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Mar 2021

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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Mar 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Sean O’Leary from the Ohio River Valley Institute on Fracking’s Failed Promises | March 1, 2021

I welcome Sean O’Leary, Senior Researcher with the Ohio River Valley Institute. We’re going to be talking about ORVI’s new report, “Appalachia’s Natural Gas Counties: The Natural Gas Fracking Boom and Appalachia’s Lost Economic Decade.” The report examines 22 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia at the center of Appalachia’s natural gas boom. While the boom did wonders for the national GDP and fossil fuel companies bottom lines, those 22 counties did significantly worse. The promises of an economic rebirth for these economically strapped regions never came to pass. 

The Ohio River Valley Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center—a think tank—founded in 2020 and based in Johnstown, PA. The Institute equips the region’s residents and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools needed to advance long-term solutions to some of Appalachia’s most significant challenges. Their work includes in-depth research, commentary, and analysis, delivered online, by email, and in-person to policy champions, emerging leaders, and a range of community partners. And, they just released another report last week, “The Failure of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Pennsylvania.” Looks like I’ll be reaching out again for a future Out d’Coup LIVE!

O’Leary is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia and has written  about coal, natural gas, and their role in the economies of Appalachia in a book, a newspaper column, and blog titled, “The State of My State”. Previously, Sean served as communications director at the NW Energy Coalition in Seattle, Washington. He is also a playwright who has won numerous awards presented by the National Endowment for The Arts, the National Arts Club, and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts among others.

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup | No 15 for You; Attacking Syria; 500K Deaths; Climate Warnings; NYPD Robot Dogs; Fracking Ban; PA GOP Cryfest; Perseverance; Molson Coors Labor Fight; Sean’s Whiskey; Free Will Releases

Democrats who have been luke-warm about passing a $15 minimum wage got the cover they needed yesterday as the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, advised that the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in a reconciliation package.  

Those Democrats who have been pushing for the $15 minimum wage have urged that Vice President Harris overrule the parliamentarian’s ruling, which is within her authority. On Twitter, Representative Ro Khanna wrote, “I’m sorry - an unelected parliamentarian does not get to deprive 32 million Americans the raise they deserve. This is an advisory, not a ruling. VP Harris needs to disregard and rule a $15 minimum wage is in order.”

It’s time to dump the filibuster and, as David Dayen argued this morning, it’s time to put the $15 minimum wage bill on the floor

And while the Biden administration and conservative Democrats are willing to throw up their hands and say there is nothing they can do when it comes to the minimum wage, they’re willing to roll out the tanks in support of Neera Tandem’s appointment to the Office of Management and Budget. 

Release the hawks. Biden orders air strikes in Syria against two Iranian-backed militias on the border with Iraq. The administration claims to have targeted and destroyed “multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups.” The strikes were said to be in response to recent attacks on American contractors and properties in Iraq by militants. 

And the pandemic rages on. Even as cases began to drop, the U.S. passed the 500,000 COVID-19 deaths mark this week. 

A new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warns that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) sea currents are slowing faster than expected and may lead “tipping point” in climate change if swift action is not taken. Scientists have warned that the slowing or stopping of the AMOC will lead to large-scale impacts affecting live on the panet. 

New York City police deployed Boston Dynamics creepy and frankly dystopian robot dog to a live crime scene this week. The New York Post released footage of the robot dog to a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx. It wasn’t the first time, either. Back in October, the NYPD sent another robot dog into a building where a gunman had barricaded himself. According to the Post, the robot dog is in its test phase, equipped with lights and a camera. “This robot is able to use its artificial intelligence to navigate things, very complex environments,” according to NYPD’s Technical Assistant Response Unit’s Deepu John. Yeah, what could go wrong. 

The Delaware River Basin Commission lifted their moratorium and has banned fracking in the Delaware River Watershed.  This will protect the drinking water for tens of millions of residents living in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. 

Pennsylvania House and Senate Republicans threw a temper tantrum this week after the Dept of State released their ballot question on a constitutional amendment limiting the Governor’s powers on emergency declaration orders.  Apparently, the question was too straight forward and not confusing enough for Republicans.

