Midday open thread: 'Bottomless Pinocchios'; climate confab spoilers—US, Russia, Saudi & Kuwait

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Taking them for a ride:

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Climate change is real, man-made, and no amount of disbelief will change that, by Mark E Andersen
Lame duck power theft shows Republicans don’t believe in democracy, only their own power, by Ian Reifowitz    

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May calls off Tuesday’s Brexit parliamentary vote on her deal with Europe deal because it was surely headed for defeat. No new date for a vote has been set.

“Pissing Fly” gives scientists something to ponder regarding speed. One consideration is how that particular form of speed might be used to solve engineering problems.

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act ends in most states on December 15: After today, there’s only five days left to enroll if you need insurance! Free help is available. Answers to your questions about signing up and trained professionals who can talk your through your options are just a phone call or click away. Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit localhelp.healthcare.gov to make a one-on-one appointment now.

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BREAKING: a deployed 40 foot banner outside of @TeamPelosi’s office unfurls as police announce over megaphones that “this is an illegal demonstration.” Where are our leaders? Right here. #GreenNewDeal pic.twitter.com/Z3HtwU0T44

— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) December 10, 2018

Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post’s “Fact-Checker” feature, which hands out 1-4 Pinocchios for lying, has introduced the Bottomless Pinocchio:

Trump’s willingness to constantly repeat false claims has posed a unique challenge to fact-checkers. Most politicians quickly drop a Four-Pinocchio claim, either out of a duty to be accurate or concern that spreading false information could be politically damaging.

Not Trump. The president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, version of it. He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation.

To accurately reflect this phenomenon, The Washington Post Fact Checker is introducing a new category — the Bottomless Pinocchio. That dubious distinction will be awarded to politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation.

Rhode Island school district sends debt collectors after families who owe money for children’s lunches.

Thanks to blocking by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait, climate conference cannot adopt the 1.5 degree C report it commissioned: The report was commissioned at the Paris talks in 2015 and was released two months ago to much praise and trepidation. In short, the authors stated that the world needs to act now to decarbonize if we are to keep from exceeding a rise of 1.5-degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial global temperatures. We’re at about 1.0 degree F right now. Three years ago in Paris, 190 nations adopted an agreement to shoot for stopping the temperature increase at 2.0-degrees C goal. But right now, stated the report, we’re on track for a 3-degree C increase by 2100, with negative climate impacts happening right now. “If there is anything ludicrous about the discussion it’s that we can’t welcome the report,” said Ruenna Haynes from St Kitts and Nevis. Said Yamide Dagnet from the World Resources Institute, a former climate negotiator for the UK, “We are really angry and find it atrocious that some countries dismiss the messages and the consequences that we are facing, by not accepting what is unequivocal and not acting upon it,”

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin and Armando catch us up on the wild (il)legal weekend for Trump. Also, things happened in the rest of the world! But, back to us: People are writing about the i-word! Indicting a POTUS. Maybe the constitution is a suicide pact after all.

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