November 14, 2022

Posted by orrinj at 12:57 PM


White Texas Teacher Fired After Being Caught on Video Saying His Race Is 'Superior' (Anya Zoledziowski, November 14, 2022, Vice News)

A Texas teacher was fired after videos of him telling his racially diverse class that he is "racist" and "ethnocentric" went viral on social media.

In one of the videos, the white teacher told his class, "Deep down in my heart I'm ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior one."

The result is a back and forth between students and the teacher, with students repeatedly expressing shock. 

Posted by orrinj at 12:54 PM


QAnon Lost the Midterms (David Gilbert, November 14, 2022, Vice News)

QAnon supporters had hoped that a coalition of election-denying candidates for secretary of state and governor, which was organized by a major QAnon influencer, would sweep to power in key swing states like Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona, and as a result would help get former President Donald Trump reinstalled in 2024.

But with most of the votes now counted, it looks like just a single minor member of that coalition--Indiana's Secretary of State-elect Diego Morales--will take office in January.

The coalition's leader, Jim Marchant, lost to Democratic rival Cisco Aguilar in his bid to become Nevada's top election official. The Associated Press has called that race, but Marchant has yet to concede. 

As recently as last month, Marchant had indicated his willingness to "fix" the 2024 election to ensure that Trump won.

In neighboring Arizona, Oath Keeper Mark Finchem, a fellow secretary of state candidate and key member of the America First coalition, narrowly lost out to Democrat Adrian Fontes. Like Marchant, Finchem has yet to concede, instead posting on his Twitter account more baseless conspiracies about "voter suppression" and "ballot harvesting" while labeling the media reporting his loss as "fake news."

Meanwhile Kari Lake, the former TV anchor who is also a member of the coalition, looks to have lost her bid to become Arizona governor, losing out to current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

..Kari Lake was their future.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


GOP's Chavez-DeRemer flips Oregon 5th Congressional District (AP, 11/14/22) 

Chavez-DeRemer's victory makes her the first Latina congresswoman from Oregon, a distinction also sought by 6th District Democratic candidate Andrea Salinas. That race remained too early to call.

The district was previously held for seven terms by moderate Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader and was targeted by the GOP, which saw the 5th as vulnerable after the long-time incumbent's primary defeat by progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

Purging moderates is electoral suicide.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Pence: Trump 'endangered me and my family' (DAVID COHEN, 11/13/2022, Politico)

Former Vice President Mike Pence said then-President Donald Trump "endangered me and my family and everyone at the Capitol building" with his words and actions during the Jan. 6 riot in 2021.

Pence's statement came during an interview with ABC's David Muir, parts of which were released Sunday and parts of which are to be released Monday.

Geez, now you know this election castrated Donald.

Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Former Yancoal mine to be first test site for Australian gravity storage technology (Rachel Williamson 14 November 2022, Renew Economy)

An Australian storage start-up, Green Gravity, has announced the first test site for its gravity energy storage system (GESS) which will use up to 30-tonnes of steel coil lowered into vertical mine shafts.

Green Gravity and Yancoal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to run a pre-feasibility study looking at whether and how the technology might work in decommissioned ventilation shafts, starting with the closed Austar mine in NSW. The study is expected to finish in 2023.

The study will also consider the tech's potential for working in the NSW grid as a long duration energy storage provider.