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Daisy Ridley's 'STAR WARS: EPISODE X - A NEW BEGINNING' will begin filming from September 2nd, 2024 in London, UK.
  • I mean, if you're willing to view TLJ as a standalone film, why wouldn't you also grant the same reprieve to TFA? They were both cinematically beautiful and told internally consistent and compelling stories, but they looked like dogshit against the backdrop of the rest of the Skywalker storyline and the fundamentals of the SW universe. I just give TFA more leeway because it didn't intentionally retcon its own set-up material.

  • American Leaders Should Stop Debasing Themselves on Israel Opinion | American Leaders Should Stop Debasing Themselves on Israel

    You have to wonder if American “friends” of Israel have any clue about the nature of Israel’s government.

    Opinion | American Leaders Should Stop Debasing Themselves on Israel

    > Israel is up against a regional superpower, Iran, that has managed to put Israel into a vise grip, using its allies and proxies: Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis and Shiite militias in Iraq. Right now, Israel has no military or diplomatic answer. Worse, it faces the prospect of a war on three fronts — Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank — but with a dangerous new twist: Hezbollah in Lebanon, unlike Hamas, is armed with precision missiles that could destroy vast swaths of Israel’s infrastructure, from its airports to its seaports to its university campuses to its military bases to its power plants.

    > But Israel is led by a prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has to stay in power to avoid potentially being sent to prison on corruption charges. To do so, he sold his soul to form a government with far-right Jewish extremists who insist that Israel must fight in Gaza until it has killed every last Hamasnik — “total victory” — and who reject any partnership with the Palestinian Authority (which has accepted the Oslo peace accords) in governing a post-Hamas Gaza, because they want Israeli control over all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including Gaza.

    > And now, Netanyahu’s emergency war cabinet has fallen apart over his lack of a plan for ending the war and safely withdrawing from Gaza, and the extremists in his government coalition are eyeing their next moves for power.

    > They have done so much damage already, and yet not President Biden, the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, nor many in Congress have come to terms with just how radical this government is.

    > Indeed, House Speaker Mike Johnson and his fellow G.O.P. mischief makers decided to reward Netanyahu with the high honor of speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on July 24. Pushed into a corner, the top Democrats in the Senate and the House signed on to the invitation, but the unstated goal of this Republican exercise is to divide Democrats and provoke shouted insults from their most progressive representatives that would alienate American Jewish voters and donors and turn them toward Donald Trump.


    GOP pick for N.C. governor downplayed Weinstein allegations, assault by Ray Rice

    > Mark Robinson, the firebrand Republican nominee for governor in North Carolina, has for years made comments downplaying and making light of sexual assault and domestic violence.

    > A review of Robinson’s social media posts over the past decade shows that he frequently questioned the credibility of women who aired allegations of sexual assault against prominent men, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Bill Cosby and now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. In one post, Robinson, North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, characterized Weinstein and others as “sacrificial lambs” being “slaughtered.”

    > Robinson has drawn scrutiny for his incendiary remarks on other issues, including about LGBTQ+ people, religion and other political figures. But his comments on domestic violence and sexual assault stand out for their tone and frequency, as well as Robinson’s repeated questioning of accusers.

    > While Robinson is, in some ways, emblematic of the Republican Party’s turn under Donald Trump toward rewarding inflammatory, sexist language, his dismissals of women threaten to test Robinson’s appeal with voters troubled by that history, in particular female voters.

    Daisy Ridley's 'STAR WARS: EPISODE X - A NEW BEGINNING' will begin filming from September 2nd, 2024 in London, UK.
  • Gotta agree with you, unfortunately. I'm just not excited about the Skywalker story anymore. I watched 7-9 with giddy excitement and even left the theater each time thinking good thoughts, but it only took a few hours of reflection for reality to sink in afterwards, and it quickly became clear that Disney somehow managed to fumble at the goal line three times in a row (TFA being the best of the three). Andor and Mando are giving me hope that there's still room in that time period for good content development, but for the most part I'm shifting my attention to the high republic era and hoping that they can formulate a coherent hero/story arc from that timeline.

