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Zack Rosebrugh

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SCOTUS update

The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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At the movies

Fashion forward

Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before are considering a small loan to have them installed on their home roofs. EVs are incrementally getting more practical and reliable and the bulk of consumers will move that way before we know it.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

See you later!

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Dimming the sun: The answer to global warming?

Dimming the sun: The answer to global warming?

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Contributions

  • Let’s not even consider dimming the sun. Let’s not spray chemicals to change temperatures. This kind of idea is just the sort of thinking that got us into the (hot and ever hotter) pickle we are in environmentally. This is hubris of mythic proportions, the stuff of dystopian science fiction. Messing

    Let’s not even consider dimming the sun. Let’s not spray chemicals to change temperatures. This kind of idea is just the sort of thinking that got us into the (hot and ever hotter) pickle we are in environmentally. This is hubris of mythic proportions, the stuff of dystopian science fiction. Messing with fundamentals is not likely to fix the situation but certain to trigger a slew of unintended and unforeseen consequences.

  • What could possibly go wrong? I applaud the thought and effort put into this but have we as a species learned nothing from our past? What happens when we divide to “help” nature along? Our intentions are in the guise of fixing the problems that we create but in reality, we inevitably create a worse one

    What could possibly go wrong? I applaud the thought and effort put into this but have we as a species learned nothing from our past? What happens when we divide to “help” nature along? Our intentions are in the guise of fixing the problems that we create but in reality, we inevitably create a worse one. The solution to climate change lies in the entire planet changing our way of life. Despite what the political parties in America try to convince the world, it is not America’s fault. Sorry, Al Gore, hate to break it to you, GW isn’t the mastermind here. China and the EU are the ones who need to change. But it’s so much easier to blame politics. Why look at the real reason? Lifestyles, globally, need to change. As much as the American psyche seems to think it’s our job to fix the planet, it’s simply not. Screwing with Mother Nature for the betterment of mankind never works out well.

  • Does this make anyone else nervous? Spraying a crap-load of aerosols into the atmosphere? Hm. Well, let’s keep thinking.

  • Has anyone here ever seen the film “Snowpiercer”? Not saying fictional movies are scientifically substantive, but it puts an anxious feeling in the back of my head.

  • Next they will be proposing that we can set off a limited number of nuclear bombs to create a "controlled" nuclear winter to cool the planet.

  • Mess with our atmosphere INTENTIONALLY? Are they CRAZY? We are on the best "spaceship" in the universe, with a fully functioning ecosystem, whose climate has changed before (Britain used to be warm enough to grow grapes). IMHO, this is untested & cannot be attempted without potentially dire consequences

    Mess with our atmosphere INTENTIONALLY? Are they CRAZY? We are on the best "spaceship" in the universe, with a fully functioning ecosystem, whose climate has changed before (Britain used to be warm enough to grow grapes). IMHO, this is untested & cannot be attempted without potentially dire consequences. Things could easily backfire & wreak havoc. THEN what?

  • Would this also make solar panels less effective? If so, then it might be counterproductive and require more oil

  • With possible precipitation of high levels of SO4-2. Then factoring in levels of evaporated H2O. I see the possible formation of H2SO4. For those not familiar with chemistry. That's sulfuric acid. I wonder how they propose to mitigate that possibility. I side with those that approach such efforts with

    With possible precipitation of high levels of SO4-2. Then factoring in levels of evaporated H2O. I see the possible formation of H2SO4. For those not familiar with chemistry. That's sulfuric acid. I wonder how they propose to mitigate that possibility. I side with those that approach such efforts with caution. Also an eruption of Yellowstone could more than dim the sun. I don't even know of proof that this warming is manmade. Global climate changes have occurred long before we were even present on Earth. Our efforts might be more effective if we look to adapting to the coming changes. Survival usually involves some amount of adaptation.

  • “Coordination between multiple countries in both hemispheres would be required.” No! Really??

  • This is the plot of Snowpiercer.

  • Sounds so much more practical than eliminating the carbon footprint.

  • Yes, yes it does make me nervous especially when they don’t know we are going into a grand solar minimum. The sun is already going dim on its own. Leave it alone and just adapt.

  • Weird science. The earth has been thru this before. Now we are along for the ride. What caused the end of the ice age? Global warming I suspect.

  • I understand that we're running out of time, but I gotta say the solution seems to be that we should do *less*, not more. 🤷‍♀️

    It's gonna be a no from me, dawg.

  • There are two basic types of “in the future movies” one with replicators and people in shiny suit‘s, and the other being a “thunder dome” apocalypse. This plot line could be either folks. And let’s no forget what happened in the matrix movies when they blotted out the sun.

  • Let's also just add two extra zeros to our dollar bills when we have splurged our money.

  • Let’s fix the problem not add to it! This. Is a ridiculous solution to a complex problem!

  • Let’s look at something more realistic... how about an industrial strength CO2 processor. Rendering pure Carbon and Oxygen, or a combination thereof, removing from the atmosphere. How about internal combustion engines that breaks down the CO2, the carbon left in storage tanks and release the oxygen in

    Let’s look at something more realistic... how about an industrial strength CO2 processor. Rendering pure Carbon and Oxygen, or a combination thereof, removing from the atmosphere. How about internal combustion engines that breaks down the CO2, the carbon left in storage tanks and release the oxygen in the Atmosphere. Giant sunglasses seems a bit fanrastic, and prone to unfortunate side effects.

  • Lovely clickbait bs headline from CNN here. This idea, aside from being absurdly risky, is also thoroughly impractical. Technology is not what's holding us back from a greener world and a sustainable economy, it's government corruption.

    Which reminds me of the Onion article, "Scientists Remind World

    Lovely clickbait bs headline from CNN here. This idea, aside from being absurdly risky, is also thoroughly impractical. Technology is not what's holding us back from a greener world and a sustainable economy, it's government corruption.

    Which reminds me of the Onion article, "Scientists Remind World Clean Energy Ready to Go Whenever"

  • Let’s not and say we did.

  • No, No, No! Absolutely not. Human meddling with nature ALWAYS has disastrous unpredicted side effects. I can see something like this causing a new ice age or some other life threatening climate change.

  • Ahhh Gives us more to talk about.Try it out and if it fails Im sure the privy will have places to slide away into No worry Just hide out come out aftera yr ,no send someone under you