Jeff Flake, one of the most fraudulent hacks foisted upon us in recent memory, has some words for his former Republican colleagues:
President Trump is on trial. But in a very real sense, so are you. And so is the political party to which we belong.
As we approach the time when you do your constitutional duty and weigh the evidence arrayed against the president, I urge you to remember who we are when we are at our best. And I ask you to remember yourself at your most idealistic.
We are conservatives. The political impulses that compelled us all to enter public life were defined by sturdy pillars anchored deep in the American story. Chief among these is a realistic view of power and of human nature, and a corresponding and healthy mistrust of concentrated and impervious executive power. Mindful of the base human instincts that we all possess, the founders of our constitutional system designed its very architecture to curb excesses of power.
It goes on like that, but I will spare you because I hit my gag reflex and I am sure you were close, as well. Let’s cut to the chase- Jeff Flake had three years, one while Trump was running, two while he was President, to demonstrate these rock-ribbed conservative principles he allegedly holds so near and dear, and not once did he do any fucking thing to live up to them. Sure, he was publicly concerned, and he did the talk show circuit, but not once when it mattered did he vote against Trump or go against the party line. And to top it all off, he then cut and run and didn’t even run again for the Senate (which is great, because we got Sinema).
That’s how important his principles are. He can sod off.
It seems that the charts and graphs on the Insurance threads are throwing error messages.
Not sure if it’s just my computer.
@germy: thats probably a tableau API call error. I would assume it requires some kind of key
As if that gelatinous mass would ever vote anything other than what Yertle told him to do.
oh and to @op the party to which flake belongs isnt a conservative party nor “sturdy pillars”, its the weak amoral point within our body politic where a foreign adversary was able to compromise our democracy wreak havoc.
maybe Amash can explain it to them.
Give him a break. It’s hard to be coherent after a night out boofing with Kavanaugh.
Fuck Jeff Flake who preferred to retire rather than stand up and fight.
Jeff “tits on a boar” Flake.
We’ll see more of the former Trumpers come forward, probably, as election time draws near. On MSNBC they speak up about the damage Trump’s done to the party, but they don’t explain why they didn’t speak out in the first place. I do enjoy listening to them, though, as it shows that the Republican party is composed mostly of liars, cheats, and cowards.
I saw a headline just the other day where Scaramooch was warning everyone about how Trump is going to go apeshit between now and the election, especially after being impeached. Even if we take everything these cowards say with a grain of salt, they might convince a few Republican fence-sitters to stay home on Election Day. That’s fine with me.
Even the never-Trumpers always talk about the party. Republicans first, Americans never. Fuck their party. He has done far more damage to the country.
But… but… the teeth… the hair… What more do you need in a Senator??
I am in awe of the people marching all over India against BJP’s plans to make Muslims second class citizens. BJP has already killed 11 protestors. Far braver than Jeff fucking Flake
He can start a crybaby club with Mitt Romney. They had years to divert this catastrophe, but chose not to for very selfish reasons.
I think his bluff ought to be called: put it to a secret ballot. It might not be bluff.
I call a heaping pile of BS. It’s the I am so sorry and regret my support of W tour, part duex.
He’s only reminding his lovely party that everyone will be back on board once they install their new savior Dense. He’s just the warm up band for the GOP leadership’s Swaggert tour of the MSM. They will all take their tours, confess their sins, repent, cry, and collect their speaking fees. GD con men every one. And then as soon as they can, they will turn around and elect someone even worse than the last one. Probably Darth Cheney II.
It’s not just you – that chart in David’s HC thread is intermittently wreaking havoc on surfing even completely separate, unrelated threads by other front-pagers.
This Flake is, at best, merely the first rat off the sinking ship.
I have been honing my Basilisk Stare of Death for any loudmouth Trump fan. But they are oddly silent of late :)
Being cowards, they may be afraid to show up in the small towns where they predominate. Which is fine!
McCain had more courage that Flake.
If you were to give him benefit of a doubt, maybe his oped piece was to give cover to McSally and Sinema.
lol nah he want a job on CNN since Fox brushed him aside.
