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Midday open thread: Bloomberg—how to beat Trump on Paris Accord; chimps learn rock, scissors, paper

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is: A Hole in Un:


Here’s what’s coming up on Sunday Kos…

Canada proves Americans’ gullibility is costing us dearly—Here are my solutions, by Egberto Willies
‘Freedmen,’ an alternative to HBO’s alternative history, ‘Confederate,’ by Jon Perr
Poking a cornered animal with a stick is not good diplomatic policy, by Mark E Andersen
Persistent wildfires raging in Greenland signal a changing Arctic climate, by DarkSyde
Rise of the younger voter: millennials’ growing power, by Sher Watts Spooner
The false dichotomy that conservatives want us to believe, by David Akadjian
She got arrested protesting Trumpcare: Interview with disability rights activist Judith Heumann, by Ian Reifowitz
Talk about Procter & Gamble’s ‘The Talk,’ by Denise Oliver-Velez

A step in the direction of turning over the running of the planet to the furry apes. 

In many coastal areas, the ocean has become so noisy, the fish can’t hear. And it’s stressing them out:

Underwater noise pollution caused by construction and development is stressing out fish and preventing them from properly escaping predators.

In a study published Thursday, researchers from Newcastle University in the UK found that when they exposed European seabass to recorded sounds of drilling and piling (sticking large stakes in the ground as a foundation for structures), the fish showed increased signs of stress. Many coastal countries, including Canada, are struggling with this: On the British Columbia coast, there’s been concern among environmentalists that noise pollution related to Kinder Morgan’s planned pipeline and the increased marine traffic that come with it could drive some endangered species of whales extinct.

Michael Bloomberg explains how he thinks U.S. can meet Paris targets regardless of Trump’s idiot policies.

Discredited Alabama ex-Chief Justice Roy Moore says maybe Putin is “more akin to me than I know”: When Paul Lewis atThe Guardian told Moore that Ronald Reagan had labeled Russia “the focus of evil in the modern world,” the U.S. Senate candidate said “You could say that very well about America, couldn’t you? […[ We promote a lot of bad things.” He cited same-sex marriage as an example. Lewis replied that this was precisely the kind of thing Vladimir Putin might say, and Moore said, “Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.”


Recent flurry of more than 60 Senate confirmations of senior posts leaves plenty of vacancies: About 1,200 positions require Senate confirmation. Of those the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post are keeping track of 577 critical posts. Nearly seven months into Donald Trump’s term of office, no nominee has been named for 354 of those high-level jobs. Of the 223 nominations for those posts that the White House has sent to the Senate, just 117 have been confirmed, with 106 still waiting.  

Where are women’s voices in “Detroit”?

The movie “Detroit,” which tells the story of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, has received mixed reviews since its release. Some praised the film for tackling a complex, little-known story, while others criticized it for its representation of the the city, the historical events and actors involved. In many respects, the film is limited, with the voices and perspectives of women and girls lacking. […]

As police and National Guardsmen escalated their attacks on black Detroiters and local businesses came under fire, black women also worked to deescalate the violence. Oral histories and archival materials reveal that they carried sandwiches and lemonade to guardsmen and police who were deployed without provisions in their communities. Most importantly, women activated longstanding community organizing networks to provide food, water and shelter to those Detroiters who had been displaced by the violence. Women in positions of influence, from Grace Episcopal and New Bethel Baptist churches to the Temple Beth El synagogue, rallied together.

• What that Google memo didn’t tell you about pay inequality in America: The wage gap is a measure of inequality that shrinks and expands according to age, industry and race.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump’s emoluments machine kicks into high gear, and he thanks Putin for expelling US diplomats. If nuclear war comes, you’ll hear it first from your favorite Twitter curators. Mental health pros increasingly say Trump’s ill. Alt-right cedes the Statue of Liberty.

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