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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

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Bring Your Own Brigade  (Director: Lucy Walker)
Raging, out-of-control wildfires have change into a part of the brand new regular across the globe, leaving heartbreaking devastation and dying of their wake. In California, this harsh actuality was underscored on November 8, 2018, when a number of elements of the state had been ablaze—the Camp Fireplace destroying a lot of the Northern California city of Paradise and the Woolsey Fireplace roaring by way of Malibu within the south. Filmmaker Lucy Walker…digs into the shocking historical past and complicated vary of causes of uncontrolled fires—from local weather change and ill-considered hearth suppression insurance policies to the affect of rich company pursuits. Her movie reveals how accountability frequently will get shifted, with unusual individuals left struggling the harmful penalties.

All Light, Everywhere  (Director: Theo Anthony)
The “observer impact” is a time period utilized in physics to explain the method by which the act of remark disturbs the system that’s being noticed. People are such observers—and we have now our inherent limitations, biases, and blind spots that skew how we understand and interpret. In his exceptional, kaleidoscopic essay movie, Theo Anthony investigates the correlation between how we see issues and the instruments and practices concerned within the act of seeing. All Gentle, In all places directs our gaze to some fascinating, typically shocking connections amongst know-how, weapons, and mechanics of movement, in addition to the impact of these elements on the methods by which we assemble our realities. With out being prescriptive or didactic, Anthony skillfully factors out how politicized the act of seeing is and simply how flawed our framing strategies could be.

You possibly can take a look at all the movies from Sundance 2021 here. They’re going to hold us occupied for awhile till this yr’s marquee documentary sequence debuts this summer time on PBS: Ken Burns’ The Full Historical past of Jewish House Lasers.

And now, our function presentation…

Cheers and Jeers for Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Be aware: I am thrilled I get to share my recipe for blizzard stew once more—we made some recent final evening and it is so simple.  Combine one half snow with two elements snow, convey to a boil, simmer, add two cups of snow after which gently stir in half a tablespoon of snow. In a separate bowl, combine snow, snow, snow and snow, then add combination to the snow. Add snowballs. Season with snow. Stir till snowy. In case you really feel daring, toss in a pinch of snow for a touch of “Zing!”  Serves a number of million…whether or not they need it or not.

By the Numbers:

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4 days ‘til Tampa Bay performs Kansas Metropolis.

Days ’til the Tremendous Bowl: 4

Aye-Nay Senate affirmation vote complete for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: 86-13

Portion of Georgians polled by the Atlanta Journal-Structure/U. of Georgia who’ve a unfavourable impression of Trump’s presidency: 6-in-10

Favorable opinion amongst Georgians of the Democratic and Republican occasion, respectively: 50%, 34%

Variety of hate teams recognized by the Southern Poverty Regulation Heart in 2020, down from 940 in 2019: 838

P.c of Individuals who took cash out of their retirement accounts in 2020, 63% to make use of for residing bills throughout the pandemic,  based on a Kiplinger-Private Capital ballot: 32%

Age of the “sawing somebody in half” magic trick as of this yr: 100

Mid-week Rapture Index: 186 (together with 3 Tribulation Temples and 1 GOP trip to the Biden Pain Cave).  Soul Safety Issue 46 lotion is beneficial when you’ll be strolling amongst the heathen immediately.

Pet Pic of the Day: Good Chuck Berry homage in the final seconds…

CHEERS to taking issues into your individual fingers. Home Democrats who’ve all the ability to Home Republicans who’ve none: boot that insurrectionist mushbrain from Georgia off her committee assignments or we’ll do it ourselves:

Home Democrats are transferring expeditiously to take away GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, a decisive step that comes as they stress Republicans to rebuke the Georgia congresswoman over not too long ago unearthed incendiary previous statements.

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A Home committee booting boot. (Precise measurement: 8 ft. tall.)

Home Majority Chief Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Home Democrat…is predicted to inform McCarthy that Republicans have 72 hours to strip Greene of her committee assignments, or Democrats will convey the difficulty to the Home flooring. […]

The Home Guidelines Committee is slated to satisfy [today] to approve a rule for a decision to kick Greene off the Home Training and Labor Committee and the Price range Committee.

And simply to provide their actions the correct sting, I counsel additionally they separate Greene from her parking area, government washroom key, and entry to the Home cafeteria’s freedom fries. (I’d’ve additionally advised they separate her from her paranoid delusions, however dammit they’re representatives, not miracle employees.)

CHEERS to historical past of the history-making type. The American Civil Liberties Union—whose founders, I was unaware, included Helen Keller— was indispensable throughout the attempted-Structure-shredding reign of President Biden’s predecessor, they usually deserve each accolade we are able to toss their method.  Now they’re garnering reward for electing the New York College College of Regulation’s Deborah Archer as their first Black president:

Because the ACLU’s eighth president since 1920, Archer will act as chair of its board of administrators, overseeing organizational issues and the setting of civil liberties insurance policies. The combat in opposition to racial injustice is predicted to be a prime precedence.