Flake is probably right there would be more R votes for impeachment if they could vote anonymously. I can’t be the only one who wakes up every morning wondering what chaos awaits.
But they are afraid of being primaried, Trump’s >90% approval rating among Republicans, and being called names on Twitter. Cowards all.
Notice Flake is upset about damage to the party. Not the World, not the Nation, not our alliances, not our international reputation, just the party. I used to laugh during the 2008 campaign every time I saw McCain’s “Country First” slogan.
This. Please proceed!
The Christianity Today editor that wrote that Trump should be removed from office had also announced his retirement back in October. Some real moral courage, that.
…a boot, stamping on a human face, forever.
Civil servants and soldiers have no real choice If they strongly disagree with a policy or policies. They can shut up and do their job or they can resign.* Jeff Flake was neither a civil servant nor a soldier. He was a senator. He not only had the right to stand up and oppose policies he thought were wrong, he had a duty to do so. He failed.
*This does not include following illegal orders.
Dorothy A. Winsor
I was just saying this morning that I didn’t think the EC editorial would convince any evangelicals to vote D, but it was possible some would stay home. That can only be good
@germy: It’s not just you. Multiple people mentioned it yesterday, and I wrote to David Anderson to let him know.
@hugely: Your mention of a key tells me you know a 100 times more than I do about tableaus, which is nothing. Can you say more?
@Sloegin: This is not an exclusive trait, I see it in the old guys at work. Solid corporate citizens up to the retirement announcement, then suddenly each finds a voice that … wasn’t … there before? “Now that I can’t be damaged by speaking my mind, I’m going to speak my mind!” Yeah, thanks.
@Omnes Omnibus: Officers could resign, doggies could go to the stockade.
@JPL: Damned with faint praise.
That’s what all members of the deep state say.
@Sloegin: I believe the Christianity Today article was motivated by wanting Pence.
But I’m sure the base, which already rejected him in blood-red Indiana, is not on board.
@OzarkHillbilly: And then there were just stupid orders.
Formerly disgruntled in Oregon
@schrodingers_cat: They give me courage for our collective future.
The world needs a strong, democratic India.
ETA “strong democracy” must include respect for and protection of all peoples and cultures, and their fundamental human rights.
Those ungrateful bastards.
@Raven: I probably should have specified that I was talking about upper level civil servants and flag officers. The ones who could do something about policy anyway. People at the levels that you and I were at didn’t have much influence. Regardless of that though, Flake, as a senator, was in a position where he could have spoken out and voted against Trump policies, but he did not.
Someone should tell Trump that, being head of a secular government, it is not for him to do anything for evangelical Christianity or indeed any religion, beyond protecting its adherents’ rights.
Flake should have included a long preamble about why he never stood up to Trump and why other Republicans should show the courage that he never did. Or else it’s just hollow posturing in line with all the other times he has done the same in the past
To paraphrase Walter Matthau, I have more courage in my smallest fart than Flake does in his entire body.
The entire GOP is nothing but grifters and bigots. That’s all they are. And they reflect their voters very accurately.
OT: I wasn’t sleepy at all last night. Went to bed, read for a bit, gave up and got up. And the weird thing is, I feel great. Not angsty, not anxious… and not sleepy. Mind you, I might collapse into an unconscious heap before noon!
@germy: He dictated that. If he had tweeted that himself, it would be one long sentence.
Remove “And so is the political party to which we belong” and “We are conservatives” and all the rest of that statement could be said by anyone.
Since inaugration day Flake has had one opportunity after another to (as my father would chide me) “say it like you mean it”, and has failed them all.
O. Felix Culpa
Not really. Ms. O and I know the article’s author and he is not a Pence fan (although Pence would be more acceptable to him on “moral” grounds than Trump). His facebook feed is now full of exceptionally vile and badly spelled comments from offended evangelicals.
@O. Felix Culpa: It sounds like he is in the wrong religion, then :) I salute what sounds like a gutsy move in the circumstances.