Kendra Brooks, from Philly’s city council, is joining with Astra Taylor from the Debt Collective in calling bullshit on Biden’s claim that he can’t cancel $50,000 in student loan debt. 

Pennsylvania Republicans failed to cancel Pat Toomey after spending hours debating his vote to convict Donald Trump. 

The Mars Perseverance rover sent back amazing footage of the February 18 landing in Jezero crater. Just amazing. A couple days later we got the first full-color, 360 degrees view of what Perseverance sees. Gotta admit, I was in awe.  

Researchers are making a case that NASA should begin studying nuclear propulsion systems for future missions to Mars. 

Columbian County woman becomes one of NASA’s newest flight directors. Chloe Mehring grew up in Mifflinberg and started working with NASA in 2008 in the Flight Operation’s Propulsion Systems group. 

Put that sixpack back in the cooler. Molson Coors Beverage Company has locked out 300 workers at its Toronto brewery after workers overwhelmingly rejected the company’s “best and final offer” during contentious contract negotiations. Molson Coors had prepared for this move by posting ads for scab workers three weeks before their lockout. 

Sean has whiskey recommendations.

Free Will Releases: Sputnik 36 and Soul Supper. https://freewillbrewing.store/

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Jordan Hopkins - Philly-based indy investigative journalist on PA extremism, the Patriot Party grift, and left media | 2-24-21

Out d'Coup LIVE welcomes Jordan Hopkins to the show. Hopkins is a 23-year old writer, editor, and independent journalist located in Philadelphia, PA. He's been covering PA's right-wing extremists and the grift at the core of the emerging Patriot Party. We’ll be digging into his latest article, “A Party of Grifters,” and the rise of extremism in PA more broadly. You can check out all his great reporting at https://www.itsalienmuse.com and you can follow him on Twitter @jhop_phl.

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann.

For the gamers: Check out The Game Inn and follow them on Twitter @thegameinn. Got a question about a game? Looking for something hard to get? Message them on FB, drop them an email thegameinnpa@gmail.com  or give them a call at (267) 424-2535. https://thegameinn.com/.

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Omar Ray - Progressive Candidate for Lehigh County Commissioner | February 22, 2021

On tonight’s show, I welcome Omar Ray. Ray is a candidate running for Lehigh County Commissioner, District 5. He’s a community organizer from Upper Saucon Township. His platform includes Distributing COVID vaccines equitably & efficiently; Investing in affordable housing for families & seniors; supporting local schools & technical training programs; ending the cash bail system which criminalizes poverty; and, preserving farmlands & open spaces. This year's Democratic primary will be held on May 18.

Check out his full platform and learn how you can help elect another progressive Lehigh County Commissioner visit his website: https://omarforlehigh.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/omarrayforlehigh


Feb 2021

Out d’Coup | Rush’s Hour; Texas Disaster; Cancún Cruz; Impeachment; J6 Commission; Defund LA Update; Kenyatta 4 Senate; PA Gerrymandering; HACC Union; Perseverance Rover; Camera Talk; Free Will Recs

Rush Limbaugh died. That is all.

Devastation in Texas as a climate change, supercharged winter storm causes loss of power and water for millions. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t waste any time to blame green energy and frozen windmills for the crash of their power grid. That’s one way of trying to avoid accountability. Scratch the surface to expose the awful truth of the GOP death cult’s market fundamentalism and climate change denialism. 

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas stepped up to show how you take charge of a disaster and solve problems. He packed up his family and flew to Cancun, while leaving the family's poodle, named “Snowflake,” inside their freezing home. 

In more WTF Texas news, the Mayor of Colorado City, Texas Tim Boyd topped even Ted Cruz. When residents started posting to a community Facebook group in search of help and answers about power and water, the Mayor chimed in and said: “No one owes you or your family anything...I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout.” 

Meanwhile, Texas-based reporters from the Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle, are exposing decades of deregulation, free market fundamentalism, and climate change denialism led directly to the current deadly crisis. 

