Morning Must Reads: June 25

In the news: climate change, affirmative action, the FBI, Snowden, Al Jazeera, and the red panda.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Obama has been bumping from crisis to crisis since March 6.
  • President Obama is set to give a major address on climate change today.
    • Pew poll shows that “global warming” has been at the bottom of the public’s priorities since at least 2008.
  • Nelson Mandela in critical condition days before Obama’s visit to South Africa.
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial board says that James Comey, Obama’s pick to head the FBI, had “his own hand in some of the worst prosecutorial excesses of the last decade.”
  • There are 4 million more unemployed in the U.S. than when the recession began in December 2007.
  • Russia insists Edward Snowden is not within their border.
    • China rejects criticism over Snowden.
  • Immigration reform prospects remain dim.
  • George Will: “There is no compelling governmental interest in whatever educational benefits supposedly flow from racial diversity that must be achieved by racial discrimination.”
  • Al Jazeera at the Newseum
  • The hunt for red panda—over
  • Stanley Cup stunner
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ahandout
ahandout

Leftists, nobody is arguing for widespread use of DDT, just common sense, of which you have none.

Yet DDT, the very insecticide that eradicated malaria in developed nations, has been essentially deactivated as a malaria-control tool today. The paradox is that sprayed in tiny quantities inside houses -- the only way anyone proposes to use it today -- DDT is most likely not harmful to people or the environment. Certainly, the possible harm from DDT is vastly outweighed by its ability to save children's lives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/11/magazine/what-the-world-needs-now-is-ddt.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

ahandout
ahandout

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the left is so easily duped on environmentalism.  They follow their religious leader's lies, despite all the evidence that contradicts them.  Anti-science, and anti technology, the left's environmental cult has caused the death's of millions.  Rachel Carson is an example of how far the left will go to lie and deceive.

I then took notice of her bibliography and realized that it was filled with references from very unscientific sources. Also, each reference was cited separately each time it appeared in the book, thus producing an impressive array of “references” even though not many different sources were actually cited. I began to lose confidence in Rachel Carson, even though I thought that as an environmentalist I really should continue to support her.

I next looked up some of the references that Carson cited and quickly found that they did not support her contentions about the harm caused by pesticides. When leading scientists began to publish harsh criticisms of her methods and her allegations, it slowly dawned on me that Rachel Carson was not interested in the truth about those topics, and that I really was being duped, along with millions of other Americans.

http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/summ02/Carson.html

ahandout
ahandout

In the midst of scandals that show Obama has zero credibility; he doubles down on the big lie.  But, the whacko left will eat it up.  Just like they believed in the other doomsday predictions of over population, out of oil in the 1970s, "Silent Spring," that going "back to nature" will save the planet, when everybody knows that science and technology have made life better for humans.

Like the President’s speech, this is pure Leftist bilge without a scintilla of common sense or science. Interpreting natural events from volcano eruptions to floods as “climate change” is comparable to pagan religions that think “the gods must be angry.”

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/56135

Sue_N
Sue_N

Just a note, Sen. Wendy Davis has been speaking for more than six hours now and she's still going strong.

God, I wish she were my state senator.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@ahandoutIR a serious threat 

According to WHO, insecticide resistance is widespread and is reported in nearly “two-thirds of countries with ongoing malaria transmission. It affects all major vector species and all classes of insecticides.”
 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout DDT? Sure, why not? It only stays in your system for 6-10 years. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, and the same people defending DDT now, are the same people who said there's no causal link between cigarette smoking and cancer. How'd that work out?

I swear if a corporation tells a rightwinger the sky is green, they'd believe it, as long as you say something bad about liberals in the same breath.

Because of its lipophilic properties, DDT has a high potential to bioaccumulate, especially in predatory birds.[40] DDT, DDE, and DDD magnify through the food chain, with apex predators such as raptor birds concentrating more chemicals than other animals in the same environment. They are very lipophilic and are stored mainly in body fat. DDT and DDE are very resistant to metabolism; in humans, their half-lives are 6 and up to 10 years, respectively. In the United States, these chemicals were detected in almost all human blood samples tested by the Centers for Disease Control in 2005, though their levels have sharply declined since most uses were banned in the US.[41] Estimated dietary intake has also declined,[41] although FDA food tests commonly detect it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MementoMori 

Stupid LiveFyre swallowed my post.

To summarize, Newton was crazy, Bohr was crazy, Voltaire was crazy, but Turing was the one punished.  Bah.

Also not to be forgotten was his contribution to the Enigma project.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori  

My son has just graduated from a community college here.  His thesis was to construct a Turing machine.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MementoMori 

Well...technically he took chemical castration then killed himself.  He also lost his livelihood due to his homosexuality when IBM shut him out and it should not be forgotten that he was a war-hero providing some absolutely critical support and ideas for decryption efforts on the Enigma machine - including designing the first ever decrypting computer.

