Curious about Everything

Day: October 4, 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton is very worried about the Republican Party’s next move

29 minute interview.

The Atlantic »

Hillary Clinton: I read that article and I have to say I largely agree with it, because I’m not sure that many people—and this includes obviously the public, but also the press—fully appreciate the determination, the relentless pursuit of power, the design of minority rule that we are currently watching happen. I won the popular vote, lost the Electoral College by 70,000-plus votes, and we saw all this stuff online about the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks and the Russians and all of that. And then Joe Biden won by a huge popular-vote margin, but only won the Electoral College by about 100,000 votes. So the parallels between what happened in 2016 and 2020 are not often understood. And why that’s important is, the Republicans—and now we have to say the Republican Party, not just the Trumpers and all of those who are part of this effort to undermine our democracy, but the Republican Party—were shocked that they lost, because they never thought that they would lose by such narrow margins and, we know, accurately and legitimately in places like Georgia or Arizona. So what are they going to do now? Now they’re not only going to try to suppress votes on steroids; they’re going to try to change the way elections are determined. They’re going to try to give legislatures the power to basically throw out elections if they don’t go their way, because now they want to be able to win, even if they lose the popular vote and they legitimately lose the Electoral College.

Jennifer Senior:: What do we do? Are there legislative fixes? Would you end the filibuster?

Clinton: Yes, absolutely. Because keeping the filibuster now, when you’re dealing with a political party that does not respect the rule of law, does not even respect the process unless it works for them—witness what they did to Merrick Garland when President Obama had every right to appoint a Supreme Court justice. You see what they are trying to engineer by using the filibuster, but also equally important, what they’re doing in the states right now. I did an event last night with Tyler Perry and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sally Yates in Georgia to try to raise money for the people on the front lines, trying to overcome the legislative obstacles that are being put in the way of casting your vote. But the new part [is] having your vote counted, because they want to replace independent people like we saw with the Republican secretary of state in Georgia who stood up to tremendous pressure—now they want to throw elections, if they can, either to state legislatures or if necessary to the House of Representatives, where the vote is counted by state. We are in the middle of a constitutional crisis. It’s like the frog dropped into the water. It’s boiling. People are still arguing about stuff that is important, but not as fundamental as whether or not our democracy will be broken and then taken over. And minority rule will be what we live under, the norm.

Microsoft Windows 11 is available now

After just three months of testing, Microsoft has declared Windows 11 fit for public consumption. What could go wrong?

  • Windows 11 Review: Fresh, Familiar, Incomplete » Thurrott
  • A review of Windows 11 » The Verge
  • Windows 11 first impressions: 5 features I love, plus 1 I hate » SlashGear
  • What to Expect with Windows 11: A Day One Hands-On » AnandTech
  • Key points to know as Microsoft rolls out its new operating system » GeekWire
  • You Don’t Really Need to Upgrade to Windows 11, but It’s Good » Gizmodo

 

  • These are the known issues in the initial Windows 11 release » XDA-Developer
  • These are all the PCs that can be upgraded to Windows 11 » XDA-Developer

 

  • Microsoft’s Windows 11: How to get it now (or later) » ZDNet
  • Windows 11 is now generally available – here’s how to get it right now » XDA-Developer
  • Windows 11 is now available — here’s how to skip the line » TNW
  • How to install and update » SlashGear
  • No need to wait. Here’s how you can download Windows 11 right now » TechSpot
  • How to upgrade to Windows 11 without waiting in line » The Verge

 

(is it time to consider Linux?)

PFAS » The secret toxins in your body and in the environment

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

From Tim Schauenberg, DW via YouTube »

What does a rain jacket or a pan have to do with our health and environment? A lot. They can contain “forever chemicals” or PFAS, which are seriously harmful and never degrade.

We’re destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What can we do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we’ll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.

#PlanetA #ForeverChemicals #PFAS

More »

  • PFAS Chemicals In You and Your Products. What You Should Know » Sara Goddard
  • Robert Billot’s next lawsuit on behalf of everyone in the U.S. with PFAS in their blood » The Intercept
  • Roland Weber’s summary of PFAS in drinking water » BioMed Central
  • Companies and products that (partly) banned PFAS » PFAS Free

Also » Wikipedia

  • Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on protecting against ‘forever chemicals’: ‘It shouldn’t just be on us as individuals’ » The Guardian

The group of chemicals known as PFAS, with strong carbon-flourine bonds, do not degrade in the environment, and have been linked to health issues such as high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and decreased response to vaccines, “which is clearly terrible”, the Last Week Tonight host said, “but also really shouldn’t be that surprising to you seeing as the original name for this show was ‘That Thing You Like Is Bad with Saddy Longlegs’.”

These “forever chemicals” are estimated to have lifetimes in the thousands of years, and exposure has been linked to fertility problems, changes in metabolism, and an increased risk cancer, yet much remains unknown about their long-term consequences.

Oliver dug into the long history of PFAS’s corporate cover-up: the chemical PFOA, also known as C8, was first sold in 1951 by a company called 3M to chemical company DuPont, which used it to make Teflon, used for non-stick pans. Decades ago, as DuPont marketed Teflon to families, 3M already knew that some PFAS accumulated in humans and animals, that they did not degrade in the environment, and that they could increase the size of the liver in rats, rabbits and dogs.

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