Impeachment is over. And the Republicans voted to support insurrection and their Dear Leader. 

Nancy’s not letting go. After the Republicans gave Trump a free pass on sedition and inciting an insurrection in the nation’s Capitol, Nancy Pelosi announces plans for a 9/11-style commission to study the January 6 attack. 

In the latest move in the Divest from Police and Invest in Communities movement, the Los Angeles School Board cuts a third of its police force and reinvests in educating black students. According to the LA Times, “The unanimous decision comes after a yearlong campaign by students activists and community members to reimagine the school police force, which they maintain disproportionately targets Black and Latino children.”

Let the campaign for the PA Senate begin! Last night, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced that he will be running for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate. Right out of the gate he’s got endorsements from the Philadelphia Federation for Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Working Families Party. Earlier this month, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced his campaign for the same office. It will be a battle for the soul of progressivism in the Democratic Primary. 

Yesterday was the deadline for Judicial Gerrymandering to make it onto the May Primary ballot, which it did not.  Progressives in Pennsylvania are celebrating this victory and continuing the fight to make sure it stays off the November ballot. 

Harrisburg Area Community Colleges are organizing a union. This past Saturday, faculty members held rallies on the Lancaster and Harrisburg campuses. Full-time and adjunct faculty have been working with PSEA for over a year on their campaign. HACC is the only community college in the Commonwealth without faculty union representation. 

Budget hearings are underway and progressives are ramping up the pressure for a People’s Budget. 

Pennsylvania Budget Summit Registration.

Tango Delta Nominal for NASA’s Perseverance rover. Perseverance safely landed on Mars yesterday at 3:55 pm. And, yes, I watched it live and celebrated with a can of Free Will’s Under Dawn’s Red Sun. 

Looks like NASA’s acting chief, Steve Jurczyk, used yesterday’s focus on the Mars landing to bury the news that he broke on Wednesday that 2024 is no longer a realistic deadline to safely return to the Moon. 

China is assembling its new Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket in preparation of sending the first module to what will be China’s first space station. China plans to construct the space station through 11 launches in 2021 and 2022. 

Sean is basking in his recent camera gear haul.

Free Will Brewing: closed today because of the weather, but they’ll be open back up in no time. I’ll have some recommendations from their online store: https://freewillbrewing.store/

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Open Phones and Listener Comments | February 15, 2021

What a better way to deal with freezing rain and winter storms. Join us tonight for Out d'Coup LIVE. We want to hear from you. Call in on the Podbean app and let us know what's on your mind. Insurrection? Impeachment? Evictions? Gov. Wolf's budget? COVID relief bill? Union drive? Scott Perry billboards? It's all fair game. Or maybe you have suggestions for upcoming shows? We'd love to hear from you.

On tonight's show we talked about some of these articles: 

Shout outs to the folks at Community Research Opposing Hate.

And, as always, huge thanks to Jonathan Mann for the intro/outro music. Follow him on Twitter @songadaymann.

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup | Impeachment Week; Bruce Castor; Amazon Organizing; Reconciliation; PA Ranks 2 in Insurrection Arrests; Perry Billboards; Fetterman; Seth Grove; People’s Budget; Free Will Releases

It’s impeachment week. House managers presented incredibly compelling and powerful arguments that Trump incited insurrection.

Montgomery County PA’s own, Bruce Castor, told stories of his childhood and made sure everyone knew that Nebraska was a very judicial thinking place, during what was an embarrassing ramble of an opening argument. 

Amazon hired anti-union consultant to try to destroy unionizing efforts in a Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center. The consultant, Russell Brown, runs the anti-union firm RWP Labor which specializes in “maintaining a union free workplace.” Brown is also president of the Koch funded anti-union think tank, the Center for Independent Employees. 

5,800 workers at the Alabama Amazon fulfillment center received mail-in ballots last Monday. If the majority of workers vote for the union, it would become the first unionized Amazon workplace in the country. The union, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, RWDSU, also represents 12,000 poultry workers in Alabama. According to a report in Wired, reports of the safety protections won by the unionized RWDSU poultry workers led workers at Amazon to reach out to the union to help with their own organizing efforts. 

