tuesday morning, Tim Boyd wrote, “Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish.” He also said he was “sick and tired” of people looking for handouts and that the current situation is “sadly a product of a socialist government....”

Boyd deleted his post but stood by the sentiments in a follow-up message. He also wrote that his original message was posted as a private citizen, not the mayor of Colorado City, saying he “had already turned in my resignation and had not signed up to run for mayor again."

"I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout,” Boyd's follow-up post said.

What a plum stupid man, as they might say in Texas.

When will people in places like this realize that they have to vote for and pay for competent government and reliable infrastructure?

Here's a news video, so you can get a look at this imbecile.

Ted Cruz Left His Poodle Alone

Ted Cruz went to Cancun and left his dog alone in a dark, cold house...like millions of other Texans. A state led by Republican couldn't even keep the lights on, despite decades of warnings that their go-it-alone electricity grid, not connected to the national grid, was in danger from extreme weather events. No one cared -- after all, the elite could always jet off to the tropics despite the pitiful privation of the poor plebes and the poodles. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

US Trends in Vaccinated

I've been keeping track of the US vaccination numbers for awhile, via the CDC's site. Now that we have a competent president, things are finally starting to pick up, with over 2 million doses per day administered over the last four days, and over 1 M/day since the end of January. The numbers getting either one or two doses are accelerating too. Not fast enough -- it never will be -- but isn't it great to know we don't have a toxic, seditious clown in charge -- just a quiet, decent, hard-working man who has the right priorities and is getting things done.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

James Speth Said...


James Speth is a Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School and served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies from 1999 to 2009. He co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and founded the World Resources Institute. Wikipedia has a good biography, and here is another.

The Video Played at Trump's Trial Today

Here's the video House impeachment managers played to the Senate today in Trump's impeachment trial. It's really quite something; I think I watched parts with my mouth hanging open. It should be included in digital US history books for time immemorial. Via WaPo.

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Trump's Freedom of Speech Defense is Desperate

From today's Washington Post:
The assertion that Trump acted swiftly and out of genuine horror as his supporters ransacked the Capitol is largely a side note to his lawyers’ defense. In their 78-page brief, they focused on two legal arguments: that the Constitution does not allow for the conviction of an impeached former officeholder and that Trump’s speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 was political rhetoric protected by the First Amendment.
I really don't understand this last argument. Yes, US citizens have freedom of speech. I'm free to go to my local police station and say, freely, that I just killed John Doe at 123 Main Street, but a lawyer won't be able to use the First Amendment's freedom of speech clause in my defense in the courtroom.

Speech has consequences. If it didn't there'd be no point in having it or using it. This seems like a very desperate defense if you ask me.

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Elected, Not Looking to Legislate

“I have built my staff around comms rather than legislation.”
-- 25-year-old freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.)

via WaPo. 

Cawthorn gave a fiery speech on Jan 5th, and is not sorry for urging the crowd to fight attempt a coup. Because...well, you figure it out:

“I don’t regret it, actually,” Cawthorn said in a clip of an interview with Ozy Media founder Carlos Watson for his YouTube program, “The Carlos Watson Show.” “Obviously, I think what happened on Jan. 6 was despicable. I thought it was conducted by weak-minded men and women who are unable to check their worst impulses and had very little self-control.”
So he urged everyone to fight, then complained they were weak-minded for following him. A true Republican leader.

Marjorie Taylor Greene's Depravity

Here's a great example of Marjorie Taylor Greene's lunacy and depravity, from a column today in the NY Times by Michelle Goldberg:


This is so utterly bizarre and ridiculous that a rational person wants to simply dismiss it, but then Greene becomes a Congresswoman who is obsessed with Trumpism and wants to institute his ideology of fascism. She has to be minimized to epsilon, the arbitrarily small number of calculus, and soon.

Remember, Qanon has been classified by the FBI as a domestic terror threat.

And how's this for a POS recantation:


She takes no responsibility at all -- like Trump, it's (always) someone else's fault.

How Melting Sea Ice and Shelves Raise Sea Level

We all learned that floating ice, when it melts, does not raise the level of water in, say, a glass, because the the density of the water from the melted ice is equal to the density of the water it's floating in.

