Archive for June 26, 2012
Follow my updates about the Flagstafffire in Boulder on my Facebook page, here.
R.I.P. Nora. I’ll remember you for this. Thank you. One of the best reads ever. Cracked me up and made me cry.
A shot of the apocalyptic fire burning out of control in Colorado Springs tonight:
32,000 people have been evacuated there. 32,000!
A storm blew through at about 7:10 p.m. MT tonight. Lots of wind but some decent rain so pray tell, at least the humidity is up and the heat it down — by about 15º. That’s gotta help.
Hopefully the fire will “lay down” for the night. (It’s scary when you know wildfire lingo.)
Nothing new on an actual evacuation (knock on wood).
I hear slurry bombers flying again (they can’t when it’s really windy).
The car’s still packed (but we took our pillows out).
Gonna hunker down and watch the local news. KMGH (ABC), the “Denver Channel,” is the only local channel that stayed on the air through all of this. CBS and NBC bailed. I think there’s something in the regs about providing a public service but I guess that doesn’t matter anymore.
P.S. Colorado Springs is on the verge of burning up so send your love that way.
We just got (5:15 p.m. MT) a reverse 911 call to pack and be ready to evacuate.
(It was originally called the Bison Fire but I guess it’s the Flagstaff Fire now.)
Another thunderstorm is headed this way — 10 miles to the south right now. Contains wind gusts of up to 40 mph. The last thing we need.
This is the view out my front window right now. It’s called the Bison Fire. A thunderstorm with a lot of lightening rolled through, dumped about 47 drops of water and here we are. Thank God it isn’t windy.
UPDATE @4:20 p.m. MT: Another picture, this one from farther away, to the east of my house:
Just heard a slurry bomber fly overhead. Shit. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to evacuate.
Mexico’s biggest television network sold prominent politicians favourable coverage in its flagship news and entertainment shows and used the same programmes to smear a popular leftwing leader, documents seen by the Guardian appear to show.
The documents – which consist of dozens of computer files – emerge just weeks ahead of presidential elections on 1 July, and coincide with the appearance of an energetic protest movement accusing the Televisa network of manipulating its coverage to favour the leading candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto.
The documents, which appear to have been created several years ago, include:
• An outline of fees apparently charged for raising Peña Nieto’s national profile when he was governor of the state of Mexico.
• A detailed media strategy explicitly designed to torpedo a previous presidential bid by leftwing candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador, who is currently Peña Nieto’s closest rival.
• Payment arrangements suggesting that the office of former president Vicente Fox concealed exorbitant public spending on media promotion.
Thing is, the big “news” organizations in the U.S. don’t sell favorable coverage to favored candidates and smear popular leftwingers, they do it for free!
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has made Iowa one of the most difficult states in the nation for felons to vote, with an executive order he issued last year already having disenfranchised thousands of people, a review by The Associated Press shows.
On the day he took office, Branstad signed an order reversing a six-year policy started under Democrat Tom Vilsack in which felons automatically regained their voting rights once they were discharged from state supervision. The move flew in the face of a nationwide trend to make voting easier for felons, making Iowa one of four states where felons must apply to the governor to have voting rights restored. Branstad’s new process requires applicants to submit a credit report, a provision critics call inappropriate and unique among states.
Since then, 8,000 felons in Iowa have finished their prison sentences or been released from community supervision, but less than a dozen have successfully navigated the process of applying to get their citizenship rights back, according to public records obtained by the AP. Branstad’s office has denied a handful of others because of incomplete paperwork or unpaid court costs.
Branstad knows no one will particularly care if felons are denied the right to vote so this is an easy way for him to disenfranchise a whole bunch of people. But IMHO, once a felon has “paid their debt to society,” all their rights should automatically be restored.
This is evil so many ways.
This is pretty darn interesting — a comparison of the top ten causes of death (worldwide) in 1900 and in 2010 via the New England Journal of Medicine:
Read the accompanying article here.