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October 17, 2017

Friend-of-Putin Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is not just a climate denier (above), he’s (below) bestest buds with holocaust deniers.
As Rocky said, “hang around with yoyo people you get yoyo friends. It’s mathematics.”


Rep. Dana Rohrabacher brought a Holocaust denier to a meeting last week with Sen. Rand Paul to discuss Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the Daily Caller reported.

The publication noted that Rohrabacher, a California Republican, “brought along top aide Paul Behrends and conservative journalist Charles C. Johnson.”

Johnson, an internet troll and vocal “alt-right” defender, is well-known for false attacks against political rivals, both on the Democratic side and within the Republican Party.

He is also a Holocaust denier. In a since-deleted Reddit discussion, Johnson argued that the number of Jews killed in the camps was around 250,000, not six million, and questioned the existence of gas chambers. And while stating in the post that he is not a Holocaust denier, he wrote: “I agree with David Cole about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real. Why were their swimming pools there if it was a death camp?”

Daily Beast:

Right-wing troll Charles Johnson donated the maximum legal amount to the campaign of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher last month, after Johnson set up a meeting between the California Republican and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Johnson donated $5,400 in Bitcoin to Rohrabacher’s campaign, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission, which listed Johnson’s occupation as “investor.” He confirmed the donations in a text message with The Daily Beast, adding, “I’m rich now.”

The California-based writer reportedly arranged for and attended a meeting between Rohrabacher and Assange that took place in August. The two reportedly discussed Clinton campaign emails released to WikiLeaks, allegedly as part of a Russian government plot to influence the 2016 election. Rohrabacher returned from the meeting with assurances from Assange that the Russians were not, in fact, the source of the emails.


Yale Climate Connections:

Wait. Stop reading right here. Don’t dare think of an elephant.

Didn’t work, did it. Just mentioning it implanted it in your mind, in your consciousness.

It’s an argument made by Berkeley linguist George Lakoff, among others, and a key point in climate communicators’ lessons on how to – and how not to – talk about that dreaded “climate change” term.

In this month’s Yale Climate Connections “This Is Not Cool” video, by regular contributor and independent videographer Peter Sinclair, Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe points out that the “greatest advances” in understanding of climate change over the past decade have come not from the physical sciences, but from the social sciences.

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Portugal is on fire, and so is this single by, uh, Portugal.

I appreciated the quick clip of “Info Wars” being burned.



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Severe Weather EU:

Numerous wildfires are currently raging in Portugal and NW Spain. There are approximately 440 ongoing fires in Portugal, 26 of them major, being fought by over 3700 firefighters. There are over 130 ongoing fires in Spain, at least 15 in Galicia alone. The fires in Galicia may merge into a single large fire, warns regional government president Alberto Nunez Feijoo. Fatalities have been reported in both countries. The fires are fueled by very dry vegetation, result of a very dry spring and summer and strong winds, gusting at up to 90 km/h locally.

Below, Hurricane Ophelia pounds the UK, while pushing smoke from Portugal wildfires into the rest of Europe.


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Gusts of up to 92mph have already hit the south west coast and forecasters warned that worse is yet to come. Ophelia has put Ireland on lockdown and left more than 120,000 homes without power, as parts of the UK brace for hurricane-force winds and the Met Office warns of a potential “danger to life”.

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Health tip to live by: Don’t have a cardiac arrest.
Despite the tales of heroic paramedics and Doctors resuscitations, once you go down, if no one is standing there with defibrillator paddles, your chances of survival are slender to nil.
Which brings us to Coal.
Republican Party and Trump Administration are pounding on the chest of this corpse in the hope it will be brought back, but meanwhile, the thing is starting to smell.

Dallas Morning News:

Coal’s decline in Texas accelerated this week as Luminant announced it would close three coal-fired power plants in early 2018. Combined, they account for 12 percent of the state’s coal power plant capacity.

The state’s largest power generator revealed Friday that the Big Brown Plant southeast of Corsicana and Sandow Plant northeast of Austin would close next year. A week ago, Luminant announced it was shutting down its Monticello Plant near Mount Pleasant.

The three plants can produce nearly 2,300 megawatts of electricity — enough to power nearly 2.1 million Texas homes.

Luminant officials said cheap natural gas and Texas’ competitive energy market has gradually made these decades-old plants unprofitable. The state has also seen a boom in wind energy (it leads the nation) and increases in solar.

The cost to generate electricity from coal plants varies from $60 to $143 per megawatt hour, compared to $48 to $78 for natural gas, according to a report last year from financial advisory firm Lazard. The unsubsidized cost for wind was $32 to $62.

“Though the long-term economic viability of these plants has been in question for some time, our yearlong analysis indicates this announcement is now necessary,” according to a statement from Curt Morgan, president and CEO of Luminant parent company, Vistra Energy Corp.

These closures slash the company’s coal generation capacity by 37 percent. Another coal plant, CPS Energy’s J.T. Deely, is scheduled to close at the end of 2018. That closure was announced in 2013 and would remove another 840 megawatts of coal capacity, or more than 4 percent of the state’s total.

At 20 percent, coal has the second-largest share of Texas’ power generation capacity, trailing only natural gas at 50 percent. The Luminant plant closings are expected to push wind into second place in capacity.


China is to stop or delay work on 151 planned and under-construction coal plants as Beijing struggles to respond to a flat-lining of demand for coal power.

The newly released list implements a target announced by premier Li Keqiang in March to stop, delay and close down at least 50,000 megawatts of coal-fired power plant projects in 2017.

The list affects coal power plants with capacity equal to the combined operating capacity of Germany and Japan (95,000 megawatts) costing around US$60 billion (389 billion rmb).

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