  • The IRS wants to end another major tax loophole for the wealthy and raise $50 billion in the process
  • Indeed. Also, Republicans have already proposed dramatic cuts to the IRS, so we should be under no illusions about what will happen to this loophole and Direct File if Trump & Co. take control in November.

  • North Carolina Supreme Court Secretly Squashed Discipline of Two GOP Judges Who Admitted to Violating Judicial Code

    The decisions came despite the Judicial Standards Commission’s recommendations to publicly reprimand the judges, and these are likely the only times in more than a decade in which the court didn’t follow the commission’s guidance.

    North Carolina Supreme Court Secretly Squashed Discipline of Two GOP Judges Who Admitted to Violating Judicial Code

    > Last fall, out of public view, the North Carolina Supreme Court squashed disciplinary action against two Republican judges who had admitted that they had violated the state’s judicial code of conduct, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the decisions.

    > One of the judges had ordered, without legal justification, that a witness be jailed. The other had escalated a courtroom argument with a defendant, which led to a police officer shooting the defendant to death. The Judicial Standards Commission, the arm of the state Supreme Court that investigates judicial misconduct by judges, had recommended that the court publicly reprimand both women. The majority-Republican court gave no public explanation for rejecting the recommendations — indeed, state law mandates that such decisions remain confidential.

    > Asher Hildebrand, a professor of public policy at Duke University, explained that in the 2010s, North Carolina had policies designed to keep the judiciary above the political fray, such as nonpartisan judicial elections. However, the gradual dismantling of these policies by the Republican-controlled legislature has driven the court’s polarization, according to Hildebrand.

    Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • That article has given me a huge amount of information to think about. Thanks for sharing.

  • Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • I think you're right. I don't think we're far removed from a computer being attached to a firing pin such that electrical impulses cause microvibrations which force a firing pin into a cartridge with unimaginable rapidity. In that case, there'd be no trigger mechanism at all except a button and a microprocessor, and so our definitions will have to adapt rapidly to avoid unimaginable bloodshed.

  • Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • There's a lot in your comment that's not necessarily right or wrong, it's just harder for me to untangle, so instead I'll address this very salient point:

    you could also easily say constitutional organizists want to strip back any equality or progress our society has made via the courts.

    The argument of originalists is very specifically that progress shouldn't be made via the courts in the first place. It's not the judiciary's job to push us forward as a society, it's their job to interpret the Constitution as it's written. As soon as you open the door for a judge to push us "forward", you invite them to define for themselves what "forward" means. I don't think I can understate the damage that would do to this country if the shoe were on the other ideological foot and Christian nationalists were free to decide that "forward" means putting women in the kitchen as subservient partners in a heteronormative nuclear family. And you're right that the really sinister problem with this particular SCOTUS is that they seem to pick and choose when they want to abide by their stated principles, but on its face originalism is more in line with what the Framers had in mind. It's just that they also had a lot of other understandings about the American experiment which turned out to be laughably naïve.

    The only way to get out of the moralizing doom loop you're describing is to revert back to judges/justices being neutral arbiters of written law. It's not foolproof, mind you, because it's subject to the whims of overt partisans like Thomas and Alito, but it does have a certain philosophical consistency that's hard to deny.

  • Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • That's not actually true. It's certainly a trigger, but it's not the trigger of the firearm. The trigger assembly responsible for activation of the hammer and firing pin would remain unaltered, but the button would activate some kind of rotating and/or vibrating apparatus which engages the trigger assembly over and over and over in rapid succession. They go into a lot of detail about this in the opinion, including the definitions they're referencing with the word "trigger" (pp 7-14).

  • Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • They've been doing that a lot, and for good reason. The whole gist of originalism, and the legitimate gripe conservative scholars have with substantive due process, is that during the latter half of the 20th century the judiciary usurped Congress' power in actualizing new legal concepts and theories by creating rights out of thin air. Even RBG admitted that Roe was on shaky ground, because in a representative democracy the only entity capable of making laws is Congress. If the law says "the sky is red", and that law creates obvious societal problems, it's not the job of the judiciary to say, "no, the sky is blue". The job of the judiciary is to say, "the law says 'the sky is red'" and that's the law that shall be enforced, and then to interpret the words if there's any disagreement about what "red" means. A functional Congress elected by a sensible electorate in a healthy democracy free of corruption (HA!) would see the obvious error and pass an amendment that changed the law on the books into "the sky is blue."

    In striking down Roe, they clearly signaled that the only remedy would be Congressional action. From Kavanaugh's concurrence in Dobbs:

    The nine unelected Members of this Court do not possess the constitutional authority to override the democratic process and to decree either a pro-life or a pro-choice abortion policy for all 330 million people in the United States.

    RBG herself on Roe:

    The ball, one might say, was tossed by the justices back into the legislators’ court, where the political forces of the day could operate. The Supreme Court wrote modestly, it put forward no grand philosophy; but by requiring legislative reexamination of once customary sex-based classifications, the Court helped to ensure that laws and regulations would “catch up with a changed world.”

    Roe v. Wade, in contrast, invited no dialogue with legislators. Instead, it seemed entirely to remove the ball from the legislators’ court.

    And Roberts in Shelby v. Holder (a decision which I loathe):

    That is why, in 2009, we took care to avoid ruling on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act when asked to do so, and instead resolved the case then before us on statutory grounds. But in issuing that decision, we expressed our broader concerns about the constitutionality of the Act. Congress could have updated the coverage formula at that time, but did not do so. Its failure to act leaves us today with no choice but to declare §4(b) unconstitutional.

    In short, the only suitable remedy to legal conundrums is a new and updated law. The fact that our democracy has deteriorated to the point where Congressional representatives are really just mouthpieces for interest groups and have insufficient dignity to even attempt overt moral judgments about how to form a more perfect union, explains why the judiciary keeps very clearly reminding them what their job is. Political compromise is hard and takes immense amounts of work and sacrifice, and SCOTUS is reiterating that they're not going to bail a dysfunctional Congress out by legislating from the bench.

  • Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre
  • The NFA says "by a single function of the trigger". A button that activates a trigger rapidly with a motor would be legal, because the act's definition is limited to the function of the trigger, not the action of the controller or the mechanics of the activation. Like it or not that's the law as it stands, and that's the only definition that matters unless and until we elect a majority of Congressional representatives who want to change it.

  • Year after year, NC legislators use state budget to weaken environmental protections

    > Preventing local governments from reducing plastic waste is just one recent example of the many ways Republican lawmakers have used the state budget, theoretically a fiscal document, to weaken existing environmental regulations or prevent more.

    > Since taking power in 2011, GOP leaders have introduced dozens of environmental provisions in state budgets, rather than standalone bills. That includes 2023 provisions preventing North Carolina from joining a cap-and-trade program that could have limited greenhouse gasses released by the state’s power plants and stymieing Gov. Roy Cooper’s efforts to shift trucks across the state from diesel fuel to electric power.

    > Since 2017, state environmental officials have been grinding their way toward regulating these per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. While scientists know of thousands, DEQ identified eight present here that it intended to regulate in ground- and surface water.

    > But in April, the N.C. Chamber, the state’s powerful business interest group, urged the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to slow down and conduct more research before approving rules for the substances. Much of Chamber President Gary Salamido’s argument to delay setting new limits focused on new drinking water rules the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized this year for six of the eight PFAS the state is considering limiting.

    > He also pointed to the renewed Hardison Amendment, writing that regulators need to consider whether they are going further than the EPA’s rules.

    Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas out of Olympics after losing legal battle
  • That works for American football/gridiron, doesn't it? Since there's no female alternative? I don't think I'm seeing any actual NFL players here, but they've certainly made it to the collegiate level:

  • Judge calls DeSantis ban on transgender care unconstitutional
  • Not until it gets to a Circuit Court or SCOTUS, unfortunately.

