Texas law regulating social media companies is madness

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(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favorite Living Canadian)

No matter what goes through them, the first rule of pipelines is that they leak. last august, HuffPost, working in conjunction with the Climate Investigations Center, told the story of a pipeline that leaked in a small place in Mississippi called Satartia. A pipeline carrying carbon dioxide has ruptured, endangering the city and its residents.

Twenty individuals were defeated within minutes, collapsing in their homes; at a fishing lodge on the nearby Yazoo River; in their vehicles. Cars burn out because they need oxygen to burn fuel. Drivers rushed out of their paralyzed vehicles, but were so disoriented they just wandered around in the dark…

While ambient CO2 is odorless, colorless and heavier than air, industrial CO2 in the Denbury pipeline has been compressed into a liquid, which is pumped through pipelines under high pressure. A rupture in this type of pipeline sends CO2 spurting out in a dense, powdery white cloud that sinks to the ground and is cold enough to make the steel so brittle it can be smashed with a hammer.

CO2 is no joke. They once used it to euthanize animals until animal rights activists got involved. And its effects on humans range from severe nuisance to asphyxiation.

Carbon dioxide is an asphyxiant that displaces ambient oxygen, making it harder to breathe. Smaller exposures cause coughing, dizziness, and a feeling of panic called “air hunger.” As CO2 concentrations increase and exposure times lengthen, the gas causes a range of effects from unconsciousness to coma and death. Even at lower levels, CO2 can act as an intoxicant, impairing cognitive performance and inducing a confused state, similar to drunkenness.

And Satartia’s CO2 was mixed with hydrogen sulfide, an even more toxic substance.

The Biden administration is all on board with an increased focus on capture and sequestration (CCS) technology, which requires CO2 and will require a massive new network of pipelines. Which, unless regulations and oversight improve quickly, will mean there may well be more Satartias and more green fog on the landscape.

At the same time, a group of friends were cooking crawfish and sipping beer at a fishing camp along the Yazoo River. It was getting dark when Hugh Martin noticed the rotten egg smell. Soon they were all wheezing and breathing hard. Martin’s friend, Casey Sanders, collapsed on the floor, then quickly picked himself up. Coughing and choking, everyone managed to reach their vehicle. Martin jumped into his white van and headed for the levee that separates the city from the river. The glare of its headlights lit up a misty green fog. The feeling of suffocation was almost intolerable. “The only thing I experienced worse than that was the gas chamber when I was in Army training for Desert Storm,” he said. “And it was CS gas.” CS gas is a type of tear gas.

He called his elderly mother, Marguerite Vinson, who told him she was dizzy. “Do you have your shoes, mom?” he asked, trying to keep the anxiety out of his voice. He told her to meet him in the carport of their house, not far from the fishing camp. After stopping once to vomit out the window of the truck, he drove home. “I saw mom standing there, holding her phone, and she was weak in the knees. And I just grabbed her and threw her in the truck,” Martin said. left and headed for the highway.”

At the Route 3 stop sign was a checkpoint, but he drove past it, heading north to Yazoo City Hospital. His mother was motionless in the passenger seat: her eyes were open, but she was staring straight ahead when he spoke to her.

There were no fatalities in Satartia, thanks in large part to the Grace of Whatever. Local law enforcement attributes some of that to the fact that the leak happened before many residents had fallen asleep. This is probably not something regulators should rely on as a general security measure in the future.

A highly touted December 2020 study from Princeton University ― funded in part by the oil industry ― calls for a 65,000 mile system by 2050, which means adding 60,000 miles to the current 5,000 miles of pipeline of CO2. The new system would be organized into a spider’s web of main lines spanning the continent as large as 4′ in diameter – twice the size of the Satartia Pipeline – fed by a system of smaller branch lines.

I am not reassured.

Large-scale carbon capture will require upgrading of these safety standards.


