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Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/04/morocco-to-switch-on-first-phase-of-worlds-largest-solar-plant

Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030

The power station on the edge of the Saharan desert will be the size of the country’s capital city by the time it is finished in 2018, and provide electricity for 1.1 million people.

Noor 1, the first section at the town of Ouarzazate, provides 160 megawatts (MW) of the ultimate 580MW capacity, helping Morocco to save hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
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The north African country plans to generate 42% of its energy from renewables by 2020, with one-third of that total coming from solar, wind and hydropower apiece.

Morocco hopes to use the next UN climate change conference, which it hosts in November, as the springboard for an even more ambitious plan to source 52% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.


Morocco is very much a country of my heart. I spent eight years in all living and working there. One of my sons was born there. I love the country and its people.

Bob Woodward's Problems With Hillary Clinton Definitely Aren't Sexist, No Sir

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bob-woodward-hillary-clinton_us_56b21b55e4b08069c7a59b98

He just wishes she would stop shouting.

Woodward apologized for "dwelling on the tone issue," but said "there is something here where Hillary Clinton suggests that she's almost not comfortable with herself."

Clinton should "lower the temperature" and "get off this screaming stuff," he added.

Other guests during the segment defended Clinton. "These are rallies, though, and it's hard at a rally," journalist Cokie Roberts said.

The former secretary of state has been criticized for her appearance and a perceived lack of approachability for her entire career. Much of that criticism is clearly sexist: shouting, for example, is not usually a liability for male candidates.


Bob Woodward ...

Consequences of Iowa: Trump still strong, new life for Rubio, long-term trouble for Sanders

http://election.princeton.edu/2016/02/02/consequences-of-iowa-trump-still-strong-new-life-for-rubio-long-term-trouble-for-sanders/

Analysis from PEC's Sam Wang:

My preliminary take on the Iowa caucuses is that they didn’t alter the trajectory of where things are probably headed for the Democrats: Hillary Clinton is still favored. However, the Republican field could potentially narrow to a three-way race (Trump-Cruz-Rubio) sooner than I had expected, thanks to a strong showing by Marco Rubio.
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On the Democratic side, tonight was substantively bad for Bernie Sanders. After all the talk about hordes of Sanders supporters, in the end he only achieved a near-tie: 23 delegates for Clinton, 21 delegates for Sanders. Iowa is one of the most favorable states for him because of its ethnic composition. But it is not enough to win 50% of white Democrats. To have a chance overall, he needed a big win to (a) indicate that he can get enough white support to compensate for lack of support in nonwhite demographics in other states, and (b) create press coverage to boost him in the coming weeks. Outcome (a) didn’t happen. We’ll see about (b).

One of the most notable features of the Democratic race was the age gap. In an entrance poll, Sanders led by 70% among voters aged 18-29, while Clinton led by 43% among those aged 65 and over. That is a 113-point gap. This difference surely is on the minds of both sides for the weeks and months ahead.

Hillary Clinton stresses gun control as 'big difference' of Democratic race

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/03/clinton-puts-focus-on-gun-control

Per the Brady Campaign:

“Hillary Clinton is not only a long-time champion of the life-saving Brady law, she has made gun violence prevention a centerpiece of her campaign,” Dan Gross, the organization’s president, said in statement on Tuesday. Gross noted Hillary’s Iowa victory speech highlighted her commitment “to stand up to the corporate gun lobby to build the safer America we all deserve”.

“Bernie Sanders didn’t even mention the epidemic of gun violence last night, perhaps because – after voting against the Brady Bill five times and for PLCAA twice – he has been on the wrong side of this issue for so long.”

Clinton, appearing in Derry, 16 miles south of Manchester, contrasted Sanders’ positions with her own record, saying she had fought for gun law reform “for many years”.

“This is a big difference in this campaign,” she said. “I have been standing up relentlessly calling out the gun lobby and doing what I can to penetrate the fear, the acquiescence, the intimidation that too many elected officials feel in the face of their threatening political retaliation.”

Democratic race in Iowa caucuses leans toward Hillary Clinton

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-democratic-iowa-caucuses-begin/

There will likely be updates because things are still in process.

See also Sam Wang's thoughts: http://election.princeton.edu/2016/02/01/iowa-caucus-what-to-look-for/#more-13633

Go Hillary!

SAG Awards: Diversity Reigns in a Rebuke to #OscarsSoWhite

Idris Elba, who failed to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance in 'Beasts of No Nation,' was the toast of the evening.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sag-awards-diversity-reigns-a-860852

Elba received a supporting actor award for "Beasts" and a second trophy for TV's Luther.