But it's a different situation for floating sea ice and sea shelves, because, although they arise from frozen sea water, almost all the salt has been rejected during the freezing process. I heard this long ago and forgot about it, but it is noted in a corrigendum to the paper in The Cryosphere which I discussed here. (A corrigendum is a change to an article, not necessarily, as many people often assume, a correction.) It says


The amount of ocean rise from melted sea ice is 2.6% of the original amount of displaced sea water. 

Here's a brief popular explanation. Here's a PDF of the 2004 paper by Peter Noerdlinger and Kay Brower (for which the journal is asking $52!)(that's not 52 factorial, but it might as well be). Noerdlinger seems to be the one that brought this to everyone's attention a few years earlier, from what I gather. Here's the necessary excerpts from their paper:





There's another very small effect too, which I wrote about in 2014 for Yale Climate Connections, but had also forgotten until I did a Google search on the above. When the floating ice (or ice shelf) melts, that area of the ocean surface, which once strongly reflected sunlight (since ice is white) is now opened up to the sunlight's heat, warming the ocean water, causing it to thermally expand. This is a tiny effect, of course, and not possible to calculate generally since it depends on location. But you can tuck this in your back pocket for when you have your next argument on this topic and want to be a smart aleck.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Coming Back

It appears that the big dip we saw in Antarctic sea ice extent starting in 2015 may have just been a temporarily nonlinearity, or something related to the monster 2015-16 El Nino, or god's fury, because the ice is coming back:


where the data is from the NSIDC. So curb your enthusiasm. Maybe we have to resort again -- now that the data is again against us, how's that for playing the odds again, ha ha -- looking at the prediction of increased Antarctic sea ice with increasing CO2 and global warming by Manabe et al in 1991:

"Transient Responses of a Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Model to Gradual Changes of Atmospheric CO2: Annual Mean Response," S Manabe et al, J Climate v4, Aug 1991 p785-818. (pg 795 in particular)

"The increased supply of fresh surface water from both land-bound ice melt and increased precipitation increases the halocline gradient, which reduces upwelling of warmer bottom waters, decreasing sea surface temperature, and thus leading to more sea ice."


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In any case, the Antarctic sea ice looks to be coming back.

"Trumpism is American fascism"

Someone from the MSM finally said it clearly in an MSM outlet -- Michael Gerson in the Washington Post, in an opinion piece titled "Trumpism is American fascism." Here's some of it:

What type of citizen has Trump — and his supportive partisan media — produced? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) still holds her job in Congress because she is representative of ascendant MAGA radicalism. Those who reflect her overt racism, her unhinged conspiracy thinking and her endorsement of violence against public figures are now treated as a serious political constituency within the Republican Party. Trump has come down firmly on Greene’s side. One participant in the Jan. 6 attack sent a video to her children saying: “We broke into the Capitol. . . . We got inside, we did our part. We were looking for Nancy [Pelosi] to shoot her in the friggin’ brain, but we didn’t find her.” The detail that gets to me? She sent this to her children. She was living in a mental world where vile, shameful things are a parent’s boast. And she saw her actions as the expression of a public duty — an example of doing her part.

Call this civic barbarism. Instead of promoting the values of responsible citizenship, Trump and his media enablers are elevating and blessing the very worst among us. They are making many Americans less suited for self-government and more dangerous to their neighbors. And they are doing so for the reason some of the Founders most feared: To lead the mob against true democracy.


How can anyone view the trashing of our founding tradition as evidence of patriotism? Because some have adopted a very different political philosophy than the Founders held. This approach to government promises the recovery of a mythical past. It feeds a sense of White victimhood. It emphasizes emotion over reason. It denigrates experts and expertise. It slanders outsiders and blames them for social and economic ills. It warns of global plots by Jews and shadowy elites. It accepts the lies of a leader as a deeper form of political truth. It revels in anger and dehumanization. It praises law and order while reserving the right to disobey the law and overturn the political order through violence.

This is a reality that I have resisted naming. The 45th president and a significant portion of his supporters have embraced American fascism. And Trump’s buffoonery does not disprove the point. Though he probably cannot name the political theory he has embraced, his own recklessness, vanity and authoritarian instincts have led him down fascist grooves. He displays an intuitive affinity for leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungary’s Viktor Orban. And Trump would have subverted the legitimate result of the 2020 presidential election if he could have, which would have broken a constitutional continuity that has endured over two centuries.