Texas continues to be a festering boil on the body politic. Gov. Greg Abbott got some lead with a few judges, and now they’re trying to continue his grim winning streak by taking on the social media giants. For false reasons? Do you need to ask? From Vox:

The decision in NetChoice v. Paxton reinstates an unconstitutional Texas law that takes control of the content moderation process of major social media platforms, forcing them to either put out content those platforms don’t want to post, or be so restrictive it would render the platforms unusable . . This law is unconstitutional because the First Amendment prohibits the government from directing private companies or individuals to publish speech with which they do not wish to be associated…

Texas law prohibits a social media platform “that functionally has more than 50 million active users in the United States in any calendar month” from banning a user — or even regulating or restricting a user’s content or alter the algorithms that expose the content to other users – because of that user’s “view”.

So now we are making laws based on the paranoid fantasies of modern conservatism. And we have judges willing to rule on those laws on the same basis. We’re just one queen of hearts short of a classically crazy tea party.


WWOZ Weekly Pick To Click: “Crescent City Snow” (Susan Cowsill & the Carrollton Station Foundation): Yeah, I still really like New Orleans.

Weekly visit to the Pathe archives: Here, from 1943, Polish refugees arrived in what was then called Persia, where they were placed in refugee camps. “Broken victims of a maniacal ambition”, they have to go through Russia and the Caucasus to reach the camps. According to the United States Holocaust Museum, the Iranians were very good hosts, but eventually the relief infrastructure was overwhelmed by the number of refugees.

Because Iran could not permanently deal with the large influx of refugees, other countries colonized by the British began to receive Poles from Iran in the summer of 1942. Refugees who did not stay in Iran until the end of the war were transported to India, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa, among other countries. The Mexican government has also agreed to take in several thousand refugees. A number of Polish refugees stayed in Iran permanently, some eventually married Iranian citizens and had children… A Polish cemetery in Tehran is the main and largest burial place of refugees in Iran, with 1,937 fallen down. There is a separate area in the cemetery belonging to the Jewish community of Tehran. Each of these 56 graves features a Star of David and the name of the deceased in Polish.

I find this oddly hopeful. The story is so cool.


Elise Stefanik, the third Republican in the House of Representatives, was once a moderate. Many, many smart people told me that in Before Time. Now, however, after six years of highlighting the Flavor-Aid served by the previous administration*, she appears on an electric Twitter machine near you as Glenda, The loud drunk at the bar.

The White House, House Democrats and the usual pedophiles are so out of touch with the American people that rather than presenting ANY PLAN or urgency to solve the national infant formula crisis, they are doubling down on sending pallets of formula for infants on the southern border. Joe Biden has NO PLAN.

“The pedo crooks.”

She obviously buried herself in the role.


Is it a good day for dinosaur news, CTV? It’s always a good day for dinosaur news!

Well, the discovery is good news. The event certainly was not.

A tiny fragment of the asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago may have been found encased in amber – a find NASA described as “mind-blowing”. It’s one of many amazing finds at a unique fossil site in North Dakota’s Hell Creek Formation that has preserved remnants of the cataclysmic moment that ended the age of dinosaurs – a turning point in history of the planet. Fossils unearthed include fish that sucked up debris thrown up during the impact, an impaled turtle with a stick, and a leg that may have belonged to a dinosaur that witnessed the asteroid impact. The story of the finds is revealed in a new documentary called “Dinosaur Apocalypse,” which stars naturalist Sir David Attenborough and paleontologist Robert DePalma and airs Wednesday on the PBS show “Nova.”

The site is home to thousands of well-preserved fish fossils that DePalma says were buried alive by displaced sediment as a massive body of water released by the asteroid impact moved up the inland seaway. Unlike tsunamis, which can take hours to reach earth after an earthquake at sea, these moving bodies of water, known as seiches, arose instantly after the huge asteroid crashed into the sea.

Lords of the land one minute, dead in North Dakota the next. That’s a bad break there. They lived then to make us happy now, and then, one day, they no longer lived.

I’ll be back on Monday to see how much evidence has accumulated around the January 6 conspirators. (By then they may have to put a red beacon on top to warn passing planes.) Be well and play well, ya bastids. Stay above the snake line and wear that fucking mask, take the fucking vaccines, especially the fucking boosters, and if you have time spare a thought for the Ukrainian people.

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