Midday open thread: Farm Bureau undermines climate policy; probe finds Martian is crater full of ice

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Convictions!

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos: 

Just how will our long national nightmare with Trump finally end? by Frank Vyan Walton 
Why we need a Green New Deal, by Sher Watts Spooner 
The Twelve Lies of Trumpmas, by David Akadjian 
She got two raises since 2005, one for $0.25 and the next for $0.15. We must know who to blame, by Egberto Willies 
Deep thoughts, by Paul Ryan, by Jon Perr 
Feliz Navidad: Wishing you a Puerto Rican Christmas, by Denise Oliver Velez 
American workers lose when compared to the rest of the world, by Mark E Andersen 
Ann Coulter has more influence over Trump than Jim Mattis. If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will, by Ian Reifowitz

An article part of Inside Climate News’ series on agriculture’s role in climate change exposes how the Farm Bureau has undermined climate policy now and in the past: 

For more than three decades, the Farm Bureau has aligned agriculture closely with the fossil fuel agenda. Though little noticed next to the influence of the fossil fuel industry, the farm lobby pulled in tandem with the energy lobby in a mutually reinforcing campaign to thwart the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, legislation like the Waxman-Markey economywide cap-and-trade plan, and regulations that would limit fossil fuel emissions.

Children’s data, including addresses and Social Security numbers, being sold on the Dark Web: The information supposedly comes from pediatricians and hospitals says a broker who sells the stuff:

The broker markets the data as a set of “fullz”; that is, full information on someone’s identity, or at least a significant enough moment to commit some form of fraud with it. The listings say the child’s data includes their name, address, phone number, date of birth, and Social Security Number (many parents apply for Social Security Numbers for their newborns, which the federal government recommends.) Each set of data costs $10 each, or $790 for 250 fullz, or $490 for 250, depending on which market a fraudster might buy from.

MIDDAY TWEET

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While I agree we must bring home our troops as soon as possible, there is no plan in place to address the humanitarian disaster in Syria or advance negotiated peace. We MUST end these unauthorized wars, but the manner in which we do it matters. https://t.co/pocPxCUP8X

— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 20, 2018

• European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe photographs Martian crater full of ice:

The stunning Korolev crater in the northern lowlands of Mars is filled with ice all year round owing to a trapped layer of cold Martian air that keeps the water frozen.

The 50-mile-wide crater contains 530 cubic miles of water ice, as much as Great Bear Lake in northern Canada, and in the centre of the crater the ice is more than a mile thick.

Fourteen states file suit to stop Trump regime from imposing rule that would allow most employers to opt out of covering contraception for workers on moral or religious grounds.

Winnebago tribe wins a round in lawsuit defending its sovereignty:

A lawsuit by two Winnebago tribal corporations challenging the state of Nebraska’s efforts to regulate tobacco sales by the companies will proceed following a federal judge’s decision Wednesday to deny the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. […]

“The state’s illegal regulation threatens the ability of the Winnebago Tribe and tribes across Indian Country to provide for themselves,” said Nicole Ducheneaux, an attorney representing HCI Distribution and Rock River Manufacturing. “The state of Nebraska will be forced to defend its deal with Big Tobacco.”

Ho-Chunk Inc. (HCI) – an economic development corporation run by the tribe – owns the two subsidiaries, HCI Distribution and Rock River Manufacturing. On April 20, those two companies filed a lawsuit against the state of Nebraska seeking to prevent the state from forcing them to abide by a legal agreement between the state and a variety of tobacco manufacturers.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Times are too crazy to keep Armando off the air. Just hours to shutdown. The nuclear option floated. Are there any rules at all? If not, can a shutdown shut Mueller down? Rules say no, but lolyolonm. Trump evacuates Syria because we won. Mattis out.

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