O. Felix Culpa
Can’t speak for Mark Galli, but we exited that religion some years ago. It was definitely wrong for us. Some people are too embedded psychologically, emotionally and socially to leave, and of course the religion is structured to make exiting very hard. It’s a tight, almost hermetically sealed culture.
Flake by name,flake by nature.Good German can STFU.
ive been following that and thinking the same
ETA I’ve recently read “Cracking India” – Babsi Sidhwa, which left an impression, so Im paying attention to this.
Balloon juicers with a large Twitter following amplify what is going on in India. BJP led government is trying to stifle the protests and shutting down the internet to stop the news of unspeakable police brutality from getting out.
BC in Illinois
Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism – – they were NOTHING, until Trump arrived.
(And did what, exactly?)
@germy: That is so great. Thank you.
@BC in Illinois: I would like to suggest Trump do for religion what so many saints did.
@Shalimar: The GOP could have stopped Donnie the day after he rode down the escalator (the day after JEB! announced). They didn’t because they value power more than anything. These fake tut-tutting comments by Flake and all the rest aren’t worth much of anything. They’ll be forgotten by tomorrow.
The problem with a lot of these “principled conservatives” is that resisting Trump does not require some justification that aligns with a particular political philosophy. Trying to shoehorn it into political philosophy inevitably turns into the type of weakness displayed by people like Flake, a prudential weaseling where you end up basing your approach to Trump on the needs of your “team,” i.e., on whether it forwards the particular political agenda associated with your nominal philosophy, rather than looking at the more universal reasons that Trump is unacceptable.
For example, look how evangelicals twist themselves in knots to support Trump because he forwards their political goals, while he steamrolls over their own standards of personal behavior. Yes, many evangelicals are hypocrites, but I’m sure a lot of them do actually hold themselves to the standards of personal behavior they espouse. However, thinking in terms of what enables the “team” to win has sadly caused them to horribly compromise themselves. Liberals can be vulnerable to a similar problem when thinking politically about which particularly strategy for dealing with Trump will produce the best outcome for their particular political agenda.
Trump evokes a dark side of humanity. He’s an angry, twisted tangle of insecurities and resentments, and he brings out the same in people around him. Everyone has ugliness within, and civilized life necessitates suppressing or otherwise ameliorating this ugliness. The mere existence of but Trump has caused a lot of people to quit doing that. You need someone like Fred Rogers to counterbalance Trump, not a political philosophy.
How would they have stopped donnie’s voters?
Judge them by what they do, not what they say. Flake is a coward who hides behind fancy words.
Not to be confused with Donald “Man-tits on a boor” Trump.
[NB: Feel free to substitute “boob” for “boor,” or anyplace else it might be appropriate.]
Something tells me there is more than one issue and there won’t be a cheap solution.
BTW Twitter and WhatsApp (Facebook) is BJP’s Radio Rwanda
His courage is still an order of magnitude or two greater than Flake’s.
Flake and Suzy Collins should have a brow-furrowing contest. Not sure who would win.
@OzarkHillbilly: Yeah. There’s lots of stuff in seawater, but the second law of thermodynamics tells us that it will take significant energy to get it out.
As I usually do, I’ll say I’d like to see a lifetime energy balance for this scheme. Not clear to me that people do that any more.
@OzarkHillbilly: These sort of articles always start out sounding like it’s a huge breakthrough, and then the final paragraphs admit it’s very early in a theoretical/development stage.
I thought the concept was interesting anyway.
@Immanentize: @germy: It truly is!
@Immanentize: Trump plays the ultimate martyr, and his only cause is himself.
That reminds me, where is Steve in the ATL?
He lied for his sins.
@Cheryl Rofer: People have gotten used to science making miracles happen. Sometimes I think this is our greatest obstacle in the fight against climate change. Why do the hard work of controlling carbon when science will save us?
@germy: Yep, they want to get some good PR out of it just before they abandon the project as one which will never reach fruition and return a profit.
ETA off to find a nap.
@germy: my neighbor is a battery scientist at Tufts. His focus is, regardless of material, weight. Batteries got to get lighter both for applications and for making massive storage systems.
