I just did a quick check of the news, and there’s been another shooting incident. This one is particularly horrific, it was in an elementary school in Connecticut. There’s still a lot of things to clear up, but I’m getting sick and tired of hearing of these. What makes it worse is that I know, within a few days, that Wayne LaPierre is going to issue a statement out of NRA headquarters that will be just as stupid as his other ones. Update: 20 children dead, 6 adults, and the shooter. Other updates at the end of the post.
Even as fracking rules are a hotly debated subject here in New York, the state is also getting ready to sue the EPA over its failure to regulate methane emissions. One of the things that opponents of fracking in this state can point to is just across the border in Pennsylvania, which has had … issues … with fracking. The gas companies often portray this as being safe for the environment, but what they say in the small print of the footnotes is “if done properly.” The problem? They don’t always do it properly, and by then it’s a mess to be cleaned up. So “trust me” is not an option.
There’s a lot in the media about Michigan passing a “right to work law.” Which is more realistically a union busting law. I see the standard crap from conservatives saying this is “good for business and for workers.” Really? It’s just good for business. It sucks for the workers. How do I know that? Well, there’s a number of states with those laws, and interestingly enough, the average wage is lower, poverty rates are higher, and yes, the unemployment rate is low. So you may have a job in that state, but you won’t get paid enough. But that’s OK, you can have government subsidies (good for business) through food stamps and Medicaid. You can also look at the figures that show that while corporate profits have been skyrocketing, corporate wages (except for executives) have not gone up.
There’s nothing like getting hammered by a superstorm or suffering through a major drought to start getting the message through that climate change is real:
A poll released on Friday by the Associated Press-GfK found rising concern about climate change among Americans in general, with 80% citing it as a serious problem for the US, up from 73% in 2009. Belief and worry about climate change were rising faster still among people who do tend not to trust scientists on the environment.
Some of the doubters said in follow-up interviews that they were persuaded by personal experience: such as record temperatures, flooding of New York City subway tunnels, and news of sea ice melt in the Arctic and extreme drought in the mid-west.
Sadly, it takes something like that to get it, because the media blitz by various groups to throw “doubt” meant that actual scientists saying it weren’t believed. Sadly, it’s going to take a lot more to get various politicians to change.
Update: From Chipsticks at The Obama Diary:
Hi everyone, I know there’s only so much more sadness anyone can take, but just to let you know – CTGirl has been in touch to say that first she heard today that the daughter of a close friend had died in the shootings, and then she got a call to say her father had passed away.
I just don’t know what to say. I really don’t. CTGirl, we love you, we’re thinking of you, and so incredibly sad for you. May your father and the young girl both rest in peace.
The President on the shooting: