Saturday, May 29, 2021

Matt Gaetz Advocates Killing Leaders in Silicon Valley

Matt Gaetz, the Republican Congressman from Florida who may soon be in trouble for allegedly paying women for sex, allegedly sleeping with a minor and allegedly transporting her across state lines, had this to say (not allegedly) Thursday night in Georgia:
Of course he denied it Friday morning by claiming, as they always do, he was taken out of context. I wonder if the insurrectionists and their ilk got the "context."


JoeT said...

"The 2A is not about hunting, it's not about sports shooting, the 2A is about maintaining with the citizenry the ability of maintain an armed insurrection against a tyrannical government if necessary"

Since the Shays rebellion was the immediate focus of those in Philadelphia who were determined to give the federal government the power to put down armed insurrection --- and since Washington and Hamilton exercised that power to put down the Whiskey rebellion, the argument that the 2A give the people the power to foment insurrection is simply delusional.

Gaetz never read the Constitution, apparently. He's right that it's not about hunting or sports shooting. However, Article I Section 8 of the constitution says Congress has the power to call "forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions". Also, it says Congress has the power "To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia". Article IV, Section 4 says the United States protects the States against invasion or insurrection.

The anti-federalists like Patrick Henry and George Mason were deeply concerned that the Federal Government alone had the right to arm the militia (which means they could be disarmed by the federal government) and that the States had no right to put down armed insurrection themselves. Patrick Henry in particular was concerned with insurrection by slaves. Read about it directly from the debates in the Virginia Ratifying Convention:

"If there should happen an insurrection of slaves, the country cannot be said to be invaded. They cannot, therefore, suppress it without the interposition of Congress."

JoeT said...

This is completely off-topic, but I have a request. I'm trying to write something to colleagues about the timetable in which fusion might impact the decarbonization effort, but I'm having trouble getting one piece of information. So I thought I'd crowd source it from this group, many of whom are literate on CO2 and energy.

My question is: what is the share of CO2 emissions GLOBALLY that comes from electricity alone?

In the US, it is 25%

The best that I could come up with globally is 43% for electricity AND heat.

I want electricity alone. Anyone know the answer? Thanks in advance

David Appell said...

I'll ask on Twitter.

David Appell said...

Joe, someone on Twitter said the number is 27%, according to a Bill Gates book. He showed the excerpt, but the context isn't exactly clear:

David Appell said...

But I don't know. This page from 2016 says 42.5%

Ned said...

Is cogeneration the reason why so many reports lump together electricity and heat? I could imagine that makes it hard to allocate emissions, especially in industry.

JoeT said...

Thanks David for your help! I appreciate it. I found the same number 27% at Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy web site: But I need a real reference.

When you click further on at Breakthrough Energy it says it gets their data from the Rhodium Group. So I go to the Rhodium group and .... find it very difficult to actually find any data. One would think it would be a lot easier to find.

Yeah, that 43.5% is the same number I got from the International Energy Agency, but I'm pretty sure it includes heat.

Ned, I think you're right that cogeneration lumps them together.

Oh yeah, David ... retweeting 'Bowzer'. Saw him (many) decades ago in concert. What a stand-up guy. I like what he wrote about the 2A, "Worst piece of writing in the document". Yup.