He is looking at materials and micro batteries. It is all so interesting. Meanwhile, Congress in their stop gap gap budget just took out almost all renewable credits.
@OzarkHillbilly: genetic Cancer testing is a miracle (for me and mine)
ETA. But I think you are right that the promise is the enemy of hard work and sacrifice.
Trump: What a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Could one of you artists make that into a car magnet? I would buy 10.
@O. Felix Culpa: Don’t have to tell me, I escaped from the Southern Baptists.
I wonder if Trump thinks Evangelicals are as evil as Jews but also have to vote for him? I wonder what it’s like to know that his supporters hate him too? //
Villago Delenda Est
@Ken: THIS. Absolutely this.
The GOP needs to go the way of the NSDAP and the CPSU. Oblivion.
He does have great political hair, just like Pence. However…he has somehow missed the fact that the Republican base is composed of mouthbreathing Faux Nooz devotees, plus those for whom Fox is too mainstream.
Flake is a senator I’ll bet David Brooks simply adores.
J R in WV
Actually, Trump hasn’t even done that, properly. He HAS made it more possible for RWNJ bastards to hate on Gay and Trans folks in public, but otherwise has made a mockery of religion in every way possible, by wiping his feet on both the words of Jesus and the Constitution.
Is that like “who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?”
Speaking of adoration, I love hitting the end icon on the new page so I can see Tunch’s glowering visage.
J R in WV
@O. Felix Culpa:
Perhaps because a large proportion of evangelicals are both vile and badly spelled?
They didn’t have to make him the Republican candidate for President.
That is on them.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Flake is a bit florid but “Conservative is supposed to take the pessimistic view of human nature” isn’t a bad point, except Conservatives really don’t. It’s really about letting one’s lizard hind brain do the thinking.
I blame Mark Burnett.
If you know anything of Flake’s longer history, you know that this piling on isn’t quite fair. He DID speak out against Trump, so the comparisons to Collins are not apt. And as for his votes, he voted “conservative.” What else would you expect of him? He IS a conservative, just not a Trumper. I would NEVER support Flake in an election.
Those that think he was a “coward” for not running again might think about what would have had happened had he run and won the Republican primary; Sinema would not have won the general election. Flake’s retirement paved the way for her narrow win.
What does the part in italics mean?
J R in WV
You might be interested in this Wartburg Watch web site, which is intended for folks escaping abuse in various Calvinist fundagelical evangelistic churches.
Evidently in most of those churches it’s OK for a minister to grope, fondle or otherwise take advantage of girls and women, as long as it’s done with a little privacy so the others don’t get jealous.
And it is always the fault of the little girl or woman, never the fault of the “youth minister” or other male leader. And one of the rules is that women can’t be leaders… whut?
Can’t speak for Mr. X, but when I push the down arrow (that is near the top of the page) on my phone, it sends me to the bottom of the page where Mr. Cole’s twitter feed often has a picture of Tunch. Perhaps that is what he meant?
That’s a heck of a euphemism for “white supremacy”.
The only apology I’m going to take seriously from the likes of Flake is one in their suicide note.
O. Felix Culpa
@WereBear: Congratulations! :)
O. Felix Culpa
@J R in WV: Yes. SATSQ. :)
@schrodingers_cat: I’m following you on twitter and reposting whenever I see one of your tweets or anyone else tweeting about the protests. Thank you for doing this, and for reminding us to help.
@Jerzy Russian: Thanks. I did wonder if that was it, but the down arrow takes me way further down the page than John’s twitter feed, but that may depend on your device.
edit: love the formal “Mr. X”!
Is anyone else procrastinating on packing? I am so not in the mood to get ready for this trip.
James E Powell
Trying to imagine anyone in the Republican Party who cares what Flake has to say.
Flake: You and our party are on trial! Our principles!
Republicans: Great, now go home and get your f***in’ shinebox.
@germy: Donnie’s voters could have gone elsewhere if he wasn’t on the ballot. (How they would have done that is an exercise for the reader.)
The GOP is the master of dirty tricks as we know. If they really didn’t want him to be the nominee, they could have stopped him.
