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Is Bernie Sanders the Best Candidate on Climate Change?

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/bernie-sanders-greenest-presidential-candidate

The Democratic presidential primary race got its second major candidate recently, and its first true climate hawk: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described democratic socialist. Sanders has one of the strongest climate change records in the Senate. In fact, according to rankings released by Climate Hawks Vote, a new super PAC, Sanders was the No. 1 climate leader in the Senate for the 113th Congress that ended in January.

Climate Hawks Vote measures leadership, not just voting records, tabulating actions like bills introduced, speeches given, and so forth. In the 112th Congress, Sanders ranked third behind Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). In the last Congress, he edged out Whitehouse by one point.

"Sanders is very much among the top leaders," says R.L. Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote. "He has a record of really strong advocacy for solar in particular." Miller notes that distributed solar, which enables everyone with a solar panel to create their own energy instead of relying on a monopolistic utility company, fits especially well with Sanders' democratic socialist philosophy. It's bad for corporations and good for regular folks who get to own the means of production.

Here are some of the highlights from Sanders' climate and clean energy record:

more at link

Good for Bernie!

MEGA HUMPTY BUMP KICK!

February 9, 1825 "Corrupt Bargain": United States presidential election, 1824

These two links tell the story:

http://history1800s.about.com/od/leaders/a/electionof1824.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1824

God forbid we ever have to let a Republican-controlled House decide a national election.

Hillary Clinton Makes First Visit to Brooklyn Since Announcing Campaign

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/05/14/hillary-clinton-makes-first-visit-to-brooklyn-since-announcing-campaign/?_r=0

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday made her first trip to Brooklyn since she joined the presidential race a month ago, visiting her headquarters and taking an unannounced stroll in Brooklyn Heights.

Then she headed to a meeting for donors who have secured at least 10 checks totaling $2,700.

Mrs. Clinton spent about an hour in her headquarters at 1 Pierrepont Plaza, shaking hands and meeting people, aides said. She told them it was important to win, but also to “have fun,” said her spokesman, Nick Merrill.



She then took a walk through the neighborhood as an aide from the campaign’s digital team used a video camera to record people approaching Mrs. Clinton on the street. The candidate was accompanied by Mr. Merrill, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide, and a few Secret Service agents.

Orlando is very slowly becoming a true big city

http://www.thegalleryatmillspark.com/location.php

$1400 a month for a studio apartment. Near where I grew up.

That is on or very near a lumber yard I played around on as a kid. Truly, you can't go home again.

Yea, yea, I know, it can't hold a candle to NYC or Miami or even Tampa yet. Notice I said "slowly becoming".

Possible bear sighting between College Park and Ivanhoe Village (Orlando)

http://bungalower.com/2015/05/possible-bear-sighting-between-college-park-and-ivanhoe-village/



There have been a number of reports on local chat forums of bear sightings in downtown Orlando this week.

Orlando resident Kim Thomas posted on Nextdoor, a private social networking app, that her daughter had seen a bear around 1 a.m. near King and Formosa in College Park .

Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a bear sighting had been reported that same day on Hazel Street, just a few blocks northwest of Formosa and King.

Florida Fish and Wildlife have a FAQ bear sheet on their website, HERE.

Chris Rock's Twitter feed is pretty interesting

To wit....

https://twitter.com/chrisrock/status/582767497272803328

Stopped by the cops again wish me luck.


I think that's the most recent one, from March 31st. He's been doing this for a while now.

$70 Million = estimated net worth of Chris Rock per http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/celeb/comedian/chris-rock-net-worth/

question about 4k TV

Does anyone have any rough ideas when 4K will become much more widespread ? I know it's more or less in its infancy now. Just curious, thanks.

OPD: Pub owner allegedly aimed gun at black couple

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-kim-bruns-idrive-bartender-arrested-20150513-story.html


A International Drive pub owner was arrested last weekend after holding a young black couple at gunpoint and making racist comments while threatening to shoot them, Orlando police records show.

Kim Bruns, who owns the Orlando George & Dragon British Pub, is charged with pulling a gun on Kayla Davis, 21, and her boyfriend Darian Elwin after they arrived to celebrate his 20th birthday, records state.


"It's all false accusations," said Bruns, 51, when reached Wednesday afternoon. "I have black people who work for me. I have never used a racial slur."

Bruns' attorney Rose Feller said, "It is too early in the investigation to determine what has happened. ... I am sure all parties' interests and motives will come to light."

I'd copy more but against the rules.

An Oklahoma Suburb, Tornado-Ready

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/opinion/an-oklahoma-suburb-tornado-ready.html?_r=0

SHERMAN, Tex. — SOMETIMES it appears as if there is a target hanging over Moore, Okla.: Storms seem to find it.

Although the city was spared last week as tornadoes swept nearby, overturning cars and destroying dozens of homes, Moore hasn’t always been so lucky.

In 1999, 2003 and 2013, powerful tornadoes struck the area, killing dozens and causing billions of dollars in damage. The 1999 storm had the highest wind speed ever recorded when it hit the nearby town of Bridge Creek. In all, 36 people died. Twenty-four more were killed in 2013 by another extraordinarily powerful tornado, including seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, one of two schools hit in the town.

But tragedy can breed resolve, and last year, Moore adopted a stricter building code for residential construction, becoming perhaps the first municipality in the country to approve rules aimed at significantly enhancing the structural strength of new homes and making them more tornado-resistant.
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