news digest—-rush—PART 2 OF 2

news digest—-rush—PART 2 OF 2

Acid Upset

A bunch of scientists think the earth’s atmosphere could use a good burp. To “cure” global warming, they’ve apparently been inspired by their medicine cabinets. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — a group of Harvard researchers advocated shooting aerosolized calcium carbonate into the atmosphere. As reported by Bloomberg, physics professor David Keith says the particulates would neutralize airborne acid particles, “akin to giving the atmosphere a handful of antacid tablets.” Oh what a relief it is. But there’s a downside, says skeptic Eric Worrall, who points out in WattsUpWithThat that “aerosolized calcium carbonate” — crushed limestone dust — is much denser than water, with “a pumice-like consistency.” So these geoengineering geniuses would, in effect, be pumping pollutants into the air, making it dangerous to breathe.

Electric Shock

The sound you hear is the sobbing of duped Prius owners. According to Green Car Congress, a new study published in Atmospheric Environment — yes, you guessed it, one of my favorite journals —found that total emissions from electric vehicles equal emissions from internal combustion vehicles. that means electric cars aren’t any “cleaner” than gasoline-burners. Your Prius isn’t “saving the planet.” For once, this research team added in all the real-life pollution “costs” — they factored in the additional weight of electric vehicles, tire wear, brake wear, road wear, and road dust. Turns out, the electric cars generate more pollutants from road dust and road wear than cars that run on eeeevil gasoline, which balances out other factors. And these researchers didn’t even calculate for the source of the electricity that powers electric cars: fossil fuels.

Paper Chase

As liberals waited in vain on Election Night for the first female to break the Presidential glass ceiling, The Washington Post hosted a party featuring a female who’d broken out of her clothes. According to The Huffing and Puffington Post, guests at the party at WaPo’s headquarters “were encouraged to remove napkins from a female server’s body.” woman wearing what looks like a chain-link corset dotted with blue paper napkins — and little else. It could be said that any guest wanting a napkin had to grab at the hussy. If the blue napkins represented the states Hillary won, thank goodness her poor showing prevented everything from showing. Still, some WaPo reporters objected to the spectacle, penning a letter to publisher Fred Ryan: “[The] napkin-wearing woman who was being disrobed by guests went beyond inappropriate to offensive to those of us who resent seeing women continually being reduced to and offered as objects of men’s sexual desires.”


Now colleges offer the snowflake generation a dumbed-down way to chill out: coloring. The Washington Free Beacon notes that the Virginia Military Institute [vmi] is handing out coloring books to cadets feeling end-of-semester jitters. vmi’s “Stress Busters” program “is an opportunity for cadets to unwind and relax before studying for finals … [and] includes stress-reduction activities such as yoga, therapy dogs, coloring book stations, card/game stations, and grab-and-go snacks to take with you on your way to study!” Likewise, during December finals at Columbia University, students were provided with “fun and relaxing activities” including coloring books, jigsaw puzzles, and puppies. “Free cookies” were also offered, no doubt paired with milk.

Growing Pains

Some Millennials apparently need remedial work acting their age. The Adulting School in Portland, ME recently opened to help those “who are looking to gain the skills they need to be a successful adult.” Classes in budgeting, scheduling, insurance, car repair, and other practical skills are offered to those who need to buy a clue. Even the ad protects the hapless from potential guilt: “You’re smart and capable. Your education just didn’t provide you with all the skills you need.” Eva Wiseman of The [UK] Guardian, who blames Millennial immaturity on … modern life: “While their parents had fairly linear paths to adulthood — secure jobs, affordable homes in which to raise children, a pension even, a shed — the Millennials who dabble in adulting have no similar scripts to follow, and find themselves on the hard shoulder of life.”

Minimum Common Sense

Actions, meet consequences. A “grassroots” effort by the Service Employees International Union and other leftists to raise the minimum wage is about to price a lot of people out of a job. The incessant “Fight for $15” picketing of fast-food businesses is prompting McDonald’s to replace human cashiers with self-serve kiosks to avoid a McLoss. As McDonald’s former ceo Ed Rensi explains in Forbes: “The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them.” Problem is, the common sense gene is missing in liberals, who believe that every business should operate as a non-profit. So they will continue to push for a higher and higher minimum wage, while more and more minimum-wage jobs will be filled by robots. Who don’t complain, don’t slack off, and don’t join unions.






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