Saturday, October 13, 2018


[Note that supreme court justice Roberts and former justice Stevens are conservatives appointed by a republican presidents.]
Oct. 11, 2018
While the Republican leadership celebrates the seating of Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts yesterday requested the Tenth Circuit to review more than twelve ethics complaints that have been made against Kavanaugh. The complaints concern Kavanaugh’s behavior at the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27.
The complaints were not made without legal basis. More than 2,400 law professors have determined that Kavanaugh has “displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court.”
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens also stated that Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated bias and is “not fit for the Supreme Court.” Former Justice Stevens, in remarks to retirees in Boca Raton, Fla, declared that Kavanaugh’s statements on September 27 revealed prejudices that would make it impossible for him to do the court’s work. “They suggest that he has demonstrated a potential bias involving enough potential litigants before the court that he would not be able to perform his full responsibilities.”
At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Judge Kavanaugh’s behavior was startingly non-judicial in nature. From the outset in his prepared statement, he was angry and confrontational in manner. He was aggrieved and complaining about the situation in which he found himself. He was impolite and challenged the integrity of the Senate questioners and portrayed the hearing in the starkest partisan terms.
Like-Farming: A Facebook Scam Still Going Strong
By Better Business Bureau. February 27, 2018.
Like-farming on Facebook is a technique in which scammers create an eye-catching post designed to get many likes and shares. Posts often give people emotional reasons to click, like, and share, such as adorable animals, sick children, or political messages. For example, some posts claim that Facebook will donate money for every comment or share. As more people like and share the post, it appears in more news feeds, giving the post a much wider audience.
As with many scams, like-farming has several different aims. When scammers ask you to “register” in order to win a free iPad or a free flight, this is a way to steal your personal information. Other versions can be more complex. Often, the post itself is initially harmless – albeit completely fictional. But when the scammer collects enough likes and shares, they will edit the post and add something malicious. That’s often a link to a website that downloads malware to your machine. Other times, once scammers reach their target number of likes, they strip the page’s original content and use it to promote spammy products. They may also resell the page on the black market. These buyers can use it to spam followers or harvest the information Facebook provides.
Oct. 9, 2018
A new U.S. Supreme Court decision means North Dakota can continue to require residents to provide a street address in order to vote on Election Day.
Some American Indian tribes argued that street addresses aren't always assigned on reservations and the requirements discriminate against Native Americans.

Pictures of hurricane Michael's damage

[Nature is trying to solve the problem of our destructive species, since we are too dumb to do it ourselves.]
Oct. 12, 2018
“In the context of climate change, more hot weather is going to hinder people’s ability to have the family size that’s right for them.”
That’s Alan Barreca of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He found for every day with an average temperature over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, more than one thousand fewer babies are born in the U.S.
Once it cools off, birth rates rebound, but not enough to make up for the reduction in birth rates associated with heat waves.
Barreca says the problem is caused by hot weather before the time of conception. Animal studies show that sperm production falls in the weeks after a hot spell, so he speculates that high temperatures are affecting male fertility.
Barreca: “What is happening is the hot weather is derailing people physiologically, and two weeks later, when they go and actually try and conceive, they’re unsuccessful.”
Oct. 7, 2018
“There’s a perspective that somehow there’s one solution to climate change. There’s not,” Kristie Ebi, a University of Washington scientist and lead author the summary for policymakers of the new report, told Earther. “There’s a million solutions. When you look at each one of these, they can be relatively small. It’s when you put them together that become large and powerful.”

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