Monday Reads: In other news …Posted: April 4, 2022
Good Day Sky Dancers!
Today is the day the Senate Judiciary will discuss “Ketanji Brown Jackson’s bid to join the Supreme Court as its 116th justice — and first Black woman.” It’s good to be making history in a positive way for a change. The right-wing media and pols are still harping over nonsense. The vote will probably come by the end of the week. This is from the Washington Post.
The Judiciary Committee — which, like the full Senate, is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans — is almost certain to deadlock 11 to 11 on her nomination. That will force Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to put a measure on the Senate floor discharging Jackson’s nomination from the committee, a vote that is expected to occur Monday evening. Her final confirmation vote on the Senate floor would happen Thursday or Friday.
As the Senate heads into the final week of Jackson’s confirmation battle, the last-minute deliberations of a handful of GOP senators are being watched closely to see whether her support will grow beyond one Republican.
Temperatures on Earth will shoot past a key danger point unless greenhouse gas emissions fall faster than countries have committed, the world’s top body of climate scientists said Monday, warning of the consequences of inaction but also noting hopeful signs of progress.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change revealed “a litany of broken climate promises” by governments and corporations, accusing them of stoking global warming by clinging to harmful fossil fuels.
“It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unlivable world,” he said.
Governments agreed in the 2015 Paris accord to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) this century, ideally no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). Yet temperatures have already increased by over 1.1C (2F) since pre-industrial times, resulting in measurable increases in disasters such flash floods, prolonged droughts, more intense hurricanes and longer-burning wildfires, putting human lives in danger and costing governments hundreds of billions of dollars to confront.
New Orleans is ecstatic as Jon Batiste swept the Grammys with 5 wins! He also announced that he and journalist and author Suleika Jaouad tied the knot. She had battled leukemia in her 20s but it returned this year. Watch their appearance on CBS Monday to meet this incredibly talented couple. It’s a really inspiring partnership. Jon could not be with her during her bone marrow transplant due to Covid-19 restrictions but wrote her a daily lullaby to play her to sleep during their online time together. She is also a fabulous painter.
You may read an excerpt of Suleika Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms about her cancer battle here.
With all the news of Russians raping and butchering women and children in Ukraine I was happy to see this young Mardi Gras Indian at the center of Batiste’s performance. I was also delighted to hear this as part of Batiste’s acceptance speech.
You know, I really, I believe this to my core, there is no best musician, best artist, best dancer, best actor, the creative arts are subjective and they reach people at a point in their lives when, they need it most it’s like a song or an album is made and it almost has a radar to find the person when they need it the most…
Even in times like these, we continue to create music, art, and great works of literature that reach us when we need it most.
I’m going to make this short today because I’m headed to the dentist shortly. I’d also like to introduce you to Waylon who spent 3 days with me after Michelle grabbed him from the rickety bridge at St Claude running loose and untagged. Waylon–newly named–has a furever home now. It was a lot to have this big boy in my small house but he’s a goofy lovebug that deserved a home and now he has one.
Have a good week! Look for the good stories about the good people today! Here’s a fewto get you started!
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?