Fri 3.9

Florida governor signs gun law in defiance of NRA
NY Times
Friday, Gov. Rick Scott broke with the National Rifle Association and signed into law requirements to raise the minimum age and waiting period to purchase a gun. It was the most aggressive action on gun control taken in the state in many years, following the shooting of 17 students and staff last month at a high school.
The sweeping and bipartisan $400 million Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act imposes new restrictions on firearm purchases and the possession of “bump stocks,” funds school police officers and mental health services, broadens law enforcement’s power to seize weapons, and allows certain staff to carry guns in schools.

Florida lawmakers say yes to permanent Daylight Saving time, but…
CNN
Governor and Congress not yet on board.

Voter surpression
Kansas count finds 5 “illegals” who tried to vote
Out of 1.3 million ballots cast
Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma teachers seek $10,000 raise, more $$$ for education
ABC Tulsa

California destroys dams in hopes of saving salmon
Phys.Org
A $100 million project removing dams and helping fish route around others is returning a badly endangered salmon to spring-fed waters in northernmost California, giving cold-loving native fish a life-saving place to chill as scientists say climate change, drought and human diversions warm the waters.

salmon
John Rueth, assistant hatchery manager of the Livingston Stone Hatchery for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife at Shasta Dam, holds a winter run chinook salmon for measuring and tagging, which was later transferred to a holding tank where it will be artificially spawned, Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Chris Crewell Sacramento Bee file

And people, not bots, are spreading it
Fake news typical audience 100 times bigger than for genuine news
Vice
Truthful stories rarely spread to more than 1,000 people, while clicky false stories can reach up to 100,000 people, MIT researchers found. “Falsehoods were 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than the truth,” the researchers wrote, in a paper to be published in the journal Science.
Researcher Joan Donovan was not surprised that humans are the primary culprits when it comes to spreading rumor and falsehoods. “When people share things they suspect are false, they don’t do it necessarily because the information is true or false,” she said, but “because it says something about their participating in the political discussion.”

Mississippi passes nation’s most restrictive abortion law
Newser
Mississippi has passed an abortion bill believed to be the nation’s most restrictive—and state Attorney General Jim Hood says he expects an “immediate and expensive legal challenge.” House Bill 1510 bans abortion after 15 weeks following a woman’s last menstrual period, down from 20 weeks under the previous law.

Texas “blue wave” looking more like a ripple
Christian Science Monitor
“Republicans have not lost a statewide race in Texas since 1994,” says Professor Cal Jillson. That kind of dominance means “voters are used to supporting your candidates, you’ve got a fully blown-out campaign organization, and you’ve got deep fundraising experience – and the other side has none of that.”

Burger-flipping robot suspended for being too slow
USA Today
Patrons at Caliburger looking to see Flippy were greeted by a sign thanking them for visiting, and advising them that Flippy would be “cooking soon.” A date on the sign is listed as just “TBA.”

The three US cities that would be first to run out of water
EcoWatch
It sounds like a Mad Max movie, but the Cape Town water shortage is quite real and could be closer to reality for the rest of us than we would like. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the world population could be struggling with water shortage. And right here in the U.S., cities across the country are watching their water reserves dwindle.

Rhode Island “crusader” would block computer porn–
unless users pay $20 fee
Motherboard
Our political system encourages “so-called lawmakers”  to score political points by proposing bills that have no chance at surviving a court challenge. This is one of them. By the way, the dude behind this law is an admitted porn addict who can’t decide how to spell his name…

We’ve heard this before but …
MIT scientists see nuclear fusion in 15 years.
The Guardian
The collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion from an expensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source. The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than it uses.

Feds pushing ferry service that would boost Kushner resort
AP
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— LONG BRANCH, New Jersey — The federal government has been advising a beach town on the Jersey Shore on plans to build a pier and start a ferry service that would speed New Yorkers to the doorstep of a resort co-owned by Jared Kushner.
— Kushner’s resort sits right next to the proposed pier, which places the federal government in the awkward position of helping steer a project that would benefit President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Once the project is complete, a former city official said, it would boost property values at the Kushner resort, which is currently selling 269 condos for as much as $1.9 million each.

Trump supposedly will meet Kim. We’ll see.
His other big promises?
> Mexico paying for Wall? Nope.
>Kill Obamacare on Day One? Nope.
> Total and complete ban on Muslim immigration? Nope.
> Preserve Medicaid, Social Security? They’re seeking cuts now.
> Invest $550 billion in infrastructure? Nope.

The risks of Trump’s meeting with Kim
The Weekly Standard
Opinion by Steven F. Hayes
— The nuclear program is the core of the North Korean regime, at the center of the regime’s identity. The leadership believes, correctly, that the nuclear program explains why the United States and other global heavyweights have been willing to negotiate and offer goodies for some three decades. The bad behavior of the regime—development, testing, proliferating—has been consistently rewarded by the US and its allies because of the progress toward nuclearization.
— Kim almost certainly believes that he’ll be able to extract concessions from Trump in a face-to-face meeting, perhaps even get Trump to agree to things he’s on record opposing. And he’s not crazy for believing this. You may recall two high-profile meetings between President Trump and members of Congress about immigration and guns, where the president found himself agreeing to all sorts of positions floated by his opponents.

 

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