Saturday Evening Owls: A couple of phrases from a Texan ‘bored with dwelling via extraordinary occasions’

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Boyd began his tirade with, “Let me harm some emotions whereas I’ve a minute!!” It’s a succinct sufficient expression of the fashionable Texas Republican Social gathering’s beliefs as any I’ve seen. They see insurance policies as a means of exacting ache on folks they despise. When their cruelty is spelled out plainly, you’re the one who is just too delicate. They may by no means be those within the unsuitable. The flexibility to face by that place is Trumpian, however predated Trump: By no means apologize and by no means retreat.

The fact of a altering local weather is that we are going to solely turn into extra reliant on one another, and we should determine what sort of world we’d wish to stay in because it burns—or freezes. In an interview with Texas Monthly, vitality guide and UT Austin analysis assistant in sensible grid and bulk electrical energy programs Joshua Rhodes stated whereas it’s theoretically attainable that we would have prevented this week’s vitality disaster, there’s additionally tangible motive why it occurred: highly effective folks made selections. […]

Folks across my state are useless. They deserve the reality to be instructed about their deaths. Their authorities didn’t adequately put together them for a climate-change catastrophe. Their authorities didn’t adequately put together itself for this climate-change catastrophe. And there will probably be extra storms. […]

THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READING

Foundations for a Just and Inclusive Recovery, by Maya Pinto, Rakeen Mabud, Amity Paye, and Sanjay Pinto. 

A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer, by James Hamblin. Households will collect. Eating places will reopen. Folks will journey. The pandemic might really feel prefer it’s behind us—even when it’s not.

The Everyday Resistance of Enslaved Women, by Stella Dadzie. Finding out historical past is like detective work—particularly when the insurrection of Black ladies has been neglected of the story.

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          ~~Emmanuel Fombu, The Way forward for Healthcare: People an Machines Partnering for Higher Outcomes (2018)

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On this date at Each day Kos in 2008—Previous Time to Finish Embargo on Cuba:

A yr and a half in the past, the announcement that almost all observers anticipated to listen to any day from Cuba was that Fidel Castro, the island’s long-ruling communist caudillo, was useless from the gastro-intestinal issues that had remodeled him from an aged however vigorous chief right into a wraith and compelled him to quickly switch authority to his brother. As a substitute, he has achieved what some stated he would by no means willingly do: resigned. The precise parameters of his well being standing stay unknown, as does information relating to how a lot of an éminence grise he might stay in his dotage. One factor for sure, his impression, for good and in poor health, won’t be quickly forgotten.

With Castro formally out of the image for the primary time in 49 years, what subsequent is on many minds, in Cuba, in southern Florida the place the intensive Cuban exile group has remodeled that a part of the state practically as a lot as Castro remodeled the island, and elsewhere, together with Washington, the place these exiles have had an unbalanced affect on U.S. coverage towards Cuba for many years?

What higher time for america to have a optimistic impression on the sclerotic regime that runs Cuba by revamping its personal sclerotic insurance policies? This it may begin by phasing out the 46-year-old embargo that has harm common Cubans and given Castro a rhetorical cudgel and a masks, one to pummel U.S. coverage, the opposite to hide the regime’s failures and justify its excesses. No probability of that, it appears. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Tuesday that he couldn’t “think about” an finish to the U.S. embargo “occurring any time quickly.”