As someone said:

The statues will be installed at other sites, such as Civil War cemeteries.

Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight

Meanwhile, Confederate flags were given out as prizes at the Dakota County Fair. The spin of this article is off, but at least it made the paper (and no comments allowed):

Dakota County Fair visitors upset by confederate flags

Midway prize angers some fairgoers; game booth pulls “symbol of hatred.”
Yet some still try to claim that racism is a Southern thing:

Southern culture is spring from which racism erupts

 

Remember the assault by car in Minneapolis against Black Lives Matters protesters, the one where initially the police claimed the driver was the victim, and some media outlets reported it in that framing despite the readily available helicopter video of the entire incident!?!?!

What the hell is wrong with people?

And white nationalist Scarcella’s shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis?

15 years in prison for gunman who shot 5 Jamar Clark protesters

And…

2 sentenced for aiding man who shot Black Lives Matter protesters at Fourth Precinct

Now it’s happened again, in Charlottesville, VA, and with much more horrific consequences.  One person has died, 20 plus injured:

Man charged with murder for allegedly plowing into crowd

One dead as car strikes crowds amid protests of white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville; two police die in helicopter crash

Mayor Singer of Charlottesville made an impassioned speech urging the white nationalists, neo-Nazis to go home, and drawing the connection to the vitriolic Trump campaign that worked to normalize white nationalism and hate:

Charlottesville mayor on Trump: ‘Look at the campaign he ran’ – KIFI

“Look at the intentional courting both, on the one hand, of all these white supremacists, white nationalist groups like that, anti-Semitic groups,” Signer said. “And then look on the other hand, the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts.”

However, Signer said the country would move ahead, and the problems went beyond what he saw in Trump.

“To be honest, this is not about Donald Trump,” Signer said, adding that the violence from white supremacists demonstrated that the country’s core democratic principles were eroding, but people had an opportunity to change for the better.

“People will react to the darkness with a whole lot more light,” he said.

tRump’s response missed the mark:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said during a short statement from his private golf club in New Jersey. “It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”

“…  hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides…”  WHAT?  Yet again, it’s white nationalists, and this is his statement?  tRump who encouraged violence at his campaign rallies, who welcomed Steve Bannon into his administration, who encouraged white nationalists, and who enjoyed the support of the likes of David Duke.

Charlottesville: Trump criticised over response to far-right

Speaking of David Duke, the voice of the KKK:

What a Jewish journalist saw in Charlottesville

From a white supremacist’s family:

Letter: Family denounces Tefft’s racist rhetoric and actions

My name is Pearce Tefft, and I am writing to all, with regards to my youngest son, Peter Tefft, an avowed white nationalist who has been featured in a number of local news stories over the last several months.

On Friday night, my son traveled to Charlottesville, Va., and was interviewed by a national news outlet while marching with reported white nationalists, who allegedly went on to kill a person.

I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.

I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same.

Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress. We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake. It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.

Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.

His hateful opinions are bringing hateful rhetoric to his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his parents. Why must we be guilty by association? Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.

He once joked, “The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.”

Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.

Tefft lives in Fargo.

MISO’s MTEP 17 Draft!

August 8th, 2017

No, wait, that’s not right…

Yeah, that’s it… Midcontinent Independent System Operator, MISO, has released the draft MISO Transmission Expansion Planning report, or MTEP 17.  From the MISO MTEP17 page, here are the live links:

MTEP17 Reports

Full Report
Executive Summary
Book 1 – Transmission Studies
Book 2 – Resource Adequacy
Book 3 – Policy Landscape
Book 4 – Regional Energy Information
Appendix AB
Appendix D1 Central
Appendix D1 East
Appendix D1 South
Appendix D1 West
Appendix D2 Projects In models Documentation
E1 Reliability Planning Methodology
Appendix E2 EGEAS Assumptions
MTEP17 Appendix A1 A2 A3
MTEP17 Appendix F Substantive Comments

Also from MISO’s MTEP page:

Transmission Planning Status Reports

MTEP17 Futures Summary

Generation Retirement Sensitivity Analysis – Scope
Generation Retirement Sensitivity Analysis – Scope Appendix 1

And the most important one that shows what they’re up to in transmission planning, the link, and just in case it disappears, the spreadsheet:

MTEP17 Active Project List 

Copy of MTEP Active Project List

And supposedly they’re taking comments from “stakeholders,” so says the MISO email announcement:

Please send any feedback on this report to David Lucian (dlucian@misoenergy.org) by August 25, 2017.  Stakeholders will have an additional opportunity to provide feedback when the second draft of MTEP17 is posted on September 18, 2017.  A list of report milestones is provided below.

 

Item MTEP17
Schedule
MISO posts first draft for external review August 10
Stakeholder review and comments August 25
MISO posts 2nd draft Sept 18
MISO System Planning Committee Sept 19
PAC – Report Review Sept 27
Substantive Comments Deadline Oct 2
PAC – Report update Oct 18
PAC motion Oct 18
MISO System Planning Committee – November Nov 16
MISO Board of Directors meeting Dec 7

 

Here it is, REAL NEWS.  This is the Final (5th Order) Climate Science Special Report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program:

Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report

Bottom line?  First, note that this is an extensively authored and peer reviewed report, with multiple editors, and coordinating, lead, and contributing authors, and review of peer reviewed articles and journals.  They take great care in explaining “confidence levels,” pps. 6-10, an issue that Power Line Task Force brought before the PUC and Appellate Court over a decade ago regarding EMF:

The purpose?

OK, back to the bottom line — the key findings, p. 38-39:

Now, read it, the Executive Summary at least:

Final-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Report

 

 

Coming soon, next Thursday, the Public Utilities Commission will make a determination on Completeness on the Freeborn County Wind Project application, and decide whether it should be referred to Office of Administrative Hearings for a Contested Case.

Here are the PUC StaffBriefingPapers

Contested case here we come!

And greetings from the Antique Boat Motor Show… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…