Isaac Newton couldn't care less that the planets moved in Ellipses and that all objects created gravity and that you can find the slope of a function and the area under a curve with calculus, he still couldn't turn lead into Gold.  His insanity was rewarded with running the British Mint and revolutionizing British currency (Einstein really had *nothing* on Newton).  Niels Bohr was certifiable and yet the Allies tried desperately to smuggle him out of Germany (supposedly Einstein sent him a message only he would understand).  Voltaire tested his first ever battery by holding the the wires to his ears and noting a sizzling sound (I am not making this up).  But heaven help us that Alan Turing was Gay.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I thought FL's requirement was struck down.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N  

First the gerrymandering, now this.

Why doesn't Texas just cut to the chase and just incarcerate anyone who isn't white?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N 

IMO: Photo-ID requirements aren't a big thing.  If you put an appropriately long implementation period and make sure that a free form of generic photo-ID is available, it's not a bad thing.  Yes, it's dealing with something that doesn't really exist, but it is a standard that exists for a lot of things.  I've got to show photo ID to have alcohol or cigarettes so why don't I to vote?

Yes, that's simplified and it ignores the fact that Republicans are not meeting the two preconditions I mentioned, but still I get so tired with how horrible the idea of photo ID laws are.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N True dat. She's a Dem and a woman. She should be at home making sammiches and babies for her may-un.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Do you think he's maybe a bit scared since the black community bounced the GOP's head off the pavement in the last election?

Excuse the Trayvon reference...

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Well, watch out. If it was struck down, I can guarantee it'll be making a comeback real soon. Lurch may see it as his only hope.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N Keep an eye on Abbott. He may well be our next governor. And he is worse than Rick Perry.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

To make a long story short, the history of race in the United States plays a huge part in this.  These laws are not being passed to prevent voter fraud, and where possible, they are designed to keep low income and minority voters from voting. 

The fact they did it so quick makes me wonder just what the bill says.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@forgottenlord @Sue_N The problem is that for you or me, it's not a big deal. However, before I got my passport I didn't realize that my "Registration of Live Birth" wasn't a birth certificate and I had to get the help of my State Senator to get a certified copy so I could get a passport in time. I was born at home, but there was at least a record. There are some old people who were born at home and records weren't kept. They live in cities and don't drive or have family members drive them places if they are lucky. Many also don't smoke or drink - and wouldn't be asked for an ID if they did. Many, many scenarios were demonstrated in opposition to PA's voter suppression law. The free ID cards (after you got documentation) had to be obtained at driver's license centers. Some PA counties don't even have one. It could be a drive of an hour or two to get there. 

One of our State Senators was famously taped saying this bill will give PA to Mitt Romney. That was before it was stopped in court, where it languishes today, although there is to be a ruling next month.

ahandout
ahandout

@MementoMori  Well the millions that have died from mosquito spread disease won't have to worry about DDT. 

10 facts on malaria WHO/S. Hollyman

March 2013

About 3.3 billion people – half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria. In 2010, there were about 219 million malaria cases (with an uncertainty range of 154 million to 289 million) and an estimated 660 000 malaria deaths (with an uncertainty range of 490 000 to 836 000). Increased prevention and control measures have led to a reduction in malaria mortality rates by more than 25% globally since 2000 and by 33% in the WHO African Region.

People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable to malaria. In 2010, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under five years of age.

Read more about malaria

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout @MementoMori Depends on how you define "Negligible"

Human Beings 

In the early to mid 1950s, DDT became one of the most widely used pesticides. This was when we thought it was completely harmless to human beings. When we originally used it to control lice, people were unaffected even though they were in direct contact with the pesticides. 

One of the reasons why the DDT did not affect people is because it is difficult for DDT to be absorbed through human skin.

Eventually, we realized that some DDT was staying in our bodies. DDT was being used in the environment, on agricultural products, and on livestock. In the 1960's, concern arose about the widespread use of DDT and it's effects on humans. 

A study in 1968 showed that Americans were consuming an average of 0.025 milligrams of DDT per day!

When DDT gets into our bodies, it is stored primarily in such fatty organs as the adrenals, testes, and thyroid. DDT is also stored in smaller concentrations in the liver and kidneys. 

DDT concentrations are especially high in human milk. Milk production depends heavily on the use of stored body fat, and this is where DDT tends to stay in our bodies.

So exactly how much DDT can my body tolerate before I should really start worrying? That depends on how much you weigh. At concentration above 236 mg DDT per kg of body weight, you'll die. Concentration of 6-10 mg/kg leads to such symptons as headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and tremors. 

For fun, try and calculate how much DDT would be lethal for you.