  • Judge calls DeSantis ban on transgender care unconstitutional

    > A federal judge blocked most of a law championed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) that strictly limited transgender health care for adults and banned it completely for children.

    > In his decision, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle rejected a common mantra of the DeSantis administration, saying that “gender identity is real,” and that the state cannot deny transgender individuals treatment.

    > “Florida has adopted a statute and rules that ban gender-affirming care for minors even when medically appropriate,” Hinkle wrote. “The ban is unconstitutional.”

    Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule to Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • You laugh, but that's exactly what they're claiming, without a hint of irony:

    "The businesses in our state, including those in manufacturing, have a proven track record of supporting North Carolina’s economic vitality and doing so responsibly. It is important that we do not hastily pass regulations without fully accounting for both the positive benefits and potential negative impacts proposed rules would have on the state and its business community."

  • Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule to Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • Yeah it's potentially a much higher cost, depending on how class-action lawsuits play out, but that study doesn't necessarily say it's coating the surface of the ocean. It's diluted into the ocean itself, and because it likes to stick to foam it tends to accumulate at higher concentrations close to the surface. That study is documenting that air particles have a much higher concentration than what's typically seen diluted in sea water, so it's essentially congregating in the air-water interface zone.

    But yes, your point is well taken that they're facing catastrophic liability costs from a combination of past health impacts and future cleanup/removal.

  • Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule to Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • Yeah it's pretty squarely in their wheelhouse.

    Does it do the following?

    • the contaminant may have an adverse effect on the health of persons;

    • the contaminant is known to occur or there is a substantial likelihood that the contaminant will occur in public water systems with a frequency and at levels of public health concern; and

    • in the sole judgment of the Administrator, regulation of such contaminant presents a meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public water systems.

    If so, then:

    • the Administrator shall publish maximum contaminant level goals and promulgate, by rule, national primary drinking water regulations under this subsection.

    Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

  • Chemical Makers Sue Over Rule to Rid Water of ‘Forever Chemicals’
  • The fact that they're leaning on the "arbitrary and capricious" argument means that they don't have another grounded legal theory for why it's an exceedance of EPA's authority. They're throwing A&C at the wall to see if it sticks because the alternative is willingly take on a liability that's going to potentially peek into the billions of dollars. It's a hail mary, plain and simple.

  • Electric Cars Are Suddenly Becoming Affordable

    More efficient manufacturing, falling battery costs and intense competition are lowering sticker prices for battery-powered models to within striking distance of gasoline cars.

    Electric Cars Are Suddenly Becoming Affordable

    > More efficient manufacturing, falling battery costs and intense competition are lowering sticker prices for battery-powered models to within striking distance of gasoline cars.

    284 Car Deals Vanished During the Pandemic. They’re Coming Back.

    Automakers and dealers are starting to offer discounts, low-interest loans and other incentives to lure buyers as the supply of cars grows.

    Car Deals Vanished During the Pandemic. They’re Coming Back.

    > For much of the last four years, automakers and their dealers had so few cars to sell — and demand was so strong — that they could command high prices. Those days are over, and hefty discounts are starting a comeback.

    > During the coronavirus pandemic, auto production was slowed first by factory closings and then by a global shortage of computer chips and other parts that lasted for years.

    > With few vehicles in showrooms, automakers and dealers were able to scrap most sales incentives, leaving consumers to pay full price. Some dealers added thousands of dollars to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, and people started buying and flipping in-demand cars for a profit.

    > But with chip supplies back to healthy levels, auto production has rebounded and dealer inventories are growing. At the same time, higher interest rates have dampened demand for vehicles. As a result, many automakers are scrambling to keep sales rolling.


    Another N.C. beach house just fell into the ocean. Others may follow.

    > Another home has crumbled into the sea in Rodanthe, N.C., the scenic Outer Banks community where rising seas and relentless erosion have claimed a growing number of houses and forced some property owners to take drastic measures to retreat from the oceanfront.

