Shutdown: The last food stamp payments have gone out

This model shows that, yes, …
there are practical solutions for global warming


— This new research has produced the most detailed energy model to date – and the first to achieve negative emissions through natural climate solutions. Its proposed transition to 100% renewables by mid-century, along with steps such as reforestation, would not only have benefits for the climate but would also create millions of permanent jobs. The researchers say this could be achieved at about a quarter of the cost of current subsidies for fossil fuels.
— The research models 72 regional energy grids in hourly increments through 2050 and includes a comprehensive assessment of available renewable resources such as wind and solar, along with configurations for meeting projected energy demand and storage most efficiently for all sectors over the next 30 years.

Brace for the polar vortex: It may be visiting more often
NY Times
… “They are definitely becoming more common,” said Jennifer Francis, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center. “There have been a couple of studies that have documented that.”
… Colder temperatures have been arriving later in winter over the past few years, according to Judah Cohen, a climatologist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a weather risk assessment firm. But because of changes to the polar vortex, when wintry weather does arrive, it’s often more intense — witness the four back-to-back nor’easters last year.
— “I’ve been making that argument that winter is shortening, but you’re getting these more intensive periods in that shorter winter,” Dr. Cohen said.
… melting sea ice, particularly in an area near the Barents and Kara Seas off Siberia, may be linked to the changes in the polar vortex.

May says Brexit crash out possible
>>> The No-Dealers keep shouting for no deal
The Guardian
— It is quite an experience, watching people repeatedly yell at each other about trade tariffs before they have had their lunch.

Border GOP congressman: Property rights trump Trump’s wall
— A wall would be “the most expensive and least effective way to do border security,” said Will Hurd, whose congressional district runs along the southern border from El Paso to San Antonio. Among Hurd’s concerns is that building the wall would require lots of land seizures. “There’s a thing in Texas we care about called private property rights,” he told Rolling Stone. “To get the property rights with eminent domain,” he said, “would impact 1,000 property owners in Texas.”

Bud Light’s “nutrition label” a ploy and challenge to craft beer
USA Today
— Yep, tastier beers often have double or even triple the calories, which explains this strategy by the makers of beer-water.

Couple who fell to deaths at Yosemite had been drinking
USA Today

— The couple, who were Indian expats living in California, had a documented history of taking daring photos and posting them on a blog and Instagram page titled “Holidays and Happily Ever Afters.”
— In March, the couple posted one such photo of a Grand Canyon visit to their Instagram which has more than 26,000 followers.
— The photo depicts Moorthy sitting on the ledge of the canyon and its caption acknowledges the danger: “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscraper, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? Is our life just worth one photo??”

TSA calls for backup as absences rise

World’s 26 richest people own as much
as half the world’s population
The Guardian/Oxfam
“The way our economies are organised means wealth is increasingly and unfairly concentrated among a privileged few while millions of people are barely subsisting. Women are dying for lack of decent maternity care and children are being denied an education that could be their route out of poverty. No one should be condemned to an earlier grave or a life of illiteracy simply because they were born poor.”

One good thing might come from gov’t shutdown
— the end of the State of the Union speech
… only the NFL rivals the State of the Union for worst time-to-content ratio…

Selfie-snapping gawkers creeping out the prostitutes of Amsterdam
Alternate headline: Prostitutes creeping out selfie-snapping gawkers
— “There’s nowhere for them to run to. If they want to make a living, they have to stand in the window but there are many, many men coming. From England, Scotland, Ireland. Drunk, screaming, trying to make pictures.”


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