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The problem we have with the Trump White House isn't even almost new:

Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be done?"

The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names." "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be such rectification?"

The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success.

"When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

"Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there may be nothing incorrect."
http://china.usc.edu/confucius-analects-13

A tidal wave of bullshit coming from the highest offices in the U.S. can only result in confusion and stagnation. This has been known for literally thousands of years which is why a central tenant of every religion and ethical system is always: "Tell the truth even when it hurts."

h/t to +John Holmes who I ripped the image from.
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Electric buses go mainstream - For every thousand battery-powered buses on the road, about 500 barrels a day of diesel fuel will be displaced from the market

Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD showed an early model.

“Everyone was laughing at BYD for making a toy,” recalled Isbrand Ho, the Shenzhen-based company’s MD in Europe. “And look now. Everyone has one.”

Suddenly, buses with battery-powered motors are a serious matter with the potential to revolutionise city transport — and add to the forces reshaping the energy industry. With China leading the way, making the traditional smog-belching diesel behemoth run on electricity is starting to eat away at fossil-fuel demand.

The numbers are staggering. China had about 99% of the 385 000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17% of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9 500 of the zero-emissions transporters — the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

See https://techcentral.co.za/electric-buses-go-mainstream/80857/

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Philip Alpers, an adjunct associate professor at the Sydney School of Public Health, argues that the data shows that the impact of the gun legislation on deaths has been significant. That is the case true even if you take into account other possible explanations and pre-existing declines in suicide and homicide rates. “The result of that was the risk of dying by gunshot in Australia statistically reduced by more than 50%, and in the past 22 years has shown no sign of creeping up again,” he says.

Suicide was a big part of that drop: up to 80% of gun suicides no longer happened. “Suicide went down and surprised the hell out of us,” Alpers says. “Even more so, we were delighted to discover that the displacement of lethal methods did not occur. In other words, there is no evidence that those intending to commit suicide or homicide simply moved on to another weapon.”

It wasn’t just suicides. The rate of gun homicides in Australia was also slashed by more than half following the ban. And furthermore, while critics in the US often argue that murderers would just find another way to kill their victims, that didn’t happen in Australia. Instead, non-gun homicides remained roughly the same – meaning a drop in murders overall. “Murderers simply do not choose another weapon,” Alpers says.

“Think of two immature, angry, impulsive and intoxicated young men in the UK who come out of a pub and get into an argument,” Swanson says. “Someone’s going to get a black eye or bloody nose. But in our country [the US],” he says, “it’s statistically more likely one of those men will have a hand gun, and you’re going to get a dead body.”

That difference boils down to what experts refer to as the ‘weapons instrumentality effect’: the fact that the weapon used has an effect on the outcome, says Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York College at Cortland. “There’s no weapon more efficient at killing people than a gun.”

That and the fact the promoting violence as a legitimate means to solve problems - threatening to shoot burglars, FFS - is to the rest of the word and obvious and objectively stupid idea with precisely zero redeeming features.

Whether guns actually help people stay safe and defend themselves is a controversial subject. But the limited research available on this topic tends to indicate that guns have the opposite effect. A 1993 study of 1,860 homicides found that the presence of guns in a home significantly increases the risk of homicide by a family member or intimate acquaintance, for example. A 2014 meta-study likewise found that access to firearms is associated with homicide and completed suicide attempts.

So while some gun owners may lose a sense of security if guns disappeared, “the data show that’s a false sense of security,” Miller says.

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It would be a lot easier for gun nuts to convince everybody that they didn't buy their guns to have violent tantrums if........

....they quit filming themselves using their guns to have violent tantrums.

Just saying.
#NRA
h/t +Jennifer Freeman

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/watch-gun-nuts-shooting-300-yeti-coolers-company-cut-ties-nra/

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Social media.....it's actually voluntary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=GEWnXmDfVZg

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Somebody needs to quit using the Foie Gras body wash.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43858481

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There is a word that keeps coming up with climate change we should be deeply worried about.
"Faster"

The polar ice caps are melting faster. Sea level rise is happening faster. Reservoirs dry up faster. Wildfires move faster. We've gone from regular droughts to faster, "flash droughts" where high temperatures & winds dry up croplands faster than........

If there's something about climate change that's going to beat the human race down it is the ability of these changes to happen faster than we can accept or react.

edit: bolding

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/4/11/17219020/greenland-ice-melt-climate-change

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This is why we need magazine restrictions on pistols & rifles available to US civilians. Time after time it's not a "man with a gun" but unarmed citizens acting while a shooter attempts to reload.

No regular civilian "needs" or should have a gun with even a 10 round magazine. I recognize there are special cases but it should be a giant pain in the ass to qualify & maintain qualification as one of those cases.
Unarmed James Shaw Jr. disarmed a white terrorist who arrived driving a pickup truck and was openly carrying an AR-15 assault rifle only to start shooting at innocent people. If you see white terrorists driving pickup trucks and carrying assault rifles, you know what to do. They are up to no good.
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