Friday, April 24, 2015

No, carrying a knife of itself should NOT be reason

to arrest someone.  Let alone murder them.  They need to pay attention to this:
Reconsideration of knife bans began as early as the 1980s, when the Oregon Supreme Court found that “[i]t is not the design of the knife but the use to which it is put that determines its ‘offensive’ or ‘defensive’ character.”
Exactly.  Just like firearms.

And what the hell happened to Gray that so damaged his spine while in police custody?

This being the NYeffingTimes, you have the obligatory by closing hundreds of heavily polluting coal plants stuff, but they do actually report the slight problems with this EPA power grab:
If the proposed rule stands the way it is, there will be blackouts,” said Nick Akins, the chief executive of American Electric Power, an electric utility that supplies power in 11 Midwestern states.

This week, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, a utility industry group, issued a report concluding that, as written, the proposed climate change rules could pose “a significant reliability challenge” to the nation’s power supply.
Turbines built on windswept plains and solar panels built in sunny deserts will need new power lines to connect them to the grid, but siting, permitting and building such lines can take up to a decade.
No discussion of all the problems with those bird cuisinarts and land-covering panels, but having this source actually discuss some of the problems...

The solution?  Be like Californicated!
A report issued in February by the Analysis Group, a consulting firm based in Boston, concluded that there were ways for states to avoid blackouts and brownouts during the power transition. The report found, if states were to adopt interstate cap-and-trade plans, along the lines of the program in place in California, they could cut pollution while keeping the lights on.
Yeah, because Californicated is in GREAT shape...

Yes, it's the NYeffingTimes; yes, they try to paper over the horrendous problems; when it's bad enough that even they take notice, that tells you just how bad it is.

Meanwhile, at the most misnamed DHS,
Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system — the “Electronic Immigration System” — to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election.
No wonder they're not worried about ISIS bases in Mexico, doing something would take money away from trying to influence the next election.

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