@BC in Illinois:
“Sucked the Kremlin’s asshole since 1987” for $200, Alex.
@SFAW: Can an overly furrowed brow rip a hole in the space-time continuum? What about being very concerned but not doing a fucking thing?
@Baud: In ATL obviously. Was asking even necessary? ?
ROFLMAO! Well put!
@Omnes Omnibus: I’m just being a grumpy EM.
@JPL: McCain had more courage that (sic) Flake.
Low bar. Flake had/has no courage.
Ultimately JMcC stood up for the right.
But he also did a fair number of despicable things as a Senator.
We could crowdfund it.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: If nothing else, the media ecosphere may from time to time now have to acknowledge that the evangelical voter base is … divided! (They seem to love America is divided stories, so OK how about Christians can’t agree stories? It’s been true – though of course true believers have not considered liberal mainline Xtians to be for realz).
Absolutely! The wanker Flake is no moral hero. Maybe he can use some of his hair spray to seal Trump’s mouth shut!
Flake and crumble,repeat as before Flake and crumble.Moscow Mitch holds the leash.
I know you mean well, but come on. He and Mitt Romney and Collins (and a host of other Rethugs) talk a great game, but that’s all. And Collins has sometimes discussed her issues with the Traitor-in-Chief, although usually in a much more mealy-mouthed way.
Talk is cheap. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (and various other non-Van Drew Dems) exhibited far more courage in their impeachment votes than Flake ever has in anything. So, no, he doesn’t get any kind of a “pass” for being a quisling.
Sinema getting his seat is about the only thing he (indirectly) did of any value. and she only got it because he’s a cowardly shit.
I’m short on funds these days, but I’d kick in whatever I could for that one.
@BC in Illinois: It’s OK to say “Merry Christmas” now.
Voting “present” paves the way for all sortsa mischief.
If this seemingly absurd, disastrous scenario comes to pass, as so many formerly absurd, disastrous scenarios already have, no doubt Tulsi will triumphally descend upon the treasons-greetings GOP debutante ball like a deus ex machina bearing Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate (spoiler: Tulsi was Trump’s agent in Hawaii all along!) and the Crowdstrike server Hillary has been dutifully squirreling away in THE Ukraine with the help of Soros millions.
For fuck’s sake.
The singular metasticizing perfidy of the idiotic timeline in which we live is made all the more insulting by its world-historical delusional exponential stupidity.
I tend to think not, considering brows have been overly furrowed for a number of years
That’s just status quo for Suzy et al.
Ella in New Mexico
Sadly or scarily, it’s actually true–just not in the way he thinks.
He just doesn’t do irony, does he?
@Ella in New Mexico:
He smirks a lot, but no irony, no.
Flake’s position is curiously similar to the Christianity Today editorial’s position, though he’s a Mormon. (It is the correct position for Republicans, to be clear.) Washington Examiner link for those who have used up their free WaPo clicks.
Jeff Flake: GOP ‘denying objective reality’ when agreeing Trump did nothing wrong (Mike Brest, December 20, 2019)
Specifically, this part:
I’m OK with anything resembling a spine in Republicans, because they treat defectors (is there a better word for honorable disagreement) so badly.
Dorothy A. Winsor
The National Review has come out in favor of impeachment.
ETA: I should be a little more cautious. Ramesh Ponnuru has come out in a NR column in favor of impeachment.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Adorable. I’m looking for something more along the lines of “The Russthuglican party will spend Christmas walking into the sea with its pockets full of rocks and carrying 50-lb dumbbells.”
WaPo front page:
White House Threatened to Veto Spending Bill Over Ukraine Payments
Language in the legislation would have required the prompt release of future military aid. A veto could have led to a government shutdown beginning today.
Jesus. The Dems could have leveraged an absolutely perfect illustration of how this White House is playing Ukraine against the public interests of the nation. But they chickened out because some might have blamed Nancy for a shut down.
ETA: Also, “Such a scenario would have injected yet more chaos into a Capitol riven by partisan warfare.” Fuck you, WaPo. Impeachment is not partisan warfare. It is a necessary corrective on a reckless Admin.
