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Biden administration gives go-ahead for Vineyard Wind 'large-scale' offshore wind farm
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Only months into the new Biden administration, the United States is on track to get its first large-scale offshore wind farm. On Tuesday Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo gave approval for the Vineyard Wind project, a new wind farm 12 nautical miles from Martha's Vineyard. Up to 84 turbines spaced no closer than 1 nautical mile apart will power up to 400,000 New England homes.
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This news is generally being met with approval by environmental groups, though commercial fishing businesses still oppose this and other offshore wind farms. The reason approval had not previously been given under the Trump administration, however, likely has more to do with Donald Trump's frequently announced contempt for wind power in general and offshore wind farms in particular. Trump had previously engaged in a years-long feud to halt construction of a wind farm offshore from what would become his money-losing Scottish golf resort, claiming that the view of wind turbines would harm the value of his property and be "terrible for tourism."

Also, he stiffed the Scottish government when it came time to pay court-ordered legal fees in the case.

There are no energy solutions that do not have at least some environmental costs, whether it be from the development of the land underneath it or the production of the parts actually generating the energy. A sparse array of wind turbines over twelve miles offshore and separated from each other by a mile in all directions is, at least for the moment, considered one of the least damaging. The Biden administration has been keen to jumpstart the long-lagging offshore wind industry as means of lowering U.S. emissions, and it is expected that the Vineyard Wind project will be the first of an array of newly approved products along coastal waters.
 
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The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to repeal a regulation introduced during former President Donald Trump’s administration that Democrats say allows predatory lenders to skirt state consumer protections.

Lawmakers voted 52 to 47 to repeal the “true lender” rule, marking the first time Democrats have rolled back a Trump-era financial rule using the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that gives Congress the ability to rescind recently enacted regulations....
 

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The former guy's new blog gets pathetically low engagement: analysis
Aldous J Pennyfarthing

I say “schaden,” you say “freude”!

Schaden!
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I can’t hear you!

Okay, we’ll come back to that.


This is all you need to know for the time being. Donald J. Trump’s “From the Desk of” blog (link not available) is a big dumpy pile of impotent derp.

From NBC News:

The ex-president’s blog has drawn a considerably smaller audience than his once-powerful social media accounts, according to engagement data compiled with BuzzSumo, a social media analytics company. The data offers a hint that while Trump remains a political force, his online footprint is still dependent on returning to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Trump’s new blog has attracted a little over 212,000 engagements, defined as backlinks and social interactions — including likes, shares and comments — received across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Reddit. Before the ban, a single Trump tweet was typically liked and retweeted hundreds of thousands of times.

Hmm, maybe he could launch a GeoCities page. Or have they banned him, too?

Of course, none of this is a huge surprise. While Trump’s blog isn’t quite as embarrassing as the MyPillow dude’s Frankspeech.com, it’s still Mickey Mouse shit. Emphasis on shit.

Jeremy Blackburn, an assistant professor of computer science at New York’s Binghamton University who co-wrote some of this research, said Trump’s move is even more limiting.
“In the case of Trump's new platform, it is so technologically primitive that there is no way for his followers to even migrate,” Blackburn said. “Who cares about a platform where you can't even own the libs? There are plenty of other newsletters that people have been adding to their spam boxes for years.”

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The Trump-ectomy continues. Now Facebook needs to ensure the big bloaty scrote dirigible never returns. Maybe we can make some noise about that.

Schadenfreude, babies. It feels so good.
 

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CA-Gov: New Poll Shows Growing Opposition To GOP Recall Efforts Against Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)
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The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced for reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner while other Republican candidates hoping to take the governor's place have little backing, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that was co-sponsored by the L.A. Times.

The survey's results were especially bleak for retired Olympic gold medalist Jenner, as just 6% of Californians who took part in the survey said they would vote to have her replace Newsom — a vast majority of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated or independent voters said they would not be inclined to support her candidacy.

Democratic voters polled also overwhelmingly favored having a prominent Democratic replacement candidate on the recall ballot in case Newsom is ousted from office, putting them at odds with efforts by their state party and Newsom's campaign to prevent that from happening.

Slightly over half of California registered voters, 52%, approve of the job Newsom has been doing as governor, a small increase from January but still far below the findings in September when 64% gave him high marks, according to the poll.

That's one of Newsom's potential soft spots that the recall campaign's organizers will probably try to exploit, along with strong voter dissatisfaction over how the governor has handled the homelessness crisis, housing affordability and crime in California, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the poll.


"Most of his decline appears to have been about the pandemic and now that we're emerging out of that, voters are giving the governor generally better marks on the pandemic. He still doesn't have great job performance numbers," DiCamillo said. "If the focus then shifts away from the pandemic to the other issues facing the state, he's gonna have some work cut out for himself.".....
 

