Tuesday Twitter roundup

Technology in the hands of an unscrupulous man quickly becomes dangerous:

Every map in which he was involved needs to be taken to court, pronto.

Monday Numbers: Some sobering truths for Climate Week

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Lisa Sorg at NC Policy Watch breaks it down:

1 — US rank in cumulative CO2 emissions, 1850-2013

2 — US rank among all nations in CO2 emissions, 2017

30% — Estimated decrease in CO2 emissions in 2030 over 2005 levels if the Obama-era Clean Power Plan were to remain in effect

9% — Estimated decrease with the Trump administration’s rollback of the CPP

Which sort of explains why the Trump administration is not even taking part in this year's Climate Summit at the U.N., because they don't have any good answers for the inevitable questions that would be brought up. Trump is single-handedly trying to burn the entire planet down, probably so he can buy up the scorched land with a song and build golf courses and hotels. Lisa says it better:

Monday News: Holding on to dirty money

MARK WALKER WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF BRIBERY CASE: A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mark Walker says the North Carolina congressman didn't control, and therefore couldn't give away, most of the over $238,000 that Lindberg gave his campaign and affiliated committees. Lindberg's $150,000 contribution in early 2018 plays a prominent role in the federal indictment. The indictment says it went to "Public Official A," whom public records indicate is Walker. The congressman "was not named in the indictment because he is not and never has been a target of the investigation and has committed no wrongdoing." Minor wrote in an email Friday. Lindberg sent the money to Walker's Victory Committee, which raises money for Walker's campaign and the RNC, the same day he learned Walker might help sway Causey, according to the criminal indictment. Walker twice spoke to Causey on Lindberg's behalf, and told the regulator "that Lindberg was doing good things for North Carolina business," prosecutors said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article235358832.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LATEST REMAP EFFORT PROVES NONPARTISAN REDISTRICTING SYSTEM IS A MUST: It should not be a surprise to anyone that when the court takes up the latest submissions, they are rejected and the expert referee for the case Nathan Persily is directed to develop more appropriate maps. The lesson here is simple. It can be addressed right away. Legislators lack the ability – either because of their own incumbency or partisan bias – to draw election districts that put the interests of voters and representation of communities first. Only imposition of a non-partisan system will fix it. Legislators can act now to pass an amendment to the State Constitution, to require a non-partisan system drawing legislative, congressional and ALL other election district maps. It is past time to end unfair and unconstitutional representation of North Carolinians in Congress and the General Assembly.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-latest-remap-effort-proves-nonpartisan-redistricting-system-is-a-must...

Saturday News: Proud Boy Blues

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NC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CANCELLED OVER MAGA RALLY: Ahead of a planned rally to support a cheerleading team on probation over a pro-Trump photo, a North Carolina high school has canceled its Friday night football game due to security concerns. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association previously placed the cheerleaders on probation over a picture that was taken of them in uniform with a Trump 2020 banner during a football game. Some community members, who feared the teens’ First Amendment rights were being infringed, had planned to wave a large flag with supporters before the game Friday. The district said it canceled the North Stanly High School football game because “Stanly County Schools has been notified of additional information that could compromise safety measures our schools have in place for sporting events.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article235315902.html

Skolstrejk För Klimatet: Triangle students join national movement

And the children shall lead them:

The Triangle Climate Strike in Raleigh is one of 800 events in the United States. On Friday morning, Chapel Hill high-schoolers will join students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University at the Peace and Justice Plaza. The activists will leave Chapel Hill at 9:30 a.m. and cycle 30 miles to the Triangle Climate Strike at Halifax Mall in Raleigh.

UNC-Chapel Hill organizers said the goals for combating climate change include reducing fossil fuel and stopping the use of coal-fired power plants, most notably the power plant operated by the university.

I could go on one of my usual tirades, attempting to grasp and portray the science behind the looming devastation of Climate Change. But today is about young people taking a stand, and carrying this banner forward. And I can think of no better young person to quote than Greta Thunberg, who sailed across the ocean to take her stand. The following is a transcript of her speech before the U.S. Congress:

Friday News: Hail Mary pass

LINDBERG WANTS BRIBERY CHARGES DROPPED ON TECHNICALITY: Businessman Greg Lindberg is asking a federal court to throw out his indictment on bribery charges in a case that also ensnared the then-chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party. Lindberg filed the motion Wednesday in the Charlotte-based court’s Western District. Lindberg and two associates, along with then-GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, were indicted last spring on charges of conspiracy and bribery for their alleged attempts to influence state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, a Republican. In their motion to dismiss, Lindberg’s lawyers rely in part on a 2016 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and established higher standards for proving corruption. The court said the definition of “official acts” was too broad.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235251527.html

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