Daily Digest 6/11 – The Secret To A Low-Carbon Future, What Will Life Be Like Without Police?


Big majorities support protests over Floyd killing and say police need to change, poll finds (TS)

The poll highlights how attitudes about police treatment of black Americans are changing dramatically. More than 2 in 3 Americans (69 percent) say the killing of Floyd represents a broader problem within law enforcement, compared with fewer than 1 in 3 (29 percent) who say the Minneapolis killing is an isolated incident.

That finding marks a significant shift when compared with the reactions in 2014 to police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York. Six years ago, 43 percent described those deaths as indicative of broader problems in policing while 51 percent saw them as isolated incidents.

Two U.S. Cities Dismantled Their Police Departments. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next… (thc0655)

So they didn’t just “defund” or “dismantle” the police, or create a “police free society” as some on the left are advocating. Common sense should tell anyone who has it that fewer police means more crime. What Camden actually ended up doing was put more police on the streets; beef up its screening for hiring officers to get better ones; and stop incentives based on things that may lead them to antagonize and even prey on citizens, such as arrest and ticket quotas.

One of the most important reforms Camden made is one that very few Democrat-controlled cities or states will entertain. They removed unions from the equation.

McConnell taps Tim Scott to lead Senate’s police reform plan (jdargis)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will be tasked with confronting one of the nation’s most vexing challenges in a Senate that has done little to show it can set aside partisanship on the issue. But supporters of broad reform could have their best chance for success in decades as public opinion swings sharply in favor of reforms amid a nationwide uproar over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

What will life be like without police? Ask Mexico. Ask Africa. (thc0655)

Another part of that problem was that many merchants and other vendors simply refused to deliver supplies to the region(s) concerned. They became food deserts, with the only exception being foreign aid (mostly stolen by the groups in control, and sold in local markets) or subsistence agriculture. I can tell you right now, if BLM or other groups take over local city suburbs, the big stores in and near them will simply close their doors, rather than be robbed on a daily basis. That will lead to the activists (a.k.a. thugs and looters) trying to extend their activities into areas still well supplied, which will in turn provoke a violent reaction from those in the latter areas, trying to protect what they’ve got. Since “the best form of defense is attack”, to quote a well-known saying, they’ll probably take the fight to the activists in their own areas, too. In the absence of effective policing, who’s going to stop either side?

Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop (tmn)

I know what you’re going to ask: did I ever plant drugs? Did I ever plant a gun on someone? Did I ever make a false arrest or file a false report? Believe it or not, the answer is no. Cheating was no fun, I liked to get my stats the “legitimate” way. But I knew officers who kept a little baggie of whatever or maybe a pocket knife that was a little too big in their war bags (yeah, we called our dufflebags “war bags”…). Did I ever tell anybody about it? No I did not. Did I ever confess my suspicions when cocaine suddenly showed up in a gang member’s jacket? No I did not.

Why We Need the Police (thc0655)

The claim that better-funded social services can deliver public safety is baseless. New York City tried that experiment for decades, and it was a resounding failure. No city spent more on welfare, yet crime continued to rise. Only Compstat policing reversed the chronic lawlessness of New York.

Gov. Kim Reynolds ending Iowa’s eviction moratorium, allowing outdoor events, opening of casinos, amusement parks (Phillip B.)

The announcement comes after Reynolds announced movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums could reopen at 50% capacity as of last Friday, and that bars could reopen under specific guidelines starting May 28. Reynolds had also announced that school activities and high school sports can resume as early as June 1.

Emergency COVID-19 measures prevented more than 500 million infections, study finds (tmn)

In the first peer-reviewed analysis of local, regional and national policies, the researchers found that travel restrictions, business and school closures, shelter-in-place orders and other non-pharmaceutical interventions averted roughly 530 million COVID-19 infections across the six countries in the study period ending April 6. Of these infections, 62 million would likely have been “confirmed cases,” given limited testing in each country.

People with disabilities can have support person in hospitals despite COVID-19 (DennisC)

“We are grateful that the Office for Civil Rights acted quickly and decisively to ensure that Connecticut protects the rights and safety of people with disabilities. It persuaded our state to do what should have been done from day one — assure that every individual with a disability hospitalized in Connecticut has equal access to care,” said Bob Joondeph, interim executive director of Disabilities Rights Connecticut, one of the groups that filed the complaint. “Because the state now has a clear written policy, patients with disabilities can expect to have their rights upheld and not be subject to discriminatory practices that diminish their quality of care or access to treatment.”

From Gekaufte Journalisten to Gekaufte Wissenschaftler (DennisC)

So now we come to one of the gekaufte Wissenschaft sources of the current global hysteria, as unexpectedly revealed by a most unlikely journalistic authority, The Guardian: “A Guardian investigation can reveal the U.S.-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees appear to include a science fiction writer and an adult-content model, has provided data for multiple studies on Covid-19 co-authored by its chief executive, but has so far failed to adequately explain its data or methodology.”

Covid-19: More deaths? More lockdown? More suffering? (Phillip B.)

Quite independently of corona, it has been known and published for many years that vitamin D deficiency promotes the development of pneumonia – technically correct named ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Symptom) – as a result of viral infections. In addition, vitamin D stimulates the body’s own synthesis of antiviral substances which specifically block the spike protein necessary for the docking mechanism of covid-19 to the receptor protein ACE2. All this is well-researched and published information, that clearly shows us that vitamin D deficiency patients have a high risk of catching pneumonia.

Big Bang Theory Called Into Question by Cosmologists (newsbuoy)

It’s posited that immediately after this big spark, we would have seen a 10 billion-degree sea of neutrons, protons, electrons, anti-electrons, photons and neutrinos cooling off. As the piping fresh hot universe cooled, either the neutrons decayed into electrons or protons, or they combined with protons to create an isotope of hydrogen. Further cooling led to more combinations: electrons merged with nuclei to form neutral atoms and also change what was a murky celestial backdrop into a transparent one that could be later discerned by modern scientists. Those photons formed an afterglow that’s known as cosmic background radiation. That’s the part of this creation show that can be observed today.

The Secret To A Low-Carbon Future (Michael S.)

Propane is the lightest of these gases that are easily transportable as a liquid under pressure. Just as natural gas production surged, propane production jumped from 182 million barrels in 2005 to nearly 600 million barrels in 2019.

How could propane help with the move to a low-carbon future? One way is through hydrogen production.

Natural capital and ecosystem services informing decisions: From promise to practice (newsbuoy)

Our current global economic, political, and social systems are not well suited to meeting this challenge. There is a fundamental asymmetry at the heart of economic systems that rewards short-term production and consumption of marketed commodities at the expense of stewardship of natural capital necessary for human well-being in the long term. With a majority of people now living in urban areas (expected to be two-thirds of the global population by 2050), this asymmetry may be accentuated further as connections to nature become less evident, though no less important.

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