Friday Open ThreadPosted: September 3, 2021
I’m going to do a somewhat minimal post today. Three days in a row is a bit much for me.
Dakinikat is doing OK, but it looks like most of New Orleans is still waiting for power to be restored.
More power has been restored to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Ida caused widespread damage to the power grid.
As of Friday morning, Entergy restored power to more than 40,000 customers.
Entergy provided an update Thursday where officials said all damage assessments will be completed by Thursday night. So far, crews have identified 837 poles, 288 transformers, and 564 crossarms that need to be repaired, according to Entergy.
Entergy released the following information on restoration times:
“The estimated times of completed restoration come after an extensive damage assessment by thousands of workers, which has thus far revealed more than 14,000 damaged or destroyed poles, 2,223 damaged or destroyed transformers, and 155 destroyed transmission structures.
“The assessment continues in the most damaged areas, but in parallel, the restoration process is well underway. Thus, the preliminary estimates for restoration reflect completion dates, but service to many customers will be restored before these dates. Nearly 26,000 professionals from 40 states continue their around-the-clock efforts to restore power throughout the affected communities.
Hurricane Ida was quite a storm.
Even after devastating Louisiana and Mississippi, it was still raging enough to cause deadly floods in New Jersey and New York, and after that had enough strength left to dump several inches of rain in Massachusetts with a tornado on the Cape and flooding in lots of places. We got about 6 inches of rain where I am. I didn’t know this before, but one 1 inch of rain is equivalent of 13 inches of snow!
The New York Times: 43 Die as Deadliest Storm Since Sandy Devastates the Northeast.
The New York Times: Trapped in Basements and Cars, They Lost Their Lives in Savage Storm.
The Washington Post: Here’s what made the New York City flooding so devastating.
The New York Times: Overlapping Disasters Expose Harsh Climate Reality: The U.S. Is Not Ready.
Parents whose children were murdered Newtown, CT years are ago are still being tortured.
This is horrific. Vice: Remington Subpoenas Report Cards of 5 Children Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting.
Gun company Remington has subpoenaed the report cards, attendance records, and disciplinary records of five kindergarten and first grade students murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to new court filings in a civil lawsuit filed against the company.
“In mid-July, the defense served a subpoena on the Newtown Public School District seeking: ‘Any and all educational records in your possession including but not limited to, application and admission paperwork, attendance records, transcripts, report cards, disciplinary records, correspondence and any and all other educational information and records pertaining to’ each of the five first-graders whose Estates are plaintiffs in this case,” according to the motion filed today that sought to protect the victims’ families from further subpoenas. “There is no conceivable way that these [records] will assist Remington in its defense, and the plaintiffs do not understand why Remington would invade the families’ privacy with such a request. Nonetheless, this personal and private information has been produced to Remington.”
In addition, Remington subpoenaed employment records of four teachers who were killed in the shooting, in which a total of 20 children and six adults died. Some of the parents of the Sandy Hook victims have been suing the weapons manufacturer since 2014, alleging that the gun manufacturer advertised its line of semi-automatic weapons to civilians. Remington previously responded to a discovery request for its internal company communications by producing more than 18,000 unsorted files containing memes, cartoons, and ice bucket challenge videos.
“We have no explanation for why Remington subpoenaed the Newtown Public School District to obtain the kindergarten and first grade academic, attendance and disciplinary records of these five school children,” Josh Koskoff, one of the lawyers representing the Sandy Hook parents, told Motherboard. “The records cannot possibly excuse Remington’s egregious marketing conduct, or be of any assistance in estimating the catastrophic damages in this case. The only relevant part of their attendance records is that they were at their desks on December 14, 2012.”
More stories and tweets:
MIAMI – Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Thursday that he is going to consider following in the steps of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to implement anti-abortion laws. Abbott’s new controversial law prohibits abortions when the fetal heartbeat can be detected.
During a news conference to address early COVID treatment, DeSantis said he is pro-life and welcomes anti-abortion legislation. He said Texas used a “private right of action,” a private-lawsuit enforcement mechanism.
“What they did in Texas is interesting and I haven’t really been able to look at enough about it … It’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone, so we will have to look. I am going to look more significantly at it,” DeSantis said.
Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson expects Republicans to introduce a similar bill for the next session. This would allow anti-abortion group members to file lawsuits against a medical provider that performs an abortion.
Imani Gandy at Rewire News Group: Groundbreaking South Carolina Bill: Compensate People for Forcing Them to Give Birth.
If South Carolina lawmakers are going to ban abortion after six weeks’ gestation and force every pregnant person to carry their pregnancy to term, the state should damn well pay for the costs associated with giving birth to and raising that child.
That’s the premise behind a bill called the South Carolina Pro Birth Accountability Act that state Sen. Mia McLeod pre-filed Wednesday, and boy howdy!—it is a barn burner.
The bill, SB 928, demands that anti-choice lawmakers in South Carolina who have proposed banning abortion at six weeks into pregnancy put their money where their mouth is: If lawmakers are going to force people to carry their pregnancies to term, and if they are going to deem the development of an unborn embryo as more important than the life and rights of pregnant people, then South Carolina should compensate them for acting as a gestational surrogate for the state of South Carolina.
The law points out that given the surrogacy market, a pregnant person’s uterus is not unlike a rental property: People who commission surrogates pay that surrogate to carry a fetus to term and to give birth to a child. So why should South Carolina be permitted to force its citizens to act as surrogates for the state without compensating them?
According to SB 928, South Carolina shouldn’t, and the legislation hammers this point home by making several key points:
- That from a medical perspective, there is no dispute that a six-week-old embryo cannot exist outside of the womb;
- That South Carolina has deemed the development of a six-week old embryo governmentally more important than the life and rights of pregnant people; and
- That the six-week ban will force pregnant people who otherwise could have elected an abortion to act as a gestational surrogate for the state of South Carolina, which—and this is my favorite part—cannot itself physically conceive or carry a child.
And here’s the kicker: “just as South Carolina may not constitutionally use a citizen’s rental property without just compensation, it may not constitutionally require a woman to incubate a child without appropriate compensation.”