Currently, there is much debate as to whether DDT can increase a woman's chance of breast cancer. Apparently, some researchers are saying that DDT (and some of its related forms) is an estrogen mimic. 

http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/pest/effects.html#human

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout 

I get it.

More hypocrisy. No abortion, even for haploids, zygotes, or blastocytes.

But hells bells Uncle Sam, it is shore alright to cause birth defects!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

I wonder how they're going to manage gerrymandering women out of existence?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N Yeah, he's supposed to decide on that before the end of summer. And he's supposed to announce whether (*snort*) he'll run again for governor in the next couple of weeks.

But even the Repubs down here are getting tired of Goodhair, and licking their chops over Abbott. You know, the man who got $10 million when a tree limb fell on him then spent his career making it almost impossible for other people to sue.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N Sigh. Head on desk. When PA elected Toomey I referred to him as a smarter Santorum. Looks as though Abbott may be a smarter Perry. After all, I read the other day that Perry is thinking of another run for President in 2016.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord 

Wasn't chastising you, just point out that the perpetrators of the law have a few flaws in the motivational department.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N @forgottenlord @fitty_three Yeah, I'm sure those days are long gone, right? Nobody does that any more.

Btw, I just saw on Twitter that one of our Texas Observer writers said a source told him a challenge to the ID law may be coming under Section II of the VRA. Fingers crossed!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

I was ignoring the question of motive and speed and was more just irritated at the presentation of "it's a voter ID law - EVIL!" that was implied in Sue's original post.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@fitty_three @forgottenlord My understanding is that it's the same one the courts quashed back in 2011 because it was blatantly discriminatory. You know, back when the VRA counted.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

In Arkansas, the estimate is that 80,000 people (of less than 3 million state-wide) lack one of the"approved" IDs.  Our Tea Pot brain led state legislature, following the ALEC model, didn't bother to budget any money for the education part, saying that they would do it at Optimist meetings and using social networking to "educate" people who would never be acceped into any of the civic clubs and who wouldn't have any idea what a "social network" is because they also don't have computers or access in a state where public transportantion is only available in the largest cities.  It is working just the way the Tea Party planned it, make them skip voting or lose a day's pay to have to go to a county seat to get the approved ID if they can find someone to drive them.  All this to solve a non-problem that exsts only in the tin-foiled mind of the Tea Pot brains. There are going to be a lot of reaslly pissed-off WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans who will remember this and who screwed them. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N @Ivy_B Yeah, you really do have to keep in mind the system this is all part of.

We have colonias in Texas where there is no running water, no electricity, nothing. And this is in the United States. In Texas. We have a crisis in rural health care delivery, in that there just isn't any. Years ago, Perry had a chance to sign a bill where the state would fund more rural hospitals, and he vetoed it. Our legislature looks for ways to exclude people from Medicaid and CHIP (our children's health insurance). This is not a state that cares about people, or believes in making services available.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N @Ivy_B

I keep forgetting the garbage you guys have for an existing system.

Last time I was at the DMV - which I walked to - in and out in 5 minutes with no lineup.  I think I once had to wait in line - for the one guy in front of me.  Our medicine is for everyone and they try to make sure there's a local medical facility for everywhere - the Territories might have a few problems but that's about it.  I don't think I've ever heard of a problem with birth certificates here.  So....yeah

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @forgottenlord @Sue_N There's also another group this law targets – the working poor. If you work for an hourly wage, going to the DMV requires taking time off from work. Which means not getting paid for that time. And then forking over money you're not making that day for an ID.

When this law was struck down back in 2011, the DoJ argued it was essentially a poll tax. It was then, and it is now. It's just not illegal now.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @forgottenlord @Sue_N The state ID cards here in Texas are not free, and they are available only from the DMV.

To get one, you need a birth certificate. And you need a local DMV. One of the problems we have here in Texas is distance. Out in West Texas, down on the border, there are people who live hundreds of miles from such services (that's one of the arguments given by some of our border reps in the House against shutting down abortion clinics and in any discussion of health services – we're talking about making people drive hundreds of miles).

Now, many of the people who live along the border in colonias do not have birth certificates (because, hey, no hospitals). They are also poor and simply unable to drive the hundreds of miles to the closest DMV. And they are citizens, born in this country and fully eligible to vote. Or they were.

Yes, for many of us, a photo ID is nothing. Even if we don't have a driver's license, we just ask a friend to drive us to the DMV, we wait in line for a few (!) hours, fork over our $10 or $15 and get our photo taken. It's an inconvenience, but it's not an ordeal.

But those aren't the people this targets. This targets people for whom getting that ID is an ordeal, or practically impossible.

And, again, it's not necessary. If we don't require a photo ID to register to vote, why require one to vote? Voter fraud is not a problem here, it's a myth. What voter fraud there is occurs usually through mail-in ballots. Tell me how a photo ID stops that?