House Democrats and the Congressional Progressive Caucus fought to include raising the $15 minimum wage in the COVID relief package.

PA Proud!  Pennsylvania ranks number two in the country when it comes to the number of residents who have been arrested from the January 6th Insurrection. 

Capital Region Stands Up and Pennsylvania Stands Up placed billboards around the Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District calling on Scott Perry to resign.  Click on the link and look at the amazing design.

Lt Governor John Fetterman officially announced his 2022 campaign for the United States Senate. The first week was a little rocky as archived video of Fetterman’s time as Mayor of Braddock circulated on social media. 

House and Senate Democrats continue their calls for an investigation into Senator Doug Mastriano’s role in the January 6th insurrection & for his expulsion from the Pennsylvania Senate. 

Pennsylvania House Republicans continue their voter fraud hearings and undermine the 2020 election.  Pennsylvania Spotlight published a report this week highlighting House State Government Committee Chair Seth Grove’s role to undermine the 2020 election.  Representative Grove is a board member with the American Legislative Exchange Council and he’s been working with ALEC and Koch Operatives to undermine the 2020 election since August 2019.   

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta will be the Keynote speaker at today’s Gender and Sexual Minorities Conference at Kutztown University. 

28 state legislators release a call to action for a People’s Budget. While praising much of Gov. Wolf’s new budget, the group writes that “as a Commonwealth, we need to reject austerity, wasteful spending and unstable revenue streams. We are guided by the urgent need to invest in people over big corporations. We believe any budget must focus on working people across the state and sthe systems and programs that can support workers to recuperate from this devastating pandemic that has touched all corners of our state.” 

Omar Ray is preparing to launch his campaign for Lehigh Valley County Commissioner on February 18 @ 7:00 pm. As a community activist and progressive, Ray hopes to be party of the Lehigh Valley’s growing list of progressive elected officials. 

 PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein was back in the Capitol to update legislators about plans to consolidate several universities. Lots of spin and few specifics. 

F!@# Tom Brady. 

Free Will Brewing had to temporary limit access after an employee tested positive for COVID. They are back up and running in time for Valentines day and everyone there has tested negative for the virus. All this weekend Tre Locally Sourced will be parked out front on the main brewery in Perkasie with an scrumptious food menu. 

Want to know what to try? Here’s some new/recent releases: 

Blackberry Raspberry Mash - Sour Ale with Blackberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar. 7.5% ABV; 35 - American Double IPA brewed with a variety of our favorite hops from around the globe, a plentiful amount of oats, and a touch of honey malt for color and additional sweetness 8% ABV; and, Juice Money - Sour Ale with Plum, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar. Ongoing collab with Imprint Beer Company.

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup LIVE | Wrecking PASSHE: Lies, Deception, and Abandoning the Working Class | February 8, 2021

Raging Chicken has been covering the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for ten years. We've exposed the lies told by university presidents and system chancellors. We've shown how administrators have used deceptive accounting practices to pull the wool over the eyes of students, faculty, staff, and the public. And, we've given voice to the faculty, staff, students, and community members who fought back.

Today, Indiana University of Pennsylvania is facing devastating cuts in faculty and programs. There's a shiny new Chancellor, but the playbook is much the same. You can dress up austerity in Silicon Valley happy-talk, but the end game is the same.

On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE we'll be mining the Raging Chicken archives to reframe the discourse of crisis in the defunding and destruction of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. We'll also be taking your calls on the podbean app.

A special shout out to Jonathan Mann who wrote our intro song, “There Are No People in the Future.” Check out all is great stuff on his YouTube page and follow him on Twitter @songadaymann

Selected Raging Chicken coverage of PASSHE discussed in this episode. 