    > “Another one bit the dust,” David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, said in an interview. And it probably won’t be the last, as many homes in the area are perilously close to the surf. “This situation will continue.”


    Netanyahu and Putin are both waiting for Trump

    > Netanyahu reportedly met this month with three foreign policy envoys working with former president and current presidential candidate Donald Trump — who could yet win the election despite being convicted Thursday on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in his New York state hush money case.

    > Netanyahu, who benefited immensely from Trump’s first term, is arguably hoping for a similar dividend in the event of a second. In the interim, he has openly rejected the Biden administration’s hopes for the Palestinian Authority to take the lead in the postwar administration of Gaza, and he and his allies have shown no interest in even engaging in the White House on reviving pathways for a Palestinian state. And contrary to the Biden administration’s wishes, Netanyahu may soon act on a Republican invitation to address a joint session of Congress.


    > It’s not just Netanyahu who is waiting for Trump. The evidence is more clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding out for a Trump victory, which would probably help the Kremlin consolidate its illegal conquests of Ukrainian territory. My colleagues reported last month that Trump and his inner circle have outlined the terms of a potential settlement between Moscow and Kyiv that they would attempt to usher in if in power. “Trump’s proposal consists of pushing Ukraine to cede Crimea and the Donbas border region to Russia, according to people who discussed it with Trump or his advisers and spoke on the condition of anonymity because those conversations were confidential,” they reported.

    > Such a move would fracture the transatlantic coalition built up in support of Ukraine’s resistance to Russian invasion. It would cement the Republican turn away from Europe’s security at a time when Western resolve around Ukraine is flagging. And it would be yet another sign of Trump’s conspicuous affection the strongman in the Kremlin.


    Environmental Management Commission stalls PFAS standards, members own stock in companies lobbying against regulation

    > The Environmental Management Commission is a 15-member body appointed by the governor, General Assembly leaders, and the agricultural commissioner. It is charged with reviewing and enacting rules for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

    > DEQ requested the EMC begin the rulemaking process to adopt PFAS surface water and groundwater standards at its May 10 meeting. Commissioners declined the request, citing the need for more time to study the financial implications of the proposal, namely costs associated with requiring companies to install filtration technology.

    > A Port City Daily review of EMC financial disclosures found at least three commissioners own stock in companies that have either directly lobbied against PFAS and 1,4-dioxane regulation or pay lobbying dues to organizations that lobby on their behalf, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the American Chemistry Council. Both organizations sent letters to the EPA opposing recent regulatory actions on PFAS and 1,4-dioxane.


    Progressive Democrats aren’t turning activism into election wins

    > Essentially, today’s 213-member Democratic caucus breaks down into a few categories, the largest of which are traditionally liberal lawmakers who come from cities or inner suburbs and are comfortable with incremental victories in helping the working class. There are dozens of moderates who are more friendly toward business but believe in socially liberal values.

    > And there are dozens of far-left liberals, hailing from the progressive caucus or the small-knit “Squad,” who have clashed with leaders for not pushing for a more purely liberal agenda. This group has been on the rise over the past half decade, both at the ballot box and inside the caucus.

    > But now, at this stage of the primary calendar, this wing is facing tough political headwinds.

    4 Secrets of Blackbeard’s Lost Pirate Ship

    In his new book, underwater archeologist Mark Wilde-Ramsing (’74) reveals the treasures of Queen Anne’s Revenge.

    Yo ho!


    Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don’t Be Fooled. Opinion | Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don’t Be Fooled.

    I don’t think Biden fully understands his “old friend” Netanyahu. Israeli defense officials are sending a clear warning.

    Opinion | Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don’t Be Fooled.

    > If you are keeping score at home, you have surely noticed that the two most important defense officials in Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet — Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the former military chief of staff Benny Gantz — warned last week that Netanyahu is leading Israel into a disastrous abyss by refusing to present any plan for non-Hamas Palestinians to govern Gaza and appears to be contemplating a long-term Israeli military occupation of Gaza instead. Gantz said he would leave the government if there was no plan by June 8.