His role in "Beasts" was very painful to watch, IMO, which is also why he is such a good actor. I thought this latest season of Luther was not the best, possibly because it was so short. But I am very glad that he - and others - received well-deserved recognition at the SAG awards.

Hillary Clinton Calm and Confident In Closing Days of Iowa

A sharp contrast to the chaos of her final push in 2008.

http://time.com/4201183/hillary-clinton-calm-and-confident-in-closing-days-of-iowa/

Mary Jo Peterson isn’t worried. “I think Hillary is going to be the best president we’ve ever had,” she says, calmly surveilling a crowd of about 1,500 in Davenport for Bill and Hillary Clinton Friday night.

Peterson, a 53-year-old teacher from Grand Mount, first got involved in politics in 2007 for Clinton’s first presidential bid. Before those caucuses she worked her heart out—as did the whole campaign—in a frantic belated push to counter a surging Barack Obama. When Clinton placed third in Iowa, Peterson was crushed. But this time, she says, she’s a lot more confident.

In recent weeks, Clinton has battled a flurry of headlines declaring her “panicked” at rival Bernie Sander’s surge in polls and fundraising. Clinton is “racing to close the enthusiasm gap,” while her polls numbers are in “an absolute free fall,” and “Sanders’ surge threatens a replay of 2008 for Clinton.” But the reality on the ground doesn’t bear this out.
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The Davenport rally, essentially Clinton’s closing argument to Iowa’s eastern Quad Cities, was one of the largest crowds Clinton has addressed by design. As Clinton makes her way across the Hawkeye State ahead of Monday’s caucuses, her events—as well as her husband’s—are by design smaller and more intimate. There are no desperate recriminations, just a calm outline of the differences between Clinton and her rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She is so on message that her events hardly vary in structure and tone. Her husband’s events are so quiet—a retelling of how he met his wife and how she has over the years been a force of good in his life and, he argues, the world—that the New York Times declared “the magic seems to be missing” and quoted political observers worried about his health.

What’s missing, actually, is the panic. The final month before the 2008 Iowa caucuses was a long, chaotic freak out. ...

Hurry up and renew your passport!

If your passpart is set to expire between now and 2018 ... it is better to renew now, as this article recommends.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/28/news/passport-expire-renew-travel/index.html?sr=fbCNN012916passport-expire-renew-travel1047AMStoryLink&linkId=20773674

Mine was set to expire in Nov 2016. But as I travel fairly often and Switzerland requires that passports be valid for at least three months beyond the duration of stay, while the US requires that they be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of stay, etc., I had mine renewed this past November to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Nearly 49 million passports are set to expire within the next three years, and government officials are warning there will be an flood of renewal requests through 2018.

The reason: A U.S. law that went into effect in 2007 requires U.S. citizens to use a passport when traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

As a result, nearly 18 million passports were issued in 2007 alone, and since passports are only good for 10 years, all of these will soon be up for renewal.

Adding to the time crunch is the fact that many European countries won't accept passports within six months of their expiration date.


More at the link ...

For this Iowa couple, caucusing is a family affair—and has been for decades

The first caucus they ever attended was in their own living room.

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/iowa-couple-caucusing-family-affairand-has-been-decades/

When Iowa holds the nation’s first caucus in less than a week, Jim and Karen Gorham will be there—just as they’ve been to every single caucus since 1972.

This year, they’ll be caucusing for Hillary Clinton.
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“We've never had a chance,” they say, “since we started voting in 1960, to vote for somebody that has the issues that are closest to us in her heart. We have four granddaughters and two daughters. That's as personal as you can get for us. Hillary Clinton focuses on things that will make a huge difference in our daughters' lives.”

What happened to black Germans under the Nazis

A targeted group that has received scant attention ...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/what-happened-to-black-germans-under-the-nazis-a6839216.html

The 1935 Nuremberg Laws stripped Jews of their German citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with “people of German blood”.

A subsequent ruling confirmed that black people (like “gypsies”) were to be regarded as being “of alien blood” and subject to the Nuremberg principles. Very few people of African descent had German citizenship, even if they were born in Germany, but this became irreversible when they were given passports that designated them as “stateless negroes”.
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Instead, the process that ended with incarceration usually began with a charge of deviant or antisocial behaviour. Being black made people visible to the police, and it became a reason not to release them once they were in custody.

In this respect, we can see black people as victims not of a peculiarly Nazi racism, but of an intensified version of the kinds of everyday racism that persist today.


Very interesting read. I wish that I could post more.
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