Feb 2021

Out d’Coup | AOC Truth Telling; Taylor Green Q-GA; Biden’s Big Bill; Biden on FSIP; Student Debt; Gov. Wolf Budget; Bruce Castor; Boockvar’s Mistake; Space News; Free Will Releases; Narragansett

On an Instagram Live broadcast Monday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the world in detail about her harrowing experiences during the Capitol insurrection. 

11 House Republicans join all House Democrats in stripping QAnon Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of committee roles. 

Senate Democrats pass a budget bill in the wee hours this morning paving the way for passing Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through reconciliation. The bill was passed only after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote. 

Joe Biden fired all 10 members of the Federal Services Impasse Panel this week.  The FSIP is a labor panel that settles federal labor disputes between public unions and the different federal agencies, but under Trump, the Panel was stacked with Koch operatives and used to break federal sector unions. 

Congressional Democrats are pushing Biden to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt. During the campaign Biden says he would support canceling $10,000 in student loan debt, but pressure led by Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Ilhan Omar, Ayana Pressley, Alma Adams, and Mondaire Jones seems to be having an effect. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted “Our team is reviewing whether there are any steps he can take through executive action and he would welcome the opportunity to sign a bill sent to him by Congress.”

The good folks at the American Prospect have an “Executive Action Tracker” on their website as part of their #DayOneAgenda project. 

Over 1,100 Columbia University students have pledged to go on a tuition strike, saying they refuse to pay full tuition for all on-line classes. 

This Super Bowl Sunday General Motors will unveil their electrical vehicle line. GM has said they will eliminate all their combustion engine vehicles by 2035

Governor Tom Wolf released his annual budget address on Wednesday.  The Governor called for an increase in the personal income tax and a tax credit program that will reduce taxes for 70% of working Pennsylvania families.  He also called for the legalization of recreational cannabis use and an increase in the $15 minimum wage.

Nikil Saval released a response to Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal, saying that his budget “does much to move funding swiftly, and equitably, to those who need it most.” But, Saval wrote that the absence of vigorous environmental protection to respond to the climate crisis and the budget’s silence on dealing with the housing crisis, especially during the pandemic, represents “two missed opportunities.” 

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor has gone from political irrelevance to defending Donald Trump during the upcoming impeachment trial.  Castor managed to burn every bridge possible while serving as the Montgomery County District Attorney and as the Acting Attorney General of Pennsylvania.  Congratulations, Bruce?

Kathy Boockvar steps down after a major screw up that set back the fight for a Constitutional Amendment allow abuse survivors access to justice. 

Scott Perry’s faculty instructor at the Army War College pens an op-ed to the York Daily Record saying that he finds Perry’s behavior “troubling” and calls on Perry to “remove his name from any website that infers, in any way, that the Army War College considers him to be of the same stature” of some of the celebrated graduates of the college. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not say what the future of the Space Force will be under the Biden Administration. She promised to get together with the point of contact with the Space Force for more information. The Space Force flag was waving during the inauguration we should say. 

On Super Bowl Sunday, SpaceX is launching a commercial for what it’s billing as the “first ‘all-civilian’ spaceflight” as part of their Inspiration4 project with billionaire Jared Isaacman. The commercial tells viewers they’ll have a chance to climb aboard. According to Space.com,  there are three non-billionaire seats available: “One seat is up for grabs in a contest to anyone who makes a donation to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. Another seat will go to a St. Jude's healthcare worker, and the third will go to the winner of an entrepreneur contest run by Isaacman's Shift4Shop.”

And in a major shift away from the Trump organization, Biden created a new role at NASA to prioritize Earth sciences to combat the climate crisis. The new Senior Climate Advisor position will report directly to NASA’s administrator. The head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, will be the acting senior advisor until they fill the role permanently. 

Sean got shipments of pots this week. That’s pots, plural. 

Free Will Releases Juice Money - Sour Ale with Plum, Black Currant, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar. C.O.B. - Coffee Oatmeal Brown Ale brewed with flaked oats and a variety of dark malts, then later rested atop two pounds per barrel worth of freshly roasted coffee beans from Speakeasy Coffee Company

Shout out to an old friend and the folks at Narragansett Brewery in Providence, RI.

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