    > “Netanyahu’s acquiescence to the extreme right, Smotrich and Ben-Gvir, has generally been seen as motivated out of his need to keep his coalition together and himself out of jail,” Friedman told me. “Now it seems that he has willingly sold his soul to the extreme right. One explanation is that the extreme religious right projects a Messianic image onto him that corresponds with his own sense of having been called to save Israel and the Jewish people. He has a plan for the day after and it’s very clear to anyone who listens: ‘Total victory’ — and eventually the return of Jewish settlement there. Israel is on the way to reoccupying Gaza.”

    > If that happens, Israel will become an international pariah and Jewish institutions everywhere will be torn between Jews who will feel the need to defend Israel — right or wrong — and those who, with their kids, will find it indefensible.

    54 After the only hospital in town closed, a North Carolina city directs its ire at politicians

    After one North Carolina city's only hospital closed, residents there say they're not only worried about their health but they've lost trust in politicians.

    After the only hospital in town closed, a North Carolina city directs its ire at politicians

    cross-posted from:

    > Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital’s emergency room. A makeshift blue tarp covering the hospital’s sign is worn down from flapping in the wind. The hospital doors are locked, many in this county of 22,000 fear permanently. > > Some residents worry the hospital’s sudden closure last August could cost them their life. > > “I know we all have to die, but it seems like since the hospital closed, there’s a lot more people dying,” Linda Gibson, a lifelong resident of Williamston, North Carolina, said on a recent afternoon while preparing snacks for children in a nearby elementary school kitchen. > > More than 100 hospitals have downsized services or closed altogether over the past decade in rural communities like Williamston, where people openly wonder if they’d survive the 25-minute ambulance ride to the nearest hospital if they were in a serious car crash.


    North Carolina commission strips long-standing protections from Jockey’s Ridge Rules Review Commission rescinds Coastal Review Commission temporary rules

    Move puts environmental protections for Jockey’s Ridge in limbo By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice The North Carolina Rules Review Commission (RRC) voted unanimously at it April 8 meeting to disallow …

    Rules Review Commission rescinds Coastal Review Commission temporary rules

    The North Carolina Rules Review Commission (RRC) voted unanimously at it April 8 meeting to disallow the temporary rules the Coastal Review Commission (CRC) put into place in February—a move that puts the status of Jockey’s Ridge environmental protections in limbo.

    Included in the rules the RRC ordered dropped was the Area of Environmental Concern (AEC) language for Jockey’s Ridge State Park, a designation that protects the park from development in areas immediately adjacent to its boundaries and includes a prohibition on removing sand from the area.


    Time is up for neoliberals | Democracy requires a new, progressive capitalism.

    We care about freedom from hunger, unemployment and poverty — and, as FDR emphasized, freedom from fear. People with just enough to get by don’t have freedom — they do what they must to survive. And we need to focus on giving more people the freedom to live up to their potential, to flourish and to be creative. An agenda that would increase the number of children growing up in poverty or parents worrying about how they are going to pay for health care — necessary for the most basic freedom, the freedom to live — is not a freedom agenda.

    Champions of the neoliberal order, moreover, too often fail to recognize that one person’s freedom is another’s unfreedom — or, as Isaiah Berlin put it, freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep. Freedom to carry a gun may mean death to those who are gunned down in the mass killings that have become an almost daily occurrence in the United States. Freedom not to be vaccinated or wear masks may mean others lose the freedom to live.

    There are trade-offs, and trade-offs are the bread and butter of economics. The climate crisis shows that we have not gone far enough in regulating pollution; giving more freedom to corporations to pollute reduces the freedom of the rest of us to live a healthy life — and in the case of those with asthma, even the freedom to live. Freeing bankers from what they claimed to be excessively burdensome regulations put the rest of us at risk of a downturn potentially as bad as the Great Depression of the 1930s when the banking system imploded in 2008.

