Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel recently insisted that Brownback’s program is faring just fine, mustering a level of denial that sounded almost as if she were a conservative mother who has just caught her son making out with his buddy.
Based on the latest measurements, the lava flow from the Pu’u O’o crater’s June 27 outbreak has slowed some but it’s headed straight for the center of Pahoa town. As of today, the 20th, the flow has left the forested edge of Kahoe Homesteads and is now moving through open grasslands.
Estimates are for it to reach the Pahoa main street within 18 days and then to cut Highway 130 three days after that.
Via Google Street View, here’s approximately where the lava may cross Pahoa Village Road. That house is done for.
Update: Civil Defense update for Friday the 19th
Richard Cowen, Reuters: John Boehner Is Sick of Unemployed People That Would ‘Rather Just Sit Around’
Boehner then lamented “this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.”
The evidence is clear that once someone has been unemployed for six months, as happened to millions of Americans as jobs disappeared during the Recession, virtually no employer is willing to give them a chance. But we can always count on the GOP to kick people when they are down.
Tonight British nationalists, emboldened by their sides victory in the referendum and by the general hysteria of anti-independence rhetoric - in which the entire media and political establishment were complicit - go on the rampage in Glasgow.
Does it look like we’re ‘Better Together’ yet?
The city of Los Angeles has launched an online permitting system for solar panels, seeking to streamline the process and reduce costs for homeowners.
Previously, those installing the systems had to go to a Department of Building and Safety office, with plans in hand, to apply for a permit, then wait days for approval, said department spokesman Luke Zamperini.
But now, it’s possible to receive permits for solar photovoltaic systems directly from the department’s website, the mayor’s office said in a news release this week.
Related story: Assembly bill could lower cost of residential solar in California
Zamperini said the time for approval has been slashed to minutes.
A few days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in New York City, the United States government announced efforts at curbing climate change by focusing on energy efficiency and solar power.
One of the initiatives in place is a six-year job training program that will teach 50,000 veterans how to install solar panels. This, along with all other initiatives, will help the U.S. cut down on over 300 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030 (equivalent to getting over 60 million cars off the road for a year) while saving billions by reducing energy bills for businesses and homeowners.
For these plans to be realized, the White House said that $68 million has been set aside for more than 500 energy efficiency and renewable power projects in rural areas. About 240 of these projects are related to solar power. At the same time, stricter rules are being proposed for commercial air conditioners, which could save a lot of energy with minimal effort. As for the job training program for veterans, military bases are being tapped as partners.
Because for the wild west libertarians running the GOP safety regulations == Tyranny!
Let’s be clear. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications will be mandated in the United States. For car companies, V2V won’t be an option. For us consumers, it won’t be a nice feature to have if we can pay for it. If all goes well, V2V could become a new regulation by the end of this decade — though many may argue that this is a big “if.”
Under the V2V plan, your car would use a built-in transponder to broadcast its position, type, speed, and trajectory wirelessly 10 times a second in all directions. Other vehicles within range would do the same.
What for? For your safety, according to the Department of Transportation (DoT).
In a further attempt to bring campus sexual assault into the national conversation, President Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign Friday, a national public service campaign that urges college students to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Calling for a “fundamental shift in our culture,” Obama, joined by Vice President Biden in the East Room of the White House, affirmed that all Americans should feel responsible for preventing sexual violence:
Campus sexual assault is no longer something we as a nation can turn away from and say, ‘that’s not our problem,’…It is not just on parents of young women to caution them, it is on the parents of young men to teach them respect for women. It is on grown men to set an example and be clear about what it means to be a man. … It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable.
Along with a campaign website, itsonus.org, that encourages people to pledge to “not be a bystander to the problem,” the White House also produced a 30-second public service announcement about the new campaign that features celebrities such as Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm, Connie Britton, Questlove and Kevin Love. Several media groups have signed on to help spread the message of the It’s On Us campaign including MTV, VH1 and College Humor. The #ItsOnUs hashtag has already taken off on Twitter with Olivia Munn, Mayim Bialik, Grant Hill and the Big 12 Conference tweeting out their support for the initiative.
Mark Udall and Cory Gardner Colorado Senate Race: Democrats and Republicans Are Fighting Over How Best to Win Over Female Voters
DENVER—The Colorado referendum on women is just 47 days away. That’s not its official title. Most people here refer to it as the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Cory Gardner. But the campaigns’ intense and protracted focus on women’s reproductive issues makes it seem like those issues are up for their own special vote.
Like all competitive Senate races, the neck-and-neck contest in Colorado may determine which party controls the Senate, but the race is also the central battleground for the fight between Republicans and Democrats over female voters. Will Democrats win by returning to the tested playbook of focusing on reproductive issues to run up their support with women, or have Republicans found a way to blunt that attack? The outcome will render a verdict on the principal strategic gambit of the Democratic Party, and it will contribute to a running debate within Republican ranks. Can the GOP win in competitive states—and even a national presidential contest—with its current positions, or must its candidates do more than offer cosmetic changes to core beliefs?