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Deborah Archer: Tyranny’s new #1 foe.

Throughout former President Donald Trump’s 4 years in workplace, the ACLU filed an unprecedented 413 lawsuits and different authorized actions in opposition to his administration, difficult insurance policies associated to immigrant rights, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and different points. The marketing campaign in opposition to Trump’s administration—promoted in a catchy “See You In Courtroom” advert marketing campaign—fueled enormous will increase in donations and membership.

We want Deborah success in her new enterprise with the standard C&J recommendation we at all times impart to fighters of evildoers: intention for the shins first, then the financial institution accounts.

CHEERS to compassionate liberalism.  Twenty-eight years in the past this week, Congress authorised the Family and Medical Leave Act, giving staff unpaid depart within the occasion of a start or a medical emergency of their household.  President Clinton signed it into regulation after doing one thing the D.C. institution considers radical: he learn it.

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CHEERS to immediately’s version of Republicans Say the Darndest Issues Generally When They’re Not Drunk On Cult Juice. Courtesy this morning of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison, clearly operating afoul of his occasion’s #1 commandment: Thou shalt not communicate extremely of a Democrat…

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson stated Sunday the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine has been “seamless” below the administration of President Joe Biden. Hutchinson stated on ABC’s “This Week” that something that may be accomplished to hurry up manufacturing of vaccines, together with invoking the Protection Manufacturing Act, could be good.

“By way of the vaccine distribution, it’s been seamless. And I used to be delighted that we had a 14-percent improve in vaccine provide final week. That is going to be very, crucial for us,” Hutchinson stated.

This has been immediately’s version of Republicans Say the Darndest Issues Generally When They’re Not Drunk On Cult Juice.

JEERS to mendacity liars.  20 years in the past this week, President George W. Bush promised to “act boldly and swiftly” to take care of our challenges regarding vitality.  His sensible thought: put Cheney answerable for a secret job drive that may be sure that nothing occurred boldly or swiftly.  Because of this, the large oil corporations had been compelled to take care of the problem of the place to sock away all their file income.  (I suppose that explains why the Exxon-Mobil CEO’s mattress ended up twelve tales excessive.)

Ten years in the past in C&J: February 3, 2011

CHEERS to blowin’ this popsicle stand…kinda sorta.  After spending over 200 days in “area,” a staff of astronauts is about to “land” on “Mars” in a simulator that may assist put together people for an actual voyage in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.  It is fairly wonderful.  The whole lot has been created to replicate precise situations that they’d encounter on such a visit, together with the Martian floor, which is a desolate place, chilly and oxygen-starved and void of clever life.  The one hitch of their routine: Michele Bachmann says they gotta filter out of her workplace by 5.

And only one extra…

CHEERS and JEERS to one of many two issues in life which might be sure. On February 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment, establishing the earnings tax, was ratified and have become a part of the U.S. Structure. Right here is our annual posting of the total textual content—in italics so it appears previous and wrinkled and historic:

The Congress shall have energy to put and accumulate taxes on incomes, from no matter supply derived, with out apportionment among the many a number of States, and with out regard to any census or enumeration.

Congress shall even have the ability to conspire with big companies to make use of tax {dollars} to construct a warfare machine that may destroy each planet within the photo voltaic system many occasions over. We wish weapons. BIG weapons! Tanks, planes, nukes,drones, bunker busters, plane carriers. Something that proves to the remainder of the world that we have got the largest penis on the planet have to be arsenalized. We’re woefully quick on laser cannons—let’s repair that with a wonderful House Drive someday inside the subsequent, say, 107 years.

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Sadly, language stating that “tax monies dedicated to the acquisition of pizza and beer is not going to contribute to the deficit” was eliminated. However thanks for making an attempt.

At numerous occasions, taxpayer-funded company bailouts could also be mandatory. These bailouts can be prioritized within the following order: white collar idiots, white collar dolts, white collar crooks, white collar morons, white collar charlatans, and white collar bloodsuckers.

Congress shall impose the strictest penalties on citizen scofflaws who fail to pay their earnings taxes on time and in full with out exception.  And by ‘with out exception’ we imply besides when you’re wealthy and might afford savvy CPAs and attorneys who can get you out of paying them by, say, stashing them offshore…or besides when you’re wealthy and also you “overlook” to pay them, by which case: tut tut.

And at last, below NO circumstances are taxpayer monies allowed for use by the chief department to make secret back-channel offers with one other nation to swing an election below penalty of each impeachment within the Home and a gentle shrug from conservative senators below the loving gaze of the Chief Justice.

It is labored completely ever since.  Go us!

Have a contented humpday.  Ground’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about immediately?

In the present day’s Shameless C&J Testimonial

The Queen “is far livelier in Cheers and Jeers than what the general public sees,” royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, writer of Elizabeth the Queen: The Lifetime of a Fashionable Monarch, tells PEOPLE. “You possibly can hear her giggle within the kiddie pool. She has an enormous giggle!”

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