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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Morning News: It's Gonna Be a Hot Summer, Thai Military Suspends Media

Posted by on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The June, July, and August temperature outlook. Warm-toned areas marked A indicate above-normal temperatures.
  • NOAA

Scientists Predict an Unusually Hot Summer: NOAA is forecasting a hotter-than-usual June, July, and August along the West Coast, Atlantic Seaboard, and gulf states. In the image above, which depicts the summer outlook, warm-toned areas marked "A" indicate above-normal temperatures. In related news, last month was the hottest April in history. But global warming is a sham, etc.

Thai Military Coup Bans Political Media, Rallies: After establishing martial law earlier this week, the BBC reports, "The cabinet has been told to report to the military, TV broadcasting is suspended and political gatherings are banned. A nationwide curfew will operate from 22:00 to 05:00 local time."

House Passes NSA Bill: The measure would restrict the NSA from collecting phone records in bulk, but only after several stronger provisions were gutted.

Gerrymandering: In one chart.

Two Good Local Stories from PubliCola: Both stories are here. They are: (1) The state, finally, is admitting that they "cannot say with confidence" that the deep-bore tunnel will be finished on time. (2) The Seattle City Council's internal staff is trying to make the $15-an-hour minimum wage law more friendly to business. The council is considering:

Allowing large nonprofit organizations such as Swedish Hospital and the Gates Foundation to phase in the $15 minimum over time; allowing employers to phase in higher wages gradually, over time; and creating a sub-minimum "training wage," set at 85 percent of the new minimum for all new employees.

Anna Minard Reports on the Counterattack: The ML King County Labor Council voted last night on a resolution that urges the city council to strengthen the minimum wage bill instead. Not surprisingly, restaurateur David Meinert—who has been pushing for a bill with lower wages for workers and more exemptions for business owners—has sent his own letter saying that he wants to permanently deduct tips from wages that businesses pay their employees. This all leads Anna to ask in her must-read post, "Is Mayor Murray's Landmark $15 Minimum Wage Deal Unraveling Before Our Eyes?"

Those GOP Primaries Tuesday? In Georgia, they cost $30 per Republican vote. Dems spent about one-third that amount—which is still totally absurd.

Okay, Okay, Okay: Some sports people visited a landmark. It was no place for beasts.

Fairly Unbalanced: Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested for a misdemeanor at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. The Associated Press reports that, according to officers, "Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow orders."

Get the Slave Look—WTF? While shopping for your DVD of 12 Years a Slave, you may notice some (in)appropriate attire.

For No Particular Reason: Destiny's Child is playing our jam!


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Pope Peabrain 1
No doubt Gregg Jarrett will find a way to blame Obama.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
The republican excuse wagon on climate change would be funny if it weren't so sad.

I don't think I recall ever seeing a group trying so desperately to ignore the elephant in the room.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
sperifera 3
The GATES FOUNDATION needs a phase-in of the $15MW? Excuse me while I vomit a little in my mouth.
Posted by sperifera on May 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this

No one can deny global warming.

That's why we need Dow Constantine to build hydrogen stations.

Why isn't he?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this
venomlash 5
@4: Because hydrogen is not a fuel supply, you twit.
Posted by venomlash on May 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
@4: Probably because he is way, way smarter than you.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM · Report this

Largest H2 bus fleet unveiled

Europe’s largest hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet was officially launched at the All-Energy 2014 exhibition and conference in Aberdeen this week, marking a major milestone for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, in which BOC is a key partner.

The Aberdeen City Council-led bus project, which is being part-funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, the council, the Scottish Government, as well as a range of other public and private sector partners, will be the largest single demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell buses in Europe.

This project will position Aberdeen as pioneers in zero emission public transport in the UK and provide a pathway to long-term improvements in air quality. It is the most high profile of a range of projects designed to create a sustainable hydrogen economy in the city and act as a catalyst for other projects in the region and beyond.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 9
creating a sub-minimum "training wage," set at 85 percent of the new minimum for all new employees.

How about a compromise? Allow a sub-minimum "training" wage while making all unpaid internships flat-out illegal.
Posted by keshmeshi on May 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM · Report this
@2 Urgutha Forka: For the win!
Our only remaining way out is to boycott Republican PAC-bought government stupidity,
including anything manufactured by the following:

Koch Industries, Goldman Sachs, Peabody Coal, SSA Marine, McDonald's,
Wal*Mart, KFC, ad nauseum.
Posted by auntie grizelda on May 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Myself, along with anyone else that grows their own food, embraces the new warmer weather with open arms. Bring on those extra heat units! Now maybe we can grow some decent, big ass beefsteak tomatoes.

Who says all climate change is bad?
Posted by AinWA on May 22, 2014 at 12:42 PM · Report this
threnody 13
@9 That's a good idea. Unpaid internships should go. Seems like a fair trade. (Just curious, do you count internships for school credit as "paid" or "unpaid?")
Posted by threnody on May 22, 2014 at 1:07 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 15

I consider that worse than unpaid, since you're paying tuition to the school and working for a business or non-profit for free.

What gets my goat about the sub-minimum "training" wage is that we already have that. The training wage in the United States is $0.
Posted by keshmeshi on May 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 16
Re Gerrymandering: I’ve always believed that, other than borders created by state boundary lines, Federal law should require that (intrastate) congressional district boarders should have to be straight lines meeting or intersecting at ninety degree angles.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on May 22, 2014 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Sandiai 17
@12, well it's just that optimal photosynthesis takes place at about 25C, and declines rapidly past that temperature. Believe me, your tomatoes grow better at 75F than at 90F. Higher CO2 in the air doesn't contribute to higher rates of photosynthesis either; that graph is maxed out at current levels. So, with increased global warming, plant growth will decline*, making it MORE difficult to take CO2 out of the air, compounding ITS effect on climate change.… (see graph 3.8.8)

*and we're not even talking about global warming's contribution to drought or the health of soil organisms on which plants depend- which also effect plant growth obviously.
Posted by Sandiai on May 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 18
Lame, Dom. LAME.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on May 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM · Report this

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