climate change, Defense Department, clean energy, budget
The author writes, “President-elect Joe Biden has warned that climate change will pose threats for the US military as it worsens unrest in volatile regions and creates new dangers to its facilities. ... But the Defense Department also offers a silver lining on climate change: a huge appetite for clean energy sources and a massive budget to help accelerate the development of new technologies needed to curb greenhouse gases.” Photo credit: Mariordo Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Never-Ending Coup Against Black America; Census Bureau to Miss Deadline, Jeopardizing Trump’s Plan ; and More Picks 1/5

Sen. David Perdue Became Wealthy Outsourcing Work to China. Now the Former CEO Stands With Trump, Who Wants to ‘End Our Reliance on China.’ (Russ)

From the Washington Post: “When Republican David Perdue ran for the Senate six years ago, he spoke proudly of his years as a corporate executive in Asia. He made no apologies for having said that he ‘spent most of my career’ relying on the outsourcing of jobs. He fended off attacks that he had enriched himself as companies he led relied on offshore production, and he won the Georgia seat. But as Perdue seeks reelection, in a contest that will determine which party controls the Senate, he has sought to shift the focus away from such work as he allies himself with President Trump, who has blasted corporate executives who move jobs overseas.”

The Never-Ending Coup Against Black America (Dan)

The author writes, “It’s significant that Trump’s campaign to subvert democracy, by invalidating so basic a precept as a citizen’s right to have their vote counted, is unfolding in a place where basic rights for Black people are already invalidated as a matter of routine. What is the history of Black Georgia but a testament to the precariousness of Black people’s ability to participate in public life? What are the ways they have been selectively punished in their efforts to secure those rights but a brand of racial fascism, a slow-burn coup unfolding across centuries?”

Census Bureau to Miss Deadline, Jeopardizing Trump’s Plan (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “The Census Bureau will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, a delay that could undermine President Donald Trump’s efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren’t submitted before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The Census Bureau plans to deliver a population count of each state in early 2021, as close to the missed deadline as possible, the statistical agency said in a statement late Wednesday.

The Family Court Judge Who Threatened a Mother With Contempt of Court for Getting Her Child a COVID-19 Test (Reader Steve)

The authors write, “Ohio juvenile court Judge Timothy Grendell has been outspoken about his belief that the COVID-19 pandemic is overblown. At a protest rally in May, just steps away from where he presides over family court, Grendell proclaimed that public health restrictions to contain the pandemic were unconstitutional and ‘we should be allowed to get back to our lives.’ … He referred to the pandemic as a ‘panic-ademic’ in the midst of a custody proceeding in his courtroom in Geauga County, outside Cleveland. And he has claimed that 15 mothers in his court have used the virus as an excuse in custody cases to ‘mess with’ their exes’ parenting time.”

Bad Cops: How MN Protects Its Worst Police Officers Until It’s Too Late (Dana)

From the Minnesota Reformer: “The Minneapolis Police Department is notoriously ineffective at removing bad cops from its ranks. Numerous lawsuits, independent investigations and the disciplinary files obtained by the Reformer show a pattern of mismanagement when it comes to holding officers accountable. Department leaders are routinely blind to numerous warning signs that problem officers pose a danger to the public. Managers are often unaware their subordinates are being investigated for misconduct, promoting them through their ranks and lauding them for their aggressive tactics even as complaints pile up.”

The Very Real, Totally Bizarre Bucatini Shortage of 2020 (Dan)

From Grubstreet: “Things first began to feel off in March. While this sentiment applies to everything in the known and unknown universe, I mean it specifically in regard to America’s supply of dry, store-bought bucatini. At first, the evidence was purely anecdotal. My boyfriend and I would bravely venture to both our local Italian grocer and our local chain groceries, masked beyond recognition, searching in vain for the bucatini that, in my opinion, not to be dramatic, is the only noodle worth eating; all other dry pastas might as well be firewood. But where there had once been abundance, there was now only lack. Being educated noodle consumers, we knew that there was, more generally, a pasta shortage due to the pandemic, but we were still able to find spaghetti and penne and orecchiette — shapes which, again, insult me even in concept. The missing bucatini felt different. It was specific. Frightening. Why bucatini? Why now? Why us?”


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