Saturday Evening Owls: Just a few phrases from a Texan ‘uninterested in dwelling via extraordinary occasions’

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Boyd began his tirade with, “Let me damage some emotions whereas I’ve a minute!!” It’s a succinct sufficient expression of the trendy Texas Republican Celebration’s beliefs as any I’ve seen. They see insurance policies as a method of exacting ache on individuals they despise. When their cruelty is spelled out plainly, you’re the one who is just too delicate. They might by no means be those within the improper. The power to face by that place is Trumpian, however predated Trump: By no means apologize and by no means retreat.

The fact of a altering local weather is that we’ll solely change into extra reliant on one another, and we should determine what sort of world we’d wish to dwell in because it burns—or freezes. In an interview with Texas Monthly, power guide and UT Austin analysis assistant in sensible grid and bulk electrical energy methods Joshua Rhodes stated whereas it’s theoretically potential that we’d have prevented this week’s power disaster, there’s additionally tangible purpose why it occurred: highly effective individuals made selections. […]

Folks across my state are useless. They deserve the reality to be instructed about their deaths. Their authorities didn’t adequately put together them for a climate-change catastrophe. Their authorities didn’t adequately put together itself for this climate-change catastrophe. And there can be extra storms. […]

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The Everyday Resistance of Enslaved Women, by Stella Dadzie. Learning historical past is like detective work—particularly when the rise up of Black ladies has been unnoticed of the story.

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On this date at Every day Kos in 2008—Previous Time to Finish Embargo on Cuba:

A 12 months and a half in the past, the announcement that the majority observers anticipated to listen to any day from Cuba was that Fidel Castro, the island’s long-ruling communist caudillo, was useless from the gastro-intestinal issues that had remodeled him from an aged however vigorous chief right into a wraith and compelled him to quickly switch authority to his brother. As a substitute, he has carried out what some stated he would by no means willingly do: resigned. The precise parameters of his well being standing stay unknown, as does data concerning how a lot of an éminence grise he might stay in his dotage. One factor for sure, his influence, for good and ailing, is not going to be quickly forgotten.

With Castro formally out of the image for the primary time in 49 years, what subsequent is on many minds, in Cuba, in southern Florida the place the in depth Cuban exile neighborhood has remodeled that a part of the state almost as a lot as Castro remodeled the island, and elsewhere, together with Washington, the place these exiles have had an unbalanced affect on U.S. coverage towards Cuba for many years?

What higher time for the USA to have a optimistic influence on the sclerotic regime that runs Cuba by revamping its personal sclerotic insurance policies? This it may begin by phasing out the 46-year-old embargo that has damage common Cubans and given Castro a rhetorical cudgel and a masks, one to pummel U.S. coverage, the opposite to hide the regime’s failures and justify its excesses. No likelihood of that, it appears. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Tuesday that he couldn’t “think about” an finish to the U.S. embargo “occurring any time quickly.”