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Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time 👀💔

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time, AP, 6/7/21

The annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50 percent higher than when the industrial age began.

And the average rate of increase is faster than ever, scientist reported Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average carbon dioxide level for May was 419.13 parts per million. That’s 1.82 parts per million higher than May 2020 and 50% higher than the stable pre-industrial levels of 280 parts per million, said NOAA climate scientist Pieter Tans.

The 10-year average rate of increase also set a record, now up to 2.4 parts per million per year.

“Carbon dioxide going up in a few decades like that is extremely unusual,” Tans said. “For example, when the Earth climbed out of the last ice age, carbon dioxide increased by about 80 parts per million and it took the Earth system, the natural system, 6,000 years. We have a much larger increase in the last few decades.”

By comparison, it has taken only 42 years, from 1979 to 2021, to increase carbon dioxide by that same amount.
MORE: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/06/07/carbon-dioxide-levels-hit-50-higher-than-preindustrial-time


It's been stuck in my head for at least 20 years that we were 40-something percent above pre-industrial levels. Now I'll have to unstick that factoid and stick in 50-something percent.

403 Forbidden - can't reply to this GD thread or Edit my previous reply to it.

As Vaccines Turn Pandemic's Tide, U.S. and Europe Diverge on Path Forward

I replied to it at 6:42 AM CT (Reply #2). But shortly after (within an hour), I tried to edit it to add some information, and got the 403 Forbidden whenever I click Preview or Update My Post. Have tried many times throughout the day.

Also tried a fresh Reply to the OP a few times with the same result.

I'm using Chrome on a Windows 10 computer. I tried Edge with the same result.

I had no trouble in Chrome (after the problem started) editing a reply in another thread -- an LBN thread https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=2752106

It's not a big deal to me as long as it's confined to the "As Vaccines Turn" thread, but thought I'd report it anyway as it's persisted for about 12 hours now.


Edit just a trial edit to see if editing works

Indian economy, hit by COVID-19, shrinks by 7.3% in 2020-21

Source: AP

India’s economy, pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, contracted by 7.3% in the 2020-21 financial year, just before the country was hit by another catastrophic surge in infections.

The economy grew at a 1.6% annual rate in the January-March quarter, according to figures released Monday by the government, but that recovery was stifled by a resurgence of infections in March. Daily new cases set global records, spurring many states to announce widespread restrictions and lockdowns.

New cases and deaths recently have begun to decline, but much of the country is still under some form of a shutdown, with many industries and businesses unable to resume work.

In January, a government survey estimated the economy -- previously one of the fastest growing among major nations -– would bounce back, expanding 11% in the current fiscal year, which began in April. But some ratings agencies say growth is likely to slow to about 10% due to the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/indian-economy-hit-covid-19-125101213.html

Minnesota's oldest Black-owned newspaper puts its archive online

'Super cool’: Minnesota’s oldest Black-owned newspaper puts its archive online, MPR, 5/30/21

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder has documented daily life in the Twin Cities’ Black community for more than 85 years. But until recently, finding stories from that rich past meant slogging through stacks of old newsprint.

Now, that history can be found with a few clicks. Archives reaching back to 1934 are online now at the Minnesota Historical Society's digital newspaper hub ( https://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/hub ).

Almost 11,000 pages of the Minneapolis Spokesman, one of the forerunners of today’s Spokesman-Recorder, can be accessed through the hub, said Anne Levin, the digital newspapers manager at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Issues of the St. Paul Recorder, Twin-City Herald and Timely Digest will also be added to the digital hub in the next few months. Currently, about 8,530 pages of the Recorder are available, covering the years from 1934 to 1941. About 1,800 pages of the Herald and more than 200 pages of the Timely Digest are also digitized.

More: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/05/30/minnesotas-oldest-blackowned-newspaper-puts-its-archive-online

I hope they don't have a lot of the South African variant there

the AstraZeneca vaccine ... is a massive fail against the B.1.351 South African variant running riot in many places. It only has a 10.4% efficacy rate v B.1.351.

according to New England Journal of Medicine

YouTube: Man Schools A Cop That Detained Him For Parking On A Public Street

My (Progree) short description of what I saw -- He's sitting in a car parked across the street from a house in North Branch, Minnesota. A woman in that house called 911 about a suspicious person taking pictures, and so this cop showed up. The driver simply refused to show his license and registration or answer any questions because the cop didn't have a valid reason to detain him. All the cop could say about that is that they got this suspicious person call and he was finding out what was going on. The driver (he self-describes as a "colored person" at 2:30. ) said he has a legal right to sit on the street and take pictures 24/7 (though he said he wasn't taking pictures, he merely had a cellphone on a dashboard mount). And he asked the cop to identify himself which the cop finally did. The driver told him this is going to be on Facebook, YouTube and I forget what else. The cop did start to sound like he was about to cry when he left.

Oh, at 6:50 the cop said "I'm smelling an odor coming from your car", Driver said: get your puppy then. (more than once).

