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BlueIn_W_Pa's Journal
BlueIn_W_Pa's Journal
September 27, 2023

(R)s protect by omission and defend Menendez (D)?!?

Chris Hayes had a brilliant point.
(D)s are calling out corruption AMONG THEMSELVES, even on slim vote margins
(R)s are silent except for 1 - ONE - (R) defending him?

Maybe (R)s don't want to draw attention to their rot

September 22, 2023

Not a single student was proficient in math. Not one student

What a national disgrace... and money is NOT the problem

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/project-baltimore/at-13-baltimore-city-high-schools-zero-students-tested-proficient-on-2023-state-math-exam#

But that’s not the only alarming finding we made. In those 13 high schools, 1,736 students took the test, and 1,295 students, or 74.5%, scored a one out of four. One is the lowest level, meaning those students were not even close to proficient.

Last school year, Baltimore City Schools received $1.6 billion from taxpayers, the most ever. The district also received $799 million in Covid relief funding from the federal government. And still, not a single student tested at 13 City high schools scored proficient on the state math test.

“So, it's not a funding issue. We're getting plenty of funding,” said Rodriguez.“I don't think money is the issue. I think accountability is the issue.”
September 15, 2023

How about reducing energy consumption?

Pittsburgh pledges to become a 'dark sky city'

https://www.ksby.com/news/national/pittsburgh-pledges-to-become-a-dark-sky-city-in-2022

Pittsburgh will become a "dark sky city" this year. It's common for smaller localities in the western U.S., but not for cities of Pittsburgh's size and for cities on the East Coast.

Pittsburgh says it will switch to lower-wattage LED streetlamp light bulbs to reduce light pollution.

"Light pollution severely affects the natural environment pollinators, and bird migration, fireflies," said Diane Turnshek, a special lecturer in the Carnegie Mellon University physics department.

The city also says the move will increase energy efficiency. They expect to replace around 40,000 streetlights, which will reduce overall energy consumption between 40-50%.

"Street lighting is a major component of our electrical bill and of our emissions footprint, and so when we think about those correlations between energy consumption, the types of energy that we're consuming, as well as the amount of reduction, it'll be a pretty significant consumption reduction that we'll see," said Grant Ervin, Pittsburgh's chief resilience officer.



September 13, 2023

Workers need to remember who's the boss

kneel before your employer and be happy you have a job and stop being so arrogant

This multi-millionaire developer:

unemployment has to jump 40 – 50 percent in my view. We need to see pain in the economy... We need to remind people that they work for the employer, not the other way around... They have been paid a lot to do not too much in the last few years, and we need to see that change.”


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September 9, 2023

Barcelona Guitar Trio's performance of Billie Jean

on one acoustic guitar

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August 17, 2023

A State Official Refused To Release Water For West Maui Fires

Specifically, according to accounts of four people with knowledge of the situation, M. Kaleo Manuel, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and DLNR’s deputy director for water resource management, initially balked at West Maui Land Co.’s requests for additional water to help prevent the fire from spreading to properties managed by the company.
According to the sources, Manuel wanted West Maui Land to get permission from a taro, or kalo, farm located downstream from the company’s property. Manuel eventually released water but not until after the fire had spread.


[link:https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/08/a-state-official-refused-to-release-water-for-west-maui-fires-until-it-was-too-late/|
August 15, 2023

PA Fracking and Cancer Rates Report

Using the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry, the cancer study looked at 507 children, aged 0-19, who were diagnosed between 2010 and 2019 in southwestern Pennsylvania’s shale gas hot spots: Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene, Beaver and Butler counties, and all of Allegheny County around the City of Pittsburgh, which has a ban on hydraulic fracturing.

It focused on the three most common cancers in children and adolescents in the United States — leukemias, brain and central nervous system tumors, and lymphomas — and added rare bone cancers including Ewing sarcoma, at the urging of concerned parents in Washington and Westmoreland counties and former-Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration.

Lumping all the cancers together, researchers calculated that, “children diagnosed with any of the four malignancies included in the study were about four times more likely to live in a house within 0.5 miles” of a shale gas development site than those who lived elsewhere.


[link:https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2023/08/15/shale-gas-fracking-health-studies/stories/202308150112|
August 11, 2023

Why doesn't the military help in disasters more quickly?

Watching the Hawaii footage and remembering Katrina and others where it was difficult in getting supplies in or people out. I know many cases the National Guard can be brought in, but I don't think they have this kind of capability.

Does anyone know why the military can't use it's massive capabilities to send in housing, water, food?

I mean just this one helicopter can carry between 15-18 tons of emergency supplies in one trip? Even the older versions can carry 12 tons.

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August 3, 2023

Some really good news

Unit 3 at Plant Vogtle, operated by Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power, is the first new nuclear building project in more than three decades in the United States. A second reactor, Unit 4, is expected to be operational at the site by the end of the year or early 2024.

[link:https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2023/07/31/westinghouse-plant-vogtle-ap1000.html?csrc=6398&utm_campaign=trueAnthemTrendingContent&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook|

These Westinghouse plants can generate power for over a million households with zero green house gases, with a facility that would almost fit in a football field saving some 7 million tons of CO2 per year per plant.

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