I don’t think Trump came particularly close to success. This time. But the influence of his treacherous ideology is still being spread by unprincipled people seeking influence and profit. American fascism needs to be aggressively marginalized....
And the vast majority of the Republican party, not just the extremists but nearly all of them, are going along with this movement. Why? Trump lost them the House, the Senate and the Presidency. Are they so terrified of the exhtremist base with guns that they think they have no choice? Ever since Trump came on the presidential scene in 2015 everyone has been saying this can't go any further, and now it's 2021 and everyone is still saying the same thing yet it's gone a lot further. It's probable that too much media attention is being given to Marjorie Taylor Greene right now because she's crazy, which is catnip to the media. (I do think she has some serious mental health problems -- anyone who goes around stating the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were faked obviously has something wrong psychologically, and needs help.) But convicted or not, Trump is still going to try to stir up trouble and many Republicans are apparently still going to kowtow to him.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Local Climate Deniers Lie About Globally Melting Ice Story

A recent paper in The Crysophere found that globally the world "lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017," and that the rate of loss has risen -- that is, accelerated -- since the 1990s: 
"The rate of ice loss has risen by 57 % since the 1990s – from 0.8 to 1.2 trillion tonnes per year."
The Washington Post reported on this paper here, noting the accelerating and noting uncertainties.

How did Oregon climate deniers Chuck Wiese and Lars Larson decide to report this news on the radio? By lying about it.
Is The World On The Verge Of Losing All Our Ice?

Lars speaks with meteorologist and climate expert, Chuck Wiese about a recent Washington Post article claiming that the Earth is losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice yearly, and we’re on the verge of losing all of it.
Nowhere in the Washington Post article does it say we're on the verge of losing all the planet's ice. Everyone intelligent person knows that's not true, but Larson and Wiese lie about it anyway. 

While WaPo does present such a rhetorical question going into a next section
The question now becomes: Just how fast will climate change lead to the melting of the biggest and thickest ice, the ice atop Greenland and Antarctica?
it never seriously questions or claims that all ice will vanish, and no scientist ever implies it, and they never come close to trying to answer it, let alone implying that we're "on the verge of losing all of it." Claiming so is false. Because the very idea is absurd, it's utterly irrelevant to the story -- unless you're a denier and that's the only piece of lint you can manufacture.

Wiese makes the ridiculous calculation
From Chuck Weise: Global ice volume from Greenland, Arctic and Antarctica = 3.428850 x 10^7 Km^3 x .83 Gt/Km^3 = 2.8459455 x 10^16 tons of global ice. So at the rate of 1.2 trillion tons of ice loss per year, how long would it take to melt all the ice on earth? Answer: 2.8459455 x 10^16 tons / 1.2 x 10^12 tons per year = 23,716.3 years to melt all the earth ice at this rate. As you can see, the whole story is idiotic as are most “climate change” stories because within this time period, we will go thru another Milankovitch planetary cycle which will trigger another ice age. That is less than 10,000 years away.
which is ridiculous for three reasons:
  1. six significant figures on the answer! Uh, no -- two at most.
  2. it's a linear calculation that doesn't take the acceleration of ice loss into account (which still wouldn't put us on the "verge" of losing all the world's ice, but would make a large difference in the result), and
  3. the next ice age isn't "less than 10,000 years away." In fact, according to Ganopolski et al, Nature 2016 the start of a new ice age "was narrowly missed before the beginning of the Industrial Revolution," and that "even in the absence of human perturbations no substantial build-up of ice sheets would occur within the next several thousand years and that the current interglacial would probably last for another 50,000 years." They further conclude
“…moderate anthropogenic cumulative CO2 emissions of 1,000 to 1,500 gigatonnes of carbon will postpone the next glacial inception by at least 100,000 years.”  -- Nature letter, Jan 2016, doi:10.1038/nature16494 
We've already emitted about 475 GtC (gigatonnes of carbon) by my reckoning, and are emitting around 11 GtC/yr, including land use changes. So we may yet emit enough to delay the next plunge into a glacial period by another 50,000 years or so. (And future Earthlings, if there are any left, may decide they like it that way. Or they may be very smart and decide they prefer a natural Earth. Or they may be already have moved on large generation ships to a near Earth-like planet.)