    22 PFAS pollution standards delayed after pushback from NC Chamber

    After pushback from the NC Chamber, two Republican-appointed members of the Environmental Management Commission are delaying the rulemaking process to limit ground and surface water pollution of PFAS, also known as forever chemicals.

    PFAS pollution standards delayed after pushback from NC Chamber

    The NC Chamber is pushing to delay the progress of proposed limits of forever chemical pollution in ground and surface water.

    The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission declined to start the rulemaking process for PFAS pollution standards Wednesday, after Republican-appointed EMC members Tim Baumgartner and Joseph Reardon stalled a vote.

    Baumgartner and Reardon said DEQ had not provided adequate information for a vote, including a fiscal analysis. "The lack of respect by DEQ for this commission is evident by lack of communication and disregard for providing documents to the EMC for review in a timely manner," Baumgartner said.

    Elizabeth Biser, the secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality, said in a letter that she is "deeply disappointed" that the Groundwater and Waste Management Committee is "refusing to hear" the proposed standards.


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    Mod has been inactive for months, and I'd like to take it over and help it generate more traffic. They have dozens of other communities they gobbled up during the API protests which have also been abandoned, just fyi.

    Also forgot to add, I messaged them a few weeks ago about joining the team to revive the community, and haven't received a response.


    UConn wins first back-to-back men’s NCAA basketball titles since 2007 UConn wins first back-to-back men’s NCAA basketball titles since 2007 | CNN

    Connecticut became the first Division I men’s college basketball team to win back-to-back championships since Florida 17 years ago, as the Huskies downed Purdue in the NCAA title game Monday.

    UConn wins first back-to-back men’s NCAA basketball titles since 2007 | CNN

    Connecticut became the first Division I men’s college basketball team to win back-to-back championships since Florida 17 years ago, as the Huskies downed Purdue 75-60 in the NCAA title game Monday.

    “You can’t even wrap your mind around it because you just know how hard this tournament is,” UConn head coach Dan Hurley said after the game in Glendale, Arizona. “What a special group of people, a special coaching staff and incredible group of players. The best group of players you could possibly do it with and UConn. UConn’s a special place this time of year and they give us all the resources we need to do it like this in March and April.”

    The Huskies (37-3) have now won six national championships, joint-third in the all-time men’s NCAA Division I basketball list. All six have come since 1999, more than any other men’s team in that span and second only during that time to the school’s women’s team (10).

    0 How UConn became college basketball’s unlikeliest modern Camelot

    UConn’s back-to-back national titles have come at a time when mass parity is flattening the landscape of college basketball.

    How UConn became college basketball’s unlikeliest modern Camelot

    That this started, or restarted, with a then-75-year-old Jim Calhoun nearly kicking Dan Hurley’s ass is so perfectly Connecticut that the scene should replace the state flag. It was early spring of 2018. Hurley was the recently named UConn head coach and Calhoun was the retired patriarch of the program, one whose endorsement helped secure Hurley’s hiring.

    Hurley’s first practice with his inherited team was an abomination. He’d left a job he loved at Rhode Island because UConn is a premier brand in college basketball, a place that, at the time, had won four national titles in the prior two decades. But what Hurley saw didn’t look like anything he was expecting. It was so bad Hurley called his agent to ask about backing out of the deal and seeing if Rhode Island might take him back. The agent explained to Hurley that the buyout in his contract made such a move impossible, so Hurley had to accept that he might’ve made a mistake.

    The situation was so dire that Hurley eventually walked into Calhoun’s on-campus office, where he worked while assisting the school as a quasi-statesman. As Hurley remembers it, the conversation began with him telling Calhoun something like: “This is bullsh–. Nothing is in place. This is UConn. Where’s the infrastructure? What’s been going on here?”

    Calhoun looked at the cocky 45-year-old. Then, never one to suffer timidity, he introduced Hurley to the real UConn Basketball.