J R in WV
McCain also did despicable things as a member of the USN, which is why he never made Admiral, while both his father and grandfather did.
@SFAW: No, more like “Where’s Waldo”.
Fairly long and detailed, and convincing to my mind (I’m assuming that it’s accurate):
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WORRIED UKRAINE AID HALT VIOLATED SPENDING LAW – But key details of what they said to one another are again blacked out in documents released to the Center for Public Integrity under court order – Trump Administration officials worried Ukraine aid halt violated spending law (R. Jeffrey Smith, December 21, 2019)
Its true. He made open corruption and sexual promiscuity safe for Falwell and other professional christians.
@J R in WV: What despicable things did he do in the navy?
Nowhere, in all that flowery, hand wringing verbiage does Flake come right out and say that trump should be removed from office. Coward.
@J R in WV: Might put a crimp in the abuse. Thanks!
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Well, he’s a little late. Impeachment has already happened. Is he in favor of the Senate convicting Trump and removal from office?
@Omnes Omnibus: didn’t he bomb the oriskany?
The “batteries from seawater” sounds like puffery to me. There’s no elements in seawater you can’t get elsewhere, so seawater wouldn’t actually be needed for any new battery technology. The only value would be if there is some element economically extractable from seawater, and for most elements that doesn’t work, as Cheryl points out.
If it’s not *total* vaporware, it’s probably about sodium-sulfur batteries, both of which are found in reasonable concentrations in seawater. Right now sulfur extraction from seawater is not economic, but unlike other efficient battery chemistries, it’s true you could get enough of both from seawater at economically plausible extractions to make as many batteries as we could possibly need, unlike lithium, where we don’t currently know about enough to run the entire world solely on lithium batteries.
@hugely: He was involved in the Forrestal fire, but I put that down to bad luck/bad at his job. I was really wondering about “despicable.”
It sounds like an improved lithium-based battery, without nickel or cobalt. It sounds like a potentially important improvement. The seawater stuff isn’t why, of course.
Who knows though, until they publish something peer-reviewed.
@Omnes Omnibus: yea im too young to know much other than he was an admirals son and grandson and acted like it at Annapolis. I can’t say despicable other than 2nd hand source says he was a jerk at usna. Plenty of accounts of him being a jerk post Navy. I confused Oriskany and Forrestal yep, so anyway not sure I add anything here lol
@Another Scott: They don’t say anything about lithium, so I doubt lithium is involved since it’s very trace in seawater. Mostly this sounds like some kind of sodium battery (very fast charging) although that wouldn’t qualify for “low flammability”.
Sister Golden Bear
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I prefer “Treasons Greetings” myself.
Ella in New Mexico
That’s good to hear. I am so sick of all of Christianity and all Christians being lumped by the mainstream media into “Evangelicals” who we are then told are all for Trump. It’s just not true.
I assume it happens because A. pure laziness and B. the total lack of education regarding religion in general a typical news media journo has, and C. what is becoming a very millennial trait lately: being spiritual but not being affiliated with any particular religion. So they just unquestioningly accept the RW Christian trope that they are the only Christians.
I mean, seriously, when was the last time we had CNN bring the pastor of a Congregationalist church on to give their point of view? And my in-laws Lutheran church is pretty darn progressive in it’s emphasis on accepting LGBTQ members and working on helping poverty in their community. Not to mention Jim Wallace’s Sojourner’s organization is incredibly focused on social justice. And hey, I’ve even got a few Mormon friends who are open about not supporting his immoral behavior.
So yeah, it doesn’t surprise me CT is likely full of people who don’t think this President is a good man at all.
If Flake and Collins and any of the other so-called “centrist” Senators had wanted to actually put the brakes on Trump’s worst impulses they could easily have voted against McConnell’s abandonment of the filibuster for SCOTUS appointments. Only would have taken two GOP votes to stop that in its tracks. And would have forced Trump to find SCOTUS appointments that could have gained at least 8 Dem votes. Something he could have easily done and still found conservative judges.