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Virginia GOP picks wealthy venture capitalist for governor, but one defeated hopeful isn't on board
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The Republican nominee for Virginia governor is super rich and ready to claim election fraud
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After a laborious nominating process, where the GOP's lies about "election integrity concerns" were laid completely bare in hilarious fashion, the Virginia Republican Party has nominated Glenn Youngkin, an uber-wealthy, former equity fund executive, as their candidate of choice to run for governor this fall.

For those of you with better things to do than watch another Republican trainwreck, let me fill you in. Youngkin's "campaign" was nothing more than a mishmash of Mad Libs-style self victimization and neo-conservative talking points; the sole policy plank he discussed was the creation of an "electoral integrity task force."

I’d tell you more about Youngkin, but the man is a blank slate. He exemplifies the phrase “generic Republican.” Hell, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, although that’ll probably be rectified while I’m writing this.
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Unlike Donald Trump, Youngkin isn't a "paper tiger"; he's actually rich, with a net worth somewhere around $300 million cash—money he poured into the convoluted nomination process that the Virginia GOP created.

Youngkin flew under the radar when compared to fellow candidate Amanda Chase, who has a lengthy track record of horrible stances—like claiming that voting to remove Confederate statues was “removing white history,” or declaring that if women don't carry a gun and get raped, it's their fault, and attempting to co-opt the #SayHerName hashtag for QAnon-devotee and insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt.


Youngkin is smart enough to not spew that kind of nonsense out loud. As a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Business School, he's another in a long line of smart people who've decided that conning the MAGA crowd for money and power is a helluva lot better than trying to stand up to them.......
 

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32 shots fired blindly in Breonna Taylor's death: 'This is how the wrong person was shot and killed'
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An internal report from the police department that hired the officers who shot and killed emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor revealed that officers did in fact violate department rules when they fired at Taylor, according to the report initially discovered by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Taylor, 26, was sleeping when officers executing a no-knock drug warrant smashed in her door after midnight and shot her at least eight times in her Louisville home. Even though the person cops were allegedly searching for was already in police custody, they have maintained that they opened fire blindly in Taylor’s home because her boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired first and hit Sgt. Jon Mattingly with a single shot.

Sgt. Andrew Meyer, an investigator with the Louisville Metro Police Department, said in a memo dated Dec. 4 that CNN obtained that even though Walker fired at officers, believing they were intruders, two of the three officers who shot Taylor didn't correctly identify their target. Meyer wrote that officers “experienced fear, tunnel vision, and adrenaline” and "took a total of thirty-two shots, when the provided circumstances made it unsafe to take a single shot.”
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“This is how the wrong person was shot and killed," Meyer wrote. He said none of the shots Detective Myles Cosgrove, Mattingly, or Brett Hankison, another officer on the scene, took were safe. “The officers could not safely take the shots given these circumstances,” Meyer determined. “The officers did not safely take the shots and Ms. Taylor was struck and killed.”

Mattingly was not one of the officers who failed to correctly identify a target. He identified Walker as a target but at Taylor’s expense, the report determined. "Ms. Taylor's safety should have been considered prior to Sergeant Mattingly returning fire at the threat, Mr. Walker," the investigator wrote in the report.

The official added: “Withdrawing to cover would have created a higher degree of safety for the officers than engaging, because even provided the shots were accurate enough to strike the intended target, it would not mean the threat is immediately disrupted."

Detective Joshua Jaynes, who secured the drug warrant, and Cosgrove, who fired the shot the FBI determined killed Taylor, were officially fired in January for their roles in the deadly shooting, the Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed to media on Jan. 6. Hankison was also fired, but Mattingly, who shot Taylor five times, was only reassigned to administrative work. Although none of the officers will be charged in Taylor's death, Hankison is expected to face charges of wanton endangerment at trial next year, reportedly for firing into neighboring apartments, CNN reported.
 

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The House Judiciary Committee and the Biden administration have struck “an agreement in principle” to resolve a two-year-old fight over a subpoena for testimony from Don McGahn, a former White House counsel to President Donald Trump, lawyers said in a court filing on Tuesday evening.

Trump has not signed off on the deal, however, according to the status report submitted to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The former president could try to take legal action to block any testimony from McGahn, but the filing from the House and the Justice Department — now under the control of appointees of President Joe Biden — seems to try to head off such a move by noting pointedly that Trump “is not a party to this case.”

The brief submission to the court on Tuesday provided no details on what the House and the department called an “accommodation” to end the dispute, which arose after the House panel subpoenaed McGahn in 2019 to testify as part of an investigation into alleged episodes of obstruction of justice by Trump that McGahn described in a report from special counsel Robert Mueller. The request eventually became part of the House’s impeachment inquiry.

Despite the lack of clarity on the deal, one House Judiciary Committee member suggested on Twitter it would involve McGahn’s answering lawmakers’ questions.

