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Post by Eldorion on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:46 am

Just what we need: the possibility of losing our best defense against gerrymandering.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/supreme-court-weighs-overturning-dozens-of-congressional-districts-20150302


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Post by halfwise on Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:41 pm

Florida Officials Were Barred From Using The Term 'Climate Change' Once Rick Scott Took Power
The Huffington Post | By Amanda Terkel


Officials responsible for making sure Florida is prepared to respond to the earth's changing climate are barred from using the terms "global warming" and "climate change" in official communications, emails and reports, according to new findings from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

"We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact," said Kristina Trotta, a former Florida Department of Environmental Protection employee.

Another former employee added, "We were dealing with the effects and economic impact of climate change, and yet we can't reference it."


Climate change is a major problem for Florida. Last year, the National Climate Assessment named Miami as one of the cities in the United States most vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels. A Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact paper has also warned that water in the area could rise by as much as 2 feet by the year 2060.

But the state's governor, Republican Rick Scott, has frustrated scientists by downplaying the problem.

Last year, a reporter asked Scott whether man-made climate change "is significantly affecting the weather, the climate." Scott tried to change the subject and replied, "Well, I'm not a scientist."

When asked by the Tampa Bay Times in 2010 whether he believed in climate change, Scott simply replied, "No."

In August, five climate scientists met with Scott and told him he needs to do more to protect the state from rising sea levels.

According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the policy against mentioning global warming went into effect after Scott took office in 2011 and appointed Herschel Vinyard Jr. as the agency's director.

Christopher Byrd, a counsel with the state Department of Environmental Protection, said he first heard about the policy at a staff meeting in 2011.

"Deputy General Counsel Larry Morgan was giving us a briefing on what to expect with the new secretary," Byrd recalled, saying he gave them "a warning to beware of the words global warming, climate change and sea-level rise, and advised us not to use those words in particular."

"I did infer from this meeting that this was a new policy, that these words were to be prohibited for use from official DEP policy-making with our clients," he added.

The agency's press secretary told the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting that "DEP does not have a policy on this." The governor's office similarly said, "There's no policy on this."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/08/florida-global-warming_n_6826824.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

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Re: continuing proofs America is wacko [3]

Post by halfwise on Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:47 pm

Eldorion wrote:Just what we need: the possibility of losing our best defense against gerrymandering.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/supreme-court-weighs-overturning-dozens-of-congressional-districts-20150302

The Arizona law is logical, but it would be better if some constitutional mechanism was put in place to reduce gerrymandering everywhere. It's funny that the Arizona Republicans put the law into effect, and Supreme Court conservatives may strike it down. They really should leave it be unless they want to force a constitutional amendment.

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Post by Eldorion on Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:58 am

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Re: continuing proofs America is wacko [3]

Post by halfwise on Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:46 am

I'd like to see an age stratified comparison between democrats and republicans with regard to technology use. I wonder if there's a difference?

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Post by malickfan on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:16 pm


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In all seriousness though, I have noticed more and more Americanisms creeping into British English, some of it is common sense admittedly (I didn't realize we spelt 'Jail' Gaol until I was 18...) but it is kinda annoying remembering which is which...




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Post by Eldorion on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:41 pm

Well the good news is that in 50 years all the current Americanisms will be so firmly entrenched in British English that no one will remember where they came from. Nod Though I imagine there will be newer Americanisms to annoy people in the future too. Razz
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Post by Bluebottle on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:23 pm

The servant has become the master? Shocked

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:24 pm

You can't only just now be noticing that, Blue. Mad
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Post by Bluebottle on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:30 pm

What happened to the British Empire? Shocked

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:51 pm

It's still around ... technically.

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Post by David H on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:33 pm

Don't forget the 50'x50' tract of beach where Captain Cook was killed in 1779 on the Big Island in Hawaii. It was ceded to Great Britain by the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1873 and still remains under  Crown rule today. (Why it doesn't have a pub I'll never understand Mad )


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Post by Bluebottle on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:09 pm

Where did it all go? Shocked

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Post by Mrs Figg on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:23 pm

The Romans asked the same question Very Happy

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Post by halfwise on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:27 pm

malickfan wrote:... I have noticed more and more Americanisms creeping into British English, some of it is common sense admittedly (I didn't realize we spelt 'Jail' Gaol until I was 18...) but it is kinda annoying remembering which is which...

Wait, are they meant to be pronounced the same way? I just assumed that 'gaol' was a british word for jail that we never use over here...not the same word.

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Post by halfwise on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:29 pm

David H wrote:Don't forget the 50'x50' tract of beach where Captain Cook was killed in 1779 on the Big Island in Hawaii. It was ceded to Great Britain by the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1873 and still remains under  Crown rule today. (Why it doesn't have a pub I'll never understand Mad )



Really?! I never knew that. That's kinda cool. Got to be some sneaky way to make use of it: I assume US has no authority there, so you could conduct all sorts of nefarious activity and buggery on that little square so long as nobody tells the UK about it...

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Post by David H on Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:27 am

halfwise wrote:

Really?!  I never knew that.  That's kinda cool.  Got to be some sneaky way to make use of it: I assume US has no authority there, so you could conduct all sorts of nefarious activity and buggery on that little square so long as nobody tells the UK about it...

I was thinking maybe Edward Snowden could build a little bungalow.... Smile

{{{by the way, I believe buggery is legal in Hawaii. It would be a nice way to celebrate Captain Cook's naval legacy though... }}}

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Post by David H on Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:30 am

Mrs Figg wrote:The Romans asked the same question Very Happy

Yes, bu do you think they've gotten an answer yet? scratch

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Post by Bluebottle on Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:35 am

Entropy? Shrugging

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:23 pm

Maybe, what do the OZhobbits think- they've had this law for a while I believe.

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Post by bungobaggins on Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:25 pm

What is the penalty in Oz for not voting? Chris? Orwell? Get in dis thread!!!!

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:27 pm

What is the penalty in Oz for not voting? - Bungo

Boomeranged? Strapped to a hyperactive kangaroo and released into the outback? Forced to drink American beer? Shrugging

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Post by Mrs Figg on Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:32 pm

one of those funnel web spiders down the pants

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