Friday, January 26, 2024

You might be eligible for free tax preparation


I'm working on my Tax-Aide certification.

If you have tried to get your taxes done for free by Tax-Aide, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) in the past but were out of scope, you might be eligible now because the scope often expands as training is developed for new things.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Devastating drought in Amazon result of climate crisis, study shows


Wed 24 Jan 2024 12.00 EST


The climate crisis turned the drought that struck the Amazon rainforest in 2023 into a devastating event, a study has found.

The drought was the worst recorded in many places and hit the maximum “exceptional” level on the scientific scale. Without planet-warming emissions from the burning of oil, gas and coal, the drought would have been far less extreme, the analysis found.

It also showed the drought was made 30 times more likely to happen by global heating. The return of the natural El NiƱo climate phenomenon is associated with drier conditions but played only a small role, the scientists said.

The climate crisis is supercharging extreme weather across the planet, but the extreme Amazon drought is a stark and worrying example because the rainforest is already thought to be close to a tipping point into a drier state. This would result in a mass die-off of trees in the world’s most important store of carbon on land, releasing large amounts of CO2 and driving global temperatures even higher.

Millions of people in the Amazon have been affected by the drought, with some rivers at their lowest levels for more than a century. There have been drinking water shortages, failed crops and power cuts, as hydroelectric plants dried up. The drought also worsened wildfires and high water temperatures were linked to a mass mortality of river life, including the deaths of more than 150 endangered pink river dolphins in a single week.



Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Media hyping Trump

 Jan. 16, 2024

AP news, CBS, & NBC apps all are reporting Trump won a commanding first place in the Iowa caucus last night, but didn't give his percentage. NPR radio did say he won half, NY Times at the beginning of their article gave % for each candidate. Trump got 51%, so almost half voted for another candidate.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Extreme weather more coomon


Climate disruption is making many climate extremes happen more often and more extreme. Citing previous extreme weather as "proof" there is no change is like saying covid doesn't cause increased deaths because people have always died.

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Woman who had a miscarriage is now charged with abusing a corpse

Because, like many women who miscarry, she passed it while on the toilet and didn't fish it out.

An Ohio woman who had sought treatment at a hospital before suffering a miscarriage and passing her nonviable fetus in her bathroom now faces a criminal charge, her attorney told CNN.

Brittany Watts, 33, of Warren, has been charged with felony abuse of a corpse, Trumbull County court records show.