Who knows, but the science doesn't say the next ice age will start in 10,000 years. 

So the Oregon deniers didn't just lie about the reporting on the scientific finding, they botched up their denial of it too. It seems being a climate denier is getting to be harder and harder anymore. Next thing you know they're going to form a union to try to retain some relevancy.

Friday, January 29, 2021

A View From the Future Here in the Present

From SpaceX:

Now 7 Deaths from Capitol Riot; Two Police Suicides

Many people keep saying that five (5) people died in the Capitol riot on Jan 6th, such as Frank Bruni in today's NY Times. But now seven (7) people are dead as a result of it, and what's hard for me to understand is that the other two are suicides of police officers. 

Here are the deaths from the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol:

  • Ashli Babbitt, rioter (shot and killed, Jan 6th)
  • Kevin Greeson, rioter (heart attack, Jan 6th)
  • Rosanne Boyland, rioter (crushed, Jan 6th)
  • Benjamin Philips (stroke, Jan 6th)
  • Brian Sicknick, Capitol Police Officer (succumbed to injuries, Jan 7th)
  • Howard Liebengood, Capitol Police Officer (suicide, Jan 9th)
  • Jeffrey Smith, D.C. Police Officer (suicide, Jan 15th)
Liebengood just came to notice in the last few days; see Politico from Wednesday.

Why these suicides? Granted, the fighting there was truly medieval, it seems. You've seen the same videos I have. The NY Times has some clips today that show a friend of Rosanne Boyland trying to save her but realizing she's dead. The attack going on around her is stunning for its viciousness. You almost can't believe that such people came from ordinary American society, and are, in many cases, back in it again, walking among us. 

Did these officers who committed suicide have PTSD? Did they see and experience things they couldn't get over, things we're unaware of? Were they perhaps shamed by the intense criticism the police, and especially the Capitol police, received from some in the wake of the riot, the accusations they were collaborating? Am I failing to understand the intensity of what they went through there?

This puzzles me, and in some way worries me. I think it's because the idea of violence on that scale and intensity no longer seems unthinkable, not just at the Capitol, but anywhere now in US society. It really is the birth of a new kind of domestic terrorism. How do you root it out? Especially now that the country is armed to the teeth, including with assault weapons, true weapons of war, and many of these rioters look no different than soldiers involved in war. Politicians, acting on a subset of constituents wishes, have let the gun situation get so extreme and ridiculously out of hand that violent conclusions now seem almost inevitable. I certainly no longer find it unthinkable. That's hard to shake.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Michael Mann's New Book

Michael Mann has an new book out, The New Climate War*, which is already getting a lot of reviews.

*I don't earn anything from this link.

I think it's clear now that Mann is the obvious replacement for James Hansen regarding a universal spokesperson for global climate change, if there is to be a single person. He's constantly in the media now. He's all over Twitter, Facebook, a co-author on many papers, writing for Newsweek, speaking everywhere. 

In my view Mann has always been a pugilist. Unfortunately that's what was needed over the last 20 years, by both sides, and Mann fit the bill. Fortunately he came out on top. He fought back and survived all the attacks that came his way, because he and his co-authors Bradley and Hughes (which everyone ignores, for some reason) published a scientifically accurate graph that shows the startling rise in northern hemisphere temperature over the last two centuries. Their science was right.

I first met Michael Mann virtually when writing about the controversial (and wrong) Soon and Baliunas 2003 paper for Scientific American. After that we met a couple of times when I was living in New Hampshire and he and his wife, whose parents lived in southernmost Maine, came up for the Christmas holidays, and we would have coffee and talk in Portsmouth, NH. That gave me the idea to profile him for Scientific American, when I drove down to Charlottesville, Virginia in early 2005, where he was still employed at the time, at the Univ of Virginia. I like to think my profile was ahead of its time.

I've followed his work since as it's been clear the hockey stick remains correct -- it's been replicated numerous times -- and he's been attacked for purely political reasons, and triumphed over them all. 

I'm pretty sure that this blog gave Mann the idea to start the RealClimate blog with some colleagues, so there's that.

[OK, my ego boost for the night is done.]