An earlier GD thread about it: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215390073

Protesters Clash With Police In Brooklyn Center After Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting (MN)

Source: WCCO-TV (CBS affiliate Minneapolis)

Brooklyn Center police say an officer fatally shot a driver Sunday, leading to some clashes between protesters and law enforcement. Here are the latest updates:

9:49 p.m.: The standoff continues outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department between protesters and law enforcement.

Brooklyn Center police said officers pulled over a driver they said had an outstanding arrest warrant, just before 2 p.m. on the 6300 block of Orchard Avenue. As officers were trying to arrest the driver, police say they tried to get back inside their vehicle. An officer then shot the driver, who then drove a couple blocks more before hitting another vehicle in the area of 63rd Avenue North and Kathrene Drive. No one in that second vehicle was hurt. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the officers involved were believed to be wearing activated body cameras at the time of the shooting.

The victim’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke to the crowd. She said her son — 20-year-old Daunte Wright — had been killed by police. She said Wright’s girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the traffic stop. Police say that woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, and was taken to North Memorial Health.

Read more: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/04/11/bca-reporting-to-officer-involved-shooting-in-brooklyn-center/

More background at the article. It is being continuously updated.

Yes, the fatally shot driver is Black.

For non-Minnesotans, Brooklyn Center is the first suburb north of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is of course the city where George Floyd was murdered by then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been on trial for the past 2 weeks.

Cross-posted at Minnesota Group https://www.democraticunderground.com/105910260

Brooklyn Ctr, MN Police pulled over black driver, fatally shot him, protesters tear-gassed

The story is being continuously updated

Brooklyn Center police say an officer fatally shot a driver Sunday, leading to some clashes between protesters and law enforcement. Here are the latest updates:

9:24 p.m.: A WCCO crew spotted several law enforcement vehicles, including Hennepin County Sheriff’s vans and armored trucks, headed towards the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

9:14 p.m.: Law enforcement are forming a human barricade outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, as more protesters gather.

8:19 p.m.: A WCCO crew at the scene is being told by activists that law enforcement is surrounding the area and “corralling” people in an apparent attempt to make mass arrests, like what happened last November during a protest that spilled onto Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

8:01 p.m.: Protesters are continuing to push law enforcement back.

7:59 p.m.: Law enforcement has deployed tear gas into the crowd of protesters.

For non-Minnesotans, Brooklyn Center is the first suburb north of Minneapolis. Minneapolis is of course the city where George Floyd was murdered by then Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been on trial for the past 2 weeks.


Yes, the fatally shot driver is Black.

Cross posted at Latest Breaking News - https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142727465

'A sigh of relief': Crowdfunded cab rides aim to get Asian Americans home safe

NPR, 4/9/21

In response to recent attacks against Asian Americans, community-based efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Boston are pooling funds for taxi or app-based rides for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who feel unsafe walking or taking public transit.

Over the last month alone, Asian Americans have been attacked at work, on the way to church, and while waiting to cross the street. In a widely-cited report, the organization Stop AAPI Hate said it received close to 3,800 reports of incidents ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault from last March to this February.

Candy said her fears worsened last month, after a shooter in Atlanta killed eight people, including six Asian women.


"I started thinking about all my student days when I couldn't afford to take cabs and I chose to take the train or walk, even if it was late at night, just to save money," Park said. "I thought, there must be so many people who can't afford these car rides that might be putting themselves at risk."


By Thursday, Cafe Maddy Cab had reimbursed at least 400 of more than 1,000 requests. Park said many of the requests have come from nurses, medical personnel and other essential workers who often work night shifts. She's also received messages from people escorting older relatives to COVID-19 vaccinations and doctor appointments.

More: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/04/09/npr-a-sigh-of-relief-crowdfunded-cab-rides-aim-to-get-asian-americans-home-safe

It's sad that it's come to this. With hate-mongering Trump (and Trumpsters) vigorously fanning the flames -- "China Flu", "Kung Flu".

Cross-posted Asian Group

Republican congressman condemned over Islamophobic tweet to Ilhan Omar

The Guardian, April 5, 2021


A police officer was killed when a suspect rammed him and another officer with his car outside the Capitol on Friday. The suspect wielded a knife and was shot dead. The other officer hit by the car survived.


Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, tweeted: “Heartbroken to learn another [police officer] was killed while protecting the Capitol. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family and the entire Capitol police force. The death toll would have been worse if the assailant had an AR-15 [assault rifle] instead of a knife.”

In response, Congressman Greg Murphy of North Carolina wrote: “Would have been worse if they had been flying planes into the buildings also.”

Omar, who came to the US from Somalia as a child, is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

Murphy was widely rebuked. ..................................
More: https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-congressman-condemned-over-islamophobic-114330944.html

Emphasis added by Progree.

It just never ends.

Rep. Murphy, it would be nice too if they regulated who can buy and carry guns with the same thoroughness they use to keep people with weapons and dangerous backgrounds (background checks) out of planes and to secure the cockpits.
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