Well, it has been raining all day. Tonight, ferry sailings have been cancelled due to heavy seas, rain and wind warnings. Believe me, it takes a lot to cancel a ferry sailing. I was on a sailing years ago when cars were bouncing as much as 25 cm off the deck and then coming down with a thud. Subsequent sailings were cancelled. So here I sit with my little girl curled up at my feet, all warm and toasty and dry! For us, at least half the weekend is supposed to be like this.
Puzzle — Today’s took me 2:57 (average 4:46). To do it, click here. How did you do?
The New Yorker — These are not abstractions. And this is where the arguments about the freedom of speech become most tone deaf. The freedom to offend the powerful is not equivalent to the freedom to bully the relatively disempowered. The enlightenment principles that undergird free speech also prescribed that the natural limits of one’s liberty lie at the precise point at which it begins to impose upon the liberty of another.
Click through for the rest of the article. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are two current flashpoints. But should they be flashpoints? I don't think so . . . my freedoms end at the tip of my nose, while yours end at the tip of your nose. The systemic racism and definition of rights in the US leaves me scratching my head.
Common Dreams — On September 21, Pah, a 16-year-old student at Oakland’s Street Academy, spoke out against the export of coal through the Port of Oakland to City Council members: “I’m opposed to this coal export because it will make my community in West Oakland sick. I support jobs, but not the kind of jobs that make us sick. There are clean job alternatives, like Community Choice energy, and this will be good for the health of my community. This is my generation; I want to have a healthy life.”
Click through for the rest of the article. A promising arrangement for greener and cheaper power. What's not to like? Living in British Columbia where power is controlled by a Crown Corporation and utilities are currently highly regulated, I wonder how such a system could work here, if at all.
Washington Post — Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.
Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.
The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the pack of governors and senators running, and there is disagreement about how to prosecute the case against them. Recent focus groups of Trump supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire commissioned by rival campaigns revealed no silver bullet.
Click through for the rest of the article. I know that I cringe at the thoughts of a President Trump or a President Carson. Neither is fit, in my mind, to be president. But then, I don't think any of the current Republican aspirants is fit.
Mother Jones — One thing every Republican presidential candidate can agree on is that they hate President Barack Obama's plan to tackle climate change. Now Hillary Clinton might have a way to remedy one of their biggest concerns.
… Today Clinton produced her own $30 billion plan, which would use a smattering of tax incentives and grant funding to support public health, education, and entrepreneurial initiatives in coal communities from Appalachia to Wyoming.
You can read the full plan here. It follows the lead of a similar but much smaller initiative Obama rolled out last month. Much of it is targeted at rebuilding infrastructure—highways, bridges, railroads, broadband networks. The Clinton campaign says that kind of development would not only create new jobs to replace those lost in the coal industry, but be vital for growing new industries.
Click through for the rest of the article. I remember coal being delivered to my home, and later to the apartment building where I lived. Unfortunately, our apartment was directly above the coal bin and coal dust was a part of life unfortunately. But that was in the 1950s and 60s. Coal has been in decline for years but politicians in coal states are mired in the coal dust of the past rather than looking forward to new opportunities. It seems that Hillary has beat them to the punch!
My Universe — Cuteness overload to usher in the weekend!