I think Mann has earned every bit of his current position and stature, and he has dispatched all of those who have tried to take him on, like Steve McIntyre, Ken Cuccinelli, Joe Barton and Mark Steyn. Steyn is still trying to get Mann off his back. What a shame.

As I wrote, Mann is a pugilist, and were I in a foxhole, he's definitely someone I'd want in there with me. So I'm looking forward to reading his new book. In particular, I'm looking forward to seeing what he has to say about the new climate catastrophists, those, led by Jem Bendell, who seem very sure that civilization is headed for societal collapse -- hence their "deep adaptation," which I'm still not sure I understand. But it will be soon, they say. I've been reading them, and in a book I just finished titled This Civilization is Finished by Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander (all of 85 pages for $6.50), Read thinks that our current society will be done in about 20 years time by climate change. (Literally -- I'm not kidding.) 

How do Read, Bendell and many others come to this conclusion? By assuming large nonlinearities and tipping points in the climate system, and quickly, which climate scientists do not necessarily -- or usually -- methane clathrate melting in the Arctic, runaway permafrost melting, very strong ice-albedo feedbacks. 

So I want to see what Mann has to say about this. I'll likely be quoting from his book for awhile. Meanwhile I see many people pointing to it as an important book and it might be worth your while buying a copy and reading it. (Again, I don't get a penny for recommending it. I do this all because I have the best of hearts.) 

((I don't, of course, but wish I did, but as always am doing my best.))

Why There Was No One to Open the Biden's Door

One of the last things I blogged about, several days ago, was why Joe Biden, or at least one of his aides, couldn't open his own door into the White House residence.

{Sometimes I just get sick of being in front of the computer, nauseous really, plus I have a bad neck, and I need to take a few days off. Hence my absence.}

But, as usual, and in keeping with my blog's motto of "Rule #1: You can never ask too many questions," there was more to this story than meets the eye, and my eye.

Turns out, Trump's team, being the pure bastard that he is, fired the White House's Chief Usher on their way out the door -- at 11:30 am, when Trump's presidency ended at noon. As the guy was moving furniture.

One source said

“The Trumps sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no one to help the Bidens when they arrived.”

and, indeed, that's exactly what happened

And 75 M Americans who voted for Trump, confused about right and wrong, about the very nature of good and evil, probably will have cheered for this impolite, indecent, uncouth gesture, even though these decent people just lost their jobs. Like Trump and his misses, I'm guessing it makes them feel good, and right now that's all that matter to their corpus callosum. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The 10 greatest predictions in physics

I have a feature article in this month's issue of Physics World magazine, "The 10 greatest predictions in physics." The version in the magazine has a better design, but here's the free version they offer.

Biden Can't Open His Own Door

Why couldn't Joe Biden have just opened the doors himself? 

Are we a [representative] democracy, or a monarchy? Jeez.



Only a Crisis....

“Only a crisis - actual or perceived - produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable.”

― Milton Friedman, economist

Michael Beschloss on Trump's Legacy

From Michael Beschloss, the presidential historian, quoted in The Atlantic yesterday:

“This is the only president in American history who incited an insurrection against Congress that could have resulted in assassinations and hostage-taking and, conceivably, the cancellation of a free presidential election and the fracturing of a democracy. That’s a fact, and it won’t change in 50 years. It’s very hard to think of a scenario under which someone might imagine some wonderful thing that Donald Trump did that will outshine that. He did, literally, the worst thing that an American president could ever do.”
The same article also ran this photo of Trump and his wife as they were leaving the White House. I've never seen him like that -- he looks utterly defeated.



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Kracken Slithers Away

Sidney Powell has dropped her Georgia lawsuit.

Instead, she's being sued for $1.3 billion by Dominion Voting Systems. I suspect she'll krack and make a public announcement that she doesn't have any evidence and she never did and she's sorry. Though personally I don't think that's enough, as DVS may still claim some real damage to their reputation. Could still bankrupt her. It would be soundly deserved. With any justice her behavior will ruin her career, but given present Republican extremism they'll likely flock to hire her when their own extreme craziness gets them in legal trouble. (Who else would take them as clients?)

Other lawsuits being abandoned. Of course, politicians have political contributors to worry about:

Trump's Note for Joe Biden


Actually Trump did leave a note for Biden, as reported in the tweet above. I suspect we'll find out soon what it said, or at least its tenor. Could be the only decent thing Trump did regarding this transition (but I wouldn't bet on it yet).

Update: Biden calls Trump's note "generous." Credit to Trump.
Update 2: Biden's press secretary just described the letter as "generous and gracious."

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Trump Most Unpopular President in Gallup History

Yesterday Gallup released their final poll regarding Trump and his presidency. They wrote:

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency. His 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors in Gallup's polling era. Trump's ratings showed a record 81-percentage-point average gap between Republicans and Democrats -- 11 points wider than the prior record. 

(emphasis mine)

From the same page, this shows how poorly Trump ranks historically -- dead last since Truman:

However, in a poll taken after the January 6th insurrection, 90% of Republicans polled approve of Trump's job performance(!):

Nearly nine in 10 Republicans approve of Trump’s job performance, according to the survey, a figure virtually unchanged from just ahead of the November contest. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump before the election, compared to 87% in the most recent poll.

Incredible. Even after Trump spent his entire term lying to the American people, even after he outrageously lied about the election results for two months, even after he incited an insurrection -- domestic terrorism -- and an attempted coup, almost all Republicans still support him.

This country has a serious problem, and it's called the Republican party. This is probably only the beginning of our problems. As Bret Stephens wrote in today's NY Times, in a column titled "Lincoln Knew in 1838 What 2021 Would Bring -- Before Jefferson Davis there was John C. Calhoun. What rougher beasts do Trump, Hawley and Cruz prefigure?"

Donald Trump is not a man of “the loftiest genius.” He is, as I’ve written before, a political arsonist who managed, in his inveterately asinine way, to burn down his own presidency while attempting to torch everyone and everything else. Neither is Josh Hawley nor Ted Cruz a lofty genius. They are credential-holding ideological grifters who lack the wit to see how easily they are seen through.

But the three are at least a hazy approximation of what the younger Lincoln most fears — men in the mold of Caesar or Napoleon who would sooner tear down than defend republican institutions in order to slake a thirst for glory. Before Jefferson Davis tore the federal government asunder, John C. Calhoun tried to nullify its power. What rougher beasts do Trump, Cruz and Hawley prefigure? For that matter, for what kind of Reichstag fire was the Capitol Hill insurrection merely a test run?

Monday, January 18, 2021

Who's Dividing the Country?

What some of us were saying in the comments of this post, if perhaps not quite as succinctly.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Another Death at Trump's Riot

There was another death at the Capitol Riot on 1/6 that's just come to light, a woman named Roseanne Boyland who was crushed to death by the pro-Trump mob surging against the police. The NY Times has some video about it, including one that shows two people attempting CPR and then dragging her to safety. 

She's somewhere under this pile, slightly left of center. Except for the building and the hockey stick, this almost looks like something from the Battle of Agincourt, except there there was a bit of a sense of chivalry.


Via the NY Times.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Nothing But a Loser

So Trump has been impeached for a second time.

This, and inciting a violent insurrection that overran Congress, is all that he will be remembered for. 

Nothing to do with the economy, with Israel, with whatever tiny victories his supporters will of course insist upon. They are all gone now, crushed into the ashe and mud of his pathologies, inanities and stupidities. 

Trump will be remembered as his worst possible nightmare: a pure, unadulterated loser, loser to Sleepy Joe.

Such poetic justice.

And he has finally made fools of his supporters too, of all of them, as he was bound to do from the very beginning it seems, from the very instant he insipidly declared an "American Carnage" at his inauguration, at the end of Obama's second term, without any evidence, without data, without any logic or reason whatsoever.

It was then Trump announced he wouldn't be tied down by reason or evidence. Smart people had learned that months earlier -- perhaps the earliest was when he made fun of a handicapped reporter, something Trump never had the decency to apologize for, and which, much more importantly, his supporters never made him apologize for. 

Then he insulted a judge merely for his Mexican heritage.

It painted Trump as weak -- but, for his supporters, tellingly, they saw only the kind of racist they were looking for.

Imagine. 

Trump never gained a position of strength, except in the eyes of those who were weak themselves, who saw themselves as failures in the American maelstrom, in the vicious American contest aptly summarized by Brad Pitt at the end of the movie Killing Them Softly

"I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own."

