[Chicago Tribune] Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury concluded Monday night.
In a civil lawsuit against Clarke, Daniel Black argued he received hateful messages and was fearful after Clarke called him a "snowflake" online and said Black "wouldn't be around to whine" if the then-sheriff really wanted to harass him. Clarke made the comment after Black complained to the county that the sheriff had his deputies detain and question him for 15 minutes after he got off the plane in Milwaukee.
Jurors deliberated nearly three hours before deciding Clarke's posts were not enough to chill Black's future speech. Clarke resigned on Aug. 31 to join a political action committee that supports President Donald Trump.
Black said he shook his head at Clarke last January on the flight from Dallas to Milwaukee because Clarke was wearing Cowboys gear when they were playing the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs.
[BBC] A tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Alaska in the US.
It hit 280km (173 miles) south-east of Kodiak, 25km deep, at 00:31 (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.
The US National Weather Service says a warning is in effect for the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, while the US west coast is on tsunami watch.
Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was "extraordinary threat to life or property".
The alert told people to seek refuge on higher ground in affected areas.
The Clean Air Act of 1970 strengthened the standards and the enforcement of those standards in the USA. Has anyone done the math to see if the slight warming that we have seen since the 1970's (0.41 as of last December) can be attributed to lower pollution under the Clean Air Act?
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Methane is a greenhouse gas. Burning it produces CO2 and Water. So trading one greenhouse gas for another; meh. :-)
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In which the Guardian, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, goes looking for problems to accuse the Republican president of that were invisible during Democratic president Barack Obama’s time in office — and finds them in the very Democratic state of California.
[Guardian] Leilani Farha was being given a walking tour in central San Francisco. Near a thronged artisanal grocery store and a food-truck park, she saw something under a freeway that gave her pause.
A young homeless man sat on the ground. He wore two pairs of jeans and had a hood pulled over his long brown hair. Before him was a crockpot filled with burning paper, over which he was heating tortillas in a dirty skillet. As cars, cyclists and tech commuter buses rushed past, white smoke poured into the darkening air.
[Mercer] It’s shameful‐treason, if you are a politician‐to suggest that an aging and shrinking population is REASON TO FLOOD A COUNTRY WITH IMMIGRANTS, bringing about the near extinction of the native population.
This I’ve said in all my writing on immigration, and in response to the "demographics are destiny crowd" (Mark Steyn being among them). See: "Beck, Wilders, and His Boosters’ Blind Spot" (2010)
Not being traitors to their own, Japanese leaders are having none of it.
Japan will not accept mass immigration, says Masashi Mori, the mayor of Toyama. Efforts to raise the birth rate have had little success, although there are a few exceptions (see article). The only alternative is to learn to live with far fewer people. That implies great upheaval, which Toyama hopes to minimise.
In 100 years, this crisis will be forgotten, but Japan will still be Japanese. Don't argue with the math. There is more than one way to "extinguish" a native population. Japan will remain Japanese only as long as the Japanese can be bothered to bring more Japanese into this vale of toil and sin.
[Wash Examiner] White House officials are expected to unveil an infrastructure plan next week that will largely focus on improving rural economies through improved transportation, internet access, and other resources, according to a leaked document.
The $1 trillion plan circulated by the Trump administration, which Axios obtained on Monday, would allocate 25 percent of the total appropriation to a rural infrastructure program in parts of the U.S. that currently lack high-speed internet and public transit, and whose roads and bridges are in disrepair. The program would also aim to improve water supply and maritime ports in areas where both are lacking.
According to the proposal, states that are currently facing an infrastructure crisis would receive block grant funding for rural areas with fewer than 50,000 residents. The amount made available to each governor would be based on the rural area in one state in relation to all states, and the total adjusted rural population.
The Trump administration hopes that by allowing state governments to determine what to do with the funding they receive would boost public-private partnerships.
"States are incentivized to partner with local and private investment for completion and operation of projects under this program," the document reads.
Trump has long talked about pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure plan that would address structurally deficient transportation systems and roads, curb traffic congestion in major metropolitan areas, among other proposals. Sources close to the White House have said the plan would aim to reduce federal government spending on infrastructure and encourage private investments.
The president is expected to roll the plan out before or during his first State of the Union address next Tuesday.
How can the Donks be against one of the great program of Saint Franklin himself? I look forward to the pretzel illogic to come forth. No room in the budget? Hell, there was no money back then in the first Great Depression.
[DW] Eurozone finance ministers have reached a "political agreement" to grant Greece 6.7 billion euros in bailout money. The ministers praised Greece's progress, putting it on track to leave its bailout program this year. Afterwards, the country is expected to finance itself by directly borrowing from investors.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.