Out d’Coup | New Sunrise Campaign; SCOTUS Decisions; New Class of Workers; Federico Klein; Frances Regan on Gaming Board; PA No. 1 on J6; Starship; Star Trek; Voyager Station; Free Will Releases
The Sunrise Movement launched a campaign for “Good Jobs for All” last night. The video launch event featured Sunrise activists; Sara Nelson - President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA; and, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who introduced a historic jobs guarantee resolution a couple of weeks ago. The Good Jobs for All campaign calls for jobs that will help stop the climate crisis; a federal jobs guarantee to help end the COVID recession; and jobs to address those suffering from climate disasters. You can get involved by clicking “Join the Rays” in today’s show notes.
Some big rulings in the Supreme Court this week. In a 5-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme court made it more difficult for undocumented immigrants to fight deportation, even those who have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives. That opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch. And, Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s last minute appointment following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, issued her first majority opinion this week. This time in a 7-2 ruling, the Trump court was joined by Justice Elena Kagan of the so-called “liberal” justices. In this ruling, the Court rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from the Sierra Club “for documents about harm to endangered species,” according to the New York Times. Barrett argued that “the records were protected by an exemption to the act that shields documents that would disclose deliberations inside an agency before it makes a final decision.” The ruling overturned the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court.
In some potentially discouraging climate news, John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, is reportedly talking to some of the largest banks and asset managers in the U.S. about contributing capital for clean energy. That’s according to CNBC. The news comes just a couple days after Kerry tapped Wall Street veteran Mark Gallogly to join the climate team. You can imagine why some climate activists are a little concerned.
Jane McAlevey takes to the pages of The Nation to warn national labor leaders not to buy into the Silicon Valley’s promise for sectoral bargaining.
Federico Klein, a Trump appointee within the Department of State, was arrested this week for taking part in the Jan 6th Insurrection. Before joining the Trump campaign in 2016, Klein worked for the Family Research Council and his mother noted that “Fred’s politics run a little hot.”
The Stock market tanked this week.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Board is the best job in Harrisburg if you can get it or are appointed to it like Frances Regan, the wife of State Senator Mike Regan. Frances Regan was appointed to the Gaming Board this week with no announcement or press release and she will be getting paid $145,000 a year to attend one or two meetings a month during her term.
Pennsylvania is number 1. Yep, moving from the second spot last week, Pennsylvania now boasts the number 1 position for the state with the most people arrested for the January 6 insurrection. And guess which PA county is number 1? No, not the deep red counties in the center of the states. It’s my very own Bucks County.
A new report by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center finds that of 53 Pennsylvania waterways tested, “microplastic contamination was found in every spot, from Lake Erie, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, and the Delaware River.” The report calls for the passage of bills such as the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which calls for banning single-use plastics and environmental remediation efforts.
Lock Haven faculty holding a virtual town hall on March 30 about the controversial integreaton of LHU with Mansfield and Bloom.
SpaceX finally lands its Starship! Yes, the SN 10 successfully launched from its Boca Chica launch pad just after 6:30 pm on Wednesday. Then for the first time it stuck the landing! But...a few minutes later, it blew up.
A new Star Trek movie is in the works. This time it will be led by an original script by Kalinda Vazquez, one of the main writers of the Star Trek Discovery series. She’s going to be busy as she is also working with George R.R. Martin of Game of Thrones fame on an adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi novel, Roadmarks for HBO. Live long and prosper, Vazquez!
New analysis of satellite data by Chinese scientists confirmed for the first time the existence of “space hurricanes” - whirling storms of plasma that occur in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. But these hurricanes don’t rain water droplets, they rain electrons.
The Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC) announced plans to begin building the first space hotel in 2025. The plan is to open the space station for guests in 2027 - but, you’ll need a net worth of about $50 million if you want to be one of the lucky 400 guests. The company claims that the spinning Voyager Station will feature Moon-like levels of artificial gravity and, according to the company, the space station will feature themed restaurants, viewing lounges, movie theaters, bars, libraries, gyms, and a health spa. And, just coincidentally, the company is now open to investors. Smell a little grift anyone?
Free Will Brewing releases: Sing Me Back Home - DDH Double IPA brewed with a base of fluffy flaked oats and wheat, hopped in the kettle with Citra, then double dry hopped with Strata, Moutere, and even more Citra. 8.7% ABV. New label art from Kolahari. Also, if you’re looking to burn a hole in your wallet and buy some serious craft beer cred? Here’s one for you: Saffron Black Lime Ralphius (2020) - $50.00. Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Saffron, Black Lime, and Fleur de Sel - 17.5% ABV
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