That movie is from 2012. Has much changed? I think some things have. I think Trump was adamantly opposed to those things, as are all Republicans. But there was indeed much to be angry about, such as the grand collapse of the American middle class, their jobs sent overseas by both Republicans and Democrats, right under their noses, until before they knew it those jobs were gone and they were left driving trucks and working at McDonalds or Walmart and enlisting in the military, hoping anywhere to find employment with a bit of something above minimum wage with some health insurance and maybe 2 weeks paid vacation time a year. Or not. 

Despite all the Republicans telling the lower classes to pick themselves up by their bootstraps.

That wasn't me, of course. I had three college degrees and, since Newt Gingrich, was supposed to be happy sitting in a cubicle fielding 60 voice mail messages a day, and 8 meetings a day to keep the sky from falling in and 120 emails a day that all demanded an answer that very afternoon, 30 from three simultaneous girlfriends I was juggling for a few weeks there, until I could finally skip out at 6:30 pm to drink with a few well-placed colleagues at a pleasant wood-strewn New Jersey tavern a mile from our headquarters with my tie off just to let my chest muscles finally unknot. Weren't THOSE great times. They didn't last more than about a year, though.

I'm getting distracted here -- what am I trying to say? 

Just that I think Trump got what the hell he deserved, and more. 

Not enough, in fact. 

Trump has been a jerk from the very beginning. He's been happy to be a jerk. From the beginning. He's insulted America, the institution of the presidency, all degrees of normalcy and decency, all standards of class, and done so without any humor, without any good nature, without any intelligence, or character, or mirth, or tradition, or cleverness. 

Or anything. I'm reaching a point where I don't care so much what happens to the asshole. Just let him slither away under whatever rock he has left to go to, as long as the PGA won't host a golf tournament over it. 

Supposedly that loss enraged him more than being impeached, said a Twitter feed from Maggie Haberman or someone of her ilk. That's pleasant to know. Unlike most people, Trump makes it very easy to hate him. Always has.

Fishy, Smelly News

Year 2386 trivial question: who was the only United States* president to be impeached twice? 
 
*The United States was a large country in the era of nation-states occupying the mid-latitudes of North America from the years 1776 to 2032 CE, whose demise is widely agreed to have been precipitated by this same president. . 
--

There are a smattering of news stories out today that don't have a great deal of evidence behind them yet, but don't smell very good either. 
"Weeks before a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, right-wing activist Ali Alexander told his followers he was planning something big for Jan. 6.

"Alexander, who organized the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he hatched the plan — coinciding with Congress’s vote to certify the electoral college votes — alongside three GOP lawmakers: Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Paul A. Gosar (Ariz.), all hard-line Trump supporters.

"'We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting,' Alexander said in a since-deleted video on Periscope highlighted by the Project on Government Oversight, an investigative nonprofit. The plan, he said, was to 'change the hearts and the minds of Republicans who were in that body, hearing our loud roar from outside.'"
  • Why did petulant, gun-crazy Colorado Republican representative Lauren Boebert tweet information during the riot about the location of Speaker Nancy Pelosi? 

These were posted at 2:16 pm and 2:17 pm EST. Early on the morning of the riot she tweeted this:


What did she know about what was about to happen?
"One day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, a Democratic lawmaker says, she saw colleagues leading groups on “reconnaissance” tours of the building.

"Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) made the startling claim in a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday night as she accused Republicans of inciting the pro-Trump mob that vandalized the Capitol and attacked police officers.

"Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, described seeing 'members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day.'"

"Phone numbers belonging to two of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) offices appeared to be listed as contact information in a note found in a truck belonging to Lonnie Coffman, who has been indicted for allegedly carrying unregistered firearms and 11 Molotov cocktails in that same vehicle during the pro-Trump insurrection last week."

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) -- "AOC" -- said on Instagram Live last night that she had a "close encounter" during the riots last week where she thought she was going to die. She also "worried her own colleagues in Congress might divulge her location to the mob outside, putting her at risk for kidnapping or worse."
  • In Oregon, a Republican state representative was caught on video letting rioters into the statehouse as he left the building. He's since been stripped of his committee assignments, billed for damages and the Speaker of the State House is urging him to resign.