Monthly Archives: June 2021

On Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

I’m fine with making Juneteenth a federal holiday, I just hope it won’t become an excuse for not making Election Day a federal holiday. I can just imagine the arguments: We just made another holiday, that’s enough for new holidays for the nexty 20 years, they cost too much money, etc. etc.

And I think making it easier for people to vote is forward-looking in an important way; yes, the right commemoration can be both forward- and backward-looking, but I still think an election day holiday is more important.

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Adventures in Terminology

What is the opposite of “woke”?

 

I need a better answer than “DeSantis”….

 

Photo credit: Sheba_Also 43,000 photos, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Carbon Count Still Rising

The latest measurement of atmospheric CO2 (as of June 03, 2021): 419.9 ppm; June 2020: 418.32 ppm; 25 years ago: 360 ppm; 250 years ago, est: 250 ppm.

I would imagine that it will go up faster with economic recovery.

UPDATE: Hit 419 on Monday – NPR says that’s the highest level in 4 million years.

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