@Kent: Hey, it’s Christmastime. Let talk about garland.
@Enhanced Voting Techniques: Conservatives are optimistic up and pessimistic down. Human nature is terrible but powerful conservative white men are blessed with infallibility.
@Another Scott: Cobalt-free, etc. sure would be nice. You’ve probably seen a lot of this information about deep sea mining and increasing need for battery production for electric cars. The images are good. (Two articles in separate comments.) I think the mining part is getting increased coverage this year because of environmental concerns vs the pressure to start mining soon.
1/2 BBC : The future of electric cars may depend on mining critically important metals on the ocean floor. That’s the view of the engineer leading a major European investigation into new sources of key elements.
2/2 (Long article. Besides this environmental description, there is lots of info on the test mining that is starting now. The reporting is trying for balance I think, and the mining companies are interested in getting their information out as well.)
Nature Smothered by sediment (from July 2019)
An excellent suggestion!
@Princess: Thanks so much!
@Aleta: A little bit of how mining companies are presenting the possible advantage of getting cobalt by deep sea mining as opposed to in the DR Congo (from above BBC article). But destroying ocean floor is still a serious decision, even just considering the newer fishing practices currently destroying ocean bottom that produces scallops, lobster and food for some fish.
Yeah, about that… rumor is that she’ll vote against convicting the POtuS. Given her ample track record as a DINO, that would not surprise me at all. Yeah she is better than the alternative we had at the time of the election (Martha “Participation Trophy” McSally). She’s generally good on reproductive rights. Beyond that, 100% DINO.
First you’d have to explain, using very small words, what those words mean. Good luck with that…..
Then you’d have to explain that the world doesn’t revolve around the stick stuck in trumps ass, because of course he thinks it does. Good luck with that….
Then you have to check your self into a mental health clinic, to wipe out the stench of trump all over you and figure out how to reset every value you now hold. Good luck with that….
Something tells me there is more than one issue and there won’t be a cheap solution.
Why would you ever think that….//
Think we’ll see this in our lifetimes?
And whatever it is among the many things, will probably be in very small quantities and will take a lot of energy to be useable.
“Bah Fucking Humbug!”
@EthylEster: Including throwing Viet Nam Vet MIAs under the bus.
@Omnes Omnibus: Didn’t show up to help fight a fire that he caused with hot-dogging. Crashed several planes (4 total, I think), and when he was shot down, it was because he was in a place he wouldn’t have been, had he been obeying orders. And threw Viet Nam MIAs under the bus, in congress.
Note that there are already non-cobalt-based Li-ion chemistries. LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) works fine, for instance. Unfortunately its energy density is lower than pretty much all the other commercially viable chemistries. See the materials section on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery#Materials
@Omnes Omnibus: He bombed civilians in an illegal undeclared war.
That press release was annoyingly unclear, so poked at google scholar with the name given in that piece. Here’s her publications list including patent applications:
If I had to quickly guess, it would be this or a follow-on, which has two rather different independent claims.
Rechargeable metal halide battery
There are a few different battery technologies in there. I’m not a chemist so will not try to evaluate/summarize.
I think we’ll be hearing more about this, whatever it is.
It’s not true that Flake was a rubber stamp for Trump.
He took a brave stand against providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Sinema is the only anti-Net Neutrality Democrat. Sure, she’s better than Flake, but like some other senators, e.g., Manchin, Sinema can’t always be counted on for important votes. If it is true, as suggested above, that she will vote against convicting Trump, then she is not the kind of senator anyone should want — clearly she will be putting her own perceived political interests above the welfare of the country and doing what is right. Other, more courageous Democratic representatives made the opposite choice when they came out publicly for Trump’s impeachment inquiry and then voted to impeach him. I hope r€nato’s rumor is wrong and Sinema will do the right thing. We can’t hammer Susan Collins for voting the way she does and simultaneously give Sinema a pass. Might she be one of those who, when the wind shifts a little, discovers she’s really a Republican? Her voting record in the Senate is the worst of any Democratic senator — including the significantly more precarious Doug Jones of Alabama — and not much better than Collins herself.