“We look forward to former White House Counsel Don McGahn telling the @HouseJudiciary Committee what he knows,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted.

A spokesperson for Trump, Jason Miller, said the former president was reviewing his legal options.

“This case presents important questions concerning confidentiality of communications between the President and his closest advisors and the ability of a House committee to pry into those communications,” Miller said in a statement. “President Trump has not agreed to the accommodation arranged in principle by the Biden Administration with the House Judiciary Committee and is evaluating his options for fully protecting the privilege that continues to cover his communications with his closest advisors.”......
 

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As GOP Dumps Cheney for Saying No Voter Fraud, Trump's AG Will Tell Congress...
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No voter fraud!

Tomorrow (Wednesday), while the Cult of the Former Guy (a/k/a the Republican party) House members meet to excommunicate Liz Cheney from the leadership for the sin of heresy — as in, telling the truth that Former Guy lost fair and square, the Former Guy’s acting Attorney General, Jeffrey Rosen, will be going to the Hill to tesify under oath that the Former Guy lost fair and square.

Trump’s acting attorney general to affirm there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020.

The top Justice Department official at the time of the Jan 6. attack on the Capitol is expected to tell lawmakers on Wednesday that the department saw no evidence to undercut President Biden’s election win, even as Republicans continue to question the results and use those doubts to underpin restrictive voting laws.
The Justice Department “had been presented with no evidence of widespread voter fraud at a scale sufficient to change the outcome of the 2020 election,” Jeffrey A. Rosen, who served as the acting attorney general for the final month of the Trump administration, said in a prepared statement to the House Oversight Committee.

If Trump weren’t infamous for not paying his bills, I’d want the carpet contract for Mar-a-Lago, because he must be chewing them to shreds.

 

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Sen. Cornyn promotes WaPo story about GOP's plan to seize power via gerrymandering
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Good gourd, did he only read the headline? Or is he really this cynical about the GOP’s ongoing campaign to rule with an iron fist over a majority of Americans, most of whom would rather tuck into a charcuterie board of brine-pickled assholes than ever vote Republican?

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is apparently pleased as punch that Texas’ influx of likely Democratic-leaning residents will nevertheless be turned into an electoral advantage for Republicans, and he’s advertising his Machiavellian glee to the world.
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Behold!



The headline, which Cornyn replicates in his post, reads, “Texas’s population boom should be a boon to Democrats. But Republicans are reaping the gains.”

Does that mean—as you might assume, given that Cornyn is a loyal Republican—that Republicans are wooing these voters to their side, despite what appears to be a Democratic advantage? Ha ha ha ha ha! No, of course not. It means they’re cheating in order to maintain their feeble grasp on power.

The Washington Post:

Yet the change coming to Texas is, for now, likely to be the opposite of what one might expect. The state’s growth — fueled overwhelmingly by people of color in its largest cities and their close-in suburbs — should be cause for celebration among Democrats.
But because of the way the GOP-controlled legislature is expected to redraw congressional districts, this growth is predicted to be a boon for Republicans instead. When coupled with new lines in states such as Florida and Georgia, it might even be enough to flip control of the House in next year’s midterm elections.
“Gerrymandering is an easy road map to a Republican majority,” said Michael Li, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute. “They have a lot of incentive to be very aggressive.”

Got that? While demographic trends are decidedly not in the GOP’s favor, they’re going to twist congressional districts into pretzels until they get the outcomes they want. That’s called gerrymandering. Another word for it would be “cheating.” Coincidentally enough, this is just the kind of thing the For the People Act, which Republicans hate, was created to stop.

Needless to say, Twitter had some salty responses:






So Republicans are power-mad enemies of democracy. That part we knew. The alarming bit is that they’re not even trying to hide it anymore.
 

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Fuel shortages crop up in Southeast, gas prices climb after pipeline hack

While Colonial Pipeline works to restore service after last week’s cyberattack, some gas stations in Virginia, Georgia, Florida and other states are reporting dry pumps and long lines

Lines of panicked drivers overwhelmed gas stations in the Southeast on Tuesday, as rising prices fed fears of shortages in the aftermath of a ransomware attack that forced the nation’s largest fuel pipeline offline.

In Atlanta, 1 of every 5 gas stations was reported to be out of fuel Tuesday evening.

“Look how crazy we’re all getting, over every little thing,” said Allan Hardy, a plumber who had driven from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Wilmington, N.C., and saw long lines at every service station on the road, save for those that had already run out of gas. “And the only reason this shortage isn’t worse is that a lot of people aren’t working right now. Today it’s our oil pipeline, but what will it be tomorrow? If this kind of thing comes at another time, you just can’t gauge how bad it might get.”


In Washington, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the Southeast can expect a “crunch” that will take several days to alleviate......