Midday open thread: Black hole photo coming? House panel hears youth at its first climate hearing
Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Repeal & give-us-a-minute:
What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:
GOP: Making Trump release returns is “abuse of authority.” What’s building a wall Congress rejected, by Ian Reifowitz
Trump spews, using Puerto Rico as red meat to throw to his xenophobic base, by Denise Oliver Velez
More women running—and winning elections—is the new normal, by Sher Watts Spooner
The Second Amendment does not apply to other countries, by Mark E Andersen
What’s happening at our border is an inhumane crime in progress, by Frank Vyan Walton
The hidden tax: Average Americans pay a tax of 74% that they don’t know about and isn’t in the media, by David Akadjian
International Digest: Longtime Algerian president resigns, but unclear if free elections will follow, by Daily Kos Elections International
Our economic system depends on your path to mediocrity, by Egberto Willies
Primary debates should be a Democratic bulwark against Trump tirades, by Chris Reeves
• Come next Wednesday, we may get to see the first photograph of a black hole: Scientists will hold six simultaneous press briefings that day to release the “groundbreaking result” of efforts to photograph black holes at the center of the Milky Way and the nearby Virgo A galaxy. To do this, they used eight linked radio observatories around the world to create a single Earth-size telescope. The U.S. press briefing will be held at 9 AM ET Wednesday and will be livestreamed here. It will be hosted by the National Science Foundation and the Event Horizon Telescope:
The scientists involved in the effort declined to discuss the result in advance of the press events, which will be held in Brussels, Santiago, Shanghai, Tokyo and Taipei as well as Washington. But the result is believed to be based upon a vast trove of data from observations made in April 2017 of Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A-star), the supermassive black hole lying 26,000 light-years from Earth at the center of the Milky Way, and another supermassive black hole at the center of the neighboring Virgo A galaxy.
If every public school swapped out a beef burger for a veggie burger once a month, it would save 300 million pounds of carbon dioxide a year.Thank you NYC public schools for adopting #MeatlessMondays!https://t.co/OL3QOuo1iT
— Friends of the Earth (@foe_us) April 5, 2019
• Invited youth take center stage at first hearing of Select Committee on the Climate Crisis: Among the witnesses Thursday were Chris J. Suggs, an activist and university sophomore form North Carolina, Lindsay Cooper, a recent college graduate and policy analyst for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, and Aji Piper, one of the 21 young plaintiffs in the case alleging that the federal government trampled on their constitutional rights by promoting fossil fuels that are a key element of global warming that is an inevitable part of their future. Piper testified at one point “Forget about being on the right side of history. If there even are history books, it will be because of the efforts that we are taking today. Be on the side of young people right now.” The 15-member committee is fettered by outright hostility from some congressional Democrats, by its limited authority—which doesn’t permit it to issue subpoenas or advance legislation to the floor of the House—and by its six Republican members, several of whom have backgrounds as unrepentant rejectors of climate science. More than one Republican at the hearing touted the benefits of fossil fuels. Freshman Rep. Carol Miller of West Virginia excoriated the so-called “war on coal” that she claimed President Obama had us to “decimate” the industry, ignoring decades of falling coal employment caused by market changes and massive automation. Although he has worked to address the impacts of sea level rise in his own state and acknowledges that climate change is real, the ranking committee Republican, Garrett Graves of Louisiana, argued in favor of an “all-of-the-above” policy on energy, including burning fossil fuels for many decades into the future. Given the ever-worsening scientific reports, such a stance indicates a profound misunderstanding of the warnings climate experts are delivering.
• The Atlantic asked readers to say what new holiday they’d like to create from scratch: The response was large enough that the possibilities had to be narrowed down to a dozen, and out of that came the favorite: “Step Away Day.” That is, step away from the all the screens:
This is a day reserved for taking stock, taking a breath, and putting down the screen(s). Essentially, it’s a collective “tech sabbath”—a time to relax in whatever way most refreshes you. That could mean a day spent on your own or with loved ones; indoors or outdoors; at home or on a new adventure—as long as you don’t have to go online to do it.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: ALL NEW! AOC is raising $ for her colleagues. Is it revolutionary? Or is she going “establishment?!?!” Cops imagine there’s such a thing as anti-antifa. (Psst, that’s just “fa.”) OK, is there oil in